Annual Meeting Sessions and Events


A schedule of Annual Meeting sessions and events for each day is provided below. Please Note: A print copy of the final program will be provided in each meeting attendee’s registration packet in Sarasota. An advance copy of the program will be available here prior to the Annual Meeting.

Please Note

Registration is required for the Annual Meeting.

Thursday, September 12

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Commission on Accreditation
(Commission members only)

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This annual workshop is intended for individuals who are new, aspiring, or in the early years of their administrative careers in dance programs. It is designed to address several of the most important areas of concern for new administrators. The content will focus on principles and approaches applicable to all types of institutions. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers, interaction, and discussion.

Please note that attendance requires advance registration (before August 16, 2019) and payment of a separate fee of $55. The workshop may be registered for either in conjunction with, or separately from, the NASD Annual Meeting.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Meeting Workshops for Seasoned Administrators
(Advance registration recommended; click here for full workshop descriptions)

These workshops are intended for seasoned administrators in dance. They are designed to address several of the most important and developing areas of concern for administrators. Content will focus on principles and approaches applicable to degree-granting institutions and professional studio schools as noted in the pre-meeting workshop descriptions. There will be ample opportunity for questions, interaction, and discussion.

Please note that attendance requires registration. These workshops may be registered for either in conjunction with, or separately from, the NASD Annual Meeting.

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Open Conversation for All Pre-Meeting Attendees

Moderators will recap and provide a summary of the day’s discussion. In addition, an opportunity for open conversation will be provided for all pre-meeting workshop attendees, presenters, and facilitators. This opportunity will enable participants to meet and discuss topics of interest, including shared issues that permeate all levels of administrative experience. Attendees from the Pre-Meeting Workshop for New Dance Administrators and the Pre-Meeting Workshops for Seasoned Dance Administrators are invited and asked to attend.

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Board of Directors New Member Briefing
(Board of Directors members only)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Reception for Pre-Meeting Attendees
(Cash bar)

All pre-meeting workshop attendees, presenters, and facilitators are invited to this informal reception, which will provide an opportunity to meet, greet, and cultivate valuable professional relationships with other dance administrators. Attendees are also welcome and encouraged to continue the conversations begun during the day’s workshops and Open Conversation. All registrants are welcome to attend.

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Board of Directors Business Meeting and Dinner
(Board of Directors members only)

Friday, September 13

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Orientation for Executives New to NASD

This session will provide an overview of NASD: its services, publications, and role as an accrediting agency, with special attention to the benefits and responsibilities of accredited institutional membership. Discussion will emphasize ways the Association and its work can assist administrators to fulfill the many and varied aspects of their local responsibilities. Individuals attending the NASD Annual Meeting for the first time are especially encouraged to attend.

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Hearing: Specific Operational Standards for Free-Standing Dance Institutions of Higher Education; Specific Operational Standards for Proprietary Schools

2019 will mark the last year of the Association’s multiyear comprehensive review of its accreditation standards. This year’s hearing will take comments on two remaining sections of the Handbook which address accreditation standards:  Specific Operational Standards for Free-Standing Dance Institutions of Higher Education and Specific Operational Standards for Proprietary Schools. An electronic copy of the hearing text will be sent to all Annual Meeting attendees in advance of the meeting. Participants are encouraged to bring a marked copy to the hearing.

Please Note: NASD welcomes comment pertaining to its accreditation standards. Feedback may be forwarded to the National Office at any time.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Briefing for Moderators and Recorders
(By invitation only)

This briefing will present instructions, expectations, and helpful hints to Annual Meeting moderators and recorders. All individuals who have agreed to serve as moderators and/or recorders should plan to attend this briefing.

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

First General Session: Keynote Address

Welcome to Members and Guests
Introductions and Announcements
Keynote Address

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Undergraduate-Level Study: Developing Subject Matter Expertise

One of the fundamental goals associated with dance education and training at the undergraduate level is to assist students to develop a base of knowledge and a set of skills in dance which will enable them to 1) hone abilities, 2) lay the foundation from which expertise will grow, and hopefully, 3) pursue virtuosity.

