Committee Purpose

The role of the Professional Development Committee is to develop a strategy to address the professional development and leadership needs of ASIS&T members.

2018-19 Committee Members


ChairDr. Crystal Fulton, PhD | School of Info and Communication UCD Belfield
Vice-Chair: Hsin-Liang (Oliver) Chen, PhD, University of Massachusetts
Board Liaison: Clara Chu, PhD | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Staff Liaison: Lydia Middleton, MBA, CAE | Executive Director



Role of the Committee
  • The committee is responsible for education and career development activities. The PDC aims to identify potential opportunities across sectors for professional development activities (e.g., webinar masterclasses; annual meeting tutorial sessions; media engagement) to generate revenue and provide professional development opportunities across sectors.
  • The PDC will consult with or collaborate with other committees, especially the Research Engagement Committee, to ensure that they are not duplicating activities but are complementing one another. For example, mentorship opportunities may crossover between professional development and research activities. Research-related professional development activities (e.g., JASIST writing workshops; mentoring program) are situated under the Research Engagement Committee; however, there may be some areas of potential overlap where consultation will be necessary.
  • The Committee will identify potential nominees for the Cretsos Award, the Clarivate Analytics Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship, the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, the Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award and the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award and solicit nominations for the Awards.
  • Other duties as assigned through the annual committee charge.

Guiding Document(s)

Professional Development Committee Terms of Reference

The ASIS&T community is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion, which we believe support our efforts to achieve and sustain excellence in the information science and technology field. We believe that we can best promote excellence by engaging diverse group members and other stakeholders, and providing opportunities at all levels of engagement for any individual or group that shares these values. ASIS&T leaders, volunteers, and staff will strive to keep diversity and inclusion at the forefront of all program planning and development efforts in order to ensure the most welcoming and engaging environment possible for our stakeholders.