This month we launched a new site: http://nevadafacultyalliance.org, where you will find regular updates of chapter and statewide events, daily press summaries, an online version of The Alliance, and other important documents, photographs and academic faculty news. Among the important features is an online membership enrollment form: http://nevadafacultyalliance.wildapricot.org/Membership.
Members should visit nevadafacultyalliance.org regularly and encourage colleagues to visit.
Also this month we set up a Twitter feed, http://www.twitter.com/NevadaFaculty. While writing documents of 140 characters or fewer is, well, a challenge for academics, this tool is already giving our news and activities a farther reach than in the past.
Finally, The Alliance Update, our electronic newsletter, made its debut. This feature provides a professional-grade system for communicating regularly to members. This newsletter will reach the community, the news media, the Nevada System of Higher Education and state government leaders, including regents and state legislators. We anticipate publishing it at least weekly, featuring breaking news more often as circumstances warrant. The centerpiece of the Update will be regular legislative reports from the state capitol. Other timely features will be reports on the NFA's activity as advocate for the faculty and our organization’s work on fostering academic shared governance. Watch for links to general news stories that mention the NFA; and a rotating campus spotlight to highlight events of campus chapters.
Each online issue will be brief, with summaries that link to longer articles found on the new website. These articles can be exported to PDF and printed for those undefined frankly, most of us undefined who get headaches squinting at a screen! Each electronic issue will also have an important feature allowing recipients to forward the message to colleagues. It will be especially effective in reaching those who are not already NFA members, encouraging them to go to the website to join the NFA or at least to sign up for the mailing list.
Please submit news to any of our communication tools or to volunteer your help on any of them. We plan to add new features, such as a regular wire of news stories concerning NSHE faculty.