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ISA Headquarters posted on August 05, 2016 06:30

As the ISA community knows, Dr. Andrea K. Gerlak has been a central figure around our Association for many years as a member, but also as a highly valued member of the headquarters staff since 2006. But now it is time for Andrea to move on to a faculty position as an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona starting this fall semester. So it is with much regret that ISA bids farewell to Andrea at HQ, but we wish her well in the coming years in this next phase of her professional and scholarly life. Please join us all in wishing her well in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Throughout Andrea’s time with ISA, we have all come to know her as a scholarly force on multiple levels. Long a mover behind ISA’s innovative program at our annual meeting and other conferences, we will miss her creativity, attention to detail, and good humor in all aspects of what she has done for ISA. Her many contributions to ISA are well-reflected in comments from a few people who have worked with in recent years:

  • “Andrea has been playing a pivotal role in several past ISA conventions, enlarging the educational and training role of ISA, while retaining the core strengths as a forum for scholarly exchanges. More importantly, Andrea has helped to increase ISA's global visibility. I wish her all success in her full-time teaching position at the University of Arizona.” TV Paul, ISA President, 2016-2017, McGill University.
  • “I have had the privilege to work with Andrea Gerlak on a number of initiatives over the years, and she has always been thoughtful, knowledgeable, and committed to enhancing intellectual exchange for ISA members. Her work has made ISA better. I wish Andrea the best in her new position, and I look forward to seeing her present her research at future ISA meetings!” Brett Ashley Leeds, ISA President-Elect, Rice University.
  • “Andrea is one of those rare individuals who moves beyond what is needed to truly innovative strategies to make the lives of people around her more fulfilling. She did that with our staff, and most important, she did that with the scholars who are part of ISA. She left a substantial imprint on our community and I'm grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her, both at ISA HQ and as a colleague with whom I had the pleasure of co-authorship.” Tom Volgy, former ISA Executive Director, University of Arizona.
  • “I have had the privilege to work with Andrea Gerlak on a number of initiatives over the years, and she has always been thoughtful, knowledgeable, and committed to enhancing intellectual exchange for ISA members. Her work has made ISA better. I wish Andrea the best in her new position, and I look forward to seeing her present her research at future ISA meetings!” Natalie Hudson, ISA Junior Scholar Symposium Co-Chair, University of Dayton.

Andrea will also be missed for her substantial intellectual authority. An accomplished scholar on a wide range of environmental and natural resource issues, Andrea’s work on water politics ranging across policy and social science domains has made her a scholar in great demand in recent years. It is little wonder that the University of Arizona saw fit to hire her away from ISA this year.

So, while we are sad to see her leave us, we are thrilled that this new opportunity has presented itself. Best wishes all around!

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Brian Michael Pollins
# Brian Michael Pollins
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 3:27 PM
The Junior Scholar Symposia were a wonderful innovation -- the best venue I have seen for getting feedback to young researchers on their work from both established scholars in that research community as well as creative young folks on the cutting edge. Andrea deserves so much credit for making this a reality.

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