Colloid & Surface Chemistry


Seeking Candidates for the 2017 ACS COLL Division Elections

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Members of the ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry Division,

Every year the Division holds elections for open officer positions, typically sometime between September – November. This year the division is seeking candidates for a number of open officer positions in the Division. Being an officer is a great way of getting more involved in the Division and having an impact on the many activities that the Division is involved with and sponsors. We are an active and vibrant division of more than 2,400 members, and we are always looking to engage new people to participate in leading the Division.

The COLL Division is particularly interested in expanding the participation in leadership activities by members of underrepresented groups, as well as by industrial and international members.

Please consider running for one of the positions described below and encouraging others to run. For more details please contact past-chair Dan Schwartz ( If you are interested please contact Dan before the Fall ACS meeting in DC (August 20th -24th).

Positions that are up for election in 2017 include:

Vice-Chair: Elected to four-year sequence that includes one year each as Vice-Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair. Each of these has various responsibilities, but the year as Chair is most important, when the person is responsible for various division initiatives and decisions.

Councilor: This is a three-year term as COLL Division representative to the ACS decision-making body. Includes membership in an ACS Council committee.

Alternate Councilors (2 positions): Three-year term for people to attend ACS council meetings as voting members if regular councilors cannot attend.

Member-at-large: Three-year term as a member of the COLL Division executive committee. Members-at-large participate in all Executive Committee meetings, and decision-making and advisory functions. Each MAL is also generally given an ad hoc responsibility in consultation with the Division Chair.

Membership Secretary: One-year term for an Executive Committee member who is responsible for tracking division membership, interacting with the ACS membership office, and developing/implementing strategies to improve membership numbers and diversity.

Program Chair: One-year term for an Executive Committee member who oversees symposium organization at national ACS meetings.

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