In the Spring of 2020, the NASSM Blog will be highlighting different individuals with NASSM leadership roles. We hope you enjoy getting to know them and learning more about NASSM. This week, we asked Dr. Shannon Kerwin, Executive Committee Member-At-Large (MAL) to answer some questions about her role:
Current faculty position: I am currently an associate professor in the department of sport management at Brock University
How long have you been at this institution? 7 years
Where are you from? Burlington, Ontario Canada
What are your primary responsibilities in your role as an EC Member-at-Large? I was responsible for the portfolio that included the Zeigler award committee, Student Research paper competition, Research Fellow credential review, and liaising with the Diversity Committee. It is also our responsibility to be in contact with EC members around issues of interest to our NASSM membership and attend the Fall and pre conference meetings. In the first year of my service as MAL, I had specific leadership over the Research Fellow portfolio, and the second year is currently involving leadership around the Zeigler award nominations and organizing reviewers for the Student Research Paper competition.
What made you want to get involved with NASSM? I have been attending NASSM for several years and I believe it is important to give back to an organization that has provided me with significant professional development opportunities. I was also eager to understand and gain an appreciation for the work that goes into this volunteer run board.
How do you hope to contribute to NASSM through serving? I hope to provide feedback on decisions that enhance transparency and inclusion; I am excited to see the changes that are being proposed.
What do you think are the biggest challenges NASSM faces? The governance structure can not be sustained with the size of the organization (and continued growth); in order to have any strategic thinking, the purely operational board structure must change.
Dream NASSM destination: Vancouver, BC (I may be biased 😉)