Education Committee

Staff Liaison: Randy Young

Chair: Martha Pavlakis
Co-Chair: Josh Levitsky
Past Chair: Leonardo Riella
Board Liaison: Nicole Turgeon
Maria-Luisa Alegre
Tarek Alhamad
Rita Alloway
Will Burlingham
Michelle Josephson
Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire
Daniel Kaul


Education Committee

The Education Committee oversees all educational activities on behalf of the Board. In a three-way partnership with the Board and the COPs, they will build the education strategic plan for the society. Subsequently, they will assist the COPs and the greater AST community to implement the plan.

The Committee is comprised of 10 members (including a chair, co-chair and past chair). The members-at-large serve three-year terms while the chair, co-chair and past-chair serve a one- year term.

Education Committee members are appointed by the President-Elect. It is critical for members appointed to this committee to have experience in planning and delivery of educational initiatives.

The Education Committee's responsibilities include:

  • Acting on behalf of the Board, ensure AST meets the educational needs of its members
  • Oversee all educational initiatives related to the Society’s strategic mission
  • Provide guidance on the development and implementation of educational initiatives
  • Research new, innovative ways to deliver education

Specifically, the Committee is charged with reviewing all educational proposals and providing guidance in the development of these activities. Proposals will be reviewed by the Committee on behalf of the Board.

Final approval may be given directly by the Committee with exceptions being brought to the Board for approval. Board approval, for example, may be required for new educational programs requiring a financial investment or a significant amount of staff support.

The Committee will not mandate COP activities but will partner with the COPs and provide guidance regarding the most effective approach for delivering new educational content. The Committee will also work with COPs to determine resource priorities.

For example, the COPs should engage the Education Committee before beginning any educational project so guidance can be provided regarding:

  • Possible partnership opportunities with other COPs
  • Alternatives for delivering content (meeting, webinar, journal club, etc.)
  • Defining resource requirements and estimating potential costs for the project

The Education Committee will not mandate COP initiatives. However, the COPs should discuss their proposed initiatives with the Committee for the forthcoming year in early Spring in preparation for their formal requests at ATC or prior to the Budget preparation cycle. This is to ensure funding and support considerations are included in the Society’s financial plans for the following year.

All education proposals should be viewed from the perspective of whether they are “essential to accomplishing the mission of the Society”.

Non-COP Directed Educational Activities

New educational proposals that do not arise from the COPs will also be reviewed by the Education Committee on behalf of the Board. The Committee will provide a recommendation to the Board who will give the final approval. If approved, the Education Committee will work with the proposers to manage and direct the design and implementation.

Education Committee Communication

The Education Committee will hold standing monthly calls to ensure consistent and regular communication among its members. These meetings are led by the chair and/or co-chair. Dates for the meetings should be established at beginning of each committee appointment year. Minutes of these meetings are to be recorded by the staff liaison, reviewed by the chair, and circulated to the entire committee within 14 working days of the meeting.

The Education Committee chair will participate in AST Board meetings on a regular basis to provide updates on the status of current educational initiatives and present new initiatives for approval. This should occur a minimum of four times per year.