2022 Research Committee Call for Volunteers

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Signup Deadline: 11-01-2021
Starts: 01-01-2022
Ends: 12-31-2022
Location: Online Opportunity


The 2022 Research Committee is seeking association professionals who have a serious interest in association research advancement and development. Applicants are not required to have a background in association research, however, experience of 5+ years in associations is strongly encouraged. Below is more of an in-depth look at the committee’s charge, committee expectations/roles, and a snapshot of the projects/workgroups.

Time & Travel Commitment: One-year commitment, renewable up to three years, for a three-year term. Travel may be required at various points in the year at own expense. A virtual option may also be available.

Desired Skills: Committee members should have a familiarity of the association operating environment. This committee requires a very active commitment and frequent contributions to the work of the ASAE Research Foundation research agenda, including assessments of writings, secondary research, presenting, and product viability assessments. The committee desires volunteers with a diverse set of skills, experiences, areas of professional expertise, from all career levels. Prior research experience is not necessary but is welcome.

Industry Experience Requirements:
Applicants are not required to have a background in association research, however, experience of 5+ years in associations is strongly encouraged.

Duty Commitment: Significant; tasks and projects are structured to facilitate volunteer engagement.

The Research Committee’s Charge: The Research Committee is a standing committee of the ASAE Research Foundation. It provides insights, guidance, and expertise to staff in the conceptualization, development, and implementation of the Research Foundation’s multi-year research agenda. The committee works to identify critical issues in the changing nonprofit environment and identifies research opportunities to develop and promote organizational success. The committee is focused on enhancing the association management profession through the contribution of high value, data-driven content to the industry. The committee works closely with staff in the areas of research and knowledge dissemination, engagement, and translation. 

The Research Committee generally holds 2 to 3 in-person meetings each year, however, due to current health and safety guidelines, all in-person ASAE volunteer group meetings are being held virtually, until further notice. Conference calls with the full committee are typically held on a quarterly basis, or as needed. However, there may be monthly conference calls scheduled by small working groups and task forces.

Required Meetings:
  1. A New Member Orientation (virtual) will be held on December 6th, 2021, at 1:00pm (ET)/ 12:00pm (CT).
  2. The Research Committee year begins with the “Kick-Off” meeting currently scheduled for January 20-21, 2022. This meeting is required and is held in conjunction with an annual Joint Development Committee-Research Committee Meeting in January 20-21, 2022.
  3. The second Research Committee meeting occurs in May/June 2022.
  4. The third Research Committee meeting occurs in Sept/Oct 2022. (The dates for the latter two meetings are still to be determined.)

Research Projects and Task Force Information:
Current Research Projects and Task Forces Volunteers are required to join one or more Operational Task Forces each year, upholding committee and taskforce roles and responsibilities. The project and task force list below reflects the current slate and are subject to change. For example, new research topics being explored for 2022 include those in the areas of credentialing, governance, and membership. The research projects completed in 2021 include: Planning for Succession: The Role of the Interim CEO; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Board Governance Practices; and Association Business Ventures.

Operational Task Forces

  • Research Tools for Nimble Response to Association Community– This task force explores and identifies specific ways that the Research Committee can assist association leaders in taking existing research and leveraging it to their association’s needs.
  • Association Leadership Awareness (ALA)– This task force explores and identifies techniques that association leaders can use to maximize their utility of established ASAE research initiatives.
  • AI/Automation─ This task force is focused on making sense and making meaning for association stakeholders around AI/automation ethics research being done outside of the association community.
Research Projects

  • Innovation Task Force─ This research initiative is designed to determine and define the culture and practices established by associations that are successful in fostering and sustaining external, industry-focused innovation.
  • Volunteer Management Models– The objective of this research initiative is to determine and define effective holistic models of volunteer management in trade and professional associations.
  • DEI Organization Assessment Tool─ This task force will explore, identify, and develop a new DEI Assessment Tool for association professionals to utilize for analyzing and advancing their organizations efforts in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


Survey and Research
Survey and Research

Volunteers Needed:

8 (8 open slots)

Experience Required:

4 - 6 Years Industry Experience


Mary Ann Bui