By registration; A preconference for deans is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the 2016 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. This year's theme is “The Academic Dean and Shared Governance." REGISTER NOW!
By registration; The Biennial Meeting invites ATS presidents, deans, and theological education leaders to learn and network as they examine new models that schools are exploring in service to their missions. Special guest Michel Martin of NPR’s “All Things Considered” will moderate a panel discussion among leaders from ATS member schools. Participants can choose from 13 different workshops and learn more about the Educational Models and Practices project and its grants program for schools. This will be Executive Director Daniel Aleshire's last Biennial Meeting before his 2017 retirement—he will close the event with reflections on his 27 years with ATS. Registration Fees: $350 by May 20/$400 after May 20/$75 cancellation fee after June 17. REGISTER NOW!
By invitation; Offered by the staff of the ATS Commission on Accrediting, this workshop is for ATS member schools with evaluation visits scheduled in the next two to three years. It 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 and initial evaluation visits. Schools are invited to send up to two participants. Registration is free of charge, but schools will be responsible for payment of travel and housing expenses for their representatives.
By registration; This workshop—for new and experienced users of the Entering Student Questionnaire (ESQ), Graduating Student Questionnaire (GSQ), and Alumni Questionnaire (AQ)—will address the basic use of the instruments and interpretation of the data, with a special focus on using the data for institutional assessment and its connection to the Commission Standards of Accreditation.
By invitation; The purpose of this initiative is to create or strengthen governance structures and practices that will enable theological schools to address more effectively the many challenges facing them.
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 45 participants. This year’s seminar, 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 registration; This workshop is intended for new and experienced users of the Profiles of Ministry (POM) and will focus on the knowledge and skills required to interpret POM profiles with students and other individuals. Participants will receive a copy of the new 2016 POM Advisor’s Manual that includes updated definitions of the POM criteria as well as useful tools for interpretation.
By invitation; The class of 2015–16 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 110 participants from ATS member schools. Plenaries and workshops will provide tools and peer learning to enhance the financial officer’s and technology professional's skills. The overall theme is Resourcing Theological Education; financial officers will focus on Administering and Allocating Limited Resources while technology professionals will focus on Facilitating and Supporting Effective Online Teaching and Learning. Peer learning is strongly encouraged—attend both as a learner and someone who can share a success story with others!
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 ATS 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 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 optional 2017 Women Presidents' Preconference immediately precedes this event.
By registration; The 35th 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.
By registration; This consultation—immediately preceding the 2017 Academic Officers' Conference—is designed to give women deans in theological education the opportunity to gain peer support as they work to enhance their leadership. It consists of guided conversations, along with planned times of rest and replenishment.
By registration; Conferences are scheduled each year to provide educational and professional development opportunities, a collegial network, and a context for nurturing the vocation of the academic officer and envisioning its future development. This year's conference will immediately follow the 2017 Women in Leadership Deans' Consultation.
By registration; This conference provides a collegial network for support and information sharing for recruitment officers, admissions directors, financial aid officers, registrars, deans of students, housing staff, and career services staff. Practical how-to workshops, complemented by broader presentations common to those who work with students, will be the focus.