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NCSS Committees

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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. 

Online Committee Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Appointments are made by the House of Delegates in during the Annual Conference and by the NCSS President-Elect in June for terms that begin the following July 1.


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. 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.

Operations Committees

Archives Committee 

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

  • 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.

FASSE (Fund for the Advancement of Social Studies Education) Board

The FASSE Governing Board administers the FASSE awards/grants and the fund that supports them.

Government Relations and Public Relations Committee

  • 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 

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.
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