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ASTA Board of Directors Member-at-Large

Nominations due by October 1, 2020

Service on the ASTA Board of Directors is a chance to help drive the decisions of our national association and shape the future of string teaching and playing. ASTA staff takes care of managing the association’s day-to-day operations, which allows board members to focus on matters of strategic importance that improve the programs and services offered to members. Board service is a chance to grow professionally and personally, gain valuable skills and experience, and make lasting connections with a team of passionate and motivated professionals.

Overall Leadership Characteristics and Other Criteria for Selection of Potential Board Members

We seek board members who have professional expertise and display those professional characteristics that are needed to be an effective leader.  

Professional Characteristics

Personal Initiative and Commitment to the Profession
  • Willingly accepts professional responsibilities
  • Is enthusiastic about the profession and about ASTA

  • Standards for Personal and Professional Conduct
  • Displays visibly high standards for personal and professional conduct
  • Treats peers and professional colleagues with respect, consideration, and equity
  • Maintains confidentiality
  • Demonstrates high standards for personal and professional integrity, honesty, and moral behavior
  • Maintains appropriate professional relationships

  • Professional Performance
  • Has a demonstrated record of success and positive achievement within the profession
  • Widely respected by professional peers

  • Professional Communications
  • Is proactive and professional in communication with peers and other colleagues
  • Responds promptly to communication from others
  • Articulately expresses ideas, concepts, and beliefs to other organizations, teachers, students, parents, faculty, etc.

  • Attendance and Punctuality
  • Is present and prepared for association activities

  • Candidates must meet a professional standard of excellence by demonstrating the following:
  • Active membership in ASTA
  • Willing to accept a leadership role in building the future of our national organization
  • Time to dedicate to fulfilling board responsibilities
  • Ability to register for and attend the ASTA National Conference during the term of office
  • A meaningful gift to the ASTA Foundation
  • Ability to travel to three board meetings: March 2022, June 2022, March 2023

  • Time Commitment

    The ASTA Board of Directors has four annual board meetings, both virtual and in-person (in-person meetings are at ASTA National Conference and at the ASTA national office in Fairfax, Virginia). The board at times adds additional virtual board meetings.

    To nominate yourself or a colleague, pleasecomplete this online form.

    All nominations must be submitted by October 1, 2020. Service begins on May 15, 2021, and goes through May 2023. The ASTA Nominating Committee and the ASTA Board of Directors develop the final slate for elections for ASTA board positions. Notifications will be sent by early November. Elections are in December 2020, with results by February 2021. The first official board activity is the virtual June 2021 ASTA Board Meeting.

    Questions? Please email asta@astastrings.org.


    FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES:


    Collegiate Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    Fosters community and ASTA identity with the higher education string education community; organizes and holds annual collegiate roundtable meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs of the collegiate community; reviews National Conference collegiate presentation submissions. Time commitment: Monthly 1-2 hours.

    K-12 Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

    Fosters community and ASTA identity with the K-12 string education community; organizes and holds annual K-12 conference meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; reviews National Conference K-12 presentation submissions; identifies the needs and trends of the K-12 community; selects annually the Elizabeth A. H. Green School Educator award. Time commitment: Monthly 1-2 hours.
     

    Eclectic Styles Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

    Ensures that eclectic styles are an integral part of the ASTA community; organizes and holds annual eclectic styles roundtable; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs and trends for eclectic styles; reviews National Conference eclectic styles presentation submissions. Time commitment: Monthly 1-2 hours.
     

    Studio Teacher Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

    Fosters community and ASTA identity with the private studio community; organizes and holds annual private studio roundtable meeting; submits content ideas for consideration; identifies the needs and trends of the private studio community; reviews National Conference private studio presentation submissions Time commitment: Monthly 1-2 hours.
     

    Research Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)

    Gathers and analyzes data in relationship to string education; reviews research requests submitted for permission to survey ASTA membership; determines which surveys ASTA will circulate within the membership for participation; selects award winners.


    String Research Journal Editorial Board (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    The String Research Journal is the juried string research publication of ASTA. Qualifications: Documentation of sustained research activity in the areas of string playing and teaching. Members and the Editor of the String Research Journal Editorial Board serve 6-year rotating terms. Responsibilities: Review submitted manuscripts for the SRJ and make recommendations for publication; review submissions for the annual ASTA Research Poster Session.
     

    Membership Ambassadors (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    Help new ASTA members assimilate into the organization and ensure that each new member receives the most value possible from their ASTA membership. The ultimate goal of the Ambassador program is to ensure that members continue their membership in ASTA and help build the organization by bringing in new members.


    Collegiate Student Advisory Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    Help engage and grow the string education student community; represent the needs of string education students; provide guidance on current topics, trends, and specific focus areas; select award winners. Time commitment: approximately 2 hours per month.


    American String Teacher Journal Music Reviewers (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    Provide music reviews for the American String Teacher journal that help educators make informed purchases: review music and books; write reviews for publication in the journal.


    American String Teacher Editorial Committee (currently not open for volunteer positions)
    The American String Teacher (AST) Editorial Committee focuses on the content of the quarterly AST journal. Volunteers review submitted articles, recommend article topics, write at least one journal article for consideration, and solicit article submissions.
        
     
    Questions? Please email asta@astastrings.org.