What does being a session host entail? Session hosts make sure that the signage posted by the door matches the session, introduce the presenters, act as timekeepers to make sure sessions end on time, alert tech support representative if needed, collect conference surveys, etc. We ask that volunteers sign up for one of the following breakout session blocks: 10:30-12:00; 1-2:30; or 2:30-4:15.
What does it mean to be a faculty conversation leader or usher? There's no prep! For faculty conversation leaders, we just ask you to arrive a little before 8am to get some coffee/breakfast and sit at a specific table and engage whoever sits there in conversation. Topics can include anything to build a sense of Mason community, but we do encourage you to share your experiences and insights about teaching and learning at Mason. For ushers, we just ask you to arrive a little before 8am and we'll assign you a spot to direct people, answer participant questions, and encourage people to sit down--sometimes walking them over to an open spot after the keynote address has started. We need ushers and faculty conversation leaders from 8:00-9:00am.
What resources will I have as a volunteer? We will provide you with a volunteer packet (that you will pick up when you check in at the registration desk). It will contain: host directions; session title, abstract, and presenter information; backup signage for the door; 10 min, 5 min, and 1 min timekeeper signs; and general conference information.
Thank you and we will be following up with you late Aug./early Sept. with your session assignment and more details.