Welcome from the RMIG Head for 2018-19

By Mariam Alkazemi

I am honored to serve as the RMIG head for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am committed to the goal of involving our members in more of our activities. As we kick off another academic year, I want to express my appreciation, enthusiasm and hopes for the upcoming year.

First, I am truly grateful to the previous officers. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge Dr. Rick Moore for organizing the pre-conference tour and tirelessly communicating with RMIG members to make our annual convention a success.  Also, a special thank you to Dr. Brian J. Bowe and all the reviewers and authors who ensured the rigor of this year’s research panels. Finally, a special thank you to the membership—especially those who volunteered to help with panels even though they were not named in the conference bulletin, including Dr. Anthony Hatcher and Dr. Myna German.

As I look to the future, I am excited by the new RMIG officers for the 2018-2019 academic year. I continue to work closely with the wonderful RMIG vice head, Dr. Gregory Perreault. Since our graduate student days, the two of us worked together as co-newsletter editors in the 2014-2015 academic year.  This year, we are excited by the decision of several graduate students to join our board. We believe that the greatest strength of RMIG lies in the inclusion of our members’ voices. If any of our members want to share a syllabus or column, please reach out to our co-newsletter editors for the 2018-2019 term.

Finally, I am hopeful that we will have great research, teaching and professional freedom and responsibility panels in the next year. In our most recent business meeting, we discussed several possibilities, and we are currently working closely with other divisions and interest groups to make them happen. If you have any ideas, please reach out to Dr. Perreault and I. We would like to include a wider range of panelists, discussants and moderators for next year’s meeting in Toronto!

 

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