2018 ADE Summer Seminar North

Diversifying Curricula and Careers in English

When. 9–12 July 2018.

Where. Kensington Hotel, 3500 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108.

Host. Department of English Language and Literature and Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


  • English Studies for the Twenty-First Century
  • Diversifying Curricula and Careers in Literary Studies
  • Literature, Language, and Writing in the English Department
  • What Chairs Can Do to Improve Professional Conditions in the Humanities
  • Curricular Innovation and Career Outcomes
  • Preparing for External Reviews
  • Labor Equity in Department Teaching and Service
  • Feeling Empathy and Building Department Rapport
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Using Data to Advocate for Your Department
  • NTT Faculty Members: Standards for Good Practice
  • Running a Good Hiring Search
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Reckoning with Resistance
  • Talking about Race in Predominantly White Institutions
  • Whitenesss, Racialization, and Literary Study
  • Humanities Careers and the English PhD
  • Addressing Sexual Harassment at the Department Level
  • Digital Studies
  • Building an Attractive Major and Minor
  • Rethinking Doctoral Education for the Twenty-First Century
  • Building Local Humanities and Employment Ecosystem Maps

Preseminar Workshops

Registration and Check-In Information for Preseminar Workshops. Preseminar participants may check in from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on 8 July in the Grande Ballroom Foyer. The workshop will begin with a dinner and meeting that day at 6:00 p.m. in Grande Ballroom I and run approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on 9 July. There is a $195 registration fee for the preseminar workshop, which includes all meals and materials.

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Preseminar Workshop for New Chairs. Leaders: Todd Butler (Washington State Univ., Pullman) and Daylanne English (Macalester Coll.). In the preseminar workshop for new chairs, those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can glean practical advice and have questions answered by seasoned administrators about all aspects of chairing.

Preseminar Workshop on Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments. Leaders: Cathy Day (Ball State Univ.) and Robert I. Matz (George Mason Univ.). Participants will share ideas about how to confront the challenge of shrinking numbers facing many English departments today, including strengthening the curriculum, attracting new majors, expanding the minor, working with the university, and telling success stories.

Preseminar Workshop on Preparing for External Reviews. Leaders: Don Bialostosky (Univ. of Pittsburgh) and Claire Buck (Wheaton Coll., MA). A preseminar workshop on preparing for external reviews will take place at Seminar North, exploring strategies for efficient assessment of programs’ strengths and weaknesses.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Registration and Seminar Times

On-site check-in will take place in the foyer from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 9 July. The seminar begins that afternoon with a plenary session at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 12:00 noon on Thursday, 12 July. The ADE member’s registration fee of $595 includes most seminar meals and receptions. (Nonmembers may register at the rate of $850.). Register online at www.ade.mla.org.

Site and Accommodations

Accommodations and meetings are at the Kensington Hotel. For more details on the hotel and its amenities and to make reservations, please visit www.kcourtaa.com or call 800 344 7829  and ask for the MLA rate. The group rate will be $139/night for a single or double room, plus tax, and includes wireless Internet access in sleeping and meeting rooms. The cutoff date for guaranteed reservations is 25 June 2018. After this date, any unsold rooms in the block reserved for ADE will become available to the general public.


The Kensington Hotel is located on South State Street, right off the I-94 State Street Exit 177; Detroit Metro Airport is about 25 miles away. Directions are available here.

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