The path to this goal is lined with rigorous expectations inherent in its achievement. Its pursuit is characterized by a number of critical elements such as the development of technical proficiency and the acquisition of subject matter expertise.

This session will focus specifically on the second element—the acquisition of subject matter expertise—particularly as it relates to choreography, performance, and teacher education.

Attendees are asked to choose and attend one of the three sessions noted below.  With regard to each of the three subject matter areas, attendees will consider not only the knowledge and skills required and desired for each, but as well, the characteristics that define and exemplify excellence and virtuosity, and how they may be achieved during a student’s course of study. Following the framing of the issues by each presenter, attendees will be asked to consider the following questions as they relate to each of the three areas.

  • What body(ies) of knowledge and sets of skills must students acquire if they are to become proficient/expert?
  • How are these requirements expected to change over the next five/ten years?
  • What must students know and be able to do both during and at the conclusion of undergraduate-level study?
  • What distinguishes knowledge and skill from expertise and virtuosity? What conditions must be in play if expertise and virtuosity are to be nurtured/ensured?

Please Note:  These sessions will be repeated. Participants are welcome to attend two of the three sessions offered.

Choreography

Performance

Teacher Education

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon for the Association

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Undergraduate-Level Study: Developing Subject Matter Expertise
(Repeat of 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Choreography

Performance

Teacher Education

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Bullying: Prevention and Cure

In 2018, attendees deepened their understanding of some of the psychological challenges faced by dance students. This year NASD extends the conversation focusing specifically on the topic of bullying—how to recognize it, how to address it, how to avoid it. Bullying is a form of behavior often characterized by actions and/or words which are intentional, repeated, and often harmful. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, verbal utterances, or even subtle actions. It takes place in various settings—schools, communities, and online, to name a few. Bullying can exist within the ranks of the administration, the faculty, and between students, as well as between administrators and faculty, and faculty and students. Within an academic setting there are inherent conditions which provide fertile ground for bullying. As an example, bullies often hold or are perceived to hold social or physical power over those targeted. Attendees will review some of the causes of bullying. They will consider various approaches that may not only assist to avoid the incidence of bullying but enhance communication and proactively enable misunderstandings to be avoided. As well, attendees will give thought to possible options which may include establishing policies which define bullying, promote respect, build safe environments, and prevent future occurrences. Ample time for questions will be provided.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Annual Reporting Requirements and Administrative Resources

This session will provide an overview of specific reporting requirements for accredited institutional members of NASD including the Accreditation Audit, Affirmation Statement, Supplemental Annual Report, and the HEADS Data Survey. It will also enumerate and explain the purposes of several sets of NASD publications designed to assist institutions in the formulation of local proposals and policies. These supplemental publications touch upon issues including faculty work, promotion, and tenure; the duties of administrators; planning and futures analysis; assessment; and communicating with others, explaining the principles, aspirations, and suggested considerations for the development of effective and quality programs in dance. A brief look at the NASD website, highlighting the placement of various online resources, will be offered.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Comprehensive Reviews: Enhancing the Dialogue

This session will offer an in-depth look at the NASD Handbook, the various procedures of NASD, and the role of the Association’s accreditation decision-making body, the Commission on Accreditation. During discussion of the Handbook, particular attention will be given to curricular requirements located within the Standards for Accreditation. Distinctions among standards, guidelines, and recommendations will be offered, followed by discussion addressing the application of standards and guidelines. The various accreditation and reaccreditation procedures and documents of NASD, including the Self-Study; applications for Plan Approval, Final Approval for Listing, and Substantive Change; the institution’s Optional Response to the Visitors’ Report; Responses; and Progress Reports also will be addressed. Helpful tips for creating, writing, and submitting materials to the Commission will be offered. The mandatory and effective use of the NASD Handbook in preparing submissions to the Commission will be discussed. Individuals new to NASD, and those currently involved in an accreditation review process, are strongly encouraged to attend. Individuals attending the Workshop for Self-Study and the Workshop for Visiting Evaluators offered on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. may find this session helpful.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Briefing on Federal Issues for Dance Administrators

