Tips on Nominating Yourself for a Committee or Editorial Board ASA Past President Jerry Cohen, M.D.
When I was an ASA director, my component members would ask me how to apply for ASA committee membership. This is what I told them about writing an effective application:
Look over the list of committees and editorial boards. If you are already on a committee, chances are you have a good idea of what to do to reapply. If you have never served on a committee, look for a committee that would be fortunate to have you.
Match your strengths and experiences to that committee's mission. You can learn more about this by reading the committee missions in the ASA Administrative Procedures and the reports of the committee in the House of Delegates Handbook. They are accessible on the members section of the ASA website.
If you are not convinced that your membership on a particular committee would make it stronger, keep looking until you find one that has a mission you will excel at advancing.
Request the advice of your colleagues. Ask them to fill out a colleague-nomination form and support your application with clear details about how you will be a valuable member of your committee of choice. Include your component director and president or others who know your work, prior contributions and potential for leadership in the future.
Remember to fill out a self-nomination form even when being nominated by others.
Not everyone qualified can be appointed in any one year. There are only so many places. So if you are not selected, please try again. It took me several tries to get my first committee appointment. Committee members are the grassroots from which our ASA leaders come. We value them deeply.