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As part of the 2024 Conference, AAAS will offer an interactive, pre-conference symposium for up to 25 tenure-track faculty from across the country. The free symposium will feature multiple sessions and will pair attendees with a tenured faculty member for a year-long mentoring program. AAAS is pleased to share that we will likely provide accommodations for participants in the form of a $240 hotel stipend. See more details at the bottom of this page.

The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Grand Seattle on April 24, the day before our annual conference. Applications are now open and due March 1st.

All tenure-track faculty are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those newer in their positions and in fields under-represented in AAAS, namely those who specialize in K-12 education, public policy, public health, psychology, political science and the arts.

We are grateful to past AAAS presidents Shirley Hune and Theo Gonzalves for originating this tenure-track faculty symposium. The Symposium has been made possible by generous donations likely from the Henry Luce Foundation, and from Theodore S. Gonzalves & Charita L. Castro, and Shirley Hune.


The full-day symposium will feature four sessions, led by eight tenured faculty (two faculty leaders per session). The four sessions will explore:

  1. How to support students as Asian American faculty while also making sufficient time to advance their research, led by seasoned faculty.
  2. How to manage common department-level challenges, especially as racial and/or gender minorities, in the humanities and social sciences across different institutions.
  3. How to make the most out of their mentoring relationships, including peer mentoring, led by award-winning mentors.
  4. How to build up Asian American Studies while still focusing on their career needs, led by faculty who have built up programs.

The symposium will also feature breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon reception.


The symposium will mark the beginning of a year-long mentoring relationship for attendees. Mentoring groups of three pre-tenure faculty will be matched with one of the eight tenure-faculty speakers. The day’s luncheon will be broken up into mentoring groups, and groups will meet virtually every month with their mentor.

Mentoring groups will offer the opporunity to discuss teaching, publishing, department dynamics, institution building, service, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when will the symposium take place?

  • The symposium will be held at the Sheraton Grand Seattle, the site of the conference. It will be on April 24, the day before the annual conference.

Where should participants stay, and will they receive funding?

  • Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations in the Seattle area for this portion of the conference. Pending funding, which is expected by March 1, AAAS will offer a stipend to cover the cost of one night of accommodations ($240). We encourage participants to look at various hotels, inns, or Airbnb, as we expect the Sheraton Grand Seattle to be fully booked on the evenings of 4/23 and 4/24.

The symposium is free for selected participants. Selected participants will be notified by March 15, 2024.