The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.
Below is a list of the officers and directors and leaders of ALAN, as well as our Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Ethics Statement, and Anti-Harassment Policy. (Click here for a list of past presidents and board members.)
Current ALAN Officers
Mark Letcher (Alanexecdirector@gmail.com)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Terms end Fall 2024||Terms end Fall 2025||Terms end Fall 2026|
ALAN Picks Editor
EDITORS OF THE ALAN REVIEW
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|Arianna Banack, University of South Florida|
Caitlin Metheny, University of South Carolina Upstate
Rosa Nam, Colorado State University
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR
Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
2019 Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
It is the policy of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and its Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) to embrace human diversity and demonstrate sensitivity to the concerns of people historically underrepresented or marginalized. This includes all underrepresented groups reflecting the range of human differences, among which are race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical challenges, and religion. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list, only a list of examples.
Among our aims are to include a diverse range of participants (1) on appointed commissions, boards, committees, task forces, and other official groups; (2) among the leadership of the above groups; and (3) among the nominees presented by each nominating committee. In addition, in NCTE conventions and workshop sessions we will include substantial programs dealing with interests of a diverse range of participants, and engage leaders and/or consultants who are practicing teachers, librarians, youth program directors, etc., representing levels of instruction involved who reflect the group whose concerns around which a program revolves. In addition, ALAN will attempt to ensure that all facilities for participants at events have physical and sensory accessibility with the help of NCTE and the convention venue.
We also resolve to include people representing all groups in verbal and visual materials intended to represent or describe ALAN. In 2018 ALAN established an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee (EDI), and a position on the ALAN Board of Directors for the EDI Committee Chair. The purpose of this officer and advisory committee includes recommendations for policy creation and for concrete actions for implementation. The EDI Committee will provide an annual report of advisements, recommendations and accomplishments to the ALAN Board of Directors at each annual board meeting in November, the contents of which will be passed on to the NCTE.
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE
Code of ethics for review of the Board
POLICY: As democratically elected and appointed members of the officership, Board, directors, and coordinators, we are committed to observing and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct in the performance of our leadership and governance responsibilities. As Executive Committee members, we pledge to accept this code as a minimum guideline for ethical conduct and to embrace the following principles and practices.
1. Concern for Anti-Racism, Equity, and Justice – 1) Center and consciously abide by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; 2) Work to improve access to ALAN grants, meetings, conferences, and publications for all members of the organization by recognizing the range of identities individuals hold, duties and responsibilities of various members, and practitioner statuses of all the ALAN membership body. Further, the Board will work to identify and remove obstacles that inhibit participation and equitable access to ALAN resources
2. Good faith in accountability and representation – 1) Faithfully abide by the constitution, by-laws, and policies of ALAN; 2) Exercise reasonable care, good faith, and due diligence in organizational affairs; 3) Fully disclose to the standings Ethics Committee, or Board if no committee is active, at the earliest opportunity, information that may result in a perceived or actual conflict of interest; 4) Communicate these perceived or actual conflicts of interest to the ALAN membership body; 5) Fully disclose, at the earliest opportunity, all information and insights that would have significance in Executive Committee decision-making; 6) Remain accountable for prudent fiscal management to affiliate members, colleagues in our broader professional community, and to government and funding bodies; 7) Address perceived or actual conflicts of interest during ALAN Board meetings by giving the appointed ALAN Ethics Board member explicit time in meeting agendas
3. Principles of Fiduciary Responsibility – 1) Make decisions for the good of all members of the affiliate; 2) Seek no personal gain or benefit based on appointed or elected positions in ALAN during negotiation with peripheral ALAN participants including Publishers and Authors. This includes, but is not limited to quid-pro-quo arrangement of appearances of authors for ALAN purposes in exchange for appearances in personal classrooms or other conferences.
ALAN Anti-Harassment Policy
ALAN has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment and is committed to a conference free of harassment of any kind. If you have been harassed or have witnessed harassment of any kind, please email ConductALAN@gmail.com and a member of the Board will respond immediately. Anyone can report harassment. This policy applies to attendees, authors, publishers, panelists, vendors, and volunteers.
Harassment includes but is not limited to: unwanted verbal communication, unwanted physical interaction of any kind, unwanted recording including audio, visual, or photographs of any kind, unwanted or unsolicited comments regarding physical appearance, bathroom policing, or intentional disruption of programming or organized activity related to the conference.
Harassment may be in relation to protected categories which include but are not limited to: age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ethnicity, national origin, or religion.
Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. ALAN continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. ALAN encourages members and attendees to hold one another accountable to this policy, and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.
Violation of this policy may result in immediate removal from the workshop and/or event and exclusion from future events, as well as any other action that the Board of Directors feels is appropriate. Violation of this policy may result in police involvement, if deemed necessary.
ALAN is committed to providing a safe, welcoming, respectful space for everyone and urges participants to report any behavior that makes them uncomfortable.