Under the law, the federal government does not control higher education. However, the federal government does play a major role in developing conditions for the work of higher education, primarily through laws and regulations defining conditions for institutional participation in grant and student loan programs, and tax policies that influence economic conditions affecting education and the arts. Issues to be addressed include economic realities and projections; public and private funding sources and trends; and prospects for new policies, laws, and regulations concerning higher education, P–12 education, and the arts. This briefing will take a non-partisan policy analysis approach, looking at the ramifications and effects of various options and probabilities.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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Reception for the Association
(Cash bar)

Saturday, September 14

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for the Association

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Briefing for NASD Evaluators

This annual briefing is offered by invitation for individuals currently trained and serving as NASD visiting evaluators. It provides an opportunity for evaluators to refresh their knowledge of NASD procedures, protocols, and standards, with particular focus on the Procedures and the Handbook. Helpful reminders regarding the format, preparation, and required content of Visitors’ Reports will be provided. The potential impact of the activities of external constituencies, such as the federal government, states, and other review bodies, which may impact the accreditation process, will be discussed. Documentation required of institutions and evaluators will be highlighted, as well as sources and uses of helpful and informative publications aimed to assist institutions in the preparation of Self-Studies and evaluators in the preparation of Visitors’ Reports.

Please note: This session is by invitation only. Institutional representatives from accredited institutions interested in becoming NASD evaluators are encouraged to contact the National Office staff for consideration for training in 2020.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Second General Session: Plenary Business Meeting

Call to Order
Determination of Quorum
Minutes
Report of the Commission on Accreditation
Introduction of Newly Accredited Institutional Members
Report of the Committee on Ethics
Report of the Treasurer
Report of the Executive Director
Action on Proposed Handbook Changes
Election of Officers
Report of the President
New Business
Adjournment

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Forums

These discussion-based sessions will provide an opportunity for individuals to consider in further depth the issues raised during the day’s sessions, specifically with regard to the sessions pertaining to undergraduate-level study, and issues of common concern and interest. Discussion comments and issues noted by session recorders that have the potential to inform the future work of NASD will be provided to and considered by the NASD Board of Directors.

Professional Studio Schools                                                                                                      

This forum will provide an opportunity for attendees from professional studio schools to connect and discuss issues of common concern.

Institutions with Small or Developing Dance Departments                                        

This forum will provide an opportunity for attendees from small or developing dance departments to connect and discuss issues of common concern.

Public Institutions                                                                                                                            

This forum will provide an opportunity for attendees from public institutions to connect and discuss issues of common concern.

Private Institutions

This forum will provide an opportunity for attendees from private institutions to connect and discuss issues of common concern.

12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.

Box Lunch for the Association
(Attendees should feel free to take their box lunch to the afternoon sessions.)

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Workshop for Self-Study: Specifically Designed for Representatives from Non-Degree-Granting Programs in Dance

This session will provide information and guidance concerning the Self-Study and visitation processes for individuals representing non-degree-granting programs in dance whose institutions are to be visited in the next two to three years, institutions planning to begin the NASD evaluation process, and those formally engaged in the process. A step-by-step walk-through of the accreditation process will be provided, including confirmation of timelines and deadlines, and information regarding Self-Study formats, on-site reviews, the Visitors’ Report, the Optional Response, and Commission action. Questions may be posed during this nuts-and-bolts session. All interested individuals are welcome.

