ACBS Committee Descriptions (mission and chair terms)

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ACBS Committee Descriptions

1. Introduction

a. Committee Composition: Committee members and chairs have to be members in good standing with ACBS. It is recommended that committees be diverse in composition (eg. gender, nationality, etc.).

b. Standing Committees: See list below. (section 3)

c. Ad hoc Committees: An ad hoc committee and its chair may be appointed by the President with the consent of the Board of Directors, for a specific and limited purpose and for a specified term, not to exceed two years. The charge to an ad hoc committee shall specify the Board Member Liaison through whom that committee is to report to the Board.

d. Reporting Responsibilities: All standing and ad hoc committees shall provide an annual report to the Board of Directors for the meeting held during the annual conference. This report shall include, but not be limited to, a statement on activities and projects (including financial statements as needed) for the past year and plans for the upcoming year. Other reporting throughout the year will also be required, but will depend on the committee.

e. Budgets: Committees are entitled to a small budget to allow for conference calling/communication. All committees are also entitled to space at the annual conference for meetings. Other financial needs shall be submitted to the Board Member Liaison for consideration.

2. Committee Chairs

a. Terms: Length of term shall depend upon the committee. By default, the term length shall be three years unless otherwise noted. A term of office of a committee chair shall begin at the next annual meeting following that person’s appointment. They may not serve as chair more than two successive full terms, successive term to be approved by the President.

b. Appointment: A standing committee and its chair may be appointed by the President in consultation with the Board of Directors. The charge to a committee shall specify the Board Member Liaison through whom that committee is to report to the Board.

c. Responsibilities: Committee chairs should serve in their first year as a “Junior” co-chair, for their next two years in the "Senior" co-chair position. Two years into their term they are tasked to find a co-chair (to be officially appointed only with Presidential approval) who is preferably a current member of the committee, to serve one year as “Junior” co-chair and, then succeed the “Senior” co-chair at the end of their term.

Chairs of committees must be members of the Association in good standing.

Unless otherwise specified, committee chairs may select the members of their committee, subject to the approval of the relevant Board Member Liaison (unless specific committee rules allow otherwise).

d. Vacancies: When the chair of a committee becomes vacant, the balance of the term shall be filled by the same procedure as that prescribed for regular appointment of chairs. A chair appointed to a partial term of office of less than two years may serve two successive full terms.

e. Removal: Any appointee may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Board, only following four weeks prior written notice to the appointee and an opportunity to provide a defense before the Board.

3. Standing Committees

a. Conference Strategy Committee: This committee in consultation with the Executive Director shall make decisions regarding broad policies related to ACBS’s Annual Conference. They shall recommend future conference locations, evaluate venue proposals, and choose future conference sites, with final approval reserved by the ACBS Board. They are tasked with thematic determinations, plenary speaker approval, conference structure determination (timing, length, etc.), and other related decisions. They shall invite pre-conference workshops, or create an ad hoc to complete the task. They will act as a resource for conference program chairs, as needed.

b. Program Committee: This committee is responsible for formulating and preparing the program for the annual convention (excluding plenaries and pre-conference workshops), working in close coordination with the Conference Strategic Planning Committee, Committees on Continuing Education, Executive Director or any other committees as necessary. It shall liaise with the Chapters & SIGs Committee for program building. President-Elect nominates the chair of the committee for the year of his/her presidency.

c. CE Committee: This committee shall be responsible for staying abreast of industry guidelines on Continuing Education and evaluating ACBS and co-sponsor training events for suitability and approval. This committee does not follow the typical ACBS committee system and has no chair and no rotation guidelines at present.

d. Membership Committee: This committee shall be responsible for recruiting new professional, student, and affiliate members, retaining current members, and facilitating transition from student to professional membership. The committee is charged with establishing and sustaining long-term membership options, evaluating the needs of members and their satisfaction, and liaising with Diversity and Chapter & SIGs committees.

e. Training Committee: This committee shall support the development, evaluation, and availability of high-quality CBS training (e.g. ACT, applied RFT), and do so in a manner consistent with statements of the ACBS community’s values as described in the Trainers’ Agreement. Here, “high quality” means training that creates conditions that establish higher levels of psychological flexibility through empirically supported processes, and that increases the trainees’ ability to apply CBS. Toward that mission, one standing duty of this committee is to oversee and coordinate the peer-review process for being listed as a recognized ACT trainer on the ACBS website.

f. Committee on Diversity: This committee shall develop strategies to promote diversity within the association, as well as to disseminate Contextual Behavioral Science to diverse populations. This committee is charged with considering diversity at all levels of ACBS. For example, this committee shall serve to support diversity with regard to both basic and applied science, as well as to promote conventional demographic diversity.

g. Communications and Publications Committee: This committee is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the communications media of ACBS. These media include, but are not limited to, association-sponsored journals, websites, newsletters, listservs, and social media. This committee will also oversee marketing efforts through communications channels designed to increase awareness of and membership in ACBS. This committee will develop and maintain a strategic plan to maximize synergy and impact of these communications methods.

