Get Involved, Stay Involved
Volunteers form the backbone of many ACM initiatives
ACM's core mission is to advance computing as a science and as a profession. The engine that drives this mission comprises people like you who operate at the grass-roots level worldwide to volunteer in diverse ACM-sponsored activities. Whether these activities pertain to our journals, conferences, advocacy efforts, educational initiatives, or policy formulation, we owe nearly everything we accomplish to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Today we have more ways than ever for you to get involved. You can run for elected office, including positions on the ACM Executive Committee, the board of a Special Interest Group, or as chair of a student chapter. You can also serve in a wide variety of positions ranging from Steering Committee Chair of a SIG conference to Information Director of an ACM journal to subject experts for online learning programs.
Take a hand in leading ACM
It’s hard to overemphasize the value of the contributions made by ACM members. This starts at the very top where volunteers comprise the ACM Council — the association’s highest governing authority. Decision makers on this influential panel have a direct and critical impact on ACM’s direction. If you want to work with top leadership to shape the future of the association, you can serve on numerous high-level boards and committees. Take a look at the ACM Boards & Committees.
Lend expertise in your chosen field
No matter where your expertise lies, there’s a good chance that one or more of ACM’s 37 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) focuses on your field. These SIGs offer numerous opportunities to connect with colleagues in meaningful ways. You can run for election as a SIG officer, including Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer or Secretary. In addition, SIGs sponsor 170 annual conferences, workshops, and symposia. Each conference has its own committee with a variety of openings that may suit you — from Conference Chair to Program Chair to Media Relations Chair, and more.
You can also choose to play a key leadership role in ACM journal publications. The positions of Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor are filled by volunteers. EICs are appointed on an ongoing basis as terms expire. If you’d like to ensure the high degree of integrity and authority for which ACM journals are known, you can pursue a position as a reviewer or associate editor and editorial advisory board member.
ACM empowers you to help shape the association’s future with a wide array of opportunities in which to get involved. No matter which you choose, your involvement enables you to remain at your most creative, keep abreast of emerging trends, and take advantage of networking possibilities that can advance your career.
Ok, I'm ready – how do I get involved?
Consider ACM activities that present important and fulfilling opportunities for you to make your mark in almost every facet of the association:
Publications – go to our Publications webpage to find out the latest EIC searches, or visit the journal home page of the journals in your specialty and contact the EIC to offer your time as an associate editor or reviewer.
SIGs & Conferences – contact the leadership of your SIG and explain your desire to get more involved with the SIG or its meetings.
Curriculum Recommendations – go to ACM’s Education webpage to see which curricular recommendations are being developed or reviewed.
Chapters – become an officer of your local Student or Professional chapter; become a faculty sponsor; or organize a Meetup group through ACM Local.