Leslie Salas teaches courses in Composition, Studies in Literature, Technical Report Writing, and Creative Writing while also serving as Comics Editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection and Webmaster for FCEA. She has edited two anthologies, Other Orlandos (Burrow Press, 2017) and Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix (Beating Windward Press, 2018), and has two essay collections on father figures in animated television shows under contract with McFarland & Company.
When did you first become a member of FCEA?
I joined in 2014.
Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?
I joined because I was accepted to present at a conference several years ago. I’ve been a member ever since! I enjoy presenting at these conferences and attending the presentations of other Florida English scholars.
What do you do for FCEA as our webmaster?
I maintain and update the FCEA website, including all of the virtual forms used for registration, submissions, and nominations. I also sometimes help with managing some of our social media accounts.
What would you like FCEA Members to know about how your position on the Board impacts them and their membership?
I do my best to consider the needs of FCEA members when designing the website! I want the information you need to be easily accessible, especially for our annual conference.
How long have you been on the FCEA board?
Why did you decide to become a FCEA Board Member?
After being an FCEA member for several years and being annoyed at the poorly-designed, out-of-date website, I decided to take things into my own hands! I offered my services to help re-vamp our web presence so that it matches the quality and caliber of the annual conference as well as the notable contributions of all of our members.
What are the benefits of being on the FCEA Board?
Being a Board member is more than just a line on a CV–it shows an enhanced level of commitment in our field and is a way of serving the unique needs and interests of our region. Not only am I delighted to have a direct impact on the way the organization is perceived (through our web presence), I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know other Florida English scholars at other universities.
What advice do you have for anyone who might be thinking about becoming an FCEA Board Member?
Do it! Come to our board meeting at the end of the annual conference to meet us and chat about whether or not you might want to take the plunge.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
If you have any recommendations for the website, please let me know! I’d love to take them into consideration.