|2015 ADE-ADFL Summer Seminar East
Hosts: Departments of English and of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason Univ. and the English Department and School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
Each June the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages arranges two seminars where experienced and newly appointed chairs of ADFL-member departments or their designees share information and consult about issues facing departments and the field. Seminar East this year will be held jointly with the Association of Departments of English.
Each seminar features a preseminar workshop for new chairs, where those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can gather practical advice and have questions answered by seasoned administrators about all aspects of chairing. Seminars also feature a preseminar workshop on strategic planning. The workshop will be divided in two parts.
The first part will discuss program reviews, examining materials, standards, and practices from the viewpoint of both potential department reviewers and chairs of departments preparing for review.
The second part will address faculty hiring strategies, focusing on securing faculty lines and successfully hiring and retaining faculty members. Seminar West will offer a workshop on teaching language through literature. The workshop will focus on using literature for the development of the upper register in oral and written second-language development, placing a special emphasis on the assessment of literary text comprehension.