ATDS Pre-Conference 2015



JULY 29, 2015, 1:00-5:00PM

Application Deadline: June 15, 2015

The American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS) is delighted to announce an ATHE preconference designed for the professional development of early- and mid-career faculty. This gathering, held on Wednesday, July 29th at the ATHE Conference hotel, will include presentations and workshops, informal discussions, and a Q & A with invited preconference Mentors, all life-time members of ATDS: Dr. Henry Bial, Dr. Jim Cherry, Dr. J. Ellen Gainor, and Dr. Heather Nathans (see bios below).

While issues of tenure and promotion (to Associate or Full) will be one focus of conversation, the session will also be tailored to the specific needs of participants, including those who are not in tenure-track positions. Other potential topics include:

  •  Addressing the question of institutional “fit”
  •  Career advancement for tenure-track or NTT positions
  •  Making the jump from faculty to administration
  •  Shifting to new research or pedagogical interests
  •  Chairing a department for the first time
  •  Navigating the job market mid-career
  •  Finding grants and fellowships
  •  Balancing creative work and scholarship
  •  Harmonizing our personal and professional lives

Participants will be offered the opportunity to review their CV and dossier in one-on-one consultations with pre-conference Mentors and members of the ATDS leadership, and to continue these conversations across the year.

To apply, send a current CV to Dr. Anne Fletcher ( In your email, please include your ideas on the topics you would most like to address.

Due to the size of the conference room and the personalized design of this preconference, registration must be limited to 20 participants. Applications must be received by June 15, 2015. Attendees will be notified of their inclusion no later than June 25, 2015.

There is a nominal participation fee to help cover the costs of the pre-conference: $20 for ATDS members, $40 for non-members.

Facilities have been provided through a generous grant from ATHE.

Questions? Contact pre-conference planners Anne Fletcher (, Beth Osborne (, or Jim Cherry (


  • Henry Bial—Director of the School of the Arts, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Theatre at the University of Kansas. He is the current President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and a lifetime member of ATDS. His newest book, Playing God: The Bible on the Broadway Stage, is scheduled for publication this fall by the University of Michigan Press.
  • Jim Cherry—Associate Professor and Chair of Theater at Wabash College. Jim has published articles and reviews in Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Popular Culture, and a number of book collections. His most recent essay, “Parody, E.E. Cummings, and the Twentieth-Century Rebuilding of Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published in Modern Drama 57:2 (Summer 2014). Jim is also an actor, a director, and Wabash’s Faculty Marshal. He has served as the ATHE Conference Planner for the American Theatre and Drama Society, as well as on various committees fostering the development of graduate students and pre-tenure faculty.
  • J. Ellen Gainor—Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School, and as the Director of Graduate Studies for Cornell’s doctoral program in Theatre. She is the author of the award-winning studies Shaw’s Daughters: Dramatic and Narrative Constructions of Gender and Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture, and Politics 1915-48. She co-edited Performing America: Cultural Nationalism in American Theater and Susan Glaspell: The Complete Plays. She edited Imperialism and Theatre: Essays on World Theatre, Drama, and Performance, and with Stanton Garner, Jr. and Martin Puchner, published The Norton Anthology of Drama. She has served as a literary consultant to the Shaw Festival in Canada, the Mint Theater in New York, and the Orange Tree Theatre in London.
  • Heather Nathans—Professor and Chair of the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University. She is President of the American Society for Theatre Research and a past President of ATDS. She is the author of Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson and Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861. She served as co-editor (and contributing author) for Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance). She has chapters included in Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance; Theatre Historiography: Critical Interventions; Cambridge Companion to African American Theatre, and Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage.