Conference Program Committee

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Mi​ssion &​​ Purpose

The Conference Program Committee (CPC) is responsible for reviewing and selecting the education sessions for the annual American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce). The CPC is representative of the AIHA membership and the AIHce audience and brings the subject matter expertise and the perspective of the conference attendee to the deliberations over which session proposals to choose. The CPC is responsible for ensuring the highest quality content and speakers. Their input is critical to building a dynamic education program and they help ensure that AIHce provides OEHS professionals with the scientific and practical information they need to help them enhance the health and well-being of workers and the community. 

Goal 1:  D​evelop an innovative program for AIHce that meets the educational needs of the profession.

  • Ensure that AIHce education is of hig​h quality and addresses current issues of OEHS professionals to enhance attainment and retention of technical competence

  • Develop the conference education program by peer review of submitted session proposals based upon established review criteria
  • Provide feedback on the non-technical program, schedule and events

Goal 2:  Provid​e long-range planning for continuous improvement of the technical quality of AIHce.

  • Offer assistance and guid​ance as needed to presenters and other session personnel

  • Identify feedback mechanisms for continuous improvement of AIHce such as conference evaluations and session audits
  • Incorporate recommended initiatives, strategies, outcomes, and guidance for AIHce
  • Maintain open lines of communication and transparency with AIHA technical committees and members


Compos​ition

The CPC is comprised of 14 individuals representing a cross-section of OEHS practice. Committee members are selected to ensure a balance of 

  • Industry sectors (e.g., c​orporate, academia, consulting, government/ military)

  • Early, mid, and late-career professionals
  • Geographic regions
  • Areas of specialty, and other factors to create as diverse a committee as is reasonably possible

Each CPC member serves a term of three years. Terms are staggered to assure that one third of the Committee members are new each year. A member’s term ends at the CPC meeting at AIHce in their final year. 

As members cycle off the Committee, a call for new CPC members is published. Applications are received and reviewed by key AIHA staff members. Selections are based upon the number of open positions and the representation needed to balance the existing Committee.  


Qualifica​tions

To serve on the CPC, an individual should be a current member in good standing of either AIHA and have served on at least one technical committee, local section, or volunteer group in their professional society. 

Those interested in being considered must complete and submit a CPC application. Any potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed, such as service on a related or similar committee or volunteer group with another OEHS organization. Selection to serve on the CPC is individual, is not assigned to an organization, and is non-transferrable.


Attribut​es

A well-balanced, cross-representative group of volunteers is vital to the strength of the CPC and to shaping the educational content for AIHce. Toward that end, the following attributes are considered when CPC representatives are selected. 

1. Demonstration of leadership skills and the ability to be thoughtful, deliberative and decisive.

​2. Ability to

a. work collaboratively in a group setting 

​b. professionally handle differences of opinion with peers
​​c. speak with “one voice,” supporting decisions once they have been made 

3. Ability to represent the profession as whole, not just one practice area or specialty 

​4. Proven ability to think long-term strategically as well as short-term tactically
​​5. Ability to screen submissions in a fair, consistent, defensible, and transparent manner
​​6. Ability to meet deadlines in a short period of time, especially in the Fall (September-December)
​​7. Experience as a volunteer in AIHA or other organizations


CPC Member Expectations & Timeline

  • Three-year commitment with ​high availability in the Fall (September through December)

  • Adhere to review timeline (provided each year)
  • Over a two-week period in September/ October, complete online peer review and rating of 100+ session proposals and be available for 4-hour review call and a 2-hour selection call in mid to late October
  • Over two-week period in March, complete online peer review and rating of 75+ student poster proposals and be available for a 1-hour call in mid to late March
  • Attend conference calls as required
  • Attend one in-person meeting each year: conference debrief meeting and luncheon at AIHce in the Spring​

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