By registration. A preconference for deans is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the ATS/COA Biennial Meeting and will offer professional development opportunities, a collegial network, and a context for nurturing the vocation of chief academic officers and visioning its future development. A panel will share reflections from a recent project on “The Academic Dean as Theological Educator” and lead participants in conversation. Click here for more information and to register.
The 2014 Biennial Meeting—Resourcing Theological Education—invites the leaders of member schools to think critically about how in the future their institutions will resource theological education in new and more effective ways—ways that respond to the changing global context, embrace innovation, and offer truly sustainable solutions.
Don’t miss it!
•Keynote speakers with new perspectives on organizational management and graduate professional education
•Fourteen different workshops sharing experience and wisdom from member schools
•Election of officers and committees
•Membership action on important governance issues
•Announcement of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awardee
•Forum for consideration of alternative educational models and practices
•Networking and fellowship
The Westin Convention Center Hotel is adjacent to Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District and a short walk to baseball at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates will play the New York Mets during the meeting’s free evening on Thursday, June 26. (Tickets are available online.) Or see the city from a riverboat or from the top of scenic Mt. Washington. Other nearby attractions include the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory, the Heinz History Center, and the National Aviary.
A workshop on educational assessment will be offered two different times during the 2014 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting for interested schools, particularly those that are three to four years from their next comprehensive evaluations. Accrediting staff will preview the Commission’s new Section Eight of the Handbook of Accreditation: A Guide for Doing Assessment and help schools evaluate their strategies for assessing student learning and identify areas needing improvements.
By invitation. Offered by the staff of the ATS Commission on Accrediting, this workshop provides contexts and opportunities for participants to engage with one another and with the staff to obtain experience and tools for constructing appropriate, adequate, and effective institutional self-studies in preparation for comprehensive evaluation visits. This will be the only self-study workshop offered during this academic year. Registration is free of charge, but schools will be responsible for payment of travel and housing expenses for their representatives.
By nomination of academic dean. Designed for faculty who have completed their first or second year in an ATS member school, this event will address the unique vocation—both individual and corporate—of theological educators. Academic deans will reflect on what they have learned from working with faculty, and faculty members will share their experiences of surviving and thriving as theological educators.
By application; limited to forty-five participants. This year’s annual conference, Strategies for Inclusion in the Twenty-First Century: A Will to Change, is designed for female administrators and faculty with significant administrative components to their jobs. It is intended to further advance the professional development of “emerging” (i.e., women transitioning into new administrative roles or considering this change) women leaders in their administrative capacities.
By invitation. The class of 2013–14 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology will meet to present summaries of their research and to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion of their projects with conversation facilitators and invited guests.
By registration; limited to the first 100 participants. The conference will focus on the theme, New Models for New Times: Managing Educational Change. Plenaries and workshops will provide tools and peer learning to enhance the financial officer’s and technology professional's skills.
Please be sure to have all applications received by the ATS office by the December 3, 2014 deadline.
By registration; limited to those in their first three years in office. Experienced leaders will move new presidents through issues associated with the president’s role as CEO. Speakers will address the value in the equilibrium model, institutional advancement, faculty relations, and team building. This event is a prerequisite for the Presidential Leadership Intensive Conference offered each January.
By application. Designed for academic deans in their first year or two of service, the school will provide new deans with important information and nurture the development of the skills that will make their work more effective and fulfilling. It will acquaint new deans with the resources available to theological schools through ATS, facilitate connections between academic deans serving within the distinctive world of theological education, and continue the process of formation into the vocation of the academic deanship.
By invitation. Annual conferences provide African American chief executive officers and chief academic officers the opportunity to discuss areas of common interest and concern.
By registration; open to all ATS presidents. This annual intensive will focus on timely issues related to the role of the president and on building skills for effective performance. Conference sessions cover topics featured in the Handbook for Seminary Presidents, with most topics covered at least once during the course of a three-year curriculum rotation. The Seminar for New Presidents in ATS Institutions is a prerequisite for attendance at this conference.
By registration. The 33rd annual conference will offer workshops on topics related to annual giving, planned gifts, personnel management, internal and external collaboration, and communications, with opportunities for professional development and peer interaction in a distinctly theological context.