IASNR Committees & Charges for 2021

IASNR Committees & their Charges for 2021

Eight Committees
Elections
Ethics
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Professional Development
Conference Support
Student Affairs
Publications
Membership

Other Teams for IASNR Operations
Executive Council
Communications
Finance
Awards (sub-committee of Membership)

Guidelines for All Committees

These guidelines are strategies to achieve the following:  (1) spread the responsibilities across Council members and membership at-large so that no one person becomes overly-burdened, (2) integrate and mentor students into the organizational culture of the association, (3) enhance organizational transparency and collective knowledge, and (4) foster a sustainable, smooth-running and fair organizational culture.

  • Each committee has a chair and co-chair, with at least one of these being on IASNR Council
  • Each committee has a student member. Consult with SAC for recommendations.
  • Encourage at-large IASNR members to volunteer for committee membership. The Executive Council will work with each committee to identify members-at-large for committee service.
  • Communicate after each committee meeting with IASNR Council, post notes from the meeting on the IASNR website, and/or if relevant, post to the IASNR master calendar upcoming events including future committee meetings.
  • Each committee should develop a decision process that is transparent, understandable, and accessible to committee members.
  • Committee chairs should be prepared to report out at IASNR council quarterly meetings and to communicate news in the Keeping in Touch newsletter.
  • When appropriate, committee decision-making should be done in consultation with other committees who would be relevant to the decision context. For example, the Professional Development should engage the Finance Committee regarding decisions on prospective budget for hosting a webinar.

Purposes of each Committee

Elections

  1. Coordinate IASNR elections process, with support from IASNR main office staff.
  2. Develop calls for nominations, pre- and post-election emails/correspondence (e.g., with nominees, nominators), reminders, ballots, notifications, and other supporting documentation (e.g., candidate statements for posting online). Ensure inclusion of pertinent eligibility, service term, roles and responsibilities, and codes of conduct information for Executive Officer, Council, Student Representative, and ex officio positions (see IASNR Constitution and Bylaws), as appropriate and in conjunction with the Communications Teams.
  3. Foster, actively monitor, and solicit/recruit for diversity and representativeness on Council with support from the DEI Committee.
  4. Maintain records related to IASNR Elections Committee actions, including documents from past elections, Council member eligibility, election-related correspondence, candidate statements.

Chair:  Chloe Wardropper
Co-Chair: Jens Emborg

Ethics

  1. Promote awareness and education of the IASNR code of ethics.
  2. Promote compliance with the code of ethics.
  3. Revise and update the code of ethics as needed.
  4. Identify and encourage best practices for respecting members’ values, concerns and interests, including review and update of our code of ethics and webinars that engage members in timely discussions.
  5. Sponsor special sessions and keynotes on ethics at IASNR conference or conduct special topic webinars when appropriate.
  6. Handle complaints or formal grievances from members of ethics violation according to the procedures defined in the code of ethics, including collecting evidence, engaging affected parties, and drawing conclusions, and where appropriate make recommendations to Council.
  7. Respect the rights and privacy of all individuals related to the discussions of this committee.
  8. Operate with a spirit of being educators and advisors, rather than decision-makers reaching judgment.

Chair:  Carla Koons Trentelman
Co-Chair:  Azahara Mesa-Jurado

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Make recommendations to Council regarding policies and programming for an inclusive IASNR culture that fosters a welcoming, meaningful and easily accessible organization. IASNR organization culture is sensitive to a variety of characteristics tied to membership and their home institutions, including race, ethnicity, cultural heritage, country of origin, gender, socio-economic status, disability, and LGBTQ+. 
  2. Make recommendations to the Conference Support Committee related to inclusivity, diversity, and access at the annual IASNR meeting.
  3. Where appropriate, acknowledge indigenous communities in ways that recognize their rights, heritage, and respects their ancestral relationships with their land.
  4. Develop activities and initiatives that encourage members across a diversity of backgrounds to run for IASNR Council, participate in IASNR events, and facilitate connections across membership networks. Where appropriate, coordinate with other committees to promote discussion and learning about diversity, equity and inclusion.
  5. Identify standards, best practices and organizational challenges to DEI. Develop strategies to address such challenges, including making recommendations to Council for implementation and organizational change
  6. Sponsor special sessions and keynotes on DEI at IASNR conference or conduct special topic webinars when appropriate.
  7. Engage partnerships and organizations outside of IASNR for resources and advice to nurture IASNR culture in the direction of enhancing the climate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Chair:  Gladman Thondhlana
Co-Chair:  TBD

