Professional Society Membership and AAAS Membership Deadline
Sent on behalf of Chris Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
As showcased recently in Strong Ties: The ROI for Faculty Dedication, our University of Kansas faculty are garnering a number of prestigious awards for their scholarship. Highlighted in this particular issue were our three most recent American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows, Susan Lunte, A. Townsend Peterson, and “Franklin” Feng Tao, who now join 20 other active KU colleagues who have earned this distinguished recognition of their contributions to their fields.
As you know, professional society memberships are important not only to staying current in your field, but to providing service to our profession and colleagues. Memberships in professional societies enable us to remain engaged with fellow scholars and advocate for the advancement of our research interests, while also providing vehicles, through publications and conferences, to showcase our work. They also give us opportunities to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our colleagues through awards and prizes offered by the associations and societies each year, many of which count among the metrics for our inclusion in the Association of American Universities (AAU).
Thus, I’m writing to remind you to review your membership status in your respective professional societies before the end of the calendar year. For those of you who hope to follow in the footsteps of our AAAS Fellows, it is important to also remember that you must be a continuous member of the AAAS for at least four years before you are eligible to be nominated. Please consider renewing your membership to the AAAS, and other professional organizations, before December 31, 2017 to support the work of these organizations and ensure your own eligibility for this recognition of your scholarship in the years to come.
Additionally, the AAAS is currently offering membership discounts that you can access by following this link.
Thank you for your continued support of these organizations and of your faculty colleagues.
J. Christopher Brown
Vice Provost for Faculty Development
Professor, jointly appointed in the Department of Geography and Atmospheric Science and the Environmental Studies Program