Committees

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Award Committees
Paper Awards Committee, Claude E. Shannon Award Selection Committee, Aaron D. Wyner Award Selection Committee, James L. Massey Research and Teaching Award for Young Scholars Selection Committee, Thomas M. Dissertation Award Committee
Conference Committee
The Conference Committee shall consist of the Society Conference Committee Chair, who shall serve as an ex-officio voting Board member, the Society Treasurer, the President and 1st Vice-President as ex-officio members, and at least two additional members. The Conference Committee Chair shall be appointed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee, with approval of the Board. In turn, the Conference Committee Chair will appoint at least two additional members, also with approval of the Board. Typically the chair and members of the Committee will serve for three years, with members serving in staggered terms. While the Board retains responsibility for deciding on major policy issues and approving specific Symposium and Workshop proposals, the Conference Committee shall be responsible for providing oversight of technical meetings on behalf of the Board, including (i) making recommendations to the Board regarding Society sponsorship of proposed technical meetings, (ii) monitoring forthcoming technical meeting proposals, soliciting new proposals, and coordinating organizing teams as needed, (iii) maintaining helpful guidelines and suggestions for the preparation of proposals, for conducting Workshops and Symposia, and for preparing final reports, and (iv) ensuring that Board-approved policies governing technical meetings are properly followed by the organizers.
Constitution and Bylaws Committee
The Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall consist of the two most recent past Presidents of the Board. The senior past President shall be the chairperson of the Committee. This Committee is charged with preparing suitable revisions to keep the Constitution and Bylaws up to date and with insuring that the Board is made aware of those sections of these documents pertinent to proposed actions.
Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee shall consist of a Chair, the Junior Past-President as an ex-officio member, and at least four additional members. The Chair shall be appointed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee with the approval of the Board. In turn, the Chair will appoint at least four additional members, also with approval of the Board. Typically the Chair and members of the Committee will serve for three years, with members serving in staggered terms. The Committee is responsible for creating and executing an ongoing diversity and inclusion strategy, presenting progress, plans, data, and metrics annually to the Board. Diversity and inclusion will include, but are not limited to, the issues of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, seniority, or other personal characteristics not related to ability, performance, or qualications. The Committee is charged with ensuring that Information Theory Society events and processes are inclusive, welcoming and safe for everyone in the eld of information theory and with developing and overseeing codes of conduct and best practices for all Society activities, including conferences, schools, and committees.
External Nominations Committee
The External Nominations Committee shall consist of the External Nominations Committee Chair, the Society President and three additional members. The Chair and other members are appointed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee. Typically the chair and members of the Committee will serve for two years, with members serving in staggered terms. The Committee will be responsible for the solicitation, processing and submission on behalf of the Society of nominations for appropriate IEEE awards and, as applicable, for awards outside of the IEEE.
Fellows Evaluation Committee
The Fellows Evaluation Committee shall consist of a Chair and at least six additional members, all of whom must be IEEE Fellows, hold membership in the Society, and represent all its major technical areas. The Chair shall be appointed by the Board upon recommendation by the President by October 1st of the previous year. The remaining members shall be appointed by the Nominations and Appointments committee by December 31st. The term of office of the Chair shall be three years. Typically members of the committee will serve for three years, with staggered terms. No person shall serve as a member of the Fellows Evaluation Committee for more than five consecutive years, regardless of position held.  The Committee shall be responsible for providing the IEEE Fellow Committee with the Society evaluation of nominations to Fellow grade.  
Information Theory Magazine Steering Committee
Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory (JSAIT) Steering Committee
The Steering Committee of the Journal shall consist of four members, serving in staggered non-renewable four-year terms. Appointments to the Steering Committee shall be made by the Nominations and Appointments Committee in consultation with the current Steering Committee members. The Chair of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by Steering Committee members and must have served for at least one year as a committee member prior to being appointed Chair. In the event that the Steering Committee is unable to select a Chair, the Chair shall be selected by the Publications Committee.  The term of office of the Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be three years. At least six months prior to the end of a term of office, the Society shall issue an open call for a new Journal Editor-in-Chief. The Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be nominated by the Steering Committee of the Journal and appointed by the Board. The outgoing Journal Editor-in-Chief is not eligible for immediate re appointment as Journal Editor-in-Chief. The Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be a voting member of the Board. Journal Senior Editors are appointed by the Journal Editor-in-Chief, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee of the Journal.