The committee, through its chair, shall provide an annual report to the Board of Directors for the meeting held during the annual conference. This report shall include, but not be limited to, a full financial statement on all publications and projects and a projected budget for the succeeding year. At least one of the editors of each association journal shall serve as a member of this committee.

• Publications Subcommittee - This subcommittee is responsible for ensuring coordination between association journals, newsletters, and other publications, as well as generating content for newsletters and other internal publications.

• Social Media Subcommittee - This subcommittee is responsible for internal and external communications via social media vehicles. This includes developing content for current and future listservs, social networking functions (e.g., facebook, twitter), and blogs.

• Website Subcommittee - This subcommittee is responsible for developing content for and managing the ACBS website.

• Chapters and SIG Committee: This committee shall be responsible for advising and supporting chapters and special interest groups (SIGs). The committee facilitates the creation and continuation of chapters and SIGs, liaises chapters, SIGs, and the board, and promotes collaborations among chapters & SIGs.

The committee will promote and encourage the values of the main association to ensure the activities of the chapters and SIG to be compatible with the overarching goals and philosophy of ACBS. The committee shall be responsible for reviewing annual reports submitted by the chapters and SIGs, and promoting connections with ACBS international.

h. Research Committee:
This committee shall facilitate research activities within the ACBS and promote the scientific values held by the organization. The Research Committee shall serve as a liaison between ACBS and agencies that set the agenda and/or provide funding for activities relevant to our mission and ACBS values. The committee also aims to develop resources for those who conduct research in contextual behavioral principles and practices. Furthermore, the committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors suggestions or actions regarding research issues that may promote ACBS science. These may include but are not limited to:
• Identifying needs of researchers
• Providing opportunities for research training
• Identify priority research areas
• Helping members to develop research network collaborations
• Administering research grants, which include 1) writing call for grants, 2) evaluating applications, 3) arranging the assessment of grant applications.

i. Past Presidents Committee: This committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the ACBS Board based on need or request. The former presidents of ACBS may contribute their experience and knowledge for the institutional memory and betterment of the Association. The Past Presidents Committee shall nominate candidates for appropriate awards and recognition (fellows) to the Board of Directors. The Board of directors will approve the nomination for the award(s) or recognition by 2/3 vote.
• Awards Committee: Committee constituency – past presidents. The committee shall develop and administer a cohesive awards and recognition program and nominate candidates for appropriate awards and recognition to the Board of Directors.
• Publications Board: The publication board will provide independent oversight of the journal. The purpose of this board is to make the editor and editorial staff accountable to the society. It is designed to prevent JCBS from moving in an ACBS inconsistent direction (e.g., a rogue editor that goes against the spirit of ACBS). The board will have other purposes. It would review the content of the publications (e.g., are the publications consistent with the ACBS vision). It should also review the journal finances. Finally, it should review the editors report, which will describe the journal’s performance (e.g., speed of manuscript flow, numbers of publication, citation rates), and future plans (e.g., anticipated special issues, content areas and directions) The publication board will be made up of past presidents, who will have the experience, perspective, and standing to review and potentially overrule the editor. This board should meet before the major board meeting. It will review the report from the editor, interview the editor, and then make a confidential report to the board. The board will then act on this information. In the case of a journal crisis (e.g., the editor suddenly quits), the board can hold an ad-hoc meeting , review the situation, and formulate a recommendation to the board. The board will also have the power to ask the group to meet to make a recommendation.

j. Developing Nations Committee: The purpose of the committee is to evaluate and support the dissemination of CBS in developing nations (DN). This will include 1) developing strategies to raise money, 2) addressing needs of DN in research and applied training, 3) promoting distance training, 4) distributing funding, and 5) facilitating links between trainers and DN.

l. Finance Committee: xxx in progress

4. Ad Hoc Committees

a. Training Task Force:

b. Student Committee: It's function is to assess student members' needs and interests, with a focus on training and professional development opportunities within ACBS.