I want to take this opportunity to thank Carole South-Winter, our meeting planner, Valerie Christensen, our executive secretary, and Joan Becker, our annual meeting chairperson for coordinating and implementing a very successful 2016 AEIRS Annual Meeting at the Benson Hotel in Portland. Oregon. Congratulations to James Murrell and Jose Moscoso-Alvarez our newest fellow inductees and Carole South-Winter for becoming a life member. It was wonderful to have Rick Carton present the 2016 Honors lecture and I am honored to begin my term as AEIRS President.
As a novice educator, AEIRS provided me with the tools to grow myself. Green to the world of research and scholarship and finding my way as an educator, AEIRS accompanied me through this journey. AEIRS provided me with tools to complete my Doctorate of Education, be successful in the tenure process, and assisted in my transition to Department Director.
But most importantly AEIRS had a large part of developing me into the educator I am today – the annual meetings – brilliant speakers and members, helped me improve my teaching style and revamp my courses – a lot of active learning and activities –use of technology, flipping the classroom, and developing an academic service learning. I also cannot forget the lectures on curricular mapping and other administrative functions – these are tools I use almost daily. The networking opportunities and relationships I’ve built are priceless; each of you has impacted my growth and most likely do not even know; this is because we all have a common goal and that is educational excellence - sharing our stories, tricks of the trade and personal journeys gave me perspective and it all assisted in my growth. For this I thank you!
Now that I have grown some, it is my dream to grow other members, especially novice educators to become leaders and together we can inspire the new generation of imaging technologists. This dream can be achieved by realizing the strategies of the strategic plan, developing networking opportunities to foster connections and collaborations, provide educational resources to support teaching, service, and research, provide leadership development opportunities and a coaching plan for member growth.
The committee members, the board and staff have and are continuing to work hard to realize these strategies. I encourage each of you to step up – use the resources provided to grow yourself then assist in growing others. So start talking to each other, build connections, share your experiences, start a collaboration, share resources, volunteer for a committee, submit an application to speak or to present a poster. Be active and assist AEIRS to grow you or the person next to you.
Thank you to all the committee chairs, vice chairs, members, liaisons, volunteers for all of your hard work and dedication – AEIRS would have not been able to grow or assist others in growing without you. It is an honor and privilege to serve as your President. I look forward to celebrating all of our growths with you. Let’s celebrate as AEIRS turns 50! We are going back to the roots at the Chase in St. Louis. I hope to see you all there!
Jennifer G. Chiu, EdD, MBA, RT(R)