What to Do When Your Major or Department Is Threatened

A Webinar Sponsored by the AAR Academic Relations Committee


Recorded July 13, 2021 

With budget cuts threatening academic programs in religion and theology, some faculty and administrators have employed strategies to help save their programs and sometimes their own jobs. As part of some of these efforts, AAR was called on several times in the past year to help with advocacy. Sadly, such cuts and advocacy efforts are happening more often.

Webinar Presenters

Kathryn Blanchard | Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies, Emerita Alma College 

Josh Guitar | Assistant Professor of Communications at Young Harris University, a former student and alum of Adrian College, and a key player in the 2020 "Save the Humanities" movement. 

Rev. Katrina Pekich-Bundy | Minister, Hanover Presbyterian Church, Alma College religion major, Class of 2007

Jill Peterfeso | Eli Franklin Craven and Minnie Phipps Craven Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Guilford College

Jessie Starling | Associate Professor at Lewis & Clark, alum of Guilford College

Melissa (Missi) Stewart | Professor of Philosophy & Religion, and Director of the Institute for Study Abroad at Adrian College


Susan Hill | Head of the Department of Philosophy and World Religions, University of Northern Iowa