There was, and will continue to be, discussion about how practical work is evaluated by promotion and tenure committees; we will consider the guidelines that the Council of Ontario University College and Theatre Programs has drawn up.
It was noted that issues of professional concern would be dealt with in the special joint session of ACTR and ACCUTE on 'Research Ethics, Agendas and Funding,' in which Ric Knowles would be expressing his own ideas and kindly serving, at the same time, as ACTR's representative.
It was agreed that the President of ACTR will write to all department heads and chairs inviting them to become members of ACTR and asking them to be involved in a special session (exact topic TBA) which the ACTR president will organize in association with the programme committee of the 1999 meeting.
Carrie Loffree gave a report on her Networking list which now consists of some 360 entries. It was unanimously agreed that the PCC should recommend to the ACTR Executive that it is the Executive's responsibility to manage, update, and control its use.
There was some preliminary discussion of academic burnout and it was decided this topic should receive further discussion via the PCC listserv. Kathy Chung is collecting teaching materials from various talks, sources, and seminars, and kindly agreed to continue to collect these materials and to work on a way of organizing and sharing them.
Richard Plant urged the PCC to monitor the discipline of theatre studies--and indeed humanities studies more generally--to gauge how well it is doing in receiving Killam and similar kinds of grants (the current ratio for the Killam is 7:2 non-humanities to the humanities). The PCC committed itself to trying to find a representative to serve as a liaison between the PCC and the newly formed francophone caucus.
Finally, it was agreed that discussion of the relative lack of student representation on recent hiring committees and of gender imbalance in hiring should be brought into continuing listserv discussions. Denis Salter
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