ATTW Letter from the President

Kelli Cargile Cook
Texas Tech University

Spring 2010

The new year and a new decade arrived this January, and, before we know it, our annual conference will be here. This year’s conference will find us in Louisville, the Possibility City. Home to the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, Louisville is also known for its famous “B’s”: baseball bats, bourbon, professional boxers, and bluegrass.

In addition to getting to know Louisville, our 13th annual conference will offer us many opportunities to share ideas, visit with old friends, and make new ones. This year’s conference, Synergies: The Intersections of Research and Teaching, is organized by program chair Summer Taylor and event coordinator Michelle Eble. It promises to be one of the best yet, so mark your calendars and join us in Louisville on March 17, 2010.

Since my last Bulletin letter, we’ve made excellent progress in staffing our committees. Below is the current list of committees, chairs, and members:

Chair: Paul R. Sawyer.
Members: Michael J. K. Bokor, Lyn F. Gattis, Morgan Gresham, Dianna Laurent, Jessica Livingston, Deborah Balzhiser Morton

Outgoing Editors: Marj Rush Hovde and Ed Nagelhout
Incoming Editors: Claudia Grinnell, editor, and Lora Arduser, assistant editor

Chair: Paul Dombrowski.
Members: Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Keith Gibson, Martine Courant Rife, Susan Youngblood, Marianne Cotugno, Cat Shuler, Ryan Hoover

International Issues
Chair: Michael Moore.
Members: Jerry Savage, Stephen Bernhardt,,Huatong Sun, Bruce Maylath, Quan Zhou, Han Yu, Ann Brady, Emily Thrush, Michael Martin, Cheryl Raleigh, C.K. Jung, Joseph Dawson

Chairs: Sean Williams and Susan Popham.
Members: Beth Tebeaux, Karla Saari Kitalong, Julia Romberger-DePew, Wanda Worley

Research Committee
Chair: Cheryl Geisler.
Members: Bill Hart-Davidson, Claire Lauer, Becky Rickly, Heather Shearer, Krista Kennedy, Sharon James McGee, Erin Friess, Dawn M. Armfield, Robert Schafer,  Roxane Gay

Teaching Committee
Chair: Sandy Dorley.
Members: Nancy Allen, Meg Morgan, Steve Benninghoff, Alex Ilyasova, Rylish Moeller

I also want to thank everyone who volunteered for committee work. We had more volunteers than spaces to fill. Having to turn down offers to support our organization troubled me, and this concern makes wonder if ATTW is ready to move from an organization with committees to one with special interest groups. I would like for you to think about this possibility. Specifically, I would like for you to consider if we are ready to organize special interest groups, and, if so, what groups should we create?

These questions are new business items that we will discuss at our upcoming business meeting, immediately following the conference. In addition to discussing this new business, our business meeting will include reports from officers and current committees, our annual awards ceremony, and special recognition of several members who have served our organization well for years. I hope all of you will plan on joining us for this special event.

Until we meet in Louisville, best wishes to everyone for a productive and enjoyable semester.