21 Jun 2022
21 Jun 2022

2022 ATS COA Biennial Meeting Onsite Conference

  • Price: FREE

Overview

By registration; Designed for ATS CEOs and CAOs, this year's conference will feature keynote speaker Paul LeBlanc and panelists from Theological Education between the Times. A kickoff gathering for Pathways for Tomorrow participants will be held on Tuesday—those participants are encouraged to stay for the main Biennial Meeting conference.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


Agenda
MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2022

4:00–8:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION OPENS

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES

PATHWAYS FOR TOMORROW COORDINATION EVENT
(by invitation)

7:00–8:00 a.m.
COFFEE HOUR (optional)
PRAYER LABYRINTH OPENS

8:00–9:00 a.m.
WELCOME, OPENING DEVOTION, AND BREAKFAST

9:00–10:45 a.m.
PLENARY SESSIONS

10:45–11:00 a.m.
BREAK

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION

12:00–1:30 p.m.
LUNCH CONVERSATIONS

1:30–2:15 p.m.
PEER LEARNING CONVERSATIONS

2:15–2:30 p.m.
BREAK

2:30–3:15 p.m.
PEER LEARNING CONVERSATIONS

3:15–3:30 p.m.
BREAK

3:30–4:15 p.m.
PEER LEARNING CONVERSATIONS

4:15 p.m.
REST AND REFLECTION
(optional: meeting with your school's project team)

6:00–7:00 p.m.
CLOSING DEVOTION, DINNER CONVERSATIONS, CONCLUDING REMARKS

7:00 p.m.
ADJOURN

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022

NEW PRESIDENTS AND CEOS' WORKSHOP
               (by prior registration; open to those who started in their roles from 2020–2022)

7:30–9:00 a.m.
BREAKFAST

9:00–9:30 a.m.
WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

9:30–10:45 a.m.
"THE NEW CEO AND FINANCIAL REALITIES IN THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS"

10:45–11:15 a.m.
BREAK

11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
CONVERSATIONS WITH PEERS AND EXPERIENCED CEOs

12:30–1:30 p.m.
LUNCH

1:30 p.m.
ADJOURN

AFFINITY GROUPS LEADERS' GATHERING
          (by prior registration; intended for African American, Asian-descent, and Latino/a presidents and deans)

2:00–3:30 p.m.
PLENARY SESSION

3:45–5:15 p.m.
BREAKOUT GROUPS

5:15–6:00 p.m.
BREAK

6:00–8:00 p.m.
DINNER

8:00 p.m.
ADJOURN

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022

2022 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting Conference
(by prior registration)

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
REGISTRATION CONTINUES

7:00–8:30 a.m.
BREAKFAST FOR ALL
FELLOWSHIP OF EVANGELICAL SEMINARY PRESIDENTS' BREAKFAST
(by invitation)

9:00–10:15 a.m.
OPENING PLENARY
    Opening Prayer
    Executive Director's Address
    Reports from the Biennial Meeting Online Business Sessions
    Transitions in Leadership for Board of Directors and Board of Commissioners

10:15–10:30 a.m.
BREAK

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Q & A WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
    Charla Long, Executive Director, Competency-Based Education Network; President, Go Long Consulting

12:00–1:00 p.m.
LUNCH FOR ALL
AFFINITY GROUP LUNCHES (by prior registration)

1:00–2:00 p.m.
WELCOME ASSOCIATE MEMBERS/AFFILIATES

2:00–3:30 p.m.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

3:30 p.m.
FREE AFTERNOON/EVENING (dinner on your own)

THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2022

7:00–8:15 a.m.
BREAKFAST FOR ALL
GLOBAL AWARENESS AND ENGAGEMENT BREAKFAST
(by prior registration)

8:30–10:15 a.m.
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION BETWEEN THE TIMES PANEL DISCUSSION
Discerning a better future involves not just forecasting trends, but reflecting on what theological education is for, in the fullest sense of that word. And that work is best done in diverse groups of people joined together in worship, friendship, and study. These twin convictions have guided every part of the Theological Education between the Times project. In this panel, participants in the project will share reflections on the meanings and purposes of theological education in hopes of continuing to deepen and expand these conversations.
Panelists:
Angela Sims, President, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor; Chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Chloe Sun, Academic Dean, Logos Evangelical Theological Seminary
Mark Young, President, Denver Seminary
Moderator:
Daniel O. Aleshire, Former Executive Director, ATS

