A Tribute Issue in Memory of Susan J. Ellis
Welcome to the July 2020 issue of e-Volunteerism.
In a world that has faced more than its fair share of turmoil, disruption, and change in recent months, we are taking a step back in this issue to remember one of the Journal’s founders, Susan J. Ellis.
In the lead feature of this issue, I share some reflections on Susan, her work, and the legacy of Susan’s work that has emerged in the last 17 months since Susan’s passing. And I look ahead to the future of e-Volunteerism, sharing some exciting news and plans about the future for the Journal. In a second feature, Andy Fryar, features 10 volunteer engagement leaders from around the world, reflecting on Susan's tremendous impact on both the field and individual careers. Points of View, written by e-Volunteerism's co-founder Steve McCurley, looks back on how he started the publication with Susan in 2000, sharing his insights into Susan as both a friend and a professional force. And our regular colums – Research to Practice, Training Designs, Voices, and Along the Web – each pay tribute to Susan with research, training, interviews, and insights that reflect her life's work and her legacy.
For several reasons, this is the perfect moment for us to look back at Susan’s contributions to our field and celebrate the 20th anniversary year of e-Volunteerism, the field's first online publication. Following this issue, we officially begin the next phase of e-Volunteerism when we re-launch the Journal in October with a new name, a new design, and new features.