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Committee Preferences

2021 Committee Preferences

It is time to begin the process of making appointments to ACS Council-related committees for 2020.  If you are interested in serving on an ACS Committee, the online committee preference form for committee assignments will be open from March16-June 5, 2020 at

We’ve attempted to make accessing and using this online system as easy as possible. Therefore, ConC is pleased to announce some new enhancements to the online form that include the ability to deselect your first preference choice, if you’re completing a term; the options to decline service on a committee, indicate your willingness to serve on any committee, and indicate if you are interested on serving on an Elected Committee (ConC, CPC, and N&E); along with an auto-save and session time-out feature. For your convenience, the updated Online User Guide (attached) will walk you through the process.  The preference choices are still the same. 

As you indicate your preferences, please keep in mind the following:

  • Your ACS membership must be in good standing in order to complete your committee preferences.
  • ConC only makes the recommendations for committee appointments and reappointments.  The ACS President and/or Board Chair, both individually and jointly, review the recommendations and make the actual appointments in late fall.
  • ACS committees are working committees; regular attendance and participation at committee and subcommittee meetings (often held at national meetings) are required and most important. Please make a committee preference only if you feel that you can attend and actively participate in a committee’s meetings.  Attached is a listing if all the Council-related Committees and expertise they require for service.
  • Most initial appointments to committees are for non-voting associate positions.  Associates are appointed for one-year terms and must also complete the preference form in order to seek reappointment on the committee in which they currently serve.  Consultants are appointed for a term of one-year and must have a clearly-defined role or project that requires their presence.  Associates and consultants also are not eligible to vote on official committee motions, though they should actively participate in committee debates and subcommittee meetings, and assist the committee in other ways.
  •  Those who are finishing a term or have reached the statutory limit on a committee are especially urged to complete the online form to reaffirm their interest and commitment to service in the Society.
  • You can now list no less than two, but no more than four of the Council-related committees on which you would prefer to serve.  If you are currently serving on a committee, your current committee assignment should be listed, along with the term expiration date, as your first choice.
  • If you would like to be considered for an appointment, ConC requires that you provide specific details/rationale about your qualifications/expertise for that appointment.  This is now a mandatory field, and the system will not allow you proceed unless it is complete.  It is very helpful to the President, Board Chair, ConC, and to the preferred committees to have specific details about your qualifications for appointment.
  • Upon completion of your preferences and qualifications, you will receive a confirmation that will highlight your selections and show that your submissions have been received.  If you do not receive a confirmation, please email
  • We urge you to complete the online selection process as soon as possible, but no later than June 5, 2020.  After that date, the online process will close and you will need to contact the Office of the Secretary to complete your preferences at that time.

You can also use this system to update your Yellow Book contact and biographical information throughout the year (excluding your ACS Local Section and Division Offices, and ACS National Service records).

Although not all can be appointed to committees, I can assure you that you will receive thorough consideration for an assignment.