10:15–10:30 a.m.
BREAK

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SESSION 1 WORKSHOPS
(room assignments on name badges)

12:00–1:15 p.m.
LUNCH FOR ALL

1:30–3:00 p.m.
SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS
(room assignments on name badges)

3:00–5:00 p.m.
BREAK

4:30–6:15 p.m.
RECEPTION FOR NEW ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
(Hosted by the ATS Accrediting Staff)

5:15–6:15 p.m.
RECEPTION FOR ALL
(Hosted by the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and ATS Women in Leadership Program)

6:30–9:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION BANQUET
    Welcoming New Associate Members
    Acknowledging Retiring ATS Staff/Outgoing Board and       
    Commission Members
    Honoring the Redevelopment Task Force
    Women in Leadership Trail Blazer Award Presentation
    Distinguished Service Award Presentation


Workshops

The first session of workshops will be held Thursday morning from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A repeat session of the workshops will be held Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

“Calibrated for a World that No Longer Exists": Creating New Business Models for Theological Education
Scott Cormode, Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development, Fuller Theological Seminary
Theological education, as we know it, is calibrated for a world that no longer exists. We all know we will have to adapt. But how? The purpose of this workshop is to set the parameters for evaluating new business models and to work toward new options for theological education.

CBTE: Three Schools, Three Forms, and Common Outcomes
Stephen R. Graham, Strategic Director of Context and Continuity; Director of Accreditation, The Association of Theological Schools
In response to growing interest in Competency-based Theological Education across the Association, Stephen Graham studied three schools (Lexington Theological Seminary, Sioux Falls Seminary (now Kairos University), and Northwest Seminary), to explore why the schools moved to CBTE, how each implemented forms of CBTE, and the impacts on each school.

Cultivating Educational Capacity for Ministry in a Multiracial Culture: Expanding Conversations, Sharing Strategies, and Learning from Good Practices
Mary H. Young, Director of Leadership Education, The Association of Theological Schools
Jodi L. Porter, Director of Coordination, Forum for Theological Education
This workshop presents findings from schools involved in the ATS Cultivating Educational Capacity (CEC) CORE Project, which focused on educating students to minister in a racially diverse world. Building from the leading edges of scholarship on racial and ethnic diversity in both theological education and higher education, initial findings from these schools will be examined for ways they may inform diversity work at other ATS schools.

Exploring the Pandemic’s Impact on Congregations: What We are Learning about Changes in Participation and the Pastoral Role
Scott Thumma, Professor of Sociology; Director of Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford International University
This workshop will report new findings from three recent surveys (from August 2021, December 2021, and March 2022) of 5,000 churches about how they and their clergy are faring, and about the challenges and possibilities facing faith communities. It will provide an overview of a Lilly Endowment-funded research project led by Hartford Institute for Religion Research to track what the next five years will look like for faith communities, their leaders, and members, with a particular emphasis on changes in attendance, the pastoral role, and the impact on seminaries.

¡Presentes! A Glimpse into the Landscape of Hispanic/Latinx Theological Education
Joanne Solis-Walker, Associate Dean; Professor of Leadership; Candler School of Theology of Emory University
This workshop will present the preliminary findings of a qualitative research study of more than a dozen schools designed to help us map the landscape of Hispanic/Latinx theological education within ATS. We will review the data through a culturally responsive lens to better understand how Hispanic/Latinx serving institutions have been presente and how they contribute to the formation of pastors and ecclesial leaders. We will share some successes and examine the challenges with the intention of capturing the stories of those who have been serving the Hispanic/Latinx ecclesial communities and to the benefit of schools envisioning similar initiatives.

Reason, Emotion, and Power in Change Leadership
Sarah Birmingham Drummond, Founding Dean, Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School
Both planned and unplanned change results in logistical challenges, outsized emotions, and frustrating confusion in all institutions, from families to nations. Change is also necessary, faithful, and pleasing to a God who wants us to embrace new life. Sarah Drummond explores how leaders can tailor their strategies to their communities’ reactions to change in her 2019 book, Dynamic Discernment: Reason, Emotion, and Power in Change Leadership (The Pilgrim Press). She will share the theoretical framework undergirding Dynamic Discernment, and engage participants in analyzing their own change agendas with its guidance. Drummond will also share some of what she learned while serving as chair of the task force that redeveloped the ATS Standards of Accreditation for the 2020 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting.

