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Step Right Up: Opportunities for ASLA Committee Service

Over the next several weeks, President-elect Wendy Miller, FASLA, will be considering appointments for committee service during her term as ASLA president (November 18, 2019–October 5, 2020). To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees listed below, please fill out the committee appointment form.

On the form you will indicate the group(s) of interest to you as well as provide information about your interests and experience. Please keep in mind however that professional commitment and the desire to contribute through ASLA committee service is all that is required.

ASLA committees support Board of Trustees-approved programmatic objectives by (1) performing specific functions, e.g., the Professional Practice Committee is charged with reviewing and providing input on ASLA professional products, programs, and services; or (2) providing member expertise and input on issues and programs, e.g., the Government Affairs Advisory Committee provides member input on issues that affect the profession and helps determine ASLA’s legislative priorities.

Committee chairs direct the activities of the group in coordination with staff and in accordance with the board-approved Annual Operating Plan and the committee charge. Staff is responsible for coordinating committee activities, including committee communications, and working with the chairs to set agendas. The frequency of committee conference calls, meetings, and correspondence depends on the nature of the work. The ASLA national officers serve as Executive Committee liaisons and are available to assist chairs and committees as needed. Terms range from one to three years and begin and end when the president assumes office at the conclusion of the annual conference.

ASLA is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. ASLA staff and member volunteers uphold the Society’s Standards of Conduct. ASLA values are excellence, integrity, diversity, leadership, and stewardship. The ASLA culture is collaborative, inclusive, member-focused, accountable, and volunteer-supported.

ASLA Committees: (for more information about committee structure and charges visit Committees and Affiliations, for information about who currently sits on committees, visit the Leadership Directory.

Annual Conference Education Advisory Committee
The committee makes recommendations to staff for invited continuing education sessions, and reviews and evaluates submissions to the annual conference call for presentations. Terms are for three years and are staggered to maintain continuity. The ACEAC will meet in person at ASLA headquarters in advance of the Call for Presentations opening in mid-December. The education session review period will take place in February and will require 30 - 35 hours of review time over a three-week period.

Archives and Collections Committee
The Archives and Collections Committee provides member input and works with staff on maintenance of and access to the Society's official records and archives. In the upcoming year the committee will continue to review and work with staff on enhancing the archiving guidance documents for landscape architects and chapters as well as expanding the list of archival collections related to landscape architecture. Terms are for one year, and members are often reappointed to maintain project continuity. The committee meets monthly for a one-hour telephone conference call and annually in person for a one-to-two-hour informal meeting at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture for those able to attend.

Associate Advisory Committee
The committee advises ASLA leaders and staff on key policies and programs that have an impact on associate members. Members will draw on their own experiences and that of their fellow emerging professionals to provide input and feedback to inform annual program development and priority-setting. The committee will focus on recruitment and retention of associate members and develop content for publications and social media. The committee chair will serve as the Associate Representative to the Board of Trustees, a non-voting position, and serve as the liaison between the Board and the committee. Members are appointed by the president-elect from nominations forwarded by chapters. The committee meets by conference call monthly. Projects may require time commitment outside of conference calls. Committee meets in-person once per year at the ASLA Spring Meeting, participating in training and Advocacy Day. Committee chair must also attend the spring and fall meetings of the Board of Trustees during his/her term. (The online nominations process is now open through July 12. Nominations include a description of the nominee’s qualifications and leadership qualities, plus provide a field where the nominator may insert a statement from the nominee.) Selection through online nomination process, see link above.

Audit Committee
The committee oversees the Society’s annual audit and provides independent oversight of its finances, internal control procedures, and accounting, reporting, and compliance practices. Members are limited to chapter trustees, members of the Finance and Investments Committee, and one financial expert who may or may not be an ASLA member. Terms are for two years and staggered, and outgoing members are not eligible for reappointment for at least three years. The committee meets monthly for a one-hour telephone conference call and annually in person for a one-to-two-hour informal meeting at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture for those able to attend.

Committee on Education (COE)
The Committee on Education provides input to ASLA in support of landscape architecture programs including current issues and trends in accordance with the Society’s strategic objectives; promotes collaboration and dialogue that identifies needs and opportunities between educators and practitioners; and facilitates information exchange with allied organizations including LAAB, CELA, and CLARB, in support of ASLA strategic objectives. The committee may be assigned special projects as needed. Appointments are for two-year terms. The COE holds monthly hour long calls and meets in person at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture.

Constitution and Bylaws Committee
The committee maintains and interprets the ASLA Constitution and Bylaws and Administrative Policies, advises the Board of Trustees on matters of governance and policy, and assists sponsors of proposed amendments. Terms are for three years and are staggered to maintain continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets via conference call as frequently as business demands.

