As faculty members of the ACSA, we are fortunate to have nine talented, professional staff who ensure that our organization’s operations run smoothly: our budgetary health and member services; exciting conferences, awards, and competitions; research services; communications and journals; healthy relationships with AIA, AIAS, NOMA, NCARB, and NAAB; and initiation of new relationships and programming…to name just a few of their many responsibilities.
But the ACSA is us, all of us. We create and act upon its mission and vision through strategic planning, participation in program committees, peer review of our high quality journal and conference content, participation in NAAB accreditation visits and ACSA award juries, and board and editorial board service. All of this work is done by volunteers.
Many of you already volunteer considerable time by responding to calls to participate in peer review for conferences and journals. Thank you so much for this; it is a critical task. If you are wondering “how can I get more involved,” here are a few opportunities:
Nominate yourself to serve on one of the three ACSA program committees (Research, Leadership, and Education)
Nominate yourself to run for one of ACSA’s Board positions (at-large-director, secretary/treasurer, or second vice president)
For many of our volunteering opportunities you do not have to be nominated or put forward by someone else. If you are interested, respond to the calls when they are posted and feel free to nominate yourself.
These are ways not only to serve your school and the ACSA, they are also ways to expand your academic networks nationally and internationally. Most importantly, they ensure that ACSA remains a robust and relevant organization representing the full breadth and diversity of its member schools and stakeholders.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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