As I bow out from my role as Executive Director of NCS, I'd like to give a huge welcome to the incoming ED, Tom Goodmann, who teaches at the University of Miami, where NCS now takes up its institutional home. The University will provide generous financial and institutional support for NCS for the next 5 years.
Tom is a longstanding and loyal member of NCS, having organized sessions at several NCS Congresses, and he has considerable organizational and leadership experience: he is currently President of TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (and was formerly Co-President, 2015-2016, Vice President, 2014-15, and Secretary, 2013-14 of TEAMS), and is on the Executive Council of The International Piers Plowman Society (2013- ). He has also served on the Medieval Academy’s Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) as director of conference programs, as well as serving as a member of its executive committee, and he is currently liaison from TEAMS to the Academy’s Committee on K-12 Outreach.
Tom also has considerable form as a conference organizer: he co-hosted the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy at Miami Beach in 2005, and is co-hosting (with Heather Blatt) the 2019 meeting of the International Piers Plowman Society in Miami.
Tom received his PhD in English from Indiana University with a Certificate in Medieval Studies in 1990. He is the editor, most recently, of Approaches to Teaching Langland's Piers Plowman (MLA: forthcoming, 2018). His work in progress includes a monograph “Remembering the Summer Earth”: Women Writers of the Rural and the Wild.
At the Members Parliament (aka Business Meeting) at the Twenty-First Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, which has just taken place in Toronto, Canada (10-15 July, 2018), Tom set out his vision for the future of the Society, which he will share soon with members. It is clear that he values inclusivity and collaboration, and that he works to create supportive communities for colleagues at every stage and in every kind of role in higher education, as well as in K-12. He is strongly committed to the ethos of NCS; I know that he will steer the Society with a firm and wise hand as we go forward into challenging times for medieval studies and the humanities at large.
Please join me in welcoming Tom. He will be an excellent ED. I feel very confident indeed about the Society’s future.