Invitation to Volunteer and Join the STR Division Leadership as Membership Engagement Chair

STR Offsite event: Chicago architectural boat tour

Do you enjoy interacting with fellow members of the Strategic Management Division in a social as well as professional setting? Do you like organizing events that connect people? Are you up to leading a team of fellow volunteers who will create new events and experiences as well as serve the practical needs of other members? Then get involved by volunteering to be the new Membership Engagement Chair for the STR Division!

The STR Membership Engagement Chair will lead and organize activities to engage the STR division’s members, primarily at the annual Academy of Management meeting.  The person in this position will coordinate the activities of a committee of volunteers, and will also work closely with the STR Communications Director and division officers.

STR is beginning the process of establishing this position as an appointed officer of the division.

A description of the position is provided below.  For more information about this important and exciting volunteering opportunity, contact Mary Benner, mbenner@umn.edu

How to Apply

Interested volunteers should submit a brief (i.e., < 500 words) statement of interest that answers the following questions:

  1. a) Why are you interested in the Membership Engagement Chair position?
  2. b) What are your qualifications for the position?

Applications are due by November 30 and should be emailed to Mary Benner, mbenner@umn.edu. Please make sure the phrase “Membership Engagement Chair” is in the subject line of the email.

 

Strategic Management Division – Membership Engagement Chair Description

The STR Membership Engagement Chair will lead and organize activities to engage the STR division’s members, primarily at the annual Academy of Management meeting.  The person in this position will coordinate the activities of a committee of volunteers, and will also work closely with the STR Communications Director and division officers.

The Membership Engagement Chair is expected to attend the entire annual meeting. The activities coordinated by the person serving in this position include:

  1. Recruiting a group of STR Ambassadors (these are PhD student volunteers, typically we need 25-30), and assigning them to various tasks during the meetings, and coordinating their activities.
  2. Designing and ordering STR branded “swag”
    1. Responsibility for coordinating designing and ordering t-shirts for STR ambassadors
    2. Responsibility for creating/ordering stickers and (possibly) an STR Division giveaway for the annual meeting
  3. Organizing and advertising offsite events for members at the annual meeting
    1. Coordinating one or more off-site events for STR members at the annual meeting
    2. May involve working with local organizers and other volunteers
    3. These events have been popular in the past. If the price for the event is in the range of $20-$40, we can anticipate attendance of over 75 members.
    4. Organizing these events requires planning and communication on how participants can register and pre-pay.
    5. Coordinating communication about the activities to members, including working with the Communications Director and preparing an email to send from the Division Chair
  4. At the annual meeting:
    1. Local organization and participation in the offsite event(s)
    2. Serving as the STR division contact for the AOM membership committee. Help solicit division representatives to staff new member events at the annual meeting (e.g. these include the new member hospitality suite, new member orientation, and possibly others as announced by the AOM membership committee)
    3. Assisting in finding division representatives to staff the AoM’s New Doctoral Student Consortium
    4. Coordinating STR Ambassador participation in various STR events, to hand out stickers and giveaways, drink tickets, leading members from hotels to offsite events, etc. (Possible events include the STR doctoral, dissertation, new faculty, mid-career, and teaching consortia, Managing your Dissertation workshop, Jr Faculty paper development workshop, plenary session, business meeting, STR social, and any offsite events, also the AOM new student doctoral consortium and the new member events)
    5. Picking up the division ribbons for lanyards and distributing those and stickers, etc. to division officers and EC members to wear and to hand out
  5. Participating in the STR Executive Committee’s two annual executive committee meetings. One is at the annual AOM meetings in August. The other (the Winter meeting) is usually held in early March at a location that varies annually. Travel to the winter meeting is partially subsidized by the STR division.
  6. Recommending and implementing new initiatives that will engage current members and attract new ones to the division.
  7. Assisting with identifying your own replacement at the end of the term, and helping with a smooth transition.

Preview of the Newsletter Announcements

Dear Members,

due to a delay in publishing this year’s Newsletter (which is outside our scope), we are here providing a “preview” of the contents we will display in our Fall 2018 Newsletter.

Thanks for your understanding.

Sincerely,

Paolo Aversa
Associate Professor of Strategy
Cass Business School
STR Division Communications Director

Links to the Announcements