Betty Jean Jones Award
To honor and remember Betty Jean Jones, who was a highly respected and admired American Theatre and Drama teacher, the American Theatre and Drama Society accepts nominations each year for the Betty Jean Jones Award. Betty Jean received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and, until her untimely death, was a professor at the University of Michigan. The award that bears her name honors individuals who have achieved excellence as college/university teachers and/or scholars, and have served as mentors in the profession.
The award is presented at the annual ATHE conference, this year to be held in Boston, MA August 1-5, 2018. Honorees receive a travel stipend (up to $750), a $200 Honorarium, and Lifetime Honorary Membership in ATDS. Nominations from students, colleagues, and other members of the academic community are welcomed each year.
Have taught on the college level (either full or part time) for at least 10 years. These need not have been consecutive.
Have had an impact on students and the profession as a scholar, a teacher, an artist, and/or a mentor in the field of theatre and drama in and of the Americas, recognizing that notions of America and the U.S. encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another.
Nominees need not be members of either ATDS or ATHE, but the individual making the nomination must be a member of ATDS.
The ATDS nominating member must submit a letter of nomination and no more than three supporting letters describing the nominee’s distinction by February 1, 2018 to Barry Witham, chair of the Betty Jean Jones Award Committee, at email@example.com
Email submissions with attachments are preferred.
2017-2018 Committee: Barry Witham (University of Washington), Felicia Londré (University of Missouri – Kansas City), and Jonathan Chambers (Bowling Green State University)
The American Theatre and Drama Society will honor one person each year, but a nominee’s file will be considered for up to three subsequent years.
John W. Frick Book Award
Deadline: February 2, 2018
Purpose: The American Theatre and Drama Society’s John W. Frick Book Award honors the best monograph published each year on theatre and performance of/in the Americas, recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $200 and be recognized at the annual ATDS membership meeting at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston, MA, August 1-5.
Evaluation and eligibility: Books will be evaluated on the basis of originality, critical rigor, and contribution to the field of American theatre and drama. Books must exhibit a copyright date of 2017. Edited collections, anthologies, and plays are not eligible.
Nominations: The author, the publisher, or any member of ATDS may submit nominations.
Submissions: Please submit one copy of the book to each of the three committee members:
Mark Cosdon (Chair)
Dept. of Communication Arts and Theatre
Meadville, PA 16335
Department of English
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Noreen C. Barnes
15 Whittier Drive
Acton, MA 01720
Vera Mowry Roberts Award
Call for Nominations: 2018
The American Theatre and Drama Society once again offers the Vera Mowry Roberts Research and Publication Award for the best essay published in English (essays must appear in a refereed scholarly journal or edited collection). The essay must focus on Theatre and/or Performance in the Americas (recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). The award recipient will receive $200 and a one-year membership in ATDS and will be recognized at ATDS’s meeting during the annual convention of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).
Deadline: March 1, 2018
Eligibility: The author must be a degreed (no longer enrolled in a graduate program) but untenured scholar at the time the essay is published. The competition is also open to independent scholars, or scholars working in adjunct, or full-time, non-tenure track positions. Eligible essays must have been published between February 2017 and February 2018.
Nomination: Nominations may come from the author of the essay, any member of the American Theatre and Drama Society, or the editor of a journal or collection in which the essay appeared. Authors may nominate only one essay. Editors may nominate one essay per volume or collection.
Submission: Electronic submissions only. Email a PDF to Prof. Sean Metzger, Chair of the Selection Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017-2018 Selection Committee: Sean Metzger (UCLA), Leah Lowe (Vanderbilt), & Angela Latham (Governors State University)
Publication Subvention Award
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Purpose: To help individual authors offset costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, facsimiles, accompanying multimedia materials, and permissions. Proposals that make use of new technologies are also welcome. The proposed project must focus on Theatre and/or Performance in the Americas (recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another). The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $200 and will be recognized at the annual ATDS membership meeting at the ATHE Conference 2018 in Boston.
Eligibility: Scholars at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. Applicants need not be members of ATDS, but members are especially encouraged to apply.
An abstract (no more than 1,000 words) that describes the project and its contribution to American theatre and drama scholarship.
A copy of the article, or, if a book, a representative chapter. If the project is non-print, please arrange to send a DVD, CD, or web link.
A copy of the contract/letter of agreement from the journal editor or publisher indicating that the project has been accepted. The contract or letter should specify the author’s assumption of the expenses for which the subvention is requested.
A detailed budget and explanation of the expenses to which the subvention would be applied. Wherever possible, expenses should be itemized (e.g., a list of illustrations and their rights/reproduction cost).
