Australian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc.
Guidelines for National Lecture Tours Programme
The National Lecture Tours programme is intended to facilitate the dissemination of expertise of visiting overseas lecturers as widely as possible through the auspices of ASSTA.
ASSTA members are encouraged to notify ASSTA of impending visits of workers in the field of speech science and technology whose visit might be of interest to other members. This notice should include a CV of the person concerned, the approximate dates when they could be available to travel around Australia, and the topic or topics on which they would be prepared to give a public lecture. Some indication of the person's ability and experience as a public speaker should also be included.
ASSTA's involvement is intended to be that of a facilitator by means of coordinating interest and providing some seed funding to assist the programme and also by means of ensuring the best distribution of the visitor's time, covering as much of the ASSTA membership as is feasible.
Notification of ASSTA in time for advertisement to members is an essential requirement for obtaining funding.
1. ASSTA will act as a clearing house for information about visiting scholars by placing information in the Newsletter or Electronic Bulletins regarding the visitor's expertise and interests, and their current destinations and timetable.
2. ASSTA would invite indications of interest from its membership and, based on these, would prepare a list of places where members would appreciate a visit.
3. This information would be passed to the visitor, who could indicate the likelihood of being able to include extra time in their itinerary.
4. ASSTA would then coordinate the visit at the level of ensuring, to the degree possible, fairness and equity of access to the talks to be given by the visiting scholar, and the specific arrangements will be undertaken by the local organisers.
5. The draft proposal of visits would go back to the host to present to the visitor.
6. If accepted, ASSTA would notify the places which would be included on the intinerary and the local group would organise and pay for the lecture venue and any refreshments. The local group would also be responsible for booking and paying for the local travel segment for the visitor at a rate agreed by ASSTA, and claiming the cost of the travel at the agreed rate from the ASSTA treasurer. Meals and other local expenses would be paid by the local group.
7. ASSTA would also re-advertise over the email the extra places where the visitor will go and when. This requires that the necessary information be given to ASSTA to do so. Again, notification of ASSTA in time for advertisement to members is a requirement for obtaining funding. Local advertising will be in the hands of the local group, and ASSTA's involvement should be acknowledged.
8. Total funds available for this activity will depend on the financial state of the Association but the executive will aim to budget at least $1000 per year for this programme. Airfares reimbursed will be for economy class. Any upgrading over that will be carried by the visitor or the local group.
Adopted by Executive - 26th November 1996
This supersedes the guideline in general use prior to this date
It should be noted that this set of guidelines is not a legally binding document but provides a guideline to practice for the Executive Committee.