Professional Development

  1. Facilitate opportunities for IASNR members to develop and expand useful skills required for various career paths.
  2. Identify and promote possible career paths for students.
  3. Plan and implement activities that provide resources for professional development at the annual IASNR conference, including mentorship programming.
  4. Planning and implement activities that provide resources for professional development other than at IASNR conferences (e.g., web-based materials, webinars and coordinated mentorship opportunities).
  5. Promote and plan for professional network development and mentorship activities.

Chair:  Tanya Howard
Co-Chair:  TBD

Conference Support

  1. Develop strategic approach to site planning for future conferences to ensure opportunities for regional variation and expansion of opportunities for participation.
  2. Develop protocol and evaluation guidelines for conference hosting proposal to accompany calls for conference hosting. Transparency in process and decision-making is essential to these guidelines.
  3. Annually solicit proposals for future meetings and develop relations with potential hosts
  4. Assist potential hosts in proposal development by answering questions and identifying IASNR members to serve on conference planning committees.
  5. Review proposals for future meetings and make recommendations to Council and provide feedback to the lead contact on each proposal received.
  6. Assist selected hosts and IASNR business office in pre-meeting activities, including identifying a conference coordinator; assisting with the abstract review process, assist with the identification of potential keynote speakers; and assist with solicitation of session moderators.
  7. Work with DEI committees to address ways to make the conference more inclusive and accessible to all. This may include virtual components, regional hubs, and other tools.  Also work with the Ethics Committee to encourage special/keynote sessions for conference.
  8. Identify ways to expand engagement from practitioners.
  9. Expand engagement to international members.
  10. Provide other support and feedback to host planning committee on a periodic basis regarding consistencies across conferences, roles and accountability mechanisms for conference implementation.
  11. Evaluate tools and apps to enhance the conference experience and encourage participation.

Chair:  Becky Schewe
Co-Chair:  Jesse Abrams (also Chair of the 2021 Virtual IASNR Conference)

Student Affairs

  1. The Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect work as a team to serve as liaisons between the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) and Council. Both the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect attend all Council meetings and represent the SAC to Council as well as represent Council to the SAC.
  2. Together, the Student Representative and Student Representative-Elect provide primary oversight of the SAC, including hosting meetings, assisting in the development of SAC goals and objectives, and ensuring student-members are supported in their work on other IASNR committees.
  3. The Student Representative is a voting council member and the Student Representative on-boards the Student Representative-Elect into their new position.
  4. Advise council and business office regarding major issues of concern for student members.
  5. Where appropriate, develop and maintain Student Affairs working groups by assisting in the recruiting of student members and coordinating with other IASNR committees when appropriate.
  6. Any student members of other IASNR committees will attend SAC meetings and report out IASNR subcommittee activities (as is appropriate). Student members of other IASNR committees will use the SAC meeting as a venue to solicit feedback from other students to be incorporated into decision-making and conversation in the IASNR committees on which they serve.
  7. Coordinate newsletter updates from SAC to be reported in the newsletter.
  8. Coordinate annual election with Council Elections Committee of the Student Representative-Elect.
  9. The SAC is tasked with planning student events for the annual IASNR conference. This includes the Student Forum and Quiz Bowl. Additional student events can be planned based on student interests, needs, and SAC capacity.

