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What are the types and roles of committees?

All committees and task forces operate under the direction of the Board of Governors. They are generally given responsibility for designing and operating an Academy service (such as placement ), making policy recommendations to the Board (a typical task force charge), or implementing Board-approved organizational initiatives (a typical theme committee charge).

There are three types of committees:

  • Board Committees - Board committees are work groups of the Board, chaired and composed of Board members. These include such committees as the Long-Range Planning Committee and the Financial Strategies Committee. Two committees of the Board are standing committees mandated by the bylaws. They are:
    1. Executive Committee: composed of the five officers, which also serves as the Fiscal Affairs Committee, overseeing budget and other financial matters, and
    2. Nominating Committee: which develops the slate of candidates for office in each election.
  • Theme Committees - Theme committees address core "programmatic themes" that have broad appeal to all Academy members. Whereas the divisions and interest groups provide disciplinary home bases for members with specific scholarly interests, the charge to the theme committees is to improve the proficiency of all Academy members in regard to a core set of professional interests and activities. Thus, the Teaching Theme Committee (TTC), Practice Theme Committee (PTC), and International Theme Committee (ITC) share a common responsibility to help all of our members improve their professional competency in these three areas.
  • Additional Committees - Additional committees are all others that carry out the work of the Academy. They include the Placement Committee, Mentoring Committee, Membership Committee, Division and Interest Group Relations Committee, and various award committees, to name just a few. Committees may serve the purpose of carrying out all major activities of a particular service, as in the case of the Placement Committee, or work on a more limited set of tasks such as the annual review of divisions, as in the case of the Division and Interest Group Relations Committee. Committee chairs provide periodic status and progress reports to the president, who shares them with the Board. They assemble at each annual meeting for two purposes:
    1. To provide a progress report to the Board on the past year
    2. To meet with the incoming president about the year ahead.

    Proposals from committees are handled in the same manner as proposals from officers and others. See: How is business brought to the Board?.

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