Make a Difference
Volunteers advance higher education and increase their personal and professional networks. There are as many ways to get involved as there are willing volunteers. Whether you have five hours, five days, or five months, there's a path for you to make a
difference in your association.
Criteria and eligibility for AIR contributing roles vary. Review the opportunities below to find those that best match your interests and abilities.
- Sign up for the the Visual Display of Data group and/or Tech Tip contributors group to create and submit best practice examples for the eAIR newsletter.
- Engage with different types of content to provide feedback, ideas, and resources. Serve in a focus or
work group,conduct peer reviews,or advise the AIR Executive Office on a variety of topics. Help shape the Forum by signing up to review proposals for panels, speaker sessions, and workshops to be presented at the conference.
- Join the Forum Advisory Group to advise and provide feedback on key aspects of the Forum, such as networking and social events. Join the AIR Editorial Task Force to help create valuable content for the AIR website, social media, and eAIR.
"I enthusiastically volunteer with AIR whenever possible as a way to maintain my connection with the field and to stay in touch with new issues, trends, and practices. The only way to stay actively engaged in a field of practice is to remain immersed in it and volunteering has helped me stay grounded in my IR roots."
--Felice Billups, Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Frequently Asked Questions
For which opportunities is AIR in need of the most volunteers?
The biggest need each year when call for volunteers opens is for Forum Proposal Reviewers. These volunteers review proposals for panels, speaker sessions, and workshops to be presented at the Forum.
How can I keep up with news on volunteer opportunities available to members?
The best way is to sign up through the AIR volunteer system.
Additional Opportunities to EngageWhile not part of the official call for volunteers, there are numerous other ways to get involved and contribute to AIR throughout the membership year:
- Submit an article for The AIR Professional File.
- Present a session or workshop at the AIR Forum – call for proposals opens annually in the fall.
- Nominate yourself or a colleague for an AIR Leadership Position – call for nominations occurs annually in the fall.
- Nominate a member for an award.
- Serve as an IPEDS Educator.
- Complete AIR member surveys – members are surveyed on a regular basis via email.
- Join AIR's LinkedIn Discussion Board.
"I’ve met a lot of other IR professionals from across the country, with different levels of experience and different expertise. It’s been helpful for learning about the profession and building my professional network."
--Steve Graunke, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
AIR honors and celebrates our amazing volunteers for the 2018-2019 membership year.