Emerging Professionals Committee
Advise ASLA on Associate, Student, and Student Affiliate Member programs and services; facilitates communication with and among all emerging professional groups including Student Affiliate Members (and their respective student affiliate chapters), Student Members (and their respective student chapters), and Associate Members (and their respective ASLA chapters); promotes the benefits of membership and encourages member recruitment at all levels; communicates with faculty and chapters about ASLA programs and benefits pertaining to students and Associate Members; promotes, encourages, and assists ASLA chapter leaders to increase professional interaction with Associate Members, Student Members, and Student Affiliate Members; and improves the effectiveness of that interaction. Terms are for one year, and the committee meets via conference call monthly. In addition, the committee working groups meet via conference call on an as-needed basis.

Ethics Committee
Members must be individuals who are extremely thorough and discreet in their committee work. The committee receives and processes complaints, recommends code amendments to the Board of Trustees, and educates members about ethics issues. Appointments are for three years and staggered to ensure continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets via conference call as often as needed and during the annual meeting when necessary.

Finance and Investments Committee
The Finance and Investments Committee advises the Board of Trustees on matters concerning ASLA's financial management. Members must be skilled in business practices and informed about ASLA’s financial status and condition. Terms are for three years and staggered to provide continuity. The Committee holds web-based monthly calls each month throughout the year. Overall time commitment is between 14 – 20 hours a year.

Government Affairs Advisory Committee
The committee provides member review and input on federal legislative and regulatory issues that affect the profession and helps implement ASLA’s federal legislative priorities. Terms are for two years and staggered for continuity. The committee meets monthly via conference call. Committee members may be asked periodically to review legislation or regulations for input. Committee members should be prepared to submit examples of landscape architecture projects that address federal policy issues.

Honors and Awards Advisory Committee
The committee recommends the slate of jurors for the professional and student awards programs and reviews and makes recommendations for updating or altering, when necessary, all of ASLA’s awards and honors programs. During their term of service, members of the Honors and Awards Advisory Committee and their firms/organizations/agencies may not be considered for the medal awards, Firm Award, or Community Service Award. Terms are for two years and staggered to provide continuity. The committee meets via conference call once per month and communicates by email between calls. Members of the committee are invited to attend the Professional and Student Awards Ceremony at the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture so they may congratulate the recipients.

Landscape Architecture Magazine (LAM) Editorial Advisory Committee
Committee members provide the editor with ongoing intelligence from landscape architecture practice and education to help maximize the magazine’s editorial relevance to the profession. Members serve two-year terms that are staggered to maintain continuity. The committee meets monthly by conference call and during the annual meeting. Committee members will take turns acting as the leader for monthly conference calls, gathering agenda items and facilitating discussion among committee members online via email and cloud-based interfaces between calls. Committee members are also expected to read LAM and other publications regularly, with an eye toward spotting topics that would be of interest to LAM’s readers and gathering ideas for nominations for Bradford Williams awards in the spring.

LA CES Representative - Application Review Committee Charge and Responsibility
The Application Review Committee reviews all applications received for completeness and qualification under LA CES criteria for approved provider status; contacts applicants if clarification of information is needed; and makes a determination for acceptance, deferral, or denial within 30 business days of receipt.

LA CES Representative - Monitoring Committee Charge and Responsibility
The Monitoring Committee annually reviews a minimum of 10 percent of approved providers to verify compliance with LA CES guidelines and procedures; notifies approved providers in writing of any failure to comply and the need to demonstrate compliance within a 30-day probationary period from receipt of notification; and if approved providers fail to comply with conditions for acceptance by the end of the 30-day probationary period, withdraws registration and removes the providers from the LA CES program. Compliance verification may include, but is not limited to, surveying approved providers; reviewing provider materials to include descriptions and evaluations; and surveying provider program attendees.

Leadership Development Committee
Committee members support potential and emerging leaders with attention to diversity of practice type, gender, and ethnicity; and encourage participation and guide their development through the leadership ladder of ASLA. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets via conference call six times per year. In addition, the committee working groups meet via conference call on an as needed basis.

Licensure and State Government Affairs Committee
The Licensure and State Government Affairs Committee discusses and helps with responses to local, state, and federal licensure legislation. Participates in the development and review of new licensure advocacy assistance materials, including state and local restraints to the practice of landscape architecture and provides direct guidance to states facing licensure threats. Supports chapter advocacy efforts at the state and local level. Committee meets monthly by conference call, with additional work managed by subcommittees. Subcommittee work may include independent work and/or conference calls between the quarterly committee calls, as needed.

