In 2009, I worked with the Terry Rhodes, a vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities to develop a day-long national conference on portfolios. At the time, there was no conference in the US that was devoted to portfolios. The event we developed would go on to become an annual event, drawing as many as 500 participants.
In the 2013 and 2014 academic year, I served–for the fifth time–as the chair of the Eportfolio Forum. In my role as chair, for the 2014 event, I:
- Wrote the call for proposals
- Recruited the program committee
- Collaborated with IJEP to create a partnership for the 2014 event and an upcoming issue of the journal
- Set up and facilitated all planning meetings for the event
- Planned the lunch keynote and co-hosted it
In my five years as chair, I have watched the event grow from a little over 100 attendees that first year. About one third of the people who attend, fly across the country for just that one day of programming.
As someone who has been active in the international portfolio community since 2005, I have a leadership role in the field. Through my work as chair of the Eportfolio Forum, I have worked to use the event to expand and better the field. In 2013, I planned an event that established the seminal knowledge of the portfolio field in a collection of over 15 articles. As I considered the 2014 event, I wanted to move the field forward in terms of portfolio research. So for 2014, we added a research track and collaborated to get the research sessions published in IJEP, which is peer-reviewed.
The Eportfolio Forum has played a significant role in growing both the reputation of and use of portfolios in higher education. I am proud to have been a part of such an influential event.