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Volunteer for ASLA Committee Service!

Deadline is midnight, July 18, 2014.

Over the next several weeks, President-Elect Richard Zweifel, FASLA, will be considering appointments for committee service during his term as ASLA President (November 24, 2014–November 9, 2015). 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 are all that is required.


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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 meeting.

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

Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee

The committee makes recommendations to staff for invited continuing education sessions, and reviews and evaluates submissions to the annual meeting call for presentations. Terms are for three years and are staggered to maintain continuity. The AMEAC will meet in person, at ASLA headquarters, September 19–20, 2014, and via conference call in early December. The education session review period will take place in February 2015 and will require 25–30 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 Annual Meeting and EXPO for those able to attend.

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 Annual Meeting and EXPO for those able to attend.

Committee on Education (COE)

The Committee on Education supports ASLA education programs and promotes collaboration and information exchange with allied organizations, including LAAB, CELA, CLARB, and NAED, in support of ASLA strategic objectives. The committee may be assigned special projects as needed. Appointments are for two years. The COE holds calls as needed and meets in person at the annual meeting.

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

The committee provides member review and input on Student, Student Affiliate, and Associate Member programs and services; promotion of the benefits of ASLA membership; and communication with and among all emerging professionals, ASLA chapters, and student chapters. The committee goals include providing an education session and hosting a portfolio review for students and emerging professionals at the ASLA Annual Meeting & EXPO and developing a chapter mentor program model. The committee will also survey the chapters regarding emerging professional chapter interest groups, connections with alumni, and student chapters. The committee is responsible for the student and emerging professionals’ web page content. Terms 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. The committee hosts a joint social gathering with the Member Services Committee during the annual meeting; attendance is not required.


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 calls each month throughout the year. Overall time commitment is 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 determine ASLA’s federal legislative priorities. The committee will implement the federal priorities for the 114th Congress. The committee will also help establish the agenda and other details for the ASLA Advocacy Day 2015. Terms are for two years and staggered for continuity. The committee corresponds via email and meets monthly via conference call and at the annual meeting. 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 usually once per quarter, or more frequently if issues arise, and communicates by email between calls. Members of the committee are invited to attend the Professional and Student Awards Ceremony rehearsal at the Annual Meeting and EXPO 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.

Leadership Development Committee

Committee members develop, implement, and monitor plans to identify potential and emerging leaders with attention to diversity of practice type, gender, and ethnicity; and develop, implement, and monitor plans to encourage participation and guide development through the leadership ladder of ASLA. The committee creates leadership development resources for the chapters including identifying web tools, producing the bimonthly Leadership Links email, and presenting a leadership theme presentation for the Chapter Presidents Council at its annual meeting. 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. The committee will host a face-to-face hour-long planning meeting at noon on Friday, November 21 at the annual meeting; attendance is not required.

Licensure and State Government Affairs Committee
The Licensure and State Government Affairs Committee provides member review and input on current and developing licensure advocacy materials and national and chapter outreach efforts. In the next year, the committee is focusing on supporting chapters to defend against deregulation attempts and creating new tools for landscape architects to fight restraints to practice. Terms are for two years and staggered for continuity. Committee meets quarterly by conference call, with additional work managed by subcommittee. 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 licensure exam and assists ASLA chapters in promoting the benefits of licensure, offering LARE review workshops, and otherwise mentoring exam candidates. The subcommittee is developing online resources to assist candidates and looking for methods to provide support to candidates across the country. Appointments are for one year. This committee meets monthly by conference call 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 advise the staff and leadership on member recruitment and retention efforts; new programs and services for ASLA members and chapters; and professional membership qualifications, admission procedures, and privileges. The committee is responsible for producing the monthly Membership Minute email and quarterly chapter membership chair calls. The committee goals include brainstorming ideas related to creating chapter membership marketing resources and tools, identifying benefits and recognition for long-term ASLA membership, and communicating the value of membership to members and prospective members. 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. The committee hosts a joint social gathering with the Emerging Professionals Committee during the annual meeting; attendance is not required.

Policy Committee
The Policy Committee formulates ASLA policy on matters of professional interest and concern and regularly reviews and updates ASLA public policy statements. 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 by conference call 6–10 times per year, depending on workload. Members are expected to periodically serve as the lead for development of a policy, which requires time to research and draft language for committee discussion.

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; Professional Practice Academics; and Firm Technology. The subgroups conduct a significant amount of work via email and by conference call. The full committee meets quarterly by conference call and at the annual meeting. In the upcoming year the committee will continue to work with ARCOM 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; work to develop a listing of technologies available and what they offer landscape architects in design options and more broadly in accounting, general office management, and project management; and continue to explore the value of building information modeling for site planning and design applications to inform the work of landscape architects. The full PPC meets quarterly via conference call and annually in person during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO 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 Annual Meeting and EXPO for those able to attend.

Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee
The committee advises staff on development, implementation, and evaluation of media relations strategies, publicity materials, and outreach activities; helps identify members with expertise in various issue and practice areas to represent the profession to the media; and provides member review and input on ASLA web resources and electronic communications. For the next year, the committee will continue to monitor and advise regarding the ongoing public-awareness campaign, explore implications of various communications metrics, and plot possible future courses of action. Terms are for one year, and the committee holds six one-hour conference calls a year, plus an informal meeting during the annual meeting; as needed it emails requests for comment on media exposure, materials, and initiatives (four to six a year).

Tellers Committee
Composed of Full Members who are located near 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 18, 2014. For any questions contact Curt Millay at corporatesecretary@asla.org.



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