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Regional Coordinator:

Sally Smith Holt
3206 Baker Lane
Franklin, TN 37064-6254
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Mission Statement

The Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) promotes the scholarly study and teaching of religion in the Southeast and the professional development of members of its sponsoring and affiliate societies in the Southeast:

  • The American Academy of Religion (AAR/SE)
  • The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL/SE)
  • The American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR/SE)

With an Executive Board comprised of representatives from these societies, SECSOR carries out its mission through sponsoring a joint Annual Meeting of the societies and other activities.

Plans for Future Meetings

SECSOR meets in downtown Greenville, SC, for 2013 (March 15–17). The 2014 site is open. Many future sites have been recommended to the Executive Committee, and we welcome institutions coming forward with an offer to host a future SECSOR meeting in their town. If you have questions or a suggested location, please contact Ken Hoglund, our Executive Director, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


SBL/SE is seeking nominations for two officers: Vice-President Elect and Regional Coordinator. The position of Vice-President Elect “migrates” up the ladder of leadership; the second year one becomes the Vice-President for Programs; the third year one becomes the President and delivers a presidential address. The Regional Coordinator position is for three years. The Regional Coordinator works with the Executive Director and leadership of SECSOR. The Regional Coordinator also belongs to the SBL committee of Regional Coordinators, which conducts business at the Annual Meeting. In return for service, SBL picks up two nights of hotel charges. Self-nominations are welcome. Send nominations to Vicki Phillips, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

AAR/SE is seeking nominations for 2012–2013 Vice-President Elect. Forward nominations to Sally Smith Holt, Belmont University,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SBL Regional Scholars Award

The Regional Scholar’s Award is an SBL initiative to recognize and promote promising entry-level scholars in the field of biblical studies. The award includes various forms of recognition, including $1,000 to facilitate travel to and participation in the 2013 SBL Annual Meeting. Applicants must be at least ABD, no more than four years past receipt of the PhD (at the time of application), and must present a paper at a 2012 SBL Regional meeting. Selection is based on the quality of the paper, oral presentation, and scholarly promise as evaluated by both regional and national selection committees.

If you are eligible and interested, then the first step is to submit a paper proposal for presentation at the SECSOR meetings in Atlanta. If your paper is accepted, then you may apply for the Regional Scholars Award by submitting the following materials:

  • A brief statement requesting consideration for the award (an e-mail message will suffice)
  • A copy of your paper as you will present it
  • A CV that clearly indicates when you received your PhD or became an ABD.

The deadline for applications this year is February 13, 2012. For more information or to apply, contact Vicki Philips, SBL/SE Regional Coordinator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sections at the Regional Annual Meeting

  • (SBL/ASOR) Archaeology and the Ancient World
  • (AAR/SBL) Bible and Modern Culture
  • (AAR) Black Cultures and the Study of Religion
  • (AAR) Constructive Theologies
  • (AAR) Ethics, Religion, and Society
  • (SBL) Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament
  • (AAR) History of Christianity
  • (AAR) History of Judaism
  • (AAR) Islam
  • (AAR/SBL) MA/MDiv
  • (AAR) Method and Theory of Religion
  • (SBL) New Testament
  • (AAR) Philosophy of Religion
  • (AAR) Religion and Ecology
  • (AAR) Religion, Culture, and the Arts
  • (AAR) Religions in America
  • (AAR) Religions of Asia
  • (AAR) Teaching Religions
  • (AAR) Two-Year College Professors of Religion
  • (SECSOR) Undergraduate Research
  • (AAR) Women, Gender, and Religion
Please note that the system for electronic submission of paper proposals is now closed.

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