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Get the most out of your AIR membership by getting involved. Whether you have five hours, five days, or five months, there's a path for you to make a difference. Review volunteer opportunities below and raise your hand to get engaged.

Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

  • AIR Awards Review Committee

    Activities:

    Based on criteria for award consideration and eligibility, review and recommend award recipient(s) from the nominations submitted.

    Note: There is a separate review committee for the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award.

    Authority:

    Provide feedback and recommendations to the AIR Executive Office to assist in annual award selection.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 8 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member with 5 or more years of membership
    • Have expertise in scholarly publications, advanced degrees, or extensive experience in the field of institutional research

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    6

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    February (2 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Review Committee

    Activities:

    Based on criteria for the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award consideration and eligibility, review and recommend award recipient from the nominations submitted.

    Authority:

    Provide feedback and recommendations to the AIR Executive Office to assist in selection of the annual Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 8 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member with 5 or more years of membership
    • Have expertise in scholarly publications in the field of institutional research
    • One or more committee member will be a past Charles F. Elton Award recipient

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    March (3 months)

  • AIR Forum Advisory Group

    Activities:

    Provide feedback on key aspects of the association's annual conference, such as registration, programming, networking, social events, and other AIR Forum activities, primarily by responding to surveys, testing processes, and responding to questions posed via email communication. Additionally, group members may be asked to serve in a focus group, host a dinner group, or assist in other activities. Most work is done electronically but may involve on-site AIR Forum activities.

    Authority:

    Provide feedback and ideas to the AIR Executive Office to assist in the planning of the annual conference, AIR Forum. 

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 8 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have attended a past AIR Forum
    • Plan to attend the next AIR Forum

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    October

    Positions Available:

    50

    Work Begins:

    October

    Work Ends:

    June (9 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Forum Proposal Reviewer

    Activities:

    Read and evaluate proposals for educational content to be presented at the AIR Forum. Online resources that outline and explain the review process are provided.

    Review AIR Forum proposals:

    • Read and understand the proposal.
    • Rank the proposal using the supplied rubric. 
    • Provide appropriate comments, which may be used in the final selection, and by the proposal author to assist them with any revisions to the session and/or future proposals.  

    One online instructional packet; online review and ranking of proposals, electronic communications.

    Most work occurs between November and January. Each reviewer will be assigned 8–10 proposals to review.

    Authority:

    Using criteria and guidelines provided by the AIR Executive Office, multiple reviewers rate each conference proposal (a reviewer has one vote for each proposal reviewed); the combined rating informs the final selection process. Individual ratings do not have authority; rather, ratings are considered collectively. 

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 8 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Agree to read the online instructional packet and evaluate 8–10 AIR Forum proposals
    • Have attended a past AIR Forum
    • Plan to attend the next AIR Forum

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    October

    Positions Available:

    250

    Work Begins:

    October

    Work Ends:

    January (4 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Forum Strategy and Planning Committee

    Activities:

    Assist in selection of AIR Forum educational programming, including impact session and concurrent session planning; proposal review and selection, and development of other special programming as needed. Committee members may also be asked to advise the AIR Executive Office (EO) on key aspects of the conference.  The group’s feedback is considered by the Executive Office as part of Forum planning.    

    Authority:

    Provide feedback and ideas to the AIR Executive Office to assist in the planning of the annual conference, AIR Forum. 

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 15 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have attended and presented at past AIR Forums
    • Have evidenced involvement in furthering the field

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    8

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    June (6 months)

  • AIR Hub Community Champion: Community College

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Hub Community Champion: General

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.
  • AIR Hub Community Champion: Graduate Students

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    ·       Be a current AIR member

    ·       Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.
  • AIR Hub Community Champion: New to IR

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Hub Community Champion: Single-Person / Small Office

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Hub Community Champion: System / State-Level

    Activities:

    Generate and maintain robust discussion about relevant topics within AIR Hub community. Promote community engagement, seed discussions, and coordinate/encourage post responses.

    Authority:

    Adhering to AIR Hub code of conduct, coordinate activities to promote community. Receive exclusive reports about community activity. Provide recommendations for improvements to AIR Executive Office.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 5 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have experience in community topic/focus area

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    5

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • AIR Professional File Editor

    Articles published in the biannual AIR Professional File volumes are journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models, or share practical applications related to an institution’s data function, including institutional research and institutional effectiveness. All submissions undergo a peer-review process led by the Editor.

