Program Committee

Responsible for the overall Annual Meeting program with duties that include planning scientific sessions, soliciting symposia proposals, inviting keynote and plenary speakers, programming abstracts, and approving the schedule/format. The committee also provides input on the content and format of other scientific programs, as required.


  • Annual Meeting duties:
    • Planning scientific sessions
    • Soliciting symposia proposals
    • Inviting keynote and plenary speakers
    • Programming abstracts
    • Approving the schedule/format
  • Provides input on the content and format of other scientific programs, as required


  • Be an active member in good standing
  • Committee members are expected to attend 2 one-day, in-person programming meetings in mid-May and mid-January, as well as attend the Annual Meeting
  • To be considered for this committee appointment, applicants must be a current Regular member or in a Faculty position
  • Preference will be given to those actively involved in research in the designated areas



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  • The committee will meet 2-3 times per year.
  • It is required that all members of the committee attend the Annual Meeting.
  • The committee will hold two 1-day planning meetings plus up to 4 conference calls.


The Program Co-Chairs report to the Board at its spring and fall meetings.


  • The committee generally consists of 10-14 members, including 2 Program Co-Chairs and representatives to serve as liaisons from EAC, CECA, and PDC.
  • Members are chosen to ensure there are representatives from each of the Association’s core areas.
  • The term begins after the Annual Meeting and continues through April of the Annual Meeting in the year of expiration.
  • Members serve a 4-year term and trainees serve a 2-year term.

Application Process

  • Applications are solicited annually through a Call for Volunteers
  • Applications are reviewed and scored by the committee chairs and members; scores, demographics, needs of the committee, and comments from the reviews are taken into consideration when choosing new members
  • New committee members are chosen, and then reviewed by the Nominating Committee
  • The new committee members are approved by the full Board of Directors
  • After Board approval, notifications are sent out. Feedback is given if requested by the applicant