Strategic Assessment
Debbie Creamer, Strategic Director of Design, The Association of Theological Schools
We often think about strategic planning, but what would it look like if we gave similar attention to strategic assessment?  Using insights from design thinking, this session will explore ways that strategic assessment can help foster an ethos of institutional curiosity by asking what we are doing, why we are doing it, how we could do it better, or even whether we should be doing something at all. The session will also explore how we can lean into our own individual and institutional limits in ways that help us shift from measurement to learning, from solo to team approaches, from fixes to iteration, from small questions to ever bigger ones, and from exhaustion to imagination.

The Changing Landscape of Senior Leadership in ATS Schools
Deborah H. C. Gin, Director of Research and Faculty Development, The Association of Theological Schools
Molly T. Marshall, President, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Randy MacFarland, Provost/Dean (retired); Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Leadership, Denver Seminary
ATS conducted a series of studies on leadership roles in ATS schools in 2019–2021 to explore the status of the professions and how ATS programs could respond to changing needs. In this workshop, a panel of presenters will unpack the findings from the studies of presidents and deans, including how the role has changed, pathways to the role, the nature and distribution of the work, predicting longevity and satisfaction in the role, degree of institutional support and empowerment, and what work in the role keeps them awake at night. The presentation will be followed by a large group discussion.

The 2020 Standards of Accreditation: Two Years Later
Tom Tanner, Director of Accreditation, The Association of Theological Schools
Affirmed at the 2020 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting by a vote of 198–1, more than 40 schools have been reviewed using the redeveloped ATS Standards of Accreditation. Tom Tanner, the ATS staff member who served as the ATS Commission staff liaison for the redevelopment process, will lead this session highlighting the differences from previous Standards, key areas of emphasis, and some reflections on feedback from these schools.

When Financial Literacy is Not Enough: Addressing Educational Debt among Black Students
Jo Ann Deasy, Director of Institutional Initiatives and Student Research, The Association of Theological Schools
Black students in ATS schools incur significantly higher educational debt than their peers. Why is this the case? This workshop will present key findings from a research project that explored the financial ecologies of Black students and their experiences of navigating theological education, finances, and a call to ministry. Together, we will explore solutions that move beyond the individual to address the systemic financial inequities impacting these students and the congregations they serve.

Study and Resource Group Conversation: Assessment of Prior Learning
With the adoption of the 2020 Standards of Accreditation and the elimination of the 15% rule for students admitted without baccalaureate degrees, several schools are working to develop and implement pathways and tools appropriately to assess the learning that students bring with them to graduate theological studies. The group studying this topic will share learning about processes to ensure “rigorous means” (Standard 7.4) to determine that students are prepared to engage graduate theological studies successfully. A study group representing ATS schools has begun a study of varieties of assessment of prior learning. The group will share initial learnings and solicit input from conversation participants to inform their ongoing study, ultimately leading to interactive online resources for the benefit of the larger membership.

Study and Resource Group Conversation: Student Human Formation
The 2020 Standards of Accreditation require schools give attention to “the intellectual, human, spiritual, and vocational dimensions of student learning and formation . . .” Many schools are well situated to form students intellectually and in the vocational elements of their work. Some are making progress in spiritual formation. Human formation though, remains less fully addressed and there are ongoing questions about what “human” formation means, particularly within different traditions and contexts. A study group representing ATS schools has begun a project to study student human formation. The group will share initial learnings and will solicit input from conversation participants to inform their ongoing study of human formation.

Study and Resource Group Conversation: The Classroom with Multiple Modalities of Teaching and Learning
With the emergency transition to online teaching and learning due to the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing pattern of online, hybrid, and mixed mode programming among schools, many faculty members find themselves teaching in multiple modes simultaneously. A study group representing ATS schools has begun a project to study this phenomenon, attending particularly to issues related to student learning and formation through the hybrid model that involves both online and in-person students in the same classes. The group will share initial learnings and will solicit input from conversation participants to inform their ongoing study of this form of hybrid teaching and learning.

 


Accommodations

The Association of Theological Schools expresses its appreciation to Lilly Endowment Inc. for its generous grant funding of the Pathways for Tomorrow Coordination Program and the Organizational Educational Models in Theological Education project. Funding through these grants will cover the event registration fee, event meals, lodging (Monday night through Thursday night), and travel for participants of the 2022 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting Onsite Conference.

