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New Year, New Event at Annual Conference: Early Career Faculty Leadership Symposium

Sunday, January 5, 2014   (0 Comments)
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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.

Conference registration 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 extension.

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: I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling 2014!

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