At its May 15-17 meeting the SAA Council voted unanimously to establish a Task Force on Member Affinity Groups that will provide the Council with advice regarding what sorts of affinity group structures might be most effective in encouraging flexible, inclusive, and participatory opportunities for members. See the group's description below for details. SAA Vice President / President-Elect Danna Bell-Russel seeks SAA members to serve on this task force.
If you're interested in serving, include in an email message directed to firstname.lastname@example.org your full name, title, institution, and experience within SAA (e.g., how many years a member, section and roundtable memberships, committee service), along with a brief statement of interest and qualifications (specifically related to your expertise in the topics outlined in the Purpose statement). Please use the subject line: Member Affinity Groups Task Force (Your Last Name). Deadline: June 10.
Task Force on Member Affinity Groups
II. Task Force Selection, Size, and Length of Term
III. Reporting Procedures
IV. Duties and Responsibilities
In addition to other research and activities the Task Force deems necessary to meet its charge, the task force will endeavor to obtain the input of the members on what they most value in their current affinity groups, where their groups have been most challenged, and what expectations they have for networking in SAA. The Task Force will also examine current and historical data on section and roundtable activities.
The Task Force will consider such general issues as:
The Task Force will accomplish its work primarily via email, conference call, Skype, Google+ hangout, and perhaps an in-person meeting at the 2013 Annual Meeting.