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. Jon Welty Peachey, Executive Committee Member-At-Large (MAL) to answer some questions about his role:
Current faculty position: Associate Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
How long have you been at this institution? 7 years
Where are you from? I’m originally from a small town in the mountains near Pittsburgh, PA.
What are your primary responsibilities in your role as an EC Member-at-Large? In this capacity, my primary responsibilities are to oversee the Garth Paton Distinguished Service Award and the Diversity Award. I also have responsibility for updating the journal impact factor list on the NASSM website.
What made you want to get involved with NASSM? NASSM has been instrumental in my career development, and the friends and networks I’ve developed through NASSM have been very rewarding. I wanted to give back to the organization and help to create change as needed to help us meet the needs of all members.
How do you hope to contribute to NASSM through serving? I’d like to help make NASSM more inviting and welcoming to all.
What do you think are the biggest challenges NASSM faces? I believe the biggest challenge continues to be creating a welcoming and inviting climate and organization that equally values diverse perspectives and backgrounds of our members.
Dream NASSM destination: If we are shooting for the stars, let’s go to Fiji.