Session Chairs (Works in Progress)
Serving as a Works In Progress Chair during the ASHE Conference is an important task that ensures session participants are involved in a well-managed session. The Works In Progress Chair is responsible for assisting the Presenters before and during the session.
Works In Progress Chairs provide clarity and organization for Presenters and attendees. Works In Progress Chairs will support the 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 Works In Progress Chair is responsible for initiating outreach via email to the Presenters. This email serves as an important introductory point to build excitement around the session; develop rapport among the Chair and Authors; provide important context for ASHE sessions; and open channels of communication to address clarifying questions and session news.
Your role as a Works In Progress 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
Monday, October 23, 2023
11am-12pm Central/Minneapolis Time
The ASHE Discussant and Chair are two crucial roles to the conference experience of authors and attendees. Discussants help uplift authors by providing valuable feedback at the conference and Chairs serve as ambassadors of ASHE by facilitating well organized conference sessions.
This webinar will clarify the purpose and role of the ASHE discussants and chairs. We will share best practices for discussants in providing quality and constructive feedback to authors, and giving strong, integrative comments during the ASHE session. We will also cover the responsibilities of the chairs in providing organization and structure to the session. Whether it's your first time serving as a discussant or chair or you have been discussing or chairing for years, we welcome you to attend this webinar to learn more about the process and gain some new ideas to support the scholarly development of authors.
Contacting AuthorsSend 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:
Sample Email: Chair To Presenters (send before October 1)
As ASHE 2023 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 2023. 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:
- For Works In Porgress sessions, you do not need to upload a final paper nor create a PowerPoint Presentation.
- Each paper will be allocated 20 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
[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.
Session Agenda (75 minutes)Works In Progress Sessions are 75-minutes long and feature Authors sharing their research in an informal, conversational style.
NOTE: If only 2 presentations are assigned to a session, 30 minutes will be allocated to each Presenter. If there are four papers, then each Author will have 15 minutes.
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].
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.
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