Associations Focus: Academy Faculty Program Honors Instructors
Mar 1, 2005 12:00 PM
Rewarding instructor commitment.
ICIA provides its students with high-quality training from the industry’s technical experts. The association created the Adjunct Faculty Program to recognize the contributions of its corps of dedicated instructors and to contribute to their professional development. The ICIA Professional Education and Training Committee (PETC) nominates faculty members for inclusion in the group, with final selection by the association’s board of governors. There are three levels in the program: Adjunct Faculty, Academy Faculty, and Senior Academy Faculty. In addition, there is an honorary role known as Instructor Emeritus.
ONWARD AND UPWARD
Generally, Adjunct Faculty are required to present at least two hours of instruction per year and to participate in the InfoComm Academy special “train the trainer” session once every three years. In recognition of their Adjunct status, the members’ names and companies are listed on the ICIA web portal (www.infocomm.org). Although there is no limit on the number of terms that may be served, Adjunct status needs to be reconfirmed by the board of governors every two years.
In addition to meeting the Adjunct requirements, instructors serving as Academy Faculty are generally required to have chaired or designed an ICIA course lasting at least one day and to instruct one session per year of any ICIA course lasting at least one day. Academy Faculty members receive the right to attend any InfoComm Academy training event tuition-free, and receive a certificate honoring their status. They may also be included in a variety of ICIA publications, and have their name, company name, picture, and biography posted on the ICIA portal.
Moving to the next level, Senior Academy Faculty are required to have met all the requirements for Academy Faculty, and also to have served at least five years as Academy Faculty. Upon selection to senior status, they receive a plaque acknowledging their service, and special recognition at the InfoComm proAV trade show.
The title of Instructor Emeritus is bestowed upon members who have had a major impact on ICIA’s education and training program. These are individuals who are no longer teaching, but who are still providing consultation services and guidance to PETC and ICIA staff. Instructors Emeritus are selected annually, though not necessarily every year, by the board of governors, based on nominations from PETC.
ICIA members who are honored as Educator of the Year at the organization’s annual banquet during InfoComm will also enjoy a lifetime designation as Senior Academy Faculty unless they are also elevated to Instructor Emeritus status.
Through InfoComm Academy, ICIA offers an extensive educational curriculum presented by renowned AV and training professionals. The Adjunct Faculty Program ensures that it’s not only the technicians taking the courses who benefit, but now more than ever, their employers as well.
The Academy offers its curriculum in a broad variety of venues and formats. These include seven online AV courses ranging from basic to advanced. Hands-on courses in installation, design, rental, sales, networking, and videoconferencing are presented in classrooms worldwide, including at ICIA’s Fairfax, Va., facility. The three-day Institute for Professional Development courses are also offered at various sites in the United States and around the world, as well as at InfoComm. Some classes include an OnDemand format with presentations by AV experts streamed directly to students’ PC desktops. General and specialized levels of formal certification, and a company-level designation called Certified AudioVisual Solutions Provider (CAVSP), can also be obtained through the academy.
REGISTRATION FOR INFOCOMM05 HAS BEGUN!
The InfoComm conference and exhibition for the AV communications and systems integration industry will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, June 4-10, 2005. The conference is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors in 2005. Attendees can register for the show and get more information on the show floor, educational offerings, and special events at www.infocommshow.org.
For more information about ICIA and InfoComm, visit www.infocomm.org.