Call for Board Nominations

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association is inviting nominations for new members of the HighEdWeb Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.

As a Board member, one enjoys a role in shaping the future of our profession, and the opportunity to steer the vision for the Association as a representative of the membership. As well, one earns the recognition of a leadership position in a highly-regarded, internationally-acknowledged professional body.

Board Member Criteria
Our criteria for selecting new Board members is based on evaluation of the following. Please know that we are looking for “best-fit” candidates: we will evaluate nominees based on their overall strengths, understanding that no one nominee may perfectly meet all of the below.

A nominee must:

  • Be an active member of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, or are willing and eligible to become an active member.
  • Be currently employed in a Web-related field at a higher education institution.
  • Have volunteer experience with HighEdWeb (as a presenter, committee member, etc.).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of established Web standards, best practices and tools.
  • Look to take a leadership role in both HighEdWeb and in the Web profession as a whole.

Preferred: Has previous committee experience, particularly that of serving on a governing body such as a Board of Directors or Advisory Council.

Nomination Process
You may nominate yourself and supply us with the required information, or you may nominate someone else and we will contact them for their acceptance of the nomination and further details.  Nominations will close on January 1, 2013.

Many thanks for your interest in the Higher Education Web Professionals Association. We are proud, as always, to strive to advance Web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education, and to be members of a strong community — as always, the Association by and for higher ed Web professionals.

Membership Committee Volunteers Needed

On behalf of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association Membership Committee:

As the HighEdWeb Board of Directors moves towards creating and implementing — with your input and feedback — an Association membership plan, we are asking for volunteers to sit on the new HighEdWeb Membership Committee. This group is tasked with taking the Association’s core membership ideas and implementing and expanding on them over time. This Committee will:

  • Further develop the vision for the program based on feedback from the membership body and research,
  • Manage the administration of the membership program and related tools,
  • Ensure that the membership program remain healthy and current,
  • Lead discussions and focus groups with the members at the national conferences, and
  • Be the voice of the members to the Board of Directors.

We are looking for individuals who want to take on leadership roles in this facet of our Association. Please fill out this Google form by May 25th, 2012 indicating your interest and the skills you bring to the table. We will review and make selections from these submissions in the next few weeks.

This is a great opportunity to be more involved in the Association, and to help shape the future of our profession. Thank you in advance for your service. We look forward to working with you.

Chris Nixon
Higher Education Web Professionals Association
Chair, Membership Committee
Member, Board of Directors

HighEdWeb: The Membership Model

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce we are working to formalize membership structure for the Higher Education Web Professionals Association.

Membership is an important step for the Association, and we want to get it right.  Membership represents that we, as an Association, have established ourselves as an acknowledged and respected professional body.  It means that we, as professionals, have elected to join a group to support each other.  It means that we can join the W3C and contribute to the Web standards we use every day. And it means that we, together, will grow and move forward to continue to advance Web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education.

We considered a number of membership models, based on a survey of similar organizations and on potential member feedback, and believe the initial levels we are proposing represent a positive starting point for the development of Association membership.

Initial benefits of membership at all levels would include:

  • Discount on conference registrations
  • Access to locked conference and Association-related content
  • Early conference registration notice

Further benefits will likely be added in the future, and might include things such as access to white papers/research repositories on technical and professional issues, salary surveys, standards and job descriptions. Much of what is included will depend on feedback from you, our future members.

Please take a moment and to review this proposal, and give us your feedback below. With your help, we anticipate finalizing membership before the first of the year.

Membership Level: Professional

Purpose:

  • To provide an official representational body of professional knowledge and support for higher education Web professionals. This will be the most common membership type.

Eligibility:

  • Professional employed by an institution of higher education whose area of work (including, but not limited to technical, content, management, emarketing, etc.) contributes to the Web presence of that institution
  • Has an .edu email addresses
  • Dues paid**

Additional Benefit:

  • Eligible for service on the Association Board of Directors

 

Membership Level: Affiliate

Purpose:

  • To allow those who work closely in the higher education sector, but not directly for an institution of higher education, to be a part of the larger higher education Web community.

Eligibility:

  • paid consultant or freelancer, not directly employed by an institution of higher education, but predominately works with higher education
  • Considered on a case by case application
  • Dues paid**

 

Membership Level: Honorary

Purpose:

  • To establish lifetime recognition for outstanding contribution to profession or to the Association

Eligibility:

  • Nominated and selected by board resolution
  • Limited number per year (Perhaps only one)

Additional Benefits:

  • Eligible for service on the Association Board of Directors
  • No dues required

 

Membership Level: Student

Purpose:

  • To foster the next generation of Web professionals

Eligibility:

  • Sponsored by a Professional Member or by application (considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Must submit a copy of student ID
  • May be extended for up to one year after graduation

 

** Please note: The Board is currently benchmarking to determine the appropriate dues & fee schedule  for each membership level.