New Year, New Event at Annual Conference: Early Career Faculty Leadership Symposium
Sunday, January 5, 2014
ASHS President Mary Hockenberry Meyer outlines a new symposium and contest geared toward new faculty and professionals . . .
At the December ASHS Board meeting, we reviewed a new annual
competition and symposium entitled the Young or Early Career Faculty and
Professional Leadership Symposium for new faculty and professionals to
share their discoveries and creative work to a peer audience. ASHS looks
forward to this new opportunity now available for postdocs, early
career (untenured, non-tenure track, or within the first 5 years of
service at their current position) faculty, and industry professionals
to communicate the impact of their extension, research, teaching, and
other scholarly activities.
We have currently scheduled a 3-hour block of time at the July Annual
Conference in Orlando, to have a mix of presented papers and
professional development for early career professionals. Participants
are encouraged to sign up for this symposium when they register for the
annual conference. Based on an expanded 1000-word abstract and a
standard biosketch by 1 June, the top eight papers will be selected and
scheduled for presentation during the symposium. The top three
presenters from the symposium will receive award recognition and
publication fee waivers for the ASHS journal that best fits the audience
for their work.
opens soon, so alert your colleagues and plan to submit your work. The
purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform for new scholars to
advance their work, reputation to their peers, and to help facilitate
peer-reviewed extension, teaching, or research from a wide range of
horticultural professionals. Two hours of the symposium will be devoted
to the 8 competition papers. The third hour will provide a forum for
professional development where seasoned professionals will offer
recommendations for success, whether in industry, teaching, research, or
Look for more information on the conference registration form.
Detailed information will be mailed to all who register and indicate
their interest in this symposium.
The idea for this new event came from ASHS Past-President Dewayne
Ingram, who saw something similar at another society’s professional
meeting. He suggested the idea and it became a reality this year. What
changes do you suggest for our annual conference? What would help your
career? Our society must be able to change and meet member needs as they
change over time. The best ideas come from members who care about ASHS
and want to make a difference.
I, as well as all members of the Board, welcome your suggestions for making ASHS meet your needs.
Call me: 952-443-1447; or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling 2014!