LARE (Landscape Architecture Registration Examination) Prep Subcommittee
The LARE Prep Subcommittee develops resources and materials in support of those preparing to take the Landscape Architecture Registration Examination and assists ASLA chapters in promoting the benefits of licensure, offering LARE review workshops and otherwise mentoring exam candidates. Appointments are for one year. This committee meets via conference monthly and requires ongoing commitment to developing resources for LARE preparation, including print/online, webinar, and in-person content for exam candidates.

Member Services Committee
Committee members provide input on national and chapter member recruitment and retention efforts, professional membership qualifications, admission procedures, and privileges. The committee is responsible for producing the bimonthly Membership Minute email and quarterly chapter membership chair calls. The committee goals include brainstorming ideas related to creating chapter membership marketing resources and tools, enhancing relationships between professional and student chapters, and communicating the value of membership to members and prospective members. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets via conference call monthly. In addition, the committee working groups meet via conference call on an as-needed basis.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee formulates ASLA policy on issues facing the profession and regularly review and update policies and stylistic formats. Terms are for two years and staggered to maintain continuity. There is a significant amount of research involved, and writing skills are an asset to this committee. Committee meets monthly by conference call. Members are expected to periodically serve as the lead for development or revision of a policy, which requires time to research and draft language for committee discussion. Committee sub-work groups meet via conference call between the full committee meetings.

Professional Practice Committee (PPC)
The committee provides member review and input on specific practice needs and ASLA products, programs, and services. Appointments are for one year. PPC subcommittees include Specifications Review; Business Owners Support, including standard form contract development; and New Mobility and Emerging Technologies. In the upcoming year, the committee will continue to work with Masterspec® to review and update the landscape library specifications; work with staff, legal, and insurer review to develop additional standard form professional services agreements; seek periodic input from professional practice course instructors to continue to expand and enhance teaching resources and information; and develop an online guide for transportation technology development and implementation. The Accessibility Working Group under the committee will continue to create professional development resources specific to accessible design and standards/codes. The full PPC meets monthly via conference call and annually in person during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture for those able to attend. The PPC Subcommittees meet as needed via conference call throughout the year to work on ongoing projects including development and updating of standard form contracts and guidelines, landscape architecture specification documents, and other business references and tools.

Public Practice Advisory Committee

Committee members advise leadership and staff on strategies and programs to increase public practitioners’ interest and participation in ASLA and facilitate communication among all practitioners in the public sector. The committee will continue to work to increase the public’s knowledge of public sector landscape architects by interviewing public design practitioners as part of the LAND Policy Shaper series and working with staff to develop information pieces. It also will assist with outreach efforts spotlighting the different roles landscape architects play in public policy and design of public space through transportation system planning, green infrastructure, health care, and historic preservation and will provide students with pertinent career development information. Appointments are for one year, and the committee meets monthly via conference call and in person during the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture for those able to attend.

Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) Representative
Represent ASLA on the RNRF Board of Directors and attend approximately two RNRF meetings each year. Ensure that the landscape architectural perspective on natural resource issues is represented in RNRF program and publishing initiatives. The time commitment includes attendance at RNRF board meetings; attendance at RNRF policy forums and related events whenever practicable; staying abreast of RNRF activities through review of RNRF communications and publications. The representative is encouraged but is not required to participate on RNRF committees and in related RNRF activities and programs.

Student Advisory Committee
The committee advises ASLA leaders and staff on key policies and programs that have an impact on student members and student chapters. Members will draw on their own experiences and that of their fellow students to provide input and feedback to inform annual program development and priority-setting. The committee will focus on recruitment and retention of student members, provide support to the student chapters and student chapter presidents, and develop content for publications and social media. The committee chair will serve as the Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, a non-voting position, and serve as the liaison between the Board and the committee. The committee meets by conference call monthly. Projects may require time commitment outside of conference calls. Committee meets in-person once per year at the ASLA Spring Meeting, participating in training and Advocacy Day. Committee chair must also attend the spring and fall meetings of the Board of Trustees during his/her term. (The online nominations process is now open through July 12. Nominations include a description of the nominee’s qualifications and leadership qualities, plus provide a field where the nominator may insert a statement from the nominee.)

Tellers Committee
Comprised of Full Members who are located near the ASLA headquarters, the committee reviews and verifies the annual election and other confidential ballots of the Society’s professional membership. Committee members meet in person once a year at ASLA headquarters to review and verify election results. The meeting is usually in June or July and requires two-to-three hours.

To volunteer for service on one or more of the committees listed above, please respond by midnight, July 12, 2019. For any questions contact Curt Millay at corporatesecretary@asla.org.

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