AGLSP News & Events
The AGLSP Annual Faculty Award is offered each year by the Association to honor an outstanding faculty member who teaches in a Full Member program. The award was established by the Association’s Board of Directors in 1991 to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal teaching and who have participated significantly in teaching or advising students and/or have actively participated in other faculty service in a Graduate Liberal Studies program.
The 2013 AFA was awarded to Professor Paula Marks of St. Edward’s University. Professor Marks brings her scholarship into the classroom in an accessible manner, and encourages active, student-focused learning. Her teaching for her program — which includes an innovative Liberal Studies introductory course on Time, as well as courses on American place, frontier and spirituality — has been notably interdisciplinary.
Nominations for the 2014 award are now open (deadline is March 31, 2014). Download 2014 Annual Faculty Award guidelines.
During the AGLSP conference banquet each October, in a formal award ceremony, the Association celebrates two current or recent graduate students of member programs for excellence in writing.
The 2013 recipients are:
- Jackson Shultz (Dartmouth College) for excellence in creative writing for “Transforming Relationships: An Oral History of Transgender Experiences in Love and Romance”
- Kenneth Mumma (Villanova University) for excellence in interdisciplinary writing for “Law for the Chosen: Levitical Interpretation and the Homosexual Prohibitions”
The winning entries are published in the Fall 2013 issue of Confluence, and often a good number of the other entries are published there as well, so the annual writing awards process provides a great opportunity to bring the best critical and creative writing being done in member programs before a wider audience. The winners each receive $500.
Nominations are due January 31, 2014.
If you have any questions or would like to brainstorm with editor Ken Smith about how to involve your program, feel free to call: 574-520-4173. Check out 2014 Confluence Award Guidelines for the deadline and other requirements.
Welcome New Full Members!
- Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
- University of North Carolina Charlotte (Charlotte, NC)
- SUNY Empire State College (East Syracuse, NY)
Welcome New Associate Members!
- Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL)
- Indiana University-Purdue University Ft. Waye (Ft. Wayne, IN)
Welcome New Individual Members!
- Steffen Mathis (MLS, Rollins College)
- Mary Gresens (DLS, Georgetown University)
- Deric Shaw (MLA, Texas Christian University)
- Dr. Kiriake Xerohemona (MALS, Florida International Unversity)
- Maureen Lynch (MALS, CUNY Graduate Center)
- Dr. Elisa Robyn (Regis University)
As part of their “Urban Conservation Biology” course, USC Master of Liberal Studies students visited coastal habitat restoration sites, including the Augustus Hawkins Nature Park in South LA, the El Segundo blue butterfly restored habitat in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, beach restorations in Redondo Beach and Torrance, the Madrona Marsh, and the Ballona Wetlands. On a separate field trip, USC MLS conservation biologists-in-training also compared wildlife observed in the Dominguez Gap restoration areas in north Long Beach and in the Los Angeles River.