The mission of the Society Committee on Education (SOCED) is to support the development and implementation of programs that bring the wonder, excitement, opportunities and challenges of modern chemical science to students of all ages, in order to:
- improve science literacy and, in particular, heighten the interest of students in chemistry;
- recruit students into the chemical sciences and retain them as contributors; and
- strengthen the science education infrastructure to meet the changing needs of the science community.
SOCED’s responsibilities include:
- Implementing ACS policies in chemical education
- Developing reports and recommendations for the ACS Board and Council on ACS policies and programs related to chemical education
- Receiving, reviewing, and making recommendations to the Board and Council on proposals for policies and programs in chemical education
- Acting in an advisory capacity on matters relating to chemical education
- Recommending approval or disapproval of requests for the funding of new or unbudgeted items related to chemical education
- Drafting statements for ACS Board approval on the annual budgets for both the National Science Foundation's education programs and the U.S. Department of Education
How is SOCED organized?
SOCED consists of 15 members, 10 of whom must be ACS councilors. There are usually an additional 10 associates. One or two consultants may also be appointed. The Committee Chair, who must be an ACS councilor, is appointed each year by the ACS President and Board Chair. The SOCED Chair may serve no more than three years in this capacity. SOCED members may serve up to nine years.
When and where does SOCED meet?
The Committee meets at both the spring and fall ACS national meeting, in subcommittee on the Thursday prior to the meeting, and in executive session Friday before the meeting. The SOCED open meeting is usually held on Monday afternoon. Various subcommittees and task forces of SOCED meet throughout the year. The SOCED Chair reports to the ACS Board of Directors at each Board meeting (four times a year), and to the ACS Council at each ACS national meeting.
SOCED holds invitational conferences on issues of concern to the chemistry education community and to the ACS to help carry out its mandate. Participants in these conferences represent the highest levels of expertise on a given topic and help develop informed recommendations for the Society's Board of Directors. Previous SOCED conferences have led to the formulation of new policies and programs in chemical education within the ACS and have influenced the actions of individuals, other professional and scientific societies, government, and academic institutions.