Program Committee

In alignment with the Strategic Plan, the committee is 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.


Fulfill all responsibilities and committee activities with an overriding objective of meeting the Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategies, goals and priorities.


  • 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