The Membership Committee is a working committee whose members should reflect the diversity of SIAM membership in terms of geography (including international representation), gender, career level, employment sector (including industry), and technical areas. It is recommended that the committee be composed of up to fourteen members including:
- SIAM Vice President-at-Large
- 8-10 SIAM members
- SIAM Membership Manager
- SIAM Executive Director
- Ex officio member: SIAM President
The Vice President at Large is an ex officio member of this committee.
Through the Vice President-at-large, the Membership Committee reports to the SIAM Council.
The SIAM Membership Manager serves as the SIAM staff representative to the committee.
The Chair of the Membership Committee may appoint ad hoc working groups to address any special needs identified by the committee.
SIAM recommends that appointed committee members serve at most two consecutive terms, although exceptions can be made in special circumstances.
The SIAM President, in consultation with the SIAM Secretary, shall make the at-large appointments to this committee. Committee membership should reflect the breadth and diversity of the Society. Committee members should have broad knowledge of the Society and its members.
The responsibilities of the SIAM Membership Committee are to:
- Provide oversight for SIAM membership development plans including recruitment and retention.
- Serve as a conduit of information about membership initiatives.
- Review and provide direction on:
- Membership needs, with consideration of the specific needs of various segments of membership including students, young professionals, international, & industry;
- SIAM’s strategies for membership programs;
- SIAM’s implementation of membership programs;
- Policy and procedures to guide activity groups in addressing the needs of members in specific applications areas within the field; and
- Development of new member types including reciprocal or affiliated memberships.
- Communicate with other committee members to address issues identified by the committee. Communication will mostly be via email. The committee will meet at least annually, most likely in conjunction with the SIAM Annual Meeting.
- Through the Vice President at Large, report annually to the SIAM Council on Membership Committee activities including any recommended actions, and to the SIAM Board, as appropriate.
The Committee shall make recommendations to the Council (which the Council may then carry to the Board) on several issues. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Proposed actions for changes in or additions to new products or services, based upon input from members or member surveys.
- Proposed changes in member benefits.
- Proposals for reciprocity with other societies.
- Proposals that effect membership categories.
In addition, the Committee shall from time to time analyze member data provided by the Membership Manager. Data to be analyzed may include, but is not limited to:
- Member surveys and focus groups.
- Data on membership retention or failure to renew.
- Data on sources of new members.
- Membership trends.
A preliminary analysis may be performed for the Committee by the SIAM staff. It will be the role of the committee to look at the data and its analysis from the perspective of the membership, particularly to see if it warrants any action on the part of the Council or Board.