Why did you get involved with CELA?
I originally began, like most academics, as an annual presenter at CELA. After corresponding with many professors from my college years who were involved in CELA administrative roles, I became interested in obtaining a position in the organization. A track chair position came open related to my research interests in 2014 and I was encouraged by CELA Board members to take on a co-chair role. From there, I have worked my way up through the ranks, learning more about CELA’s inner workings.
What is your committee currently working on?
The CELA Standing Committee for Research and Creative Scholarship is currently 1) developing new tracks for the CELA annual conference, 2) filling current track chair vacancies, 3) assisting with the coordination of the CELA 100 year anniversary special issue, 4) reviewing CELA 2019 full paper submissions, and 5) working with the CELA board to transition into new software platforms for CELA abstract submissions.