In 2019, AACSRE’s scope of work addressed four overarching areas: (1) expansion of thought leadership through outreach by the Futures Committee and partnerships with 21 world class universities; (2) selection of new editors for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding (IJSW); (3) awareness building through strategic alignments with professional organizations and Board member networking; and (4) outreach to industry representatives for input on critical and emerging issues facing the sign industry.
2019 Priority #1: Expansion of Thought Leadership
Expansion to 21 universities: University of Cincinnati, University of New Mexico, Fashion Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Baylor, Seattle University, TAMU, University of Arkansas, Oklahoma University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, University of Oregon, Villanova, Cleveland State University, University of Florida, School of Art Institute of Chicago and University of Houston, Western Kentucky University, University of California-Fullerton, South Dakota State University and University of Tennessee.
Annual Board meeting hosted by Villanova University.
Appointment of new Board members: Dr. Dydia DeLyser and Dr. Patricia “Pat” Crawford.
Recruitment and selection of new Executive Director: Marihelen Millar.
The Futurism committee created a “suggestion” box on the AACSRE website with an email to drive traffic to fill out upcoming topics of interest.
The On-Line Course Development committee has determined that development of any type of On-line courses should be short 60-90 minute modules that could be clustered in various ways instead of a full academic course for credit. The content for the sign law module has been created by Dawn, Eric and Alan. We have additional modules in the pipeline.
The charter of work for each committee was refined with milestones identified: Steven Kopp (Emerging Fellows); Chris Auffrey (Investments); Alan Weinstein (On-Line Course Development); Joe Rickman (Sustainability); Vikas Mehta (IJSW), Dr. James Kellaris (Futurism) and Andrea Dixon (Marketing).
Invitation from the University of New Mexico to host the 2020 AACSRE board meeting.
2019 Priority #2: Selection of new editors for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding
Selection of new editors for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding. The new co-editors are Dr. Vikas Mehta and Dr. Chris Auffrey at the University of Cincinnati with support from graduate assistant Anna Parnigoni.
IJSW released Vol 4 No 1 (2020): Roads, Interiors, Graphics, and Research Technology. Which can be read here.
IJSW announced a special issue launching in August of 2020 titled “Persuasive Signage and Effective Communication” with guest Co-editors: Dr. Aparna Sundar (University of Washington) and Dr. Hélène Deval (Dalhousie University).
The journal accepts all papers on a rolling basis. Please reach out to Anna Parnigoni with any questions.
2019 Priority #3: Awareness building through strategic alignments with professional organizations and Board member networking
2019 Priority #4: Outreach to industry representatives for input on critical and emerging issues facing the sign industry.
Networked with American Sign Museum, Atlantic Sign Media, Gemini Signs, Luminous Neon, Tubelite, Miratec Systems, Allen Industries, FASI and Watchfire.
Development of database for thought leaders-past and present, in academia and the sign industry to provide input.