    This position is currently filled. For more information on upcoming opportunities, email publications@airweb.org.

  • AIR Publications Peer Reviewer

    Activities:

    AIR welcomes publications peer reviewers with varying levels of experience, including individuals who are new to the field and/or do not yet have review or author experience.

    Authority:

    Provide feedback to the Executive Office and/or publication editor on prospective publications using rubrics provided

    Time Commitment:

    2-3 hours per peer review assignment

    Selection Criteria:

    All volunteers are accepted; volunteers are assigned peer reviewer roles when their interests and/or expertise match publication submissions. Of note: most years AIR has more peer reviewers than submissions, so not every volunteer is used every year.

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status:

    Ongoing

    Positions Available:

    No limit

    Work Begins:

    Ongoing

    Work Ends:

    Ongoing

  • AIR Scholarship Review Committee

    Activities:

    Based on criteria for scholarship consideration and eligibility, review and recommend award recipient(s) from the applications submitted for various scholarships.

    Authority:

    Provide feedback and recommendations to the AIR Executive Office to assist in annual scholarship recipient selection.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 8 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member
    • Have five or more years of experience in higher education

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    6

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    February (2 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.
  • Board of Directors

    Learn more about serving on the Board of Directors here. There is a separate nominations submission process each fall. Click the button below to learn more.

    Leadership Nomination Process

  • Coffee Chat Moderator

    Activities:

    Lead and moderate the discussion during a virtual AIR coffee chat. Research and prepare  questions around relevant hot topics, engage audience in robust discussion, and manage discussion dynamics to ensure a fair, equitable, and productive conversation.

    Authority:

    Lead discussions.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 3 hours

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    January

    Positions Available:

    Unlimited

    Work Begins:

    Ongoing

    Work Ends:

    Ongoing

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.
  • Data Policy Advisory Group

    Activities:

    Provide input and advise to the Executive Director and other AIR staff on questions, ideas, and issues related to federal, state, and institutional data policy, data collections, and data access/use.  Feedback will typically be collected through short, online surveys or email, with an occasional virtual meeting. 

    Authority:

    Members advise the AIR staff and its partners on topics of higher education data policy and related areas. Decisions related to the feedback provided by the group are the responsibility of the Executive Director.  

    Time Commitment:

    1-2 hours per month, often through quick feedback on a short timeline through an online survey, email or brief group meeting.  It is expected that not all group members will have the time or expertise to respond to all questions.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Current AIR membership
    • Interest and familiarity in considering the impact of data policy on higher education data and institutional practices.
    • Attention will be given to creating an advisory group with diverse individual backgrounds and experiences as well as representation from institutional types, sectors, and regions.

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    December

    Positions Available:

    20-30

    Work Begins:

    January

    Work Ends:

    December

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • eAIR Editorial Committee

    Activities:

    Establish an editorial calendar to guide eAIR content decisions, review and assign abstract submissions, and write at least one article per year. Activities accomplished via conference call and email.

    Authority:

    Provide original content that is valuable to AIR members and the AIR community ensuring that AIR is the go-to resource for data-related topics in higher education. Review submissions and provide suggestions to authors and AIR Executive Office regarding what to publish and potential submission enhancements.

    Time Commitment:

    Up to 3 hours per month

    Selection Criteria:

    • Be a current AIR member. 
    • Have three years of AIR membership (can be non-consecutive). 
    • Have experience as an editor, writer, and/or working with authors. 

    Month Volunteers Informed of Selection Status*:

    November

    Positions Available:

    20

    Work Begins:

    November

    Work Ends:

    October (12 months)

    *If volunteering during or after this month, your name will be included for consideration in the next round.

  • Nominations and Elections Committee

    Learn more about serving on the Nominations & Elections Committee here. There is a separate nominations submission process each fall. Click the button below to learn more.

    Leadership Nomination Process

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Why Volunteer?

  • Promote and strengthen our community and profession. 
  • Advance important issues impacting higher education.
  • Advocate for ethical use of data for decision making.
  • Grow your personal and professional networks.
  • Learn how other institutions approach opportunities and challenges.
  • Gain access to a broader network of resources and ideas.
  • Enhance your leadership skills in a supportive community.
 

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