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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Status of Women in the Profession Committee Business Meeting
Melissa M. Wilcox, University of California, Riverside, Presiding
Friday - 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Omni-Boardroom 1 (Sixth Level)

Annual business meeting for the Status of Women in the Profession Committee. Anyone wishing to bring new business for the committee to consider is welcome to email the committee chair, Melissa M. Wilcox, at

Status of LGBTIQ Persons, People with Disabilities, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Women in the Profession Committees
Theme: Chairs Meeting
Friday - 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Convention Center-18 (Mezzanine Level)


Status of LGBTIQ Persons, People with Disabilities, Racial and Ethnic Minorities, and Women in the Profession Committees
Theme: Weaponization of the Mexico/USA Border
Edwin David Aponte, Louisville Institute, Presiding
Saturday - 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 204A (Second Level)

This panel will be a discussion of a variety of issues tied to the weaponization of the Mexico/USA border and the implications of this weaponization. Many times the emphasis between the study of religions and the Mexico/USA border has focused upon immigration. Yet, the issues are broader, intersectional, and reach far beyond the physical geographic location of this border. Some of these issues include native sovereignty, trade, the environment, ability, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, illness, migrations, education as well as their relationships with the study of religions. The panel includes experts from various locations and identities, including those working with non-governmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and colleges and universities.

Laurie Louise Patton, Middlebury College
Amrah Salomon, University of California, San Diego
Ricardo Gallego, San Diego LGBTQ Community Center
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Activist Theology Project
Neomi De Anda, University of Dayton
Robert Chao Romero, Matthew 25 Movement
  • Focus on Employment
  • Professional Development
Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty Committee and Academic Relations Committee and Status of LGBTIQ Persons in the Profession Committee and Teaching and Learning Committee
Theme: Student Evaluations: What They're Good For, How They’re Biased, and Ways to Use Them to Your Advantage
Elizabeth Lemons, Tufts University, Presiding
Saturday - 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Marriott Marquis-Carlsbad (South Tower - Third Level)

Given the continued reliance on student evaluations for hiring, renewal, and promotion decisions, this session considers the extensive data which shows how student evaluations are often biased against women, LGBTQI+ and brown and black communities. Further, student evaluations are often the only source for evaluating the work of contingent faculty. Evaluations also don’t reliably capture student learning and may undermine their own understanding of good teaching. This panel will be focused on steps that departments and individual faculty members can take to address this issue.

Unregistered Participant
Susan E. Hill, University of Northern Iowa
Jonathan H. X. Lee, San Francisco State University
Jessica Tinklenberg, Claremont University Consortium
Thelathia Young, Bucknell University
  • Professional Development
Publications Committee and Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Women and Publishing
Andrea Jain, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Presiding
Saturday - 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Hilton Bayfront-Sapphire 411A (Fourth Level)

Submissions by women to journals and books series, including JAAR, are lower by percentage than the percentage of women in the field of religious studies. This panel brings together women successful as editors and authors to discuss the reasons for this and offer advice and support to women in the field for their publishing agendas.

Zayn Kassam, Pomona College
Elaine Maisner, University of North Carolina Press
Lisa Sideris, Indiana University
Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Professional Development
Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Care as a Form of Resistance
Nami Kim, Spelman College, Presiding
Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Convention Center-28A (Upper Level East)

Building on our 2018 Special Topics Forum, the Status of Women in the Profession Committee’s forum this year will continue to address care as a form of resistance, especially in the context of women scholars who express rage and its accompanying risks, by looking at four specific areas: aftercare (once someone has taken a great risk); long-term career care (how does someone prepare and keep going through the long haul); collective care (how do we care collectively rather than self-care); and informed and planned risks (taking risks in an informed manner and planning for them).

Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University


C. Vanessa White, Catholic Theological Union
Long-Term Career Care


Unregistered Participant
Collective Care


Kelly J. Baker, Women in Higher Education
Informed and Planned Risks


  • Especially for Students
  • Professional Development
  • Receptions/Breakfasts/Luncheons
Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee and Status of Women in the Profession Committee
Theme: Women's Mentoring Lunch
Sarah Imhoff, Indiana University, Presiding
Swasti Bhattacharyya, Buena Vista University, Presiding
Sunday - 11:45 AM-12:45 PM
Convention Center-6B (Upper Level West)

Women who are graduate students and new scholars are invited to a luncheon with womanist, feminist, and LGBTIQ mid-career and senior scholars. Women will have the opportunity to mentor and be mentored in a context where every question is valued. Table discussion topics include: On the Job Market; Working Toward Tenure; Publishing Your Book; Parenting in the Academy; Navigating Oppression in the Academy; Contingent Faculty; Careers Beyond the Academy; Getting Through Grad School; Scholar-Activism; Journal Publishing; and Learning to Say No. The Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee and the Status of Women in the Profession Committee take an inclusive view of our constituency and welcomes all participants who are impacted by womanhood through embodiment and/or gender presentation, including transgender and nonbinary people. Registration for the lunch costs $15 per person and is limited to 100 people.

To register for this luncheon, choose "Women's Mentoring Luncheon" in the “Options” section when registering for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the Annual Meeting, you may contact to reserve your lunch.

Mary Churchill, Sonoma State University
Contingent Faculty


Aysha Hidayatullah, University of San Francisco
Getting through Grad School


Jung Ha Kim, Georgia State University
Learning to Say No


Boyung Lee, Iliff School of Theology
On the Job Market


Unregistered Participant


Joyce Ann Mercer, Yale University Divinity School
Journal Publishing


Valerie Miles-Tribble, American Baptist Seminary of the West
Navigating Oppression in the Academy


Elaine Padilla, University of La Verne


Leah Payne, George Fox University
Parenting and the Academy


Rebecca Todd Peters, Elon University


Carolyn Roncolato, Interfaith Youth Core
Careers Beyond the Academy


Angella Son, Drew University
Publishing Your Book


Unregistered Participant
Working Toward Tenure