HOTEL INFORMATION
ATS is making all hotel reservations for conference participants at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m. | Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

PARKING
Valet (first come, first served and not guaranteed):
Monday–Sunday
$35 per night | $45 for oversized vehicles
(no onsite parking available at hotel)
Self-parking options are available within walking distance for a fee.

TRAVEL AT ASSOCIATION EXPENSE
ATS reimburses all transportation, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and reasonable miscellaneous expenses incurred in travel on behalf of or at the invitation of the Association. Movie rentals, health club use, and other clearly non-business, personal expenses are not reimbursable. If a personal automobile is used, reimbursement for mileage will be at the current ATS approved rate (with the total reimbursement not to exceed the cost of a 21 day advance purchase coach airline ticket to the same destination).

Expense statements and documentation should be submitted to the ATS business assistant within two weeks of the actual travel. Receipts are required for all expenses over $25.

Air travel continues to be a significant cost to the programs of the Association. Please use the following guidelines in attempting to obtain the most fiscally-responsible airfare:
• Book coach or economy tickets.
• If possible, make air travel arrangements at least 21 days in advance.
• In normal circumstances, purchase a non-refundable, discounted ticket. In the event travel plans are changed, it is less expensive to pay the airline change fee than to pay the premium normally associated with a full-fare, refundable ticket.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
Please make your own travel arrangements to and from Pittsburgh.
From Pittsburgh International Airport (19 miles):
• The hotel does not offer shuttle service to/from the airport.
• Taxis are approximately $40 USD one way.
• The Port Authority Airport Flyer is approximately $2.75 USD one way.
• All major car rental agencies operate at the airport.
• The Pittsburgh Light Rail System is a free transportation system within downtown Pittsburgh. There are six stops located downtown. The stop nearest the Wyndham is called Gateway.


Presenters
Daniel Aleshire

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Daniel Aleshire

Daniel Aleshire served The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) from 1990 until his retirement in 2017. He began as associate director for accreditation, was appointed associate executive director in 1996, and elected executive director in 1998. Prior to joining the ATS staff, Aleshire was a research scientist at Search Institute in Minneapolis, MN, where he worked on issues related to theological education and youth-serving organizations. He moved from Search Institute to Louisville to serve as a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 12 years. During his time in these three positions, he has written on formation for ministry, Christian education, Christian spirituality, and theological education. His publications on theological education include Being There: Culture and Formation in Two Theological Seminaries, (Oxford University Press) co-authored with Jackson Carroll, Barbara Wheeler, and Penny Long Marler, which received the 1998 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Earthen Vessels: Hopeful Reflections on the Work and Future of Theological Schools, (Eerdmans, 2008); Beyond Profession: The Next Future of Theological Education (Eerdmans, 2021); and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Since retiring from ATS, Aleshire has worked with the Council of Independent Colleges evaluating its program on Vocation and Undergraduate Education, served as a member of the Committee on Recognition of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, conducted a study of the United Methodist theological schools for the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools, and has been one of the senior fellows with the Lilly Endowment funded “Theological Education between the Times Project” housed at Candler School of Theology.  

Scott Cormode

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Scott Cormode

Scott Cormode is the Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development at Fuller Seminary. He is the founder of the Academy of Religious Leadership and the founding editor of the Journal of Religious Leadership. His most recent book is The Innovative Church (Baker Academic, 2020). He holds a PhD from Yale University.

Debbie Creamer

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Debbie Creamer

Debbie Creamer joined the ATS staff in 2013 as director of accreditation and institutional evaluation, served as senior director of accreditation from 2018 to 2020, and was named senior director of educational design and engagement in fall 2020. In this role, she works strategically to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of ATS as a hybrid learning organization and to foster a culture of creativity and innovation in both the work of accrediting and in the Association’s programs and services. Her work includes leadership for planning, designing, implementing, and assessing synchronous, asynchronous, and semi-synchronous educational engagements for ATS staff, board members, member schools, and other stakeholders. In her role, she also serves as director of the ATS Educational Design Lab.
 
