Liberal Education

From the Editor

Recently, while browsing back issues of Liberal Education, I was struck (and amused) by how often my predecessor, Bridget Puzon, and I have alluded in this space to the difficulty of the task we both have had to face in editing issues focused on the annual meeting. In 2003, for example, Bridget observed wistfully that “the photographs and the articles are only a sample, captured to fit within the covers of the journal” and, in 2004, that, of the various and vital sessions, “(regrettably) only a few can be represented here.” In 1996, Paula Brownlee even began her spring President’s Message by acknowledging that, “From the rich array of presentations . . . it was no easy task for our editor to select articles for this issue of Liberal Education.” Yet, what also struck me was the enduring value of maintaining even a (necessarily) partial record of the proceedings. I hope you will agree after reading this year’s selection.

It occurs to me that the annual meeting issues are not so exceptional, really. Every issue offers a window on the work of a remarkably passionate and committed community of educators; one of the benefits of editing this journal is getting to take in a far wider view—reading the manuscripts that cannot be fit into just four issues per year, learning about the innovations we do not have the space here to highlight. Editing Liberal Education is itself a liberal education.

So it is with deep gratitude and an abiding admiration for the work of our members that, with this issue, I conclude just over a dozen years as editor of Liberal Education. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to assist, learn from, and collaborate with authors across higher education and so many wonderful colleagues at AAC&U. In preparing next year’s annual meeting issue, a new editor will have to face what I described in 2006 as “the unhappy task of selecting for publication a mere handful from among a superabundance of presentations deserving of a wider audience.” I look forward to reading it.


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