Annual Meeting Sessions and Events


A schedule of Annual Meeting sessions and events for each day is provided below. Please Note: an advance copy of the program will be available here prior to the Annual Meeting.

Please Note

Registration is required for the Annual Meeting.

Wednesday, September 16

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 21, 2020) 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.

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. These pre-meeting workshops –– one designed especially for seasoned administrators from degree-granting institutions and one for seasoned administrators from professional studio schools –– will offer opportunities for administrators to discuss various issues. Content will focus on principles and approaches applicable to institutions as noted in the pre-meeting workshops descriptions.

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

Facilitators will recap and provide a summary of the day’s discussions. 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 of the Pre-Meeting Workshop for New Dance Administrators and the Pre-Meeting Workshops for Seasoned Dance Administrators from Degree-Granting Institutions and Professional Studio Schools 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. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, September 17

7:30 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.

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Briefing for Facilitators, Moderators, and Recorders
(By invitation only)

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

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

First General Session: Keynote Address

Welcome to Members and Guests
Introductions and Announcements
Keynote Address

10:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Dance Unit: Unpacking Issues, Facing Challenges, Addressing Needs

The need to consider, study, and react to events and realities affecting the mental health of dance students, faculty, and administrators has become increasingly important within postsecondary education. In this three-part session, attendees will be provided 1) an overview of salient issues which outlines both individual and organizational perspectives on mental health, 2) an opportunity for discussion of particular issues during context-specified, moderated roundtables, and 3) a full-group dialogue and question-and-answer session with the presenter.

10:15 a.m.
– 12:00 noon

Unpacking Issues

Challenges faced by dance students today extend far beyond the physical and can include social, emotional, and behavioral obstacles as well, all arising in various forms and leading to results of varying intensities. For example, competitiveness can breed anxiety; poor body image can result in a debilitating lack of confidence; bullying in person or on social media can lead to suicidal ideation; a fear of failure can cause a lack of educational and artistic engagement; worry and anxiety can be a precursor to self-doubt. What can/must be done to assist a student in need? What must be done when need is evident but not directly disclosed? Where can a student turn for help?

Simultaneously, dance faculty and administrators face their own realities that can also be tied to mental health. Issues related to workload-to-life balance, lack of support for and acceptance of artistic/creative work and endeavors, and power struggles can lead increasingly to burnout, apathy, and detachment. The careful tending to problems and the nurturing of individuals and the environment in which they operate can result in positive outcomes which benefit institutions and the individuals that work within them. From an organizational perspective, how can faculty and administrators effectively deal with difficult situations that pertain to, for example, evaluation and assessment processes, mentorship of students, and/or conversations that present varying opinions held? How can administrators enable participants to remain cognizant of the overall effectiveness of group dynamics, which can enhance the wellness of the entire dance unit? How can administrators promote an environment of open and welcomed communication, and awareness of the various and differing personality types in ways that not only allow but ensure that all who wish to contribute positively will have opportunities to be heard?

This session is designed to provide an overview of mental health-related issues affecting students, faculty, and administrators alike. Please note that considerable time for discussion and questions will be offered during the afternoon sessions.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon for the Association

1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Dance Unit
(Please note: this is a continuation of the session begun at 10:15 a.m.)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Facing Challenges

These focused roundtable discussions will serve as a forum for individuals to discuss issues raised during the preceding session on mental health among students, faculty, staff, and administrators. As the facilitator frames the context for discussion by focusing on a handful of specific topics, attendees will be asked to advance in detail the conversations, considering not only the benefits of developing an understanding of mental health-related issues, but how resources can be established, nurtured, and advanced for the benefit of the institution. Attendees are encouraged to share examples of good practices as well as difficult challenges, and to engage in dialogue that expands thinking and promotes ideas.

(Please attend the roundtable discussion group assigned based on the first letter of your last name.)

Roundtable #1: Attendee Last Names A-D
Roundtable #2: Attendee Last Names E-I
Roundtable #3: Attendee Last Names J-N
Roundtable #4: Attendee Last Names O-R
Roundtable #5: Attendee Last Names S-Z

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Addressing Needs

During this morning’s session, attendees received an overview of salient issues related to mental health as they pertain to students, faculty, and administrators within institutions offering dance study. The roundtable discussions which followed offered to participants an extended amount of time for peer-to-peer discussion of the present-day realities facing each of these groups, with a focus on where problems lie and how administrators can facilitate conversations and guide initiatives forward as they navigate the intricacies of human conditions and interactions. In the final component of today’s three-part session on mental health, attendees will have the opportunity and are encouraged to pose questions that have arisen during the day to the presenter, who will lead the group to consider practices –– successful or otherwise –– that may assist administrators to consider how they may address local challenges and take advantage of local opportunities.

