Be an NCSS Leader!
Serve on an NCSS Operations Committee
Operations committees carry out board-mandated operations, duties, and policies, as well as many of the necessary business and organizational functions of NCSS. Operations committees relate their work to Board directives, the long-range plan of NCSS, and the leadership theme of the year set by the Board. They make recommendations to the board and provide advice.
You must be a member of NCSS to serve on a committee, serving on one committee at any time. NCSS is committed to expanding participation of underrepresented groups. Beginning teachers, elementary teachers, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Appointments will be made by the House of Delegates in November and NCSS President-Elect in June for terms that will begin the following July 1.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Attendance is expected at committee meetings occuring during the NCSS Annual Conference. If a member is unable to attend the Annual Conference, advance notice is expected.
Committees also work on tasks between conferences on the Internet and through email.
Appointment and Tenure
Appointments are made in the spring and fall. Three-year terms begin the Summer of 2013.
NCSS members are limited to serving no more than six consecutive years on a committee.
Full and active participation from all levels of education, all ethnic groups, and all geographic areas is encouraged.
Archives Committee [Tim Daly, Staff Liaison]
Ensures that documentation and artifacts relevant to NCSS history are secured in the NCSS archives.
Reviews current archival holdings and makes assessments regarding the needs of the collection, and recommends policies and procedures that would ensure that relevant materials are collected and made accessible.
Conducts sessions at NCSS Annual Conferences and other meetings to help educators in accessing archived materials.
Awards Committee [Ana Post, Staff Liaison]
Establishes guidelines for new and existing NCSS recognition programs and oversees the award selection process.
Works with NCSS staff in coordinating recognition programs.
Selection Subcommittees review nominations and applications for individual awards.
Conference Committee [David Bailor, Staff Liaison]
Advises the NCSS Board of Directors on policies and other matters pertaining to the NCSS Annual Conference, including conference sites, and on matters pertaining to other NCSS conferences.
Advises NCSS regarding endorsement of regional and other social studies conferences.
Government and Public Relations Committee [ Brian Traxler, Chair / Ana Post, Staff Liaison]
Advises the NCSS Board of Directors and staff on matters pertaining to government relations.
Develops strategies and programs to influence public policy, with the goals of promoting social studies and enhancing education for civic competence.
International Visitors' Committee [Ana Post, Staff Liaison]
• Coordinate efforts with the International Assembly, International Activities Community, Convention Planning Committee, and other NCSS units aimed at providing activities and opportunities for international visitors and US social studies educators to network during the annual convention.
• Coordinate efforts aimed at providing a coherent international strand in the annual program in areas of content, curriculum, pedagogy, and professionalism and that highlight contemporary issues that are relevant to social studies educators across the globe.
• In cooperation with NCSS staff create/collect surveys/data that provided the leadership and staff with information that enables the national planning committee to improve on its interactions with international visitors and the international strand that runs through the annual program.
• Coordinate the International Visitor Reception held each year during the NCSS Annual Meeting.
Membership Committee [Cassandra Roberts, Staff Liaison]
Advises the NCSS Board of Directors and staff on matters pertaining to NCSS membership, including policies, processing, and marketing.
Recommends programs and policies to encourage participation of educators from all levels, ethnic groups, and geographic areas.
Publications Committee [Michael Simpson, Staff Liaison]
Advises the NCSS Board of Directors and Director of Publications regarding the NCSS publications program.
Assists the NCSS Director of Publications in identifying reviewers, potential authors, and topics.
Oversees the work of the Social Education Subcommittee.
Social Education Select Subcommittee [Michael Simpson, Staff Liaison]
In conjunction with the editor of Social Education, ensures that the journal effectively meets the needs of the profession and the organizational priorities of NCSS.
Makes recommendations to the Publications Committee regarding the journal.
Provides ongoing assistance to the editors of Social Education.