Committee Preferences

ACS Members interested in being appointed to serve on an ACS Committee should submit their committee assignment preferences to the online committee preference form. Please note that your ACS membership must be in good standing in order to complete your committee preferences.

The online committee preference form is open March 1 through July 1.

Please submit the committee preference form only if you are committeed to attend and actively participate in committee’s meetings either virtually or in-person.

All submissions to the online preference form are reviewed by the Committee on Committees (ConC) as it develops appointment recommendations during the ACS Fall Meeting. ConC also seeks out the input of the Chair and Staff Liaison for each committee when developing recommendations. .

It’s important to note that ConC does not directly appoint or reappoint individuals to serve on committees. The role of ConC is to make recommendations for appointments that are acted upon, both individually and jointly, by the ACS President Elect and/or Board Chair in late Fall.

ConC actively seeks to identify and involve individuals from across the Society. To help ensure that members with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives are available to be recommended, ConC encourages all ACS members to submit a preference form. With the number of actual appointments being limited, not everyone who submits a preference form will be appointed to serve. However, ConC does ensure that every ACS member who submits preferences is given due consideration. For a timeline of the committee appointment process, see the Committee Appointment timeline.

Committee Appointment Timeline

January 1Beginning of new term for all newly appointed and re-appointed committee members
March 1

Committee Preference form opens

JuneAppointments for Committee Chairs are approved by ACS President-Elect for the Society Committees reporting to Council
July 1Committee Preference form closes
August/SeptemberCommittee on Committees (ConC) makes recommendations for appointments
NovemberAppointments are confirmed by the ACS President-Elect for the Society Committees reporting to Council
DecemberAppointments are confirmed by the ACS President-Eelect and Board Chair for the committees reporting to Board and Council
DecemberAppointment letters are sent out to all newly appointed and re-appointed committee members, associates, and consultants


Committee Roles

Most initial appointments to committees are for non-voting associate positions.  


  • Term: 3-year term, with a maximum of two terms.
  • Role:  Contribute to activities and vote on official committee actions


  • Term:  One year appointment; renewable appointments, depending on committee and available member slots
  • Role:  Learn about the committee and contribute to activities. Associates are not eligible to vote on official committee motions


  • Term: One year appointment or until assignment is complete (generally <5 years).
  • Role:  Provide specialized knowledge, expertise, and/or experience.  Likely to have specific assignment. Consultants are not eligible to vote on official committee motions

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