New Voices -
Inspired by TED Talks, ACR’s “New Voices - Emerging Professionals” was an
exciting innovation launched at the 2014 annual conference. The culmination
of the project was to be short, dynamic talks featuring the work of students,
recent graduates, and practitioners new to the field. These talks would be
presentations to the gathered membership at ACR’s Annual Conference in
Cincinnati in October 2014.
We wanted presentations that would engage ACR’s diverse membership, inspire them to think
in new ways, and inform their practices. President-elect Nancy Flatters and the conference
planning committee supported the idea from its inception and made “prime time” opportunities
for presentations by practitioners and researchers from all over the globe.
About the Author
is a consultant,
trainer located in
Vermont. She has
served on the ACR
Board of Directors,
served on numerous
coordinated the New
We invited applicants to submit proposals in one of two areas:
• An area of research. The presentation would feature
highlights of the presenter’s research
and illustrate what was learned.
• A unique project or area of practice. The presentation would give the
rationale or highlights of the
presenter’s project, or demonstrate
aspects of the presenter’s work to
make it come to life for the audience.
The invitation extended to anyone who was a current student, recent graduate, or a practitioner
who had entered the field in the last five years. We requested educational institutions and ACR
chapters to help us advertise the New Voices endeavor in the hopes that we would have the
broadest reach possible.
Each applicant could submit one short written proposal which would go directly to a regional
coordinator for review by a panel of at least three people from that region.
We had six regions:
By the April 11th deadline, we had received 42 applications!
• West, coordinated by Camille Valentine from Fresno Pacific University; • Midwest, coordinated by Bryan Hanson of Creighton University;
• South and Southwest, coordination by Judith Mckay of NOVA Southeastern
• Northeast, coordinated by Julian Portilla of Woodbury Institute of Champlain College; • Canada, coordinated by Mary Damianakis, McGill University; and • International (all countries and regions other than the United States and Canada),
coordinated by Jared Ordway of Woodbury
Institute of Champlain College.