My connection to ACCS dates back to twelve years ago, when I was on the job market, thanks to the mentorship I gained from Dr. Lucy (Xing) Lu, the ACCS president back then, and a group of scholars and doctoral students I met at the annual dinner party that made me feel welcomed to join the academic family. Since then, I began to be involved in numerous roles, ranging from reviewer, chair, respondent, panelist, to newsletter editor, and more recently, vice president. Despite the success we may achieve in our respective sub-fields, ACCS provides a uniquely refreshing platform, as it allows us to break sub-disciplinary walls, maintain a level of connectedness that is deep and long lasting, gain service and leadership experience with readily available mentorship, and seek social support from those with similar backgrounds and experiences. It is my hope that more scholars join and feel identified with ACCS as a truly academic home where they are active participants and feel free to reach out for support, advice, collaboration, or help.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, a few initiatives are under way to help ACCS grow into a stronger community and provide better service to its members:
First, ACCS will establish an advisory committee composed of past presidents. They are among the wisest and most experienced scholars in the field of Chinese communication studies. They are knowledgeable about the history of the field, ACCS, and areas that need most attention and development. Their collective wisdom can continue to benefit ACCS through their advice and guidance to present and future officers.
Second, as a nonprofit organization registered in the United States, ACCS has financially relied on the support of its members through annual membership dues, as well as individual donations, to benefit members in the forms of top paper awards, Dr. Ray Heisay Graduate Scholarships, and happy hour social events. In the years to come, ACCS will actively pursue fundraising activities to generate more resources that will benefit our members in additional ways, such as establishing a dissertation award, student travel grants, as well as hosting receptions that reach out to diverse audiences for more networking opportunities.
Third, ACCS will continue to grow and increase membership size with the help of two committees: an external affairs committee and a student affairs committee. Besides outreach activities through traditional channels, these two committees will also utilize social media, such as Wechat, Facebook, and Twitter, to reach out, inform, and engage existing and prospective members. In addition, we will continue to nurture a collaborative intellectual environment where scholars embracing diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are equally encouraged to participate in panels and submissions.
Fourth, ACCS will continue to reach out to other professional organizations, such as Asian-Pacific Communication Association (APCA) and various Chinese communication associations, to explore opportunities for jointly hosting receptions at NCA and ICA, as well as co-hosting panel sessions.
I'm pleased to work alongside the newly elected officers of 2016-2017: Dr. Chiaoning Su, Vice President, Oakland University; Dr. Ping Yang, Secretary and Treasurer, Millersville University; and Ms. Luling Huang, Newsletter editor, Temple University. Many thanks go to the nomination committee ¨C Dr. Bing Han (University of South Carolina), Dr. Xiaowei Shi (Middle Tennessee State University), and Ms. Song Shi (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)- for their service. I also look forward to working with Dr. Rya Butterfield, immediate past President, Nicholls State University; Dr. Bo Feng, Research Committee Chair, University of California, Davis; Dr. Pei Zheng, External Committee Chair, Ithaca College; Dr. Zhuojun Joyce Chen, webmaster, University of Northern Iowa; and Mr. Yukang Yang (University of Washington), Ms. Yang Bai (Univeristy of Oklahoma), and Ms. Minghui Fan (University of Alabama), Student Committee Co-chairs, to accomplish the aforementioned objectives.
I'd like to close this letter by urging everyone to come and attend the ACCS Business Meeting at NCA (8:00-9:45, Grand Salon II, first floor), and the Top Paper Session (12:30-1:45, Logan, first floor), both scheduled for Friday, November 11. We will continue the tradition of an annual dinner party at 6:30-8:00pm on Friday night in the Ocean City Restaurant (234 N 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; weĄŻll meet in the conference hotel lobby at 6pm, and walk over together), followed by a happy hour social event in the PresidentĄŻs suite (room number TBA). Please stay tuned for further information.
I also urge all graduate students to apply for the Dr. D. Ray Heisey Graduate Student Scholarship, which carries a monetary stipend of $500 and was established to honor a long-term ACCS member and renowned scholar. This year, we will give not one, not two, but three awards. Please visit http://www.uni.edu/commstudies/accs/scholarship.htm for details on how to apply. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Joyce Chen by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I look forward to seeing you all in Philadelphia!
Meina liu, Associate Professor
The George Washington University