ADE Summer Seminars
ADE Summer Seminar South
Joint ADE-ADFL Summer Seminar West
Each June the ADE arranges two seminars where chairs and directors of graduate and undergraduate studies in ADE-member departments share information and consult about issues facing their departments and the field. In 2014 Seminar West will be held jointly with the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages.
Each seminar features a workshop for new chairs, led by two seasoned administrators, where those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can glean practical advice and have questions answered about all aspects of chairing.
Directors of undergraduate study will meet in Galveston, directors of graduate study in Seattle.
The seminar registration fee of $475 for chairs of ADE-member departments ($600 for chairs of nonmember departments) covers most meals.
You may view programs for past ADE seminars by following the links below:
Endorsements from Attendees
"The summer seminar was stimulating and productive from start to finish. The intimate size permits an intensity of focus and a positive ethos of collaboration and mutual support, and all the sessions—from the roundtable on the state of the discipline to the workshops on assessment and department meetings—spoke to department chairs’ real needs and concerns. I came back every year of my chairship, and I took away something new each time."—Jennifer Summit, Stanford University
"I was very impressed to find such collegiality among everyone from huge universities to two-year colleges. The MLA is not out of touch with our needs."—Phillip A. Snyder, Brigham Young University
"More than any other conference I have ever attended, the moderators and presenters were excellent at encouraging responses and ideas from the audience. There were genuine conversations and conferences. This was an extraordinarily well-run seminar."—Eric Hyman, Fayetteville State University
"I consider the seminars essential to my success and effectiveness in my position and a lifeline of best practices funneled through them back into my department."—Marion Hollings, Middle Tennessee State University
"I take away from the seminar a huge amount of information, advice, and ideas. I feel more connected to the profession (and encouraged by that) and more able to make good things happen in my program. I also value greatly the people that I met and the relationships I found at the meeting. It is a great setup. It was expertly organized and very efficient."—Laura Runge, University of South Florida
"I learn a tremendous amount from the presentations and conversations with colleagues."—Irwin Weiser, Purdue University