Helen V. Milner, ISA President 2020-2021 & Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director posted on April 15, 2021 15:50
Dear ISA Colleagues,
We hope that you had a wonderful and fulfilling week at Virtual ISA2021! It was a unique experience for all of us, but with any luck, you were able to engage in almost everything a “normal” in-person ISA event would bring. Next year in Nashville, ISA 2022 will return us to our regular annual convention events and we can all celebrate being back together and renewing our friendships and collaborations.
By way of a brief summary, last week saw nearly 1400 unique sessions across almost 5500 participants. That is, of course, the largest virtual event ISA has ever held. Thanks to everyone for participating, especially the chairs and discussants who helped provide structure and feedback to the presentations.
We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the 2021 program chairs, Nita Rudra and Carew Boulding, and their team for assembling a terrific set of panels and other sessions. And, as always, the (mostly) behind-the-scenes work of the ISA HQ staff made so many things go smoothly. While our wonderful staff members may seem like calm “ducks” skimming across a lake surface, they are in reality paddling furiously beneath the surface. We need to be thankful every day for that paddling! They are an amazing group.
We also want to point out a few items of note from the Governing Council meeting held on March 19th. Perhaps the most significant item is the passage of the recommendations made by the Ad Hoc Committee of Constitutional Revision (https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Committees/Constitutional-Revision). This Governing Council-approved document must now go before our entire membership for a vote, so please watch for that upcoming voting announcement and vote as soon as you can. Among many items in those amended provisions, perhaps the most important to note are:
- Competitive elections of officers
- Revisions to the roles of the Executive Committee and Governing Council to better reflect long-held practice and the realities of the size of ISA today versus when we were created in 1959
We also need to thank the Ad Hoc Committee, led by Prof. Ashley Leeds, for their extensive work and their efforts to consult widely with ISA members over the past two years.
The Governing Council also approved a recommendation to establish a permanent ISA HQ after 2025, when the agreement with the University of Connecticut expires. More details on the Governing Council meeting can be found at https://www.isanet.org/ISA/Governance/Governing-Council. The minutes will be posted in the coming weeks.
Lastly, starting with the end of the 2021 convention, Prof. Kristian S. Gleditsch has assumed the position of ISA President. We look forward to his year at the helm and wish him the best of luck in helping to lead ISA in the post-pandemic world.
In sum, thanks for your continued involvement in and support of ISA. We wouldn’t be anything without our members and that fact has shown quite brightly this past year.
Helen V. Milner, ISA President 2020-2021
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director