Please submit all materials via email to Selection Committee Chair Heidi L. Nees at: email@example.com
2017-2018 Selection Committee: Heidi L. Nees (Bowling Green State University), Patrick Midgley (Texas Tech University), & Dan Venning (Union College)
Faculty Travel/Research Award
Deadline: April 01, 2018
Purpose: To provide an award in support of faculty travel to conduct research in the field of theatre, drama, and performance of the Americas.
Eligibility: Faculty members at any rank who have not previously been awarded an ATDS Faculty Travel/Research grant are eligible to apply. Applicants do not have to be ATDS members to submit, but submissions from members are especially encouraged.*
Award Amount: $400.00
The application should include:
A 600-word proposal detailing your research project. Please provide an explanation of the nature and significance of the project, the intended use of archive or scope of the ethnographic study, the intended use of the funding (with budget), and the expected outcome (monograph, conference presentation, article submission, edited volume, performance text, or other creative work, etc.). Preference will be given to those presentations that best reflect ATDS’s mission to advance the study of American theatre and drama (broadly defined), its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice.
A 2-3 pp. bio with most pertinent information.
Submit applications via email to Dr. Lawrence Jasper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Awardee will be notified by April 30, 2018.
*Important Note: This year’s faculty research award is designated for supporting travel costs related to archival and ethnographic research. In 2019, the award will be designated to support faculty travel to academic conferences (including but not limited to ATHE). Former winners of an ATDS Faculty Travel/Presentation Award may apply for a Travel/Research award.
2017-2018 Selection Committee: Larry Jasper (Cal. State, Fullerton); John Fletcher (Louisiana State University); Jeanmarie Higgins (Penn State)
Contingent Faculty Research and Travel Award
Deadline: April 01, 2018
Purpose: To assist an ATDS member or members who are in contingent faculty with the costs associated with travel to pursue academic research in the field of theatre, drama, and performance of the Americas at a location not in their immediate geographic area or to attend a conference.
Eligibility: ATDS member or members who are in contingent faculty positions that render them ineligible for institutional research or travel support.
Award Amount: $400.00
The application should include:
1. A 600-word proposal detailing your research project or your objective in attending the conference. For research applications, please provide an explanation of the nature and significance of the project, the intended use of archive or scope of the ethnographic study, the intended use of the funding (with budget), and the expected outcome (monograph, conference presentation, article submission, edited volume, performance text, or other creative work, etc.). For conference attendance, preference will be given to applicants who plan to present work at the conference, but a case might be made for attending a specialized conference if it will directly aid in the applicant’s research, pedagogy, or praxis. Preference will also be given to proposals that best reflect ATDS’s mission to advance the study of American theatre and drama (broadly defined), its varied histories, traditions, literatures, and performances within its cultural contexts and to applicants who plan to present their work on ATDS-sponsored panels. ATDS also encourages the evolving debate exploring national identities and experiences through research, pedagogy, and practice.
2. A 2-3 page c.v.
Submit applications via email to email@example.com
Awardee will be notified by April 30, 2018.
2017-2018 Selection Committee: Jim Cherry (Wabash College), Chair; Anne Fletcher (Southern Illinois University); and Bob Vorlicky (New York University)
Graduate Student Travel/Research Award
Deadline: March 31, 2018
Purpose: To provide support for graduate student travel to present research at an ATDS-sponsored panel (including but not limited to ATHE). Awardees will receive $400, a one-year free membership to ATDS, and will be recognized at ATDS’s annual business meeting at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston.
Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in a graduate program in theatre/performance studies is eligible. Students need not be members of ATDS at the time of application but preference will be given to ATDS members. Please note that the applicant must still be in graduate school during the proposed time of use for the award.
Application Process: Please submit the following materials via email to Rebecca Worley at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on March 30th,2018. Submissions time-stamped after March 30th will not be accepted.
An abstract of the paper and invitation/notice of acceptance from the panel organizers.
A current Curriculum Vitae
Two letters of support from faculty mentors familiar with your work. Letters from ATDS members are especially welcome.
Awardee will be notified by May 14th.
2017-2018 Committee: Rebecca Worley (Texas A&M University - Commerce), Pamela Cobrin (Barnard College), and Amy Osatinski (University of Northern Iowa)
*Important Note: This year’s graduate student travel/research award is designated for supporting travel to present research at a professional meeting. In alternate years, it will be designated to support graduate student travel to conduct research. Former winners of an ATDS Graduate Student Research Award may apply for a Travel award.
Emerging Scholar Award
Purpose: To support new scholars who have not yet presented at a major national conference to submit papers. Winners will receive a year-long membership to ATDS, which includes subscription to the journal Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, as well as a $200 cash award. Awardees are also expected to present their essay at the ATHE Conference.
Eligibility: Any scholar who has not presented at a major national conference.
2018 call will be posted shortly.
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