Prior to ATS, Creamer served at Iliff School of Theology, beginning in 1997 as a member of the library staff, becoming a faculty member in 2005, then director of the library, associate dean for academic affairs in 2009, and interim dean and vice president for academic affairs from 2012 to 2013. She helped to design and direct the school’s online and distributed learning programs from 2009 to 2013. While at Iliff, she was deeply involved in preparing that school’s self-study reports and served on a number of accreditation visiting teams for ATS; she was also a frequent participant in ATS programs and initiatives, and served on the steering committee of the ATS Technology in Theological Education Group (TTEG) from 2009 to 2012.

The author of a number of articles on disability theology, Creamer also wrote Disability and Christian Theology: Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities (2009). She has been a frequent speaker on issues of disability and religion for churches and other local and national groups, and she is a former cochair and founding member of the Religion and Disability Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion. Her current work in educational design builds from her experiences with and commitments to Universal Design for Learning, which she has studied and taught as part of her work with disability, as well as her ongoing interests in online technology as a way to attend to embodiments that creatively and constructively engage limits.

Creamer holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, an MLIS with a concentration in information technologies from the University of Denver, and a PhD in theology from Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver Joint PhD Program.

Jo Ann Deasy

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Jo Ann Deasy

Jo Ann Deasy joined the ATS staff in June 2014 as director, institutional initiatives and student research. Her responsibilities include coordinating the Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers initiative as well as the management, collection, and interpretation of data for the Entering Student, Graduating Student, and Alumni/ae Questionnaires. She also serves on the research team at ATS and recently contributed to research projects related to assessing spiritual and personal formation, women in leadership in theological education, and mapping the graduate workforce of ATS.

Deasy served for seven years as the dean of students and community life at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, she has also served on staff at congregations in Duluth, Minnesota, and Mercer Island, Washington, and came to ATS from Sojourner Covenant Church in Evanston, Illinois, where she served as lead pastor for four years.

Deasy graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a PhD in congregational studies with an emphasis in congregational leadership and contextual theologies.

Sarah B. Drummond

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Sarah B. Drummond

Sarah B. Drummond serves as founding dean of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. She first came to Andover Newton in 2005, as director of field education and assistant professor of ministerial leadership. Her roles in the school changed numerous times, but her focus always centered on administrative leadership. By the time she was called to her current role, she was a tenured professor and had served for eight years as dean of the faculty. She played a central role in the school’s becoming embedded at Yale Divinity School. Drummond has written five books, most recently Intentional Leadership In Between Seasons (the Pilgrim Press, 2022). She served on the ATS Board of Commissioners from 2014–2020 and chaired the task force that redeveloped the ATS Standards of Accreditation. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, she earned her MDiv at Harvard Divinity School and her PhD in urban education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Deborah H. C. Gin

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Deborah H. C. Gin

Deborah H. C. Gin joined the ATS staff in August 2014 as director of research and faculty development. In addition to launching the Association’s new research initiative and directing programs for faculty, she contributes to the ongoing dialogue about educational models that will have future viability and sustainability. Gin came to ATS from Azusa Pacific University, where she served as a senior faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and as associate professor of ministry at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She previously served as director of assessment analysis and education and as director of diversity studies at Azusa.

Gin's areas of research include pedagogy, higher education administration, multicultural education engagement, and diversity inclusivity. Prior to coming to ATS, she received a research grant to pursue Asian American faculty perspectives on the pursuit of administration in higher education and presented at an international conference on multicultural education in Seoul, Korea. Her articles have appeared in To Improve the Academy, Theological Education, and Multicultural Education Review. Chapters she has published include “Ruth: Identity and Leadership from Multivocal Spaces,” in Mirrored Reflections: Reframing Biblical Characters; “Loving My Neighbor,” in Strength to Be Holy; and “Asian American Ethnic/Racial Identity Development,” in Asian American Christianity: A Reader.

Gin is a regular blogger on leadership issues related to Asian American women, has been a frequent invited speaker on topics related to race, excellence, and inclusion, and is a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ VALUE initiative Intercultural Competence rubric development team. She earned an MDiv from Haggard Graduate School of Theology, a master’s of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University.

Stephen R. Graham

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Stephen R. Graham

Stephen R. Graham joined the ATS staff in January 2008 as director of faculty development and initiatives in theological education, was named senior director of programs and services in 2013, began assisting as a director of accreditation in 2020, and was named strategic director of context and continuity in 2021. Prior to joining ATS, he served as the dean of faculty and professor of American church history at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. A member of the American Academy of Religion and the American Society of Church History, he was active in the Chief Academic Officers Society of ATS and now provides staff leadership for the ATS School for New Deans.