12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop for Self-Study: Specifically Designed for Representatives from Degree-Granting Institutions

This session will provide information and guidance concerning the Self-Study and visitation processes for individuals representing degree-granting institutions with programs in dance whose institutions are to be visited in the next two to three years, institutions planning to begin the NASD evaluation process, and those formally engaged in the process. A step-by-step walk-through of the accreditation process will be provided, including confirmation of timelines and deadlines, and information regarding Self-Study formats, on-site reviews, the Visitors’ Report, the Optional Response, and Commission action. Questions may be posed during this nuts-and-bolts session. All interested individuals are welcome.

12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshop for Visiting Evaluators

This annual workshop will provide training to dance administrators interested in becoming visiting evaluators for NASD. Fundamentals of the accreditation process will be described in detail. Considerable time will be spent discussing expectations with regard to Self-Studies and Self-Study documentation. An overview of the Handbook and its constituent parts will be presented. Standards and guidelines and their application to applicant institutions will receive considerable attention as potential evaluators are guided through the process of on-site review and Visitors’ Report preparation.

Please note: This session is by invitation only. Institutional representatives from accredited institutions interested in becoming NASD evaluators are encouraged to contact the National Office staff for consideration for training in 2020.

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Faculty Lifecycle: Promoting Success

It can be said that the lifeblood of an institution is its faculty, and that an institution’s ability to educate its students to the highest degree possible rests in part on the expertise of its faculty and the ability of its faculty to deliver the education and training necessary to enable its students to acquire subject matter knowledge and become experts in their chosen areas of study. Understanding the inestimable value of this vital human resource, how then can an institution ensure that its approach to faculty development not only supports and nurtures its faculty but spurs its faculty to advance its individual and collective work—its teaching, creative work, research, scholarship, and service.

In considering this question, it may be helpful to think of the faculty lifecycle—a series of changes, changes which are represented by stages in the lifecycle, for example, early-, mid-, and late-career. It may also be helpful to consider that various and different approaches may need to be tailor-designed and implemented for each stage.

In this two-part session, attendees will focus specifically on two lifecycle stages: early-career—the newly minted faculty member entering the academy for the first time; and late-career—the seasoned and accomplished veteran, and propensities not assured but often observed within each. Attendees will consider how faculty development programs can be designed to promote, embrace, and affirm the work of the faculty for the benefit of the students and the field of dance. Participants are guided to, and may wish to review the document entitled, The Work of Arts Faculties in Higher Education, found on the Association’s website.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Early Career—Newly Minted Faculty Members

Ready to change the world, interested in making a difference, and raring to engage—the unbridled enthusiasm held by new faculty can be a shot in the arm for a dance program. How might an institution incorporate new-found talents and fresh ideas into its collective thinking, its approach? What steps might the institution take to maintain the interest, encourage the engagement, and deepen the involvement and buy-in of new faculty? How might the institution instill in new faculty the importance of lifelong learning and study, and productive research? Ample time for discussion will be provided.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Late Career—Seasoned and Accomplished Veterans

Ensconced in place, comfortable with the status quo, setting sights on retirement—the consistency provided by seasoned veterans can offer comfort and buffer the dance program from the need to consider and make changes. How might the institution take full advantage of the depth of knowledge and breadth of wisdom held by seasoned faculty? What steps might the institution take to promote curiosity, interest, and energy; to ensure that seasoned faculty remain connected to the work of the dance unit/school? How might the institution enlist the assistance of the seasoned faculty to mentor new faculty? Ample time for discussion will be provided.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Roundtable for Representatives from Professional Studio Schools

This roundtable discussion session will offer to representatives from Professional Studio Schools an opportunity to continue the discussion begun during the Open Forum held on Friday. Attendees are asked to consider topics of importance, to frame the issues related to the topics, and to come prepared to share with colleagues thoughts, ideas, and concerns.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Seminar Meeting
(Board of Directors members only)

6:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Reception for the Association
(Cash bar)

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Annual Dinner

9:30 p.m.

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Adjournment of the Annual Meeting