Executive Committee, Association of Departments of English, 2009-2011. The ADE Executive Committee studies trends in the profession, supplying data and reports on these trends to Administrators of English Departments, writing programs, and divisions of humanities around the country. Executive Committee members help run the annual Chairs meetings, leading workshops for new chairs and seminars for the membership on current issues in the profession.
Modern Language Association, Ad Hoc Committee on the Structure of the Annual Convention, 2006-2010. Serving as a member of the committee that reconsidered the status, structure, and function of the annual convention. We proposed a redesign of the schedule, timing, session types and session allocations. The proposal was overwhelmingly approved by the Delegate Assembly and Executive Committee in 2007. The new Convention will run for the first time in January 2011.
Mellon Tri-College Faculty Forum, at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore. Directed the program during its original growth phase, 2002-2004. The Trico Forum was initiated by a consortium grant from the Mellon Foundation, to study the professional lives of liberal arts faculty in four age cohorts: newly hired, newly tenured, mid-career, and nearing retirement. Our programming received permanent funding in 2006 and continues to foster lively intercollegiate collaborations among faculty on the three campuses
“Saying Yes Strategically / Saying No Constructively”. Co-designer with Timothy Burke (Swarthmore, Dept. of History) and Rob Fairman (Haverford, Dept. of Biology). Professional negotiation workshop for newly hired faculty, designed to demystify the paths academics choose as they navigate requests for institutional and professional service. Originally conceived in 2002 as Tric-College Forum programming for newly hired faculty at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore. Now also run in other institutional contexts: as a pre-convention workshop for junior faculty sponsored by the ADE Executive Committee, Modern Language Association Convention December 2009, Philadelphia; University of Tennessee, October, 2009, Knoxville.
Philadelphia Working Group for Early Modern Studies. Co-founder, 1998-present. Originally supported by a Trico Forum grant, this group has expanded to include faculty with expertise in Early Modern English literature and culture, from a dozen or more colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. We share work in progress and consult on professional initiatives of many kinds.