Graham oversees the Association’s work of leadership education with presidents, is currently directing the ATS Organizational and Educational Models in Theological Education project, and provides the historical perspective of who ATS is and what it has been as an organization. He works to contextualize the Association's past legacy and its present, and studies how the two contribute toward the future. He has published two books—Cosmos in the Chaos: Philip Schaff’s Interpretation of Nineteenth Century American Religion and Come to the Table: North Park Covenant Church, 1898–1998, A Century of Heritage and Hope—as well as numerous articles on the history of Christianity in the United States and theological education.

He holds an MA from Wheaton College and a PhD in the history of Christianity from The Divinity School of the University of Chicago.

Paul J. LeBlanc

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Paul J. LeBlanc

Paul J. LeBlanc is president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) and author of Students First: Equity, Access, and Opportunity in Higher Education. Under the 18 years of his direction, SNHU has grown from 10,000 students to more than 165,000 learners and is the largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country. LeBlanc serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. LeBlanc earned his master’s from Boston College and received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. From 1993 to 1996, he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was president of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003, and became president of SNHU in 2003.

Charla Long

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Charla Long

Charla Long is president of the Competency-Based Education Network, an international consortium of higher education institutions and statewide systems seeking to design, develop, and scale new models of student learning. Additionally, she leads C-BEN’s Consulting Services, which is dedicated to helping institutions with competency-based learning. In 2016, Long was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People in Higher Education for her work in competency-based education. Long is co-author of The Leader’s Guide to Competency-Based Education (2018).

Randy MacFarland

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Randy MacFarland

Randy MacFarland joined the faculty and administration of Denver Seminary in 1997. From 1997–2001, he served as vice president of training and mentoring and associate professor of pastoral ministry and evangelism. He was named academic dean in 2001 and continued in that role until his retirement in 2018. In addition, he served as provost from 2008–2018. MacFarland has written, led seminars, and consulted nationally and internationally in the area of mentoring. He has led several workshops for ATS and the evangelical seminary deans’ council. He contributed articles to the Denver Seminary magazine, contributed to the Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture, and has a chapter in C(h)aos Theory, a book on the work of the seminary dean. MacFarland earned his DMin from Andover Newton Theological School, with an emphasis in psychology and clinical studies. He received his MDiv from Denver Seminary. In 2018, MacFarland was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary.

Molly T. Marshall

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Molly T. Marshall

Molly T. Marshall serves as the president of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Previously, she taught for 11 years at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and worked at Central Baptist Theological Seminary for 25 years, serving the last 16 as president. Marshall has also worked as a youth minister, campus minister, pastor, and scholar. Part of her ministry has been expressed through writing, including blogs, scholarly articles, and opinion pieces. She has published 13 books, most notably Joining the Dance: A Theology of the Spirit. She recently completed a theological commentary on the Thessalonian correspondence that is forthcoming in the BELIEF series.

Hosffman Ospino

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Hosffman Ospino

Hosffman Ospino is associate professor of theology and religious education at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where he is also chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and director of the university’s Graduate Programs in Hispanic Ministry. Ospino is the principal investigator for several national studies on Hispanic Catholics. He is currently advancing a national study on how Hispanic Catholics discern vocation to ecclesial ministry. He has authored/edited 15 books and more than 140 essays, academic and general. Ospino serves on the boards of several national organizations. He is the current president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and an officer of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He earned his PhD from Boston College.

Jodi L. Porter

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Jodi L. Porter

Jodi L. Porter serves as director of coordination at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). She collaborates across teams to design FTE’s events, grants, and online courses for Lilly Endowment Inc. coordination programs, including the Youth Theology Network (YTN) and the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation initiatives. Porter is also a candidate for the EdD in leadership and learning in organizations at Vanderbilt University. Her capstone project focuses on the ATS Cultivating Educational Capacity initiative. Porter is passionate about FTE’s mission to cultivate diverse leaders for the church and academy, writing and speaking on sojo.net, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Conversations podcast, and churchleaders.com to highlight how the YTN empowers and equips young leaders. Prior to FTE, Porter served at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity and at Baylor University. She completed an MTh in applied theology at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford.

