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Play a vital role in the direction of ACES: The Society for Editing by participating in an ACES committee. 

Committees and leaders play an integral role in the successful functioning of ACES. It is through committees that much of the work of the organization takes place — from outreach to members to planning educational events to professional development and much more. 

The Board of Directors establishes and oversees committees. It depends on committee leadership and members to brainstorm opportunities and complete vital tasks that help make ACES impactful and valuable for its members. All share a common goal — to perform the highest quality work possible.

The ACES committee structure was reorganized in 2022. Committees are currently chaired by Board members while the committees get underway. In the future, ACES members will serve as chairs and Board members will serve in an advisory capacity. 


ACES Committees

Communications and Publications Committee

Lauren Filippini, Chair

The Communications and Publications committee’s goals are to increase member engagement across all communications platforms, identify relevant content for members, and help drive communication strategy.

Objectives:

  • Social media planning
  • Twitter chats: work with the staff to identify relevant topics and guests.
  • Keeping a pulse on industry knowledge and trends that could be shared with members.
  • Keeping ACES’ mission statement in mind when considering communications and content strategy.
  • Assisting with ACES publications, including newsletter, Tracking Changes, and ACES Articles.
  • Strategy

Roles:

The Communications and Publications chair will lead the group and ultimately be responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives and inform the staff throughout the process in a timely manner. The committee works in partnership with the Communications and Marketing Manager and operates in accordance with all ACES policies.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term. Members will assist with the subcommittee's goals and objectives.

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Training Committee

Heather Saunders, Chair

Online Training Subcommittee: Crystal Shelley, Chair
In-person Training Subcommittee: David Yontz and Constance Brossa, co-chairs

Training Committee:

The Training committee promotes the continuing education and professional development of ACES members. The committee focuses on outreach that supports opportunities to engage members with a diverse set of professional groups for both technical and personal growth within the industry.

The following subcommittees shall fall under the Training committee, unless otherwise noted:

Online Training Subcommittee

The Online Training Subcommittee promotes the online continuing education and professional development of ACES’ members within all ACES online platforms including, but not limited to, the ACES Academy webcast library, partnered programs with The Poynter Institute, and any other partnership or platform approved by ACES. The subcommittee works in partnership with the Events and Professional Development Manager and operates in accordance with all ACES policies.

Objectives:

  • Augment the breadth and depth of topics offered on ACES Academy monthly webcasts.
  • Design an organizational system to categorize the current ACES Academy webcast library contents and improve searchability.
  • Review all potential ACES Academy webcast submissions and recommend submissions for acceptance.
  • Review the current LMS system experience for online learners and recommend prioritized improvements for ACES to consider when contracting with a new LMS provider.
  • Submit suggested copy for the launch of any new ACES online learning initiative.
  • Complete outreach to identify and approach new presenters for the various online learning platforms, except for conferences.

Roles:

Subcommittee chair leads the group and is ultimately responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives, and will update the Events and Professional Development Manager throughout the process in a timely manner.

Members will work with the subcommittee chair and will meet as needed according to the objective and timeline at hand. All members will keep all committee activities confidential and serve a two-year term.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term. Members will assist with the subcommittee's goals and objectives.

In-person Training subcommittee

The In-person Training subcommittee promotes the in-person continuing education and professional development of ACES’ members including, but not limited to, ACES boot camps, cohort training, pre-conference sessions, and any other in-person training opportunity that may arise within ACES or with an approved partner of ACES. The subcommittee works in partnership with the Events and Professional Development Manager and operates in accordance with all ACES policies.

Objectives:

  • Design a sustainable boot camp model and help with rollout to ACES membership base.
  • Recruit talent to host workshops for boot camps that will serve various levels of editing skills and offer relevant and key topics of interest to ACES membership base.
  • Review all potential ACES boot camp session submissions and recommend submissions for acceptance.
  • Submit suggested copy for initial introduction of boot camps to ACES membership base to be used by ACES staff in marketing efforts.
  • Review copy for each boot camp release to maximize impact of the marketing message.
  • Design surveys to be administered to boot camp attendees and evaluate responses, recommending any revisions or actions to be taken.

Roles:

Subcommittee chair will lead the group, will ultimately be responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives, and will update the Events and Professional Development Manager throughout the process in a timely manner.

Members will work with the subcommittee chair and will meet as needed according to the objective and timeline at hand. All members will keep all committee activities confidential and serve a two-year term.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term.

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Membership Committee

Alysha Love, Chair

The Membership committee cooperates with the ACES Executive Director, staff, and the Board to provide advice and counsel on matters of membership recruitment and retention.

Objectives:

  • Identify the needs of members and recommend the development of services to meet those needs.
  • Recommend means for increasing ACES membership base and retaining membership.
  • Keep membership informed of relevant, helpful, and pertinent information.
  • Recommend to the ACES Executive Director, Board, other ACES committees, and related associations ways in which to make prospective and current members aware of the resources, services, and membership benefits of ACES.
  • Conduct welcoming activities throughout the year.
  • Assess membership benefits and value of membership annually.
  • Annually review membership dues in alignment with the budget.
  • Identify nonmember needs and perceptions.
  • Gather information on and analyze nonmembers’ needs and perceptions of ACES recommending ways in which to meet these needs to attract nonmembers to join ACES.

Roles:

The Membership chair will lead the group, will ultimately be responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives, and will update the Executive Director throughout the process in a timely manner. The chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the chair of the Advocacy Advisory Committee will serve as members of the Membership committee.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term. Members will assist with the committees’ goals and objectives. All members agree to work within the requested software platform and keep the data protected.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Sharyn L. Flanagan and Erin Servais, Co-chairs

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) advisory committee’s functions are to advise ACES leadership on DEI matters in association strategy and programming and to serve as the voice of the ACES membership in DEI matters. Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term.

Objectives:

  • Provide guidance to ensure that ACES offers education, resources, and programs that integrate considerations of relevant cultural needs, preferences, and issues.
  • Communicate current information about diversity, equity, and inclusion from a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints to leadership to inform conversations among the board and the membership.
  • Advise the Board on an ongoing strategy for addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion for the membership and the editing industry.

Roles:

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee chair will lead the group, will ultimately be responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives, and will update the Executive Director throughout the process in a timely manner.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term. Members will assist with the committees’ goals and objectives. All members agree to work within the requested software platform and keep the data protected.

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Advocacy Advisory Committee

Mark Allen, Chair

The Advocacy Advisory Committee advises ACES leadership and other committees on how to support editors and the field of editing. Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term.

Objectives:

  • Provide guidance and thought leadership to tout and support editors and the editing industry via ACES communication channels and possibly other means to ACES members and beyond, such as to businesses that could benefit from editing.
  • Communicate current research, information, thought leadership, and news on editing to ACES leadership and any other committees where it can be useful.
  • Advise on how such information can and should be shared with members.
  • Provide support and guidance on research ACES can undertake to support editors and the field of editing, and how to communicate results from that research to ACES members and beyond.

Roles:

The Advocacy Advisory Committee chair will lead the group, will ultimately be responsible for the group’s adherence to timelines and objectives, and will update the Executive Director throughout the process in a timely manner.

Responsibilities:

Members will adhere to the ACES committee bylaws and remain in good standing for the duration of their term. Members will assist with the committees’ goals and objectives. All members agree to work within the requested software platform and keep the data protected.

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Awards Committee

Neil Holdway and Dilane Mitchell, Co-chairs

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