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Charlotte, NC, November 6-9

2003 CAO Fall Meeting


The Conference of Administrative Officers (CAO) of ACLS held its semiannual meeting in Charlotte, NC, on November 6-9, 2003.

The meeting schedule is available here.

The opening session was the Business Meeting of the CAO, led by Susan Ball, College Art Association, chair of the CAO Executive Committee. Other members of the Executive Committee are Adam Blistein, American Philological Association; Arnita Jones, American Historical Association; Robert J. (Jay) Malone, History of Science Society; James A. R. Nafziger, American Society of Comparative Law; Byron Wells, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies; and Mariana Whitmer, Society for American Music. John Hammer, director of the National Humanities Alliance, provided an update on the state of the humanities in Congress.

After the business meeting, Lynne Munson, deputy chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, provided an update on NEH activity. The morning concluded with a conversation with Pauline Yu, president, ACLS.

Later that day there was a program session entitled "Who Stole Tenure?" The first presentation was by Jack H. Schuster, professor of education and public policy, Claremont Graduate University: "Trends in Faculty Employment and the Factors Underlying Those Trends." Arnita Jones served as moderator.

The second session, "The Changing Structure of Faculty Employment in Higher Education: The Role of the Learned Society, the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW), and Organized Faculty," featured Kathy Hull, adjunct faculty, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, New York University, and ACT (Adjuncts Come Together); William E. Scheuerman, chair, Higher Education Program and Policy Council, and vice president, AFT (American Federation of Teachers). Rosemary G. Feal, Modern Language Association, served as moderator.

Throughout the day on November 7, third-party meeting planners were in attendance as exhibitors. CAO members Timothy Lloyd, John Monfasani, and John Stephens shared their experience with outsourced meeting planning in preparation for meeting with these exhibitors.

On November 8,  the first of two sessions was "Ethics and Professional Conduct: The Role of the Learned Society," with presentations by CAO members Michael Brintnall, American Political Science Association; Allan Burdette, Society for Ethnomusicology; Sally Hillsman, American Sociological Association; and Arnita Jones.

The second session, "UNESCO: The Public Role of the Learned Society," featured Richard Arndt, president, Americans for UNESCO, and James A. R. Nafziger. Susan Ball served as moderator.

The meeting was hosted by Visit Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau. It included visits to the Duke Mansion, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Mint Museum, and Lowe's Speedway. The Westin Charlotte and the Omni Charlotte were the host hotels. Other events took place at the Charlotte Convention Center.

A number of meeting attendees took advantage of a postmeeting visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

  • The CAO in front of the Duke Mansion, Charlotte, November 2003

  • Susan Ball and Pauline Yu at Lowe's Speedway

  • "Who Stole Tenure?" panelists Arnita Jones and Jack Schuster

  • Faculty employment panelists Rosemary G. Feal, William E. Scheuerman, and Kathy Hull

  • Ethics panelists Michael Brintnall, Arnita Jones, Sally Hillsman, and Alan Burdette

  • UNESCO panelists Susan Ball, Richard Arndt, and James A.R. Nafziger

  • Clogging inside at Lowe's Speedway

  • Racing outside at the Speedway