NACTA Updates and Information: September 2010
To encourage better communication throughout NACTA this e-newsletter is sent on a monthly basis. If you have any items of interest to the membership of NACTA, please submit them via email to Rick,
, or Marilyn,
In This Issue:
- Potential Sites for Future NACTA/SERD Conferences
- Development of NACTA Judging and Student Service Award
- Books Available to Review
- New on the NACTAteachers.org Website
- Mark Your Calendars Now for the 2011 NACTA/SERD Conference
- NACTA Facebook
- Reduced Price! Hard Copies of 2009 NACTA Journal Available
- Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
- Position Announcements (Listings from the NACTA Website)
o Featured Listing:Executive Director Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition
Potential Sites for Future NACTA/SERD Conferences
The NACTA Executive Committee will begin reviewing potential sites for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 national conferences during the Fall Executive Committee meeting. Institutions wanting to host the national conference in one of those years should send a one-page letter of interest to the NACTA President,
by October 1, 2010.
Development of NACTA Judging Contest and Student Service Award
Past NACTA President, Kevin Donnelly, is promoting the development of a new NACTA award for the NACTA Judging Contest. Annually, this award would recognize a faculty member for outstanding contributions and accomplishments primarily through involvement the NACTA Judging Conference. In order for NACTA to create a new award to be supported with a modest stipend, an endowment of $10,000 is required. Currently $5000 is pledged.
If you are interested in helping establish this new award, contributions should be made to the NACTA Foundation. You may send them to the NACTA Secretary/Treasurer, Marilyn Parker, 151 West 100 South, Rupert, ID 83350. Indicate the funds are for the NACTA Judging Conference Award.
Click here to learn more about this new NACTA award.
Books Available to Review
Currently, the NACTA Journal Editor has the following books available for review:
Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed. (2010) by Janet Amundson Romich, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
Restraint and Handling for Veterinary Technicians and Assistants (2009) by Bonnie Ballard and Jody Rocket, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
Landscape Construction, 3rd Ed.(2011) by David Sauter, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
Ornamental Horticulture: Science, Operations and Management, 4th Ed. (2010) by Jack E. Ingels, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
Fundamentals of Animal Science (2011) Colin Scanes, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
Animal Science Biology & Technology, 3rd Ed (2011) by Robert Mikesell and MeeCee Baker, Delmar, Cengage Learning, Clifton Park, NY
If you are willing to review one of these books send an email to Rick Parker (
) and he will send you the book. The reviews are published in the NACTA Journal and the book is yours to keep after the review.
New on the NACTAteachers.org Website
We are trying to make the new NACTAteachers.org website the main communication and public relations tool of NACTA. Check out the items recently added to the website:
- Photos from the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference at Penn State
- PDFs of poster and oral poster presentations at the 2010 NACTA/SERD Conference
- Development of new NACTA Judging and Student Service Award
- Announcement about the scholarship of learning and teaching
If you have ideas for items that should be posted on the website, please email the
Mark Your Calendar Now for the NACTA/SERD June Conference in 2011
2011 NACTA/SERD Conference will be held June 14 - 18, 2011 at University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch for updates and the call for abstracts.
NACTA on Facebook
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Reduced Price! Hard Copies of Annual 2009 NACTA Journal Available
A few hard copies of the Annual 2009 NACTA Journal (4 issues combined) are available for anyone wanting to purchase an extra copy or two. The cost is $10.00 per copy which includes the shipping cost. Contact the
if you are interested in purchasing one or more copies (discount for multiple copies to same address).
Writing for the NACTA Journal - Tips
This section of the E-newsletter will feature helpful tips on preparing a manuscript for the NACTA Journal.
Teaching Tips/Notes are needed for the NACTA Journal. Teaching Tips/Notes should be 500 to 1000 words long and the writing style must be very concise. Make every word count, focusing on one idea that works for you. Develop the teaching tip/note as a "how to" so someone could use the practice.
Teaching tips/notes can include anything that makes teaching more effective, such as object lessons, role playing, projects, case studies, the use of technology, and so on. If you are uncertain about your topic, contact the Editor.
In preparation of a teaching tip/note for publication, include the following headings: (1) Introduction (why this is important to teaching); (2) Procedure (the how to); and (3) Assessment (how do you know that the tip works and improves teaching). References (Literature Cited) are not needed.
Teaching tips/notes can be submitted electronically through the NACTA manuscript submission site: http://nacta.ft.expressacademic.org/login.php. In the "Notes" section of the submission include the words "Teaching Tip/Note."
Teaching Tips/Notes are not peer-reviewed, just editorialized.
Visit the NACTA website for position announcements (www.nactateachers.org). New announcements are continuously being posted and are not always listed in the E-newsletter.
Executive Director Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition
The Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) of Missoula County seeks an energetic, inspired Executive Director to help address community needs as they relate to food and agriculture in a comprehensive and creative way. Since its inception in 2005, CFAC has operated as a multi-stakeholder, food policy council. The Coalition brings together a broad base of interests, including farmers/ranchers, conservationists, nutritionists, anti-hunger advocates, local food proponents, land use planners, chefs, university researchers, and more. With a geographic focus on Missoula County and the surrounding region, CFAC aims to develop and strengthen the local food system, promoting sustainable agriculture, building regional self-reliance, and assuring all citizens equal access to healthy, affordable food.
CFAC’s Board of Directors has determined that the time is ripe to increase the capacity of the organization by hiring an Executive Director. This will enable us to enhance our existing programs and to grow new ones, while still retaining the grassroots volunteerism that characterizes the organization.
This position reports directly to the Missoula Community Food and Agriculture Coalition Board of Directors.
- Assure that CFAC has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress.
- Provide leadership in developing program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and work with CFAC board members, staff, and volunteers to carry out plans and policies.
- Supervise CFAC program staff: Farm to School Coordinator, Land Use and Viability Coordinator, other interns, volunteers, and temporary staff as needed. Maintain a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people.
- With board chair, convene and facilitate monthly CFAC board meetings.
- Provide key staffing for the Food Security and Access subcommittee.
- Involve CFAC committees, board, and general membership in implementation of CFAC’s programmatic and policy goals.
- Manage grant writing, fundraising, public relationships and organizational budgets.
- Maintain CFAC’s membership database and grow CFAC’s membership through outreach and communications.
- Foster and maintain relationships with other organizations with similar missions to ensure collaboration and avoid duplication.
- Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.
- Actively publicize CFAC events, activities, programs and goals within the community and surrounding areas.
- Ensure job descriptions are current, carry out regular performance evaluations, and employ sound human resource practices.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.
- Minimum of three years of managerial experience in a nonprofit or community-based environment preferred.
- Experience with fundraising, grant and report writing, and budget maintenance.
- Proven written, editorial and oral communications to represent the organization and its programs.
- Experience with coalition building, program development, event planning, policy review and evaluation protocols.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.
- Must think proactively and function independently.
- Capability to manage multiple tasks, and bring projects from beginning to completion.
- Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the programs.
- Demonstrated commitment to the values at CFAC’s core.
- Demonstrated commitment to participatory community organizing.
Hours, Benefits, Compensation
This position is full-time with an annual salary of $36K plus health insurance, flexible schedule, and generous paid leave time.
Application Submission Process
For priority consideration, please submit cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references no later than October 1, 2010.
Please mail submissions to:
CFAC ED Search Committee
PO Box 7025
Missoula, MT 59806
Or email submissions to
ATTN: ED Search Committee
Reminder: Visit the NACTA website for position announcements (www.nactateachers.org). New announcements are continuously being posted and are not always listed in the E-newsletter.
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