2020 Update

Hello ACSD Friends,

I am writing to update you on ACSD Conference plans for the next few years. As you know, these are difficult times on so many levels. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, social distancing, and shelter-in-place orders, professional development has been heavily impacted throughout the country. Hundreds of professional group meetings have been canceled or postponed. We have faced the same challenging questions that many organizations have faced, and the decisions around our 2020 conference have not been taken lightly.

The Executive Committee chose to take some time to gain more perspective on the national and global situation, and we also consulted with emeritus members. Given the continued bans on travel and mitigation efforts, we have unanimously concluded it would be best not to hold the conference this June.

We have been very excited about LeTourneau University hosting our conference, and they have been doing a great job preparing an excellent conference on our behalf. So we prefer calling this a “12-month postponement.” We have coordinated with both institutions currently in the hosting pipeline, and they both are able to shift everything one year. Provided we return to some semblance of normalcy by then, LETU will continue to host in 2021, and Indiana Wesleyan University will host in 2022.

If you have already registered for the 2020 conference, we will begin issuing refunds on April 16, 2020. If you would prefer that we hold your registration fee and apply it toward the 2021 conference, please email by April 15, 2020, and notify the LETU team of that request, and they will hold your registration as it currently stands.  While our decision to postpone was unanimous, we do not want to diminish what we are losing, and we grieve that we will not be physically together this spring. With that in mind, though, we are working toward mitigating this loss in a few important areas. Look for more information from us soon about the following opportunities:

  • We are mindful of the importance of the role of Career Connections to our membership and will make sure this space stays a robust area for sharing résumés and posting positions in the absence of a conference gathering.
  • We are committed to finding ways for our members to interact and share timely information and wisdom (especially graduate students and our ACSD monograph series). You can expect to see continued team development opportunities through the summer when we might normally have a hiatus.
  • We also intend to honor contributions to our field as scheduled this summer. We will extend our deadline to receive nominations for the Bamford, Boender, and Higa awards and will celebrate our 2020 recipients this summer.

There is comfort in knowing that in the midst of all of these challenges, we are not alone. We know that colleagues across the country are walking through similar issues, and we can lean into the collective wisdom of this association as we navigate unfamiliar territory. We are grateful for each of you, and you have been in our prayers during this disruptive and difficult season. May the steadfast love of the Lord be evident to you today!

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness!

—Lamentations 3:22-23