Angela D. Sims

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Angela D. Sims

Angela D. Sims is the 13th president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS)—the first woman president of CRCDS and the first president to lead CRCDS at its new location at 320 North Goodman Street in Rochester, New York. She came to CRCDS from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas and Oklahoma, where she served as the vice president of institutional advancement, as the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor in Church and Society, and as a professor of ethics and Black Church studies. She is the author and coauthor of several books and is the recipient of an array of grants and fellowships. Sims, a renowned Womanist scholar and a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA, has been featured on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and in articles in the Dallas Morning News, in the Baptist Standard and in the New York Times. Prior to pursuing theological work, she served in the business field—skills that have proven essential in her administrative work. Sims earned her PhD from Union Presbyterian Seminary and her MDiv from Howard University School of Divinity.

Joanne Solís-Walker

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Joanne Solís-Walker

Joanne Solís-Walker is associate dean and professor of practice of leadership at Candler School of Theology of Emory University. She previously served as associate professor of practical theology and special assistant to the president on diversity at Northwest Nazarene University. Solís-Walker is a practical theologian with extensive experience in leadership, global missions, and pastoral ministry. She is a visionary builder who has served in Christian higher education, innovating theological programs contextualized to serve diverse communities in Spanish and English. Solís-Walker is the co-founder and a lead consultant at CaminoRoad and is an ordained minister of The Wesleyan Church. She has a PhD in organizational leadership and development with an emphasis on ecclesial leadership.

Chloe Sun

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Chloe Sun

Chloe Sun is academic dean and professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary in California. Her recent publications include Attempt Great Things for God: Theological Education in Diaspora (Eerdmans, 2020) and Conspicuous in His Absence: Studies in the Song of Songs and Esther (IVP Academic, 2021). Sun earned her PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Tom Tanner

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Tom Tanner

Tom Tanner joined the ATS staff in August 2012 after serving for 33 years in various academic leadership roles at Lincoln (IL) Christian University. As a director of accreditation, his work includes facilitating accrediting reviews, providing education and support to member schools about the process of accreditation, and providing staff support to the work of the Board of Commissioners of the ATS Commission on Accrediting.

Tanner served on many accreditation visits for decades before joining the ATS staff—for the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) since 1984 and for ATS since 2006—as well as serving on several joint regional accreditation visits with SACS and HLC. He has presented numerous self-study workshops for ATS, ABHE, and HLC. He also served as a board member and commission member for ABHE. Tanner is a licensed minister among Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, having served as resident and visiting minister for several congregations in Illinois. His published works include two books (What Ministers Know and Verses and Voices), numerous articles for various journals, and former editorship of the Journal for Biblical Higher Education. In addition, he has published numerous articles in Colloquy Online, the Association's newsletter

A graduate of Lincoln Christian University (BA and MDiv) and the University of Illinois (MA, MLIS, and PhD), Tanner holds degrees in ministry, New Testament, classical philology, and library and information science.
 
 
Scott L. Thumma

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Scott L. Thumma

Scott L. Thumma is professor of sociology of religion and director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford International University (formerly Hartford Seminary). He has published numerous articles, research reports, and chapters on religious life in addition to co-authoring three books, The Other 80 Percent, Beyond Megachurch Myths, and Gay Religion. He has researched and written on megachurches, evangelicalism, gay religious life, congregational studies, the rise of nondenominational churches, and the changing religious landscape.

Thumma is the principal investigator for the five-year Lilly Endowment grant to study the impact of the pandemic on churches and a Thriving in Ministry grant. He co-leads the Faith Communities Today national research project and has also conducted seven national studies of megachurches and three national studies of nondenominational churches. He is also on the organizing committee for the 2020 US Religion Census effort. Additionally, Thumma is the chair of the ATS Research and Data Advisory Committee.

Frank M. Yamada

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Frank M. Yamada

Frank M. Yamada began as executive director of The Association of Theological Schools in July 2017. He oversees the work of both the Association and the Commission on Accrediting. Prior to ATS, he joined the McCormick faculty in 2008 as associate professor of Hebrew Bible and director of the Center for Asian American Ministries. In 2011, he was elected as McCormick’s tenth president—the first Asian American to lead a Presbyterian Church (USA) seminary. His tenure there was marked by increasing diversity in McCormick’s student body and creative engagement with the shifting realities of theological education. Yamada previously had taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament for nine years at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.

