Session Chairs (Paper & PVDS)

Serving as a Chair during the ASHE Conference is an important task that ensures session participants are involved in a well-managed session. The Chair is responsible for assisting the Presenters and Discussant before and during the session.

Chairs provide clarity and organization for Presenters, Discussants, and attendees. Chairs will support the Discussant and Presenters by introducing speakers, keeping time, organizing the session, organizing the question & answer portion, and providing overall structure to the session. 

Before the Conference, the Chair is responsible for initiating outreach via email to the Presenters and Discussant. This email serves as an important introductory point to build excitement around the session; develop rapport among the Chair, Discussant, and Authors; provide important context for ASHE paper and PVDS sessions; and open channels of communication to address clarifying questions and session news.

Your role as a Session Chair helps ensure that each session, and ultimately the conference, runs smoothly and on time. Ultimately, you are an ambassador of the Association and are responsible for helping to ensure an impactful session.


Best Practices for a High Quality Discussant and Chair Process

2024 session info coming soon


Contacting Authors and Discussant

Send an introduction email to the Presenters by early October. You can find contact info by logging in to the ASHE Conference Portal.
using the following instructions:
 
  1. Log in to ASHE Conference Portal: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/ashe/ashe24
  2. Select Main Menu (Submission Site) from the menu.
  3. From the Submitter menu, click on the "Chair/Discussant" tab.
  4. Within this link, you will find the sessions for which you are a participant (Presenters, Chair, Discussant, Organizer, etc.). 
  5. Click on the "Participations" tab and click the "view" link next to the title of the session in which you are the Discussant.
  6. Gather the author and discssuant emails listed on the page. 

Sample Email: Chair To Discussant (send before October 1)

Dear NAME,

[Introduce yourself, including name, organization/institution, and role. You can include how many ASHE Conferences you’ve attended. Remember, this is a great networking opportunity.]

I am serving as your Chair for the session [INSERT SESSION NAME] at ASHE 2024.

This is my [#] time serving as a Chair and I am excited to help us organize and manage this session. If you have any special requests or ideas of how we can ensure an impactful session, please let me know.

I will be following up with the Presenters in the coming days to introduce myself as well as remind them of the timeline to submit their papers through the ASHE Conference Portal [and PVDS projects if applicable].

[Add a closing]
[Sign your name]
[We suggest including your gender pronouns. You can find more information about using gender pronouns here: https://www.mypronouns.org/]
 

Sample Email: Chair To Presenters, with Discussant CC'ed (send before October 1)
Dear Presenters,

As ASHE 2024 approaches, I wanted to send a few reminders.

[Introduce yourself, including name, organization/institution, and role. You can include how many ASHE Conferences you’ve attended. Remember, this is a great networking opportunity.]

I am serving as your Chair for the session [INSERT SESSION NAME] at ASHE 2024. This is my [#] time serving as a Chair and I am excited to help us organize and manage this session.

A few things I want to highlight:

  • [PAPER SESSIONS] Final papers are to be uploaded by October 19 for Virtual Conference Day Sessions and October 31 for Pre-Conference or General Conference Sessions. See www.ashe.ws/presenterguide for more info.
  • [PVDS SESSIONS] Final notes for the Discussant are to be uploaded by  October 19 for Virtual Conference Day Sessions and October 31 for Pre-Conference or General Conference Sessions. See www.ashe.ws/presenterguide for more info.
  • Final PowerPoint Presentations are to be uploaded by October 26 for Virtual Conference Day Sessions and November 7 for Pre-Conference or General Conference Sessions. See www.ashe.ws/presenterguide for more info.
  • Each presneter will be allocated 15 minutes during the session. I will be the timekeeper and alert you of timing during the presentation.
  • Please notify the ASHE Staff of any accessibility accommodations. ASHE Staff can best meet your needs when notified at least 3 weeks before any event.
  • The ASHE Staff has provided a Presenter Guide website at www.ashe.ws/presenterguide
[Add a closing]
[Sign your name]
[We suggest including your gender pronouns. You can find more information about using gender pronouns here: https://www.mypronouns.org/]


Arriving to Your Session (15 minutes prior to your session)

  • Locate your session’s room assignment in the Conference Program. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that there is a 15-minute break between sessions, so the previous session may still be wrapping up when you arrive.
  • In the 15 minutes before your session starting, the Session Chair, Session Discussant, and Session Authors can discuss: 
    • The order of the presentations based on the program 
    • Name pronunciations and preferred names for Authors (e.g., Jason vs. Dr. Guilbeau)
    • The time limits for each Presenter
    • Process for selecting questions for the Q and A section
    • Process for Q and A section of the session
NOTE: Any Author/Presenter who is listed on a presentation but not registered will not be able to present. In this situation, we assume the Author is not presenting during the conference.

