The past decade has brought substantial growth in the size and complexity of our Academy. A few years ago, we engaged in a strategic planning process that led to a substantial reorganization of our council and committee structure. As a result, our committees and subcommittees (along with our special interest groups) took on increasing importance for the Academy.
Our previous system for committee membership turnover and new assignments had become increasingly complex and quite challenging for the incoming president and committee chairs. By having committee membership turn over each year at the time of the annual meeting, we had both incoming and outgoing committee members who would attend the committee meetings. This created confusion about committee membership (and in some cases, leadership) as well as inefficiency for these working groups that only meet face-to-face once a year. Our longstanding practice of soliciting interest in serving on committees through sign-up sheets at the annual meeting only added to the problem. In most cases, there was no follow-up, and disappointment for many members who had expressed interest in serving on a committee. Furthermore, sorting through the dozens of requests required countless emails between the president and each committee and subcommittee chair. Under the best of circumstances, this process would take several months and thus delay the work of each committee and subcommittee well into the new year.
In order to address these problems, Council voted to decouple the committee assignment process from the annual meeting cycle. The new process for committee assignments is as follows:
How should members express interest in serving on a committee?