There are many leadership opportunities in the Commission and Interest Group (C/IG) Division with varying roles, responsibilities, and time commitments.
Getting Started: Specific C/IG Steering Committee
The requirements for eligibility to become a Commission or Interest Group Chair are minimal and include one year of membership in the specific Commission or Interest Group prior to starting a term. However, demonstrating your commitment is important for election or appointment, and the best way to do so is serving on a specific C/IG steering committee. Each Commission is required to have a steering committee, while it is encouraged for Interest Groups. The steering committee is an excellent way to understand current goals and projects, the purposes of the C/IG, and the role of the Chair. Other ways to get involved include reviewing annual conference proposals and active discussion on the C/IG listserv and/or social media.
Commission/Interest Group Chair
Commission Chairs are elected by the members of that specific Commission. Your platform statement is an opportunity to highlight your commitment and what ideas you would like to pursue should you be elected as Commission chair. For Interest Groups, the existing Chair recommends appointments to the CIG Division Representatives. After election or appointment, the Division Representatives provide a series of training opportunities during the summer prior the beginning of the new chair's term in order to acclimate you to your role and responsibilities.
CIGD Steering Committee
After completing their term, Commission and Interest Group Chairs are eligible to apply for two-year appointments to the CIGD Steering Committee and serve as mentors over a Cluster of several C/IG’s. The CIGD Steering committee also works on division-wide goals set by the Division Representatives. The Division Representatives and Executive Office Liaison perform a blind review process of all applicants. Those appointed have demonstrated fulfilling all expectations and meeting deadlines of their Chair role, significantly contributed to their C/IG as Chair, and show interest and understanding of the CIGD Steering Committee role.
CIG Division Representatives
The Division Representatives are either in an elected or appointed role for two years and additionally serve on the NACADA Council during that term. Only those who have completed a Commission Chair term are eligible to apply for appointment (similar to the CIGD Steering Committee appointment process thoguht the division representative is appointed by the incoming NCAADApresident) or run for election (voted by C/IG Chairs). They lead the CIGD Steering Committee, work towards goals that improve processes, policies, and structure of the overall Division, and ensure Chairs complete their responsibilities.