Session Format

  • All Presenters MUST use the microphone, as must audience members who pose questions. There will be one microphone on the podium, one for each presenter, and one for the audience. If anyone is speaking and not using the microphone, the Chair will step in to ask them to use the microphone or repeat what was said; if the Chair does not step in, we encourage community accountability and ask for any attendee to step in to ask for usage of the microphone.
  • All Presenters must use the ASHE laptop provided in the meeting space for their presentation. We recommend uploading your presentation to a USB drive and then saving it onto the ASHE laptop desktop before your presentation.


Session Agenda (75 minutes)

The typical Session format is as follows:  (NOTE: Please coordinate with your Session Chair if there are more/less than 3 presentations. The order of presentation is by the listing on the event program.)
  1. The Session Chair introduces themself and provides a land acknowledgment. Session Chair introduces the session and reviews the agenda/timing of the session (1-2 minutes). 
  2. Session Chair introduces Presentation #1 and Presenters (1 minute) 
  3. Presenation #1 (15 minutes) 
  4. Session Chair introduces Presentation #2 and Presenters (1 minute) 
  5. Presenation #2 (15 minutes) 
  6. Session Chair introduces Presentation #3 and Presenters (1 minute) 
  7. Presenation #3 (15 minutes) 
  8. Session Chair introduces Session Discussant (1 minute) 
  9. Session Discussant (15 minutes) 
  10. Session Chair facilitates Open Q&A (10 minutes). 
During the session, the Session Chair should keep strict time on each presentation. They may have cards letting presenters know when they have 5, 1, and 0 minutes remaining.

Please be mindful that there is likely a session occurring after yours in the same room. We ask that you end on time and move conversations outside of the room so the next session can begin promptly.


Session Recommended Individual Presentation Format (15 minutes)

Depending on the focus of your presentation, Presenters can take more or less time on theory, methods, and other sections. The following is a suggested guide, but not meant to be constrictive and can vary substantially by topic and presentation: 
  1. 1 Minute: Introduction, Land Acknowledgement, Visual Description
  2. 2 Minutes:  Overview including the purpose and research questions 
  3. 3 or 4 Minutes: Literature Review and Theoretical Framework 
  4. 3 or 4 Minutes: Methodology & Methods 
  5. 4 Minutes: Results 
  6. 2 Minute: Implications & Conclusion 


Session Audio/Video Provisions

ASHE will provide:
  • Projector and screen
  • Laptop computer with a hard-wired internet connection and audio connection. We recommend uploading your presentation to a USB drive and then saving it onto the ASHE laptop desktop before your presentation. 
  • Podium with microphone

Sample Session Script

Sample: Chair Welcome And Introduction

Hello Everyone [please do not say ladies and gentlemen or any gendered greeting]. My name is [Insert Name, Institution/Organization, and Gender Pronouns] and I would like to welcome and thank you for joining us today for this session titled [Insert Session Title].

[Provide land acknowledgement]

I am very excited to introduce our excellent presenters today.

We will begin the session with our first presentation from [Insert Author(s) names] titled [Insert Title of Presentation].

Sample: Chair Presentation Transitions
Thank you [Insert Name of Author(s)] for your excellent presentation. Please remember to use the Chat function if you have questions you would like to be considered for the Q and A section. We will now have [Insert Name of Next Author] with their presentation titled [Insert Title of Presentation].

Presentation Transition Between Authors and Discussant:
Thank you [Insert Name of Author] for your outstanding presentation. I would like to thank all the presenters for sharing their amazing research with us. We will now receive feedback regarding the presentations from the Session Discussant [Insert Name of Discussant] from [Insert Institution/Organization].

Q and A Session Wrap Up
In addition to keeping time during the Session, the Chair will facilitate the Q&A portion of the session. We recommend having at least one question (if possible) for each presentation.

These questions should be based on the information provided during the presentation. Acceptable questions typically:

  • Are specific towards an aspect of the research being presented
  • Allow the presenter to clarify or expound upon information provided in the presentation
  • Provide the presenter an opportunity to discuss the future of their research or topic area
At the end of the session, the Chair should again thank the Presenters for sharing their information and thank the attendees for joining the session