Chair and Student Representative:  Susan Sidder
Co-Chair and Student Representative Elect:  Kindra De’Arman

Publications

  1. Solicit and supervise publications of the Social Ecology Press.
  2. Where appropriate, facilitate processes and policies with the SNR Editors, and liaison between Editors and Council.
  3. Coordinate publication processes for periodic state-of-the-art volumes, including solicitation and review of topics, editors, and authors.
  4. Oversight of contractual obligations between IASNR and publishing organizations.
  5. Review scope of press, and evaluate the future of the press.

Chair:  Tasos Hovardas
Co-Chair:  TBD

Membership

  1. Promotes and recruits membership in IASNR, and associated professional opportunities related IASNR mission and activities.
  2. Responsible for developing and implementing initiatives for membership recruitment, engagement and retention.
  3. Assess membership preferences and expectations through surveys, focus groups, and the IASNR committee structure.
  4. Engage prospective members and recruitment programming to emphasize diversity, equity and inclusion for the enhancement of the IASNR organizational culture. [Coordinate with DEI committee]
  5. Develop an annual awards program to acknowledge contributions such as outstanding scholarship, commitment to teaching or mentoring, commitment to the association development, outstanding student of the year.
  6. Coordinate the Best Student Paper Award.
  7. Growing and sustaining practitioner and professional membership.
  8. Coordinate with Student Affairs and Professional Development committees to complement and reinforce the synergy of IASNR activities for membership recruitment and retention.

Chair:  Kate Sherren
Co-Chair:  TBD

Purposes of other teams for IASNR operations

Executive Officers

  1. Comprised of the elected officers:  Executive Director, Secretary and Treasurer
  2. Identify and implement goals of IASNR, and ensure strategies for their achievement
  3. Act on behalf of the Council and organization
  4. Facilitate decision-making between Council meetings
  5. Lead and coordinate formal meetings of the IASNR including Council meetings, annual meeting of members, and other events as they arise
  6. Implement IASNR By-laws
  7. Engage and solicit at-large members for committee service
  8. Promote IASNR to external audiences, professionals, prospective members, and students
  9. Supervise IASNR contractors and staff

Chair:  Bill Stewart, Becky Schewe, Lee Cerveny

Communications Team

  1. Communicate directly with IASNR members about important association activities, actions, events and policies. 
  2. Communicate directly with IASNR council members and the executive board about important association business.
  3. Develop communications protocol and action plan for coordinating information among various IASNR committees and teams
  4. Promote/publicize IASNR and its accomplishments among membership, stakeholders, and public at large. Engage in active social media communications using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.
  5. Work with conference planning team to coordinate real-time communication during IASNR meeting on all media (website, WHOVA app, other)
  6. Develop strategic approach to communications in all forms and streamline communication so that IASNR members are not receiving information from multiple efforts without coordination
  7. Reiterate IASNR values in all forms of communication
  8. Oversight and development of the IASNR website and related content in collaboration with Committees and the Technology Consultant/Webmaster
  9. Oversight and development of the newsletter and IASNR Listserv

Chair:  Bill Stewart, Lee Cerveny, Jessica Hill

Finance Team

  1. Provide quarterly financial report(s) to Council.
  2. Oversight of the bookkeeping and financial reporting process.
  3. Leadership on financial planning and risk management for IASNR activities, including the annual conference, investments, and publications.
  4. Recommendations to Council regarding strategies for internal control and risk management.
  5. Coordinate with all committees and IASNR activities regarding financial planning and obligations.
  6. Maintain IASNR insurance, file annual taxes, maintain non-profit status, and review needs for annual accounting audit

Chair:  Becky Schewe, Jesse Abrams, Bill Stewart

Awards Team

  1. Identify awards categories for annual recognition.
  2. Create a framework for handling nominations for awards.
  3. Promote a sense of inclusivity and equity around awards (so it’s not the inner circle).
  4. Develop a process for distributing awards (likely at IASNR meetings).
  5. Work with communications team to announce award recipients.

Chair:  TBD
Co-Chair:  Bobby Jones (Best Student Paper sub-Team)