Academic Relations Committee


The Academic Relations Committee promotes attention to and develops resources for enhancing members’ professional development and the institutional forms within which the study of religion takes place. To fulfill its charge the Academic Relations Committee generates programs, undertakes studies, articulates best practices, and develops electronic and other resources for the undergraduate and graduate study of religion.

Duties and Responsibilities

Members of the Academic Relations Committee are expected to participate in sponsored or co-sponsored sessions at the Annual Meetings.

Meeting Schedule

  • One in-person meeting at the Annual Meetings in November
  • Spring and Fall virtual meetings via Zoom

Timeline of Activities

  • Time commitments peak in March for planning of sessions/co-sponsored sessions for the following Annual Meeting.
  • Time commitments peak again in the Fall as we prepare for the upcoming Annual Meeting.


In 2023, the ARC committee launched a webinar series focused on discussing the obstacles and challenges facing the humanities, as well as offer models for solutions to overcome them. 

Committee Members

  • Term of Service: Four years, non-renewable
  • Committee Composition: Up to six members
Full NameTerm StartTerm EndPosition
Russell T. McCutcheon1/1/202312/31/2026Chair
Lee Hayward Butler1/1/202212/31/2025Committee Member
María M. Carrión1/1/202312/31/2026Committee Member
Inese Radzins1/1/202312/31/2026Committee Member
Peter Valdina1/1/202112/31/2024Committee Member
Reggie Williams1/1/202212/31/2024Committee Member
Amy Defibaugh  Staff Liaison