Education Section Chair
Jennifer Anderson, EdD, RRT, RRT-NPS
Midwestern State University
Member Since: 2000
Elections Committee Questions:
What experience or significant contributions do you have to offer the AARC which would help accomplish one or more of the AARC Horizon Goals as presented by President Schell?
Horizon goal # 2 is communications and marketing. The AARC consistently delivers the right message, to the right audience, at the right time, through the right channel. As the current House of Delegates Treasurer and AARC membership chair, I am a member of the AARC leadership team. In these positions, I have effectively communicated the goals and objectives of the president and the board of directors to the House of Delegates and members. I have also made it a mission to be transparent and keep members informed with the right message. If elected, I will continue to use my experience and strengths to help the AARC to accomplish the goals set out by the president.
What ideas would you present to increase AARC membership?
I would like to continue the “Sunflower” grass roots and provide a personal touch. I have found that when we show the value of the AARC they are likely to join and maintain membership. I am a firm believer of education. Many respiratory therapists are not educated on the value of the AARC. In addition, some directors and managers are not members and do not encourage membership. Meetings must be short and I hit the highlights of the value of the AARC. I answer any questions or misconceptions that they may have. We must encourage them to join the social media pages to stay informed. Follow up with a thank you email and check to see if they have joined or renewed. We must reach new graduate respiratory therapists and find ways to keep them involved through mentorship, social media, and their interests. I would also like to see the AARC partner with ZDoggMD to do a respiratory therapy awareness campaign.
What do you feel are the top two or three opportunities facing your section that you believe should be addressed during your term?
I believe the top two opportunities the education section faces are advancing the educational requirements and mentorship. As program chair of a large online bachelor degree completion program, I have helped many students advance their education. I have also worked with many associate degree programs to develop pathways for degree advancement. I believe the education section and educators can work together to help students obtain advanced degrees. The other opportunity the education section faces is mentorship. Many seasoned educators are retiring and we must support new educators. The education section has the opportunity to help mentor new educators and educators advancing into program director and clinical director roles.