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News & Press: Message from the President

From ATHE President Josh Abrams, December 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019  
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Happy Holiday Season!

I can’t believe that the end of term is upon us and hope that you’ve all had productive semesters. As you read this, much is happening within ATHE to keep all our volunteer leadership and contracted staff busy. Focus Groups and Committees are evaluating the many proposals we received for the Detroit conference, which looks like it will be an incredible event! Devon Binder and her team at Red Door Alliances, whom many of you met and interacted with in Orlando, is soliciting bids for 2021 and future conferences, and there are some really exciting possibilities on the list.

As I mentioned in September, the Governing Council and Executive Director are updating the Operations Manual, which has gotten somewhat out of date. We’re planning to have an up-to-date version published in the spring. One of the things we’re considering in line with that is developing and updating official ATHE statements and policies (including both a Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and Domestic Partners Position Policy); if you have thoughts about position statements and policies that you think it might be appropriate for ATHE to consider developing, you might send me an email at The aim here would not be necessarily about specific one-time or localised political issues, but about ongoing conditions that we might seek to address. What might you want from ATHE?

ATHE is a co-signer of the American Sociological Association’s Statement on Student Evaluations of Teaching and we’re looking at more instances where we can support such advocacy challenges. If you see things where you’d like us to co-sign with other organizations on such issues, please send them to me for the Governing Council’s consideration. Both the GC and Operations Committee are meeting regularly and at our last GC meeting, we finalised the list of committee members for the year. Thank you to all those of you who volunteer for the organization—we’ll be sending formal appointment letters out shortly to each of you.

Happy Holidays and all my Best,

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