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What Is It Like to Serve on an AACTE Programmatic Advisory Committee?

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It is the time of year when AACTE puts out a call for nominations to its programmatic advisory committees. These committees serve the association by providing expert member advice on a wide range of topics related to AACTE’s programs and services. Whatever your professional interests, there is likely a committee that would benefit from your participation.

Have you thought about nominating yourself, but wondered whether serving on one of these committees would be right for you? I can assure you that serving on a programmatic advisory committee is enjoyable, rewarding, and a great professional networking and learning experience. By serving on a committee, you will:

  • Ensure that AACTE’s programs and services meet your needs and the needs of your colleagues and institution
  • Broaden your professional network to include colleagues from a wide range of institutions around the country
  • Deepen your understanding of educator preparation
  • Have fun interacting with smart and committed AACTE members and staff

The work of the committees varies, from determining the theme for the Annual Meeting, to evaluating nominations for AACTE awards, to identifying ways that AACTE can strengthen its membership. Committees typically meet virtually, with one face-to-face meeting at the AACTE Annual Meeting. Visit the AACTE web site to see a description of the eight current committees. If you have a question about a particular committee, feel free to reach out to the committee’s staff liaison or chair. 

Nominations are due May 14 and the AACTE Board of Directors will make appointments to the committees in the fall. New committee members take office on March 1, 2022 and serve for three years. To submit a nomination, visit www.aacte.org and click on “Call for Nominations.” Nominees must be from institutions that are current AACTE members.

Shandra M. Claiborne-Payton is currently chair of the AACTE Committee on Membership Development and Capacity Building.


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