[Athen] Speaking to faculty chairs

Teresa Haven Teresa.Haven at nau.edu
Thu Apr 30 09:25:55 PDT 2015

Hi, Wink. This isn't exactly what you are asking, but it has happened to give me a similar good result. I've had many opportunities to connect with individual faculty members, and after I've helped them with their issue, it sometimes comes up that (with or without my request) they encourage their chairs to invite me to larger meetings. When chairs hear their own faculty asking for a presentation on accessibility, it goes a long way towards getting onto the agenda.


Teresa Haven, Ph.D.
Accessibility Analyst, Northern Arizona University
Co-Chair, AHEAD Standing Committee on Technology

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Subject: [Athen] Speaking to faculty chairs

Hi all,

We are working on crafting a "let's get invited to speak at faculty chairs meeting" letter.

Who among our esteemed listservs have asked to be invited to faculty meetings to talk about accommodations, accessibility, accessible texts, technology, trainings, etc.? How have you worded your requests to achieve success (= the invite to speak)? Any of you willing to share a few words of wisdom, guidance, effective letter crafting? What approach have you found works most effectively?

Thanks in advance for any words of advice, copies of actual letters/emails you may have sent to faculty chairs asking to be on their meeting agenda.


Wink Harner
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Wink Harner
Assistive Technology Specialist
Southern Oregon University

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