An active biblical scholar, Yamada has authored and edited books and articles on cross-cultural and feminist hermeneutics. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where he has served as a chair and as a steering committee member of the Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics Group, the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible Section, and the Committee for Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession. In addition, he was a member of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium and the American Academy of Religion, and he was the cochair for the Managing Board of the Asian Pacific Americans and Religion Research Initiative annual conference.

A graduate of Southern California College, Yamada earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, USA and has written and spoken on the future of the church and theological education.

Mark Young

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Mark Young

Mark Young serves as president of Denver Seminary. Previously, he served as professor of world missions and intercultural studies at Dallas Theological Seminary from 1995–2009 and was the founding academic dean of the Biblical Theological Seminary in Wroclaw, Poland. Young has authored several publications, including The Hope of the Gospel: Theological Education and the Next Evangelicalism (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2022), One True Story, One True God: What the Bible Is All About (Our Daily Bread Publishing, 2021), “Marriage and the Mission of God,” published in Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology and Mission in a Changing World (Moody Press, 2018), and “Recapturing Evangelical Identity and Mission” published in Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (InterVarsity Press, 2018). He has also presented on issues in theological education and mission for numerous international symposia and conferences. Young holds a PhD in educational studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a ThM in New Testament literature and exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary. He serves as president of the Board of Directors for The Association of Theological Schools and is a member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, Evangelical Theological Society, OMSC Missions Leaders Forum, and several other organizations.

Mary H. Young

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Mary H. Young

Mary H. Young joined the staff of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in June 2017 as director, leadership education. She is responsible for planning and implementing leadership education programs for administrators in ATS member schools, including conferences and workshops for academic officers, development personnel, financial officers, and student personnel administrators as well as the programs for Women in Leadership (WIL) and the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE).

Young came to ATS after 23 years in service to Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia, most recently as assistant professor of Christian education, and director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program. She also led the seminary in institutional effectiveness, accreditation preparedness, data collection, grant reporting, and program evaluation. Having guided the seminary in discussions around online learning, she also completed a Wabash Center program on online teaching for theological faculty.

Ordained in The American Baptist Churches, Young has served as minister of education at several churches in the Richmond area and written church school curricula for the denomination. She brings to ATS her experience as a pastoral leader, workshop facilitator, and consultant in Christian education for churches and other organizations.

Her publications include sermons in Preaching Funerals in the Black Church: Bringing Perspective to Pain (Dr. Peter M. Wherry, author/editor, Judson Press, 2013), and Those Preachin Women, Volume 4 (Dr. Ella P. Mitchell, editor, Judson Press, 2004). She is coauthor of “Small Investments Yield Big Rewards: How One Seminary's Faculty, Staff, and Students are Working Together to Put a Dent in the Debt Crisis," an article in the Theological Education journal. Forthcoming publications include “Religious Education and Communities of Learning: Inspiring Religious, Social, and Public Political Activism" in From Lament to Public Advocacy: Black Religious Education and Public Theology.

A graduate of Virginia Union University in mathematics, Young earned her MDiv from Virginia Union and her EdD from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education.


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REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE: Thursday, May 26, 2022

FEES:
The Association of Theological Schools expresses its appreciation to Lilly Endowment Inc. for its generous grant funding of the Pathways for Tomorrow Coordination Program and the Organizational Educational Models in Theological Education project. Funding through these grants will cover the event registration fee, event meals, lodging (Monday night through Thursday night), and travel for participants of the 2022 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting Onsite Conference.

Spouse/Guest Fee: $150 (for those not associated with ATS member schools or affiliates; includes all ATS/COA Biennial Meeting Conference meals)

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
Please check VisitPittsburgh.com for the latest city and statewide COVID-19 protocols for hotels, restaurants, and travel. We will follow these current protocols during the 2022 ATS/COA Biennial Meeting, which are in line with the current U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Attendees should also check on travel requirements from their destination into Pittsburgh, including those related to the Canada/US border. More information on COVID-19 protocols in US airports can be found on the TSA website.

The Wyndham currently requires face masks in indoor public areas for guests who are not fully vaccinated and strongly encourages masks for all others. More details and updates on COVID-19 protocols can be found on the Wyndham Hotel website.

ATS membership will be made aware of any new mandates relating to the Biennial Meeting as they occur.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Participants choosing to cancel a registration after Thursday, May 26, will be required to pay a $50 administrative fee.

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CONTACT:
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Date & Time
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Location
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