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Bringardner selected to 2021-22 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program

Chase Bringardner, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been selected as one of four Auburn University professors to join the 2021-22 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program cohort.  

Bringardner earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas in Austin, and has been at Auburn since 2008. He specializes in the study of popular entertainments, regional identity construction and intersections of race, gender and class in popular performance forms. He also teaches various courses and seminars, such as Introduction to Theatre for both majors and non-majors, Musical Theatre History and Performance Theory/Performance Art.  

Bringardner will be joined by Lori B. Hornsby, First Professional Year Program coordinator in the Harrison School of Pharmacy; Jeff Reese, head of the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling in the College of Education; and Paul H. Walz, head of the Department of Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  

The SEC Academic Leadership Development Program’s goal is to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond. Participants were selected through a competitive campus-level process.  

Traditionally, the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program operates through three components consisting of a university-level development program designed by each institution for its own fellows, two SEC-wide three-day workshops and a competitive fellowship designed to yield academic growth opportunities for former fellows. However, due to COVID-19, the 2021-22 program experience has been adapted to include both virtual sessions and in-person workshops.  

The members of cohort 13 participated in a virtual program launch hosted by the University of Georgia in October, and will participate in an in-person workshop hosted by the University of South Carolina in February, a summer virtual session, as well as a second workshop hosted by Georgia next fall.  

The Auburn participants join more than 500 individuals who have participated as fellows in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program since its establishment in 2008. 

Read more about the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program.

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