Committee members should be chosen from members who are interested, informed, and willing to serve. In appointing committees, you should strive for a balance of the total membership between the various schools, teaching levels, and fields of work. If committee activities are properly planned, a large proportion of the members will be on some committee.
Members should be given an opportunity to express their willingness to serve and to indicate their choice of committees. This can be done through the faculty representatives, a questionnaire, or an article in the newsletter.
Finding people to work for the association often seems impossible. Perhaps getting people to commit their time isn't the problem? Some of your members will assist if you can match their schedule and talents to the needs of the association. Do you have any idea about the skills, interests or special talents that your members could use on behalf of the association?
Matching the skills of your membership to the tasks that need to be accomplished is the first step towards success and involvement. Most people will work if they are asked and if they are convinced that they have something to offer.
Give new members a chance to serve on committees. New ideas and fresh perspectives may bring unexpected action. The terms of service on the committee should be staggered to provide continuity, but no one who fails to serve should be retained. Competence should outweigh friendship in determining committee appointments.
Members of the standing committees should be appointed at the last regular meeting of the school year. Thereafter, any vacancies should be filled as they occur. All committee appointments must be approved by the Executive Committee.
Prospective members of committees should:
- Be a person who can stimulate ideas and generate interest by fellow committee members.
- Have special interest or information on the undertaking of the committee.
- Be aware of how the committee's work meshes with the total association program.
- Complement the background and experience of fellow committee members.
- Be able to gather and canvass all information in the area of concern.
- Have time and be willing to commit it to meet the objectives of the committee.