Keywords: disciplinary stewardship, professionalism, community engagement, professional portfolio, professional development
A “steward of the discipline” is someone to whom we can entrust the vigor, quality, and integrity of the field. This was originally conceptualizes for doctoral students and doctoral holders, every practitioner may strive to be that person to whom the field can be entrusted. Degree programs should prepare students for a stewardly career – no matter what the degree or certificate. Engagement with the discipline/professional community can support your scholarship, your stewardship -and the discipline. The stewardship model puts the field first – ahead of the individual’s CV. This can seem unreasonable, although it is simply unusual – and difficult to observe. However, it requires only a commitment to practice with integrity, to engage with professionalism, and to actively promote the prioritization of the discipline in decision-making. A professional portfolio can make this commitment visible to others: it allows you to document your engagement with the stewardship construct and demonstrate that you are (or intend to be/become) someone to whom the community can entrust the vigor, quality, and integrity of the field.