NACTA Updates and Information: March 2012
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:
- 2012 Calendar
- March 1 Deadline Submit Nominations for NACTA Awards
- Vote Now for the 2012 - 2013 NACTA Officers
- NACTA Conference for 2012
- Membership Renewal Time
- 2011 Annual Hard Copy of NACTA Journal
- March 20th Deadline for NACTA Abstracts
- Potential Sites for Future NACTA Conferences
- Book or Media Review
- NACTA Journal Seeking Teaching Tips/Notes
- Free E-Booklet Available
- NACTA on Facebook
- Position Announcements (Listings from the NACTA Website)
Check ou the NACTA calendar here.
If you have items for the calendar that are of interest to the members of NACTA, please email them to either the editor or the secretary.
March 1 Deadline Submit Nominations for NACTA Awards
One of the central purposes of NACTA is to recognize those individuals whose efforts represent the very best in agricultural higher education. Thus, NACTA seeks to inspire all of us to achieve the highest levels of excellence. At the same time, NACTA seeks to encourage these colleagues to share with us their methods of achieving excellence.
All award nominations were submitted online at http://nactaawards.expressacademic.org/login.php
for information on how to upload your files. If you haven't used this website before, you will need to create your own id and password. If you have any problem uploading files, NACTA Teacher Recognition Chair, Nick Fuhrman at
For complete nomination information: http://www.nactateachers.org/awards.html
Vote Now for the 2012 - 2013 NACTA Officers
Voting the 2012 - 2013 NACTA officers will only last for 30 days – until March 30. Here are the instructions that you will need to vote:
To vote, visit this URL: http://nactateachers.org/officer-elections.html
Login with your user name and password:
User name: <your email address>
Read about the candidates and then select the candidate you want from each ballot and vote.
Note: Once you login and vote - please change your password to something that is unique to you. You can do this by clicking on “Your Details” in the User Menu below the User Login (left side of screen). This login and password will also be your access to the online version of the NACTA Journal.
NACTA Conference for 2012
2012 NACTA Conference will be held June 26 - 29 at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. The theme is "Celebrating and Sustaining Agriculture." Continuously updated information can be found on the website: http://www.uwrf.edu/CAFES/NACTA_2012.cfm
The call for abstracts is posted on the NACTAteachers.org website. The abstract submission deadline is midnight March 20, 2012.
Membership Renewal Time
It is time to renew your NACTA membership for 2012. If you do not renew your membership before the posting of the March 2012 NACTA Journal on March 9th your membership will be deactivated and you will no longer have access to the current issues of the NACTA Journal online. Also you will not receive the annual hard copy of Volume 56 of the NACTA Journal. Membership forms can be found on the NACTAteachers.org website "Featured links."
Reminder: Access to the current online NACTA Journals is now controlled by your own unique user name and password. Your user name is your email address and your password is something unique that you set. (Refer to the article above on " Vote Now for the 2012 - 2013 NACTA Officers.")
2011 Annual Hard Copy of NACTA Journal
By now all members of NACTA should have received the 2011 NACTA Journal annual hard copy of volume 55, issues 1 - 4. Additional copies can be purchased for $40.00, which includes shipping. If you did not receive your copy or you wish to purchase extra copies of the annual issue contact the
All 2011 issues of the NACTA Journal are online and current members (with user name and password) can download and read at http://www.nactateachers.org/journal.html. Older issues of the NACTA Journal are available to anyone.
March 20th Deadline for NACTA Abstracts
Complete details for abstracts can be found on the NACTA website: http://www.nactateachers.org/announcements/1329-2012-call-for-nacta-abstracts.html
All abstracts must be submitted at this website: http://nactaabs.expressacademic.org/login.php
Potential Sites for Future NACTA Conferences
The NACTA Executive Committee will begin reviewing potential sites for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 national conferences during the June 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,
Book or Media Review
If you have a book review or review of some other media you wish to be published in the NACTA Journal,
submit your review through the NACTA Journal submission site (http://nacta.expressacademic.org/). In the "Notes" add the words "Book Review."
NACTA Journal Seeking Teaching Tips/Notes
The "Teaching Tips/Notes" section in the NACTA Journal needs your input. If you have a short tip or note about teaching that could help others, consider sharing it with the NACTA membership. These should be 500 to 1000 words. Teaching Tips/Notes are submitted to the Journal on the FastTrack submission site: http://nacta.expressacademic.org/. When you submit indicate in the "Notes" section that the submission is a teaching tip or note.
Free E-Booklet Available
Since 2007 the NACTA Journal featured a section called "Teaching Tips/Notes." The submissions to this section contain some "real gems" that can be helpful to instructors at any level of postsecondary education.
Recently, the NACTA Journal editor combined all of the "Teaching Tips/Notes" from 2007 through 2011 into one document and created a table of contents. This document is available for download as an attachment to this News article. Please feel free to share these Teaching Tips/Notes with anyone. It is a 68 page document and it contains a NACTA membership form on the last page. Go to this URL to download your free e-booklet: http://www.nactateachers.org/news/1857-nacta-teaching-tips-e-booklet.html.
NACTA on Facebook
Find us on Facebook. Leave us a comment on our "wall." We have 176 people who "like" NACTA. That is up 52 from last year at this time-- slow but steady progress. We try to update the NACTA Facebook once a day.
Here are the listings currently on the NACTAteachers.org website:
Go here: http://www.nactateachers.org/position-announcements.html
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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