By Gary DePaul, CPT, PhD, with Nancy C. Burns, CPT, PhD (TN Program Co-Chair)

In Tennessee, ISPI members are working to charter a new chapter. This is an update on how they have progressed.

Chapter Origin

In the fall of 2011, Bill Stetar, CPT, and David Tiller initiated a survey to determine interest for forming a Tennessee Chapter. As a result, a core group of volunteers met via web-conferencing to discuss potential programs and a strategy for developing the chapter. While they work on their bylaws, budget, and website, they have provided their members free bimonthly webinars.

Program co-chairs John Mattox and Nancy Burns attended the Chapter Leaders Workshop at the ISPI conference in Toronto. The international conference provided the benefit of planning and sharing ideas with existing chapter leaders.

Outreach Approach

Because the state is 440 miles (710 km) in length, the chapter meets virtually through monthly webinars. Every other month, guest speakers present a quality program within 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. This schedule enables members to meet during the lunch hour across multiple time zones.

Critical for the chapter is hosting high-quality programs. Thanks to the generous support of leaders in our field, the chapter has successfully delivered programs that make a difference for attendees. The chapter records these programs for their members who could not attend. Following each webcast, the board conducts an open meeting to discuss new business.

Challenges for the Chapter

The chapter needs funding to create and manage a website and to host webinars. In the past, the Tennessee University System volunteered use of the webinar platform, but the chapter needs a permanent solution. The chapter also would like to occasionally host some in-person programs potentially in Nashville.

What Is Next for the Chapter

The chapter continues working toward completing its charter. The chapter also will continue to market to human performance technology (HPT) practitioners and faculty.

The Tennessee Chapter members see themselves as climbing a mountain to get to the place they want to be: the premier program provider for the Tennessee area.

Past Webcast Guest Speakers
Aaron Bolin, PhD, U.S. Navy
Dick Handshaw, ISPI Charlotte Chapter
John Mattox, Knowledge Advisors
Lisa Toenniges, President, Innovative Learning Group; ISPI President-elect
Teri Schmidt, Jet Blue
Rose Noxon, PhD, ISPI Capella Chapter
Uma Iyer, Austin Peay State University

Upcoming Webcast
November: CPT Program

2012 Tennessee Chapter Board
Bill Stetar, Co-Chair
Uma Iyer, Co-Chair
Richard A. Love, Membership
Harriette Spiegel, Membership
Nancy C. Burns, Programs
John Mattox, Programs
John D. Tiller (David), Technology
Jennifer Knott, Technology
Molly Polatty, Marketing/Communications
Yvette Mack, Marketing/Communications
Fran Johnson, Finance