American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Leaders Wanted!

Your AAFCS membership is as powerful as you want it to be. Each day, our members make an impact on the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. And as your professional association, we want to help you accomplish even more, both personally and professionally.

Your involvement is what makes AAFCS a leader in the FCS field. Go for it—get involved! Check out the opportunities, below:

 

  Volunteer Opportunity   Summary   Time Commitment   More Details and Sign Up   Deadlines  
                     
  Board of Directors   The AAFCS Board of Directors acts as the legal representative of the Association, sets association policy, and provides leadership for and manages the affairs and funds of the Association.   Please visit the members-only web portal to view the AAFCS Policies & Procedures Manual for a summary of individual Board roles, terms and responsibilities.   Contact AAFCS at staff@aafcs.org for nomination and election information.   Contact staff@aafcs.org  
                     
  Affiliate Leadership   AAFCS affiliates are the groundwork of the Association. Active leadership in your affiliate will ensure AAFCS remains a leader in the FCS field.   Affiliates may have single year or multi-year terms, depending upon the office and affiliate.   Visit the affiliate directory to contact your affiliate leader today and find out what the needs are in your state.   Most affiliate offices begin June 1; contact your affiliate to verify procedures.  
                     
  National Committees   Committees are vital to the Association; in cooperation with staff and the BOD, committees interpret Association programs and requirements in keeping with the Association mission, goals and objectives, and recommend needed adjustments, and work to maintain quality in the level of operations and Association activities and explore ways to expand services and products to members.   Three-year term of service; monthly conference calls, and meeting at Annual Conference; attendance is encouraged at the Annual Conference immediately prior to beginning a term and at the Annual Conference during tenure on a committee.  

Application for committee service is linked here. Committees are listed below:

Awards & Recognition
Bylaws and Policies and Procedures
Communities Coordinating Team
Development Committee
Ethics Committee
Finance Committee
Membership Committee
Nominating Committee

 

  Applications are due in March.  
                     
  Student Unit   The National Student Unit officer team promotes the professional development of members who are students of family and consumer sciences or related fields through regular communications on association programs geared to students, and planning Annual Conference activities and the annual Student Unit service project.   Officer terms are one year in length. Monthly conference calls are typical. Officers shall attend and participate in the Annual Conference & Expo during the year of election and the year their office ends.   Please visit the Students webpage to view the Student Unit handbook, which details available officer positions. Email the Student Unit chair or an advisor for more information.   Officer applications are typically due in March.  
                     
  Advocacy Work   Our members are the FCS profession’s best advocates! Learn how to reach your administrators and view other opportunities like the “Taking It to the Streets” Campaign.   Various. Please check the Advocacy section of the website for additional information.   Advocacy website; also join the Community of Public Awareness and/or apply for the national Public Policy Committee.   Please check the Advocacy section of the website.  
                     
  Journal Author/Reviewer   Write an article for the JFCS or the FCSRJ or apply to review articles.       Visit the journal pages in the Resources section of the website.   Please check the journal pages in the Resources section of the website.  
                     
  Award, Grant, Fellowship, Scholarship Juror   Judge grant, fellowship, and scholarship applications and award nominations to help choose those who will be honored for their accomplishments.   Judging usually takes place in February and March.   Contact awardschair@aafcs.org for more information or to sign up.   Jurors are chosen by January of each year, but new volunteers are always welcome.  
                     
  Educational Session Reviewer   Review educational session proposals for the AAFCS Annual Conference.   Reviews usually take place for four weeks in October and November.   Contact conferencechair@aafcs.org for more information or to sign up.   Reviewers are chosen by September of each year, but new volunteers are always welcome.  
                     
  Member Communities   Help connect FCS students and professionals to share knowledge, research, and experience.   Regular participation in an AAFCS online community. Generate discussions, update content, etc.   Email cct@aafcs.org or visit www.aafcs.org/membeship/communities to learn more.   Ongoing.