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The primary purpose of ATHE’s Professional Development Committee is to offer effective resources and training for all ATHE members through our conference programming, mentorship models, committee work and position papers. The PDC fosters mentorship and leadership training across the ranks and across specializations in theatre departments and programs. We are committed to educating the membership about the current challenges faced by our profession and to training graduate students, adjuncts, part-time, tenure-track, and tenured faculty, and unemployed members in how to develop and maintain their professional skills. We advocate fair compensation and benefits and recognition of the importance of theatre faculty members. We acknowledge and foster the continuing role of retired colleagues in ATHE and the profession. The Vice President for Professional Development, Noe Montez, chairs the Professional Development Committee.

The Professional Development Committee is organized into subcommittees and programs:

Assessment Subcommittee

This subcommittee focuses on assessment, a timely and important challenge in our field and a current concern for many of our colleagues.

Chairs and Deans Subcommittee

As part of the PDC’s goal to enhance the leadership skills of its members, both within ATHE and their home institutions, this subcommittee sponsors the Chairs and Deans Luncheon at the annual ATHE conference. The subcommittee also generates programming to address the issues facing chairs, deans and directors of theatre programs, familiarizing them with current scholarship on leadership and providing networking opportunities.

Contingent Labor Subcommittee

The function of this subcommittee is to support contingent faculty, contingent staff, and teaching artists by creating a network at ATHE to support professional development geared toward the specific needs of people in these categories. Topic may include resume development, cover letter writing, preparing for interviews, interviewing techniques, developing portfolios for interviews and reviews, and salary and/or job description negotiations. The subcommittee is to be comprised of ATHE members who self identify as members of one or more of these employment categories and will be charged with reaching out to peers withing the categories to assess and address the interests and needs of these ATHE members through midyear and conference programming.

Graduate Student Subcommittee

The GSSC provides programs at the ATHE conference to foster communication and collaboration among graduate students in theatre. These programs include the Conference Orientation, the Graduate Student Networking Session, and an informal Graduate Get-Together. The subcommittee also sponsors the GSSC e-mail list as a means for theatre graduate students to communicate and network.

Pedagogy Subcommittee

The goal of the Pedagogy Subcommittee is to provide opportunities for ATHE members to continue developing their pedagogical skills, and to support the development of scholarship in the field of theatre pedagogy. The Subcommittee presents workshops and panels at the annual conference.

Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee

This subcommittee began as a task force to generate the new ATHE Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion. The members of the committee will continue to update the document and expand the online services available in the Tenure and Promotion Center.


Since August 2000, the Institute has presented the annual Leadership Development Program pre-conference workshop just prior to the annual ATHE Conference. Designed for faculty who wish to find out more about leadership and administrative roles in higher education, this workshop acquaints many with a variety of challenges and opportunities facing faculty and administrators and equips participants with some tools to deal with those. One of the key features is that participants are assigned mentors—experienced university leaders and administrators—who attend the pre-conference workshops with the participants. The workshop is invaluable for members who wish to explore the possibilities of a future leadership role in higher education.

Committee Members

  • Noe Montez, Tufts University - Vice President for Professional Development
  • James Brandon, Hillsdale College
  • Shelby Brewster, University of Pittsburgh
  • Stacy Cabaj, Loyola Marymount University
  • Rachel DeSoto-Jackson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Bill Doan, Penn State
  • Jane Duncan, Belmont University
  • Kathryn Edney, Regis University
  • Bradley Griffin, Pepperdine University
  • EB Hunter, San Francisco State University
  • David Jortner, Baylor University
  • Travis Malone, Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Steve Peters, Montevallo University
  • Jake Pinholster, Arizona State University
  • Becky Prophet, Alfred University
  • Matt Saltzberg, Salisbury University
  • Will Shuler, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Kristin Sosnowsky, Louisiana State University
  • Lionel Walsh, Windsor University

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