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 or the Workshop for Visiting Evaluators offered on Friday 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)

Friday, September 18

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 2021.

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
Announcements
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 previous sessions 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. – 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 2021.

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 on-site 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. – 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 professional training programs 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.

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Indispensable Role of a Well-Conceived and Successfully Implemented Vision

There is no question that the cultivation of an artistic and institutional vision is an integral aspect of the ongoing success of a dance unit. Designing an approach which includes consideration of conditions, realities, and possibilities; which seeks and achieves consensus and buy-in; and which aligns with desired mission, goals, and aspirations can result in a plan which can become an invaluable aspect of a dance unit’s long-term viability.

This session will be facilitated by seasoned veteran administrators. Guided by their wisdom and practical knowledge, attendees will explore the indispensable role that vision plays in the long-term stability, relevance, and viability of a dance unit, including consideration of issues such as the following: Is the creation of a unit’s vision the sole purview of the dance administrator? If so, what steps must be taken to ensure buy-in. If not, who should be involved in the process –– within the unit, within the institution, within the community –– and what roles should they undertake? When formalizing a vision, should consideration be given to the past, in what regard? Once formalized, how should a defined vision be implemented, how should it be used to inform and guide the work of the dance unit today, in the years to come? Should there be a relationship between a unit’s vision and the institution’s strategic plan? Should they mesh; should they be complementary? If constructive opposition exists, what steps can be taken to channel feedback to inform the development of consensus? What is the importance of vision consistency and continuity? Should a vision change? If so, under what circumstances? What level of importance does legacy planning assume in the implementation of the unit’s vision? How can the success of a vision and its implementation be assessed? When does a vision become visionary? At the conclusion of the presentation, time will be offered to address questions and consider ideas.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Effective Teaching, Successful Learning: Are We on Track?

Assessing student learning on an ongoing basis and throughout the period of postsecondary study is critical if helpful feedback regarding progress is to be offered to students, and if institutions are to review and consider their initiatives, ascertain their effectiveness, and use information gleaned during these processes to inform and enhance future decision-making. Attendees will consider approaches which can assist them to define and implement various assessment practices tailored not only to the level and type of curricular programs offered, but as well, to the components of curricular programs such as, for example, format, allocation of resources, and delivery. What criteria should be used to assess student achievement? Should criteria include aspects such as physical presence; depth and clarity of movement; rehearsal techniques; the ability of the student to improvise and create; the student’s understanding of objectives, obstacles, and tactics; and the like? How should decisions regarding the criteria be made? Who should be involved? Who should review results? How are the results used to monitor student success and inform students of their progress? How are the results used to inform the unit of its success to educate and train its students, or the need to consider change? This session will focus on constructive ways to assess work in dance, effective ways to use the information to strengthen programs and initiatives, and helpful approaches that enable the dance unit to effectively communicate the results to various internal and external constituencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to share positive outcomes which have resulted from past successes and failures. Time for conversation will be provided.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Recruiting and Retaining Students: Planning For What Lies Ahead

Dance administrators and their colleagues in admissions must seek to understand and anticipate the propensities and needs of current and future students in order to ensure the continued health of the dance unit. At times, this can be a daunting task, especially given the growing number of majors, minors, and specializations that institutions are seeking to offer, coupled with shifts in student interest and expectations of employers. Such understandings can have consequential effects on recruitment and retention, allocation of resources, curriculum design and offerings, and the like. What are students looking for when considering postsecondary study? What specifically are they looking for in an institution/a dance unit? What expertise or breadth of expertise are they looking to develop? Considering this information, how can institutions work to build bridges between the secondary school and collegiate experience? How can dance units best prepare to welcome new students upon arrival? How can institutions best support students throughout their chosen course of study? Do students themselves know what they need, or do they require help understanding their needs and navigating options? If assistance is required, in what areas/in what priority order? Can institutions prepare students for all they will encounter after high school, after college? This session will consider these important issues, with a particular emphasis on establishing “pipelines” from community dance schools and two-year colleges to four-year and other postsecondary institutions; the necessity to manage the dance unit’s cohort of students to ensure that optimal learning environments exist and supportive resources are available; and strategies which can be designed to help ensure that recruitment efforts do not become overly competitive and therefore ineffective for the dance unit and for dance in higher education as a whole. An opportunity for discussion will be provided.

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Roundtable for Non-Degree Granting Programs in Dance

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to pose specific issues and questions for consideration by the entire group. Topics may be determined in advance or raised during the roundtable. This roundtable is open to all attendees.

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 Fortieth Annual Meeting