Deborah Avant, Kristian Gleditsch, Laura Shepherd, Mark Crescenzi, and Mark A. Boyer posted on September 13, 2022 09:50
Dear ISA Colleagues,
We write to you with some important information regarding ISA planning, programs, and fees. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we describe new developments in the organization and the resources necessary to sustain them. We hope you will take the time to read this carefully, and we welcome your comments in response, as we work together to sustain the vitality of ISA as our professional home.
ISA has long worked to build its programming and services to help our members achieve their professional goals. Only 25 years ago, ISA’s work centered largely on the annual convention and publishing our one journal, ISQ. Now (and even during the pandemic), ISA hosts about a dozen conferences annually (including the large annual convention), publishes eight scholarly journals and OREIS, runs several grant programs, has recently launched a wide range of virtual programming, and much more. These initiatives aim to better serve our members and many were born directly from members’ ideas. And all those programs are supported by the dedication of the relatively small group of ISA HQ staff.
In response to many members’ requests for more virtual gatherings, ISA will be launching an annual opportunity for virtual conferencing in 2023. The call for this conference will be issued in December 2022 and it will be held in August 2023, hosted on the ISA Zoom account. We hope this annual event will increase access to scholarly interaction and help address restrictions on travel and other impacts from the pandemic and economic downturn. In tandem with the newly launched Research Cooperative and other virtual offerings (e.g., ISA Virtual Programs), the new virtual conference will further build opportunities for our members throughout the world to interact with other scholars and practitioners without travel. We are also planning to re-launch ISA’s international conference opportunities in June 2023, with more details to come this fall.
All of these programs, though, require resources. Recently, the ISA Executive Committee deliberated over recommendations from the ISA Finance Committee about increased fees for both conference registration and annual dues. In these discussions, the finance committee, ISA leaders, and the ExCom kept affordability at the center. But the fact of the matter is that ISA dues and registration fees are much lower than its peers and it has not raised its fees since 2017, even as costs for the annual convention, staff, and technology increase every year. In order to continue to serve you and respond to the new normal in which many members need additional virtual options to stay connected, ISA must increase its fees. As with its general practice, the Finance Committee recommended that fees continue to use personal income levels as the primary basis for charges, thus having the least effect on those members with the fewest resources. You can find the new fee structures after you log into your ISAnet account.
As per its constitutional authority, the ExCom unanimously approved the new fee structures, and they will go into effect immediately. ISA will continue to support members with fewer resources via our travel grant programs and other programs. We look forward to continuing our on-going communication with you about these decisions as well as others to be developed in the future. We welcome input from you and very much hope to see you at conferences this fall and in Montreal in March 2023.
Deborah Avant, ISA President
Kristian Gleditsch, ISA Past-President
Laura Shepherd, ISA President-Elect
Mark Crescenzi, ISA Treasurer
Mark A. Boyer, ISA Executive Director