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Get to Know the ATHE Research & Publications Committee

Saturday, December 14, 2019  
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The ATHE Research and Publications Committee never sleeps... At any given time, somewhere in the world, a member of the R&P committee is hard at work — planning the next special issue of a journal, editing an article, corresponding with prospective book reviewers, or any of the professional activities that demand the time and attention of our committee members.

As the name of the committee suggests, the R&P Committee consists largely of the editorial team whose efforts produce the journals that showcase the best research in our field. ATHE publishes two journals, Theatre Journal and Theatre Topics, which together strive to represent the full range of ATHE members’ interests. The journals are sent to ATHE members and to academics and libraries around the world.

Membership on the R&P Committee also includes Focus Group Reps who volunteer to join the committee to help advance its mission. Beyond the journals, the R&P’s work includes organizing sessions for each conference. Conference sessions from our committee include both sessions that present current scholarly research and practical “how to” sessions in collaboration with the Professional Development Committee.

This time of year brings another activity that will keep another group of ATHE members busy for the next few months. The Outstanding Book Award Committee is supervised by the Chair of R&P. The ATHE Outstanding Book Award Committee received over 60 nominations last year. Carefully reading those many titles kept all four committee members — including me — busy over winter break and well into the new year! I know that this year’s committee is excited for the opportunity to consider (and enjoy) this cross-section of the innovative research and quality writing in our field.

It’s an honor to serve as chair of this dynamic, productive committee. If you have questions about the ATHE Research and Publications Committee, feel free to get in touch.

D.J. Hopkins
Vice President for Research and Publications

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