Membership Committee
The Membership Committee shall consist of the 2nd Vice-President of the Society, who shall serve as Chair, the Chair of the Student and Outreach Activities Subcommittee, the Chair of the Schools Subcommittee, a Chapters Liaison, and a WIThITS (Women in the Information Theory Society) Liaison. The Chapters Liaison will be appointed by the 2nd Vice-President in consultation with the Nominations and Appointments Committee, and with the approval of the Board. The WIThITS Liaison shall be appointed by the 2nd Vice-President in consultation with WIThITS and with the approval of the Board. Typically members of the committee will serve a two-year term. The Subcommittees of the Membership Committee shall include: Student and Outreach Subcommittee, Schools Subcommittee. In addition to the activities of the Subcommittees, the Membership Committee shall be responsible for maintaining up to date membership records. It shall respond to membership inquiries and shall periodically ascertain the opinions of the membership with regard to Society policies and activities. The Membership Committee shall recommend measures for disseminating information about the Society and for encouraging interest in Society activities among prospective members. Under the leadership of the Chapter Liaison, the Membership Committee shall be responsible for maintaining a roster of Chapter officers, and a summary of current Chapter activities. The Committee will also decide on the Chapter of the Year Award, The Membership Committee is also responsible for the operation of the Society's Distinguished Lecture Program, and for selection of the Society's Distinguished Lecturers, Padovani Lecturers and Goldsmith Lecturers.  
Nominations and Appointments Committee
The Chair of the Nominations and Appointments Committee shall be the Senior Past President of the Board. In the event of the incapacity or conflict of interest of the Chair, the most recent Past Chair of the N&A Committee available shall be the Chair of the N&A Committee. (With extenuating circumstances, a different individual may be appointed by the President to this position.) The Junior Past President shall also be a member, and the Board shall elect three additional members with staggered three year terms to the Committee, at least one of whom shall be a past president. Each year one new member shall be elected to replace the member whose term is expiring. A member of the N&A Committee may be nominated and may run for a position for which the N&A Committee makes nominations only if (i) the member resigns from the N&A Committee prior to its first meeting of the year in which the nomination shall be made and (ii) the nomination is made by a member of the N&A Committee whose term did not overlap with that of the nominee. The Chair shall not be eligible to be elected to the Board during their term of service.
Online Committee
The Online Committee shall consist of the Society Online Committee Chair, the Society President and 1st Vice-President and any additional members appointed by the Online Committee Chair. The Online Committee Chair shall be appointed by the Nominations and Appointments Committee, with approval of the Board. Typically the Chair and members of the Committee will serve for three years. While the Board retains responsibility for deciding on major policy issues and approving major initiatives, the Committee shall be responsible for (i) making recommendations to the Board on issues related to the Society's online presence, and (ii) providing oversight and management thereof.  
Publications Committee
The Publications Committee shall consist of the Senior Past-President, who will serve as Chair and Vice-President of Publications, the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory (the Transactions), the Executive Editor of the Transactions, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Selected Areas in Information Theory (the Journal), the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Journal, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter. The Committee shall advise the Board on the overall publications policies for the Society and shall serve, as needed, in an advisory capacity to the editors of Society publications on matters of policy that transcend individual publications. Subsection A) Transactions Editors: The term of office of the Transactions Editor-in-Chief and the Transactions Executive Editor shall be eighteen months. At the end of a term of office, the Transactions Executive Editor shall assume the office of the Transactions Editor-in-Chief. Following an open call issued by the Society at least six months prior to the end of a term of office, a new Transactions Executive Editor shall be nominated by the Nominations and Appointments Committee in consultation with the present Transactions Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor. The nominee shall be appointed with approval of the Board. The outgoing Transactions Editor-in-Chief is not eligible for immediate reappointment as Transactions Executive Editor. Both the Transactions Editor-in-Chief and Transactions Executive Editor shall be voting members of the Board. Transactions Associate Editors are appointed by the Transactions Editor-in-Chief, subject to the approval of the Board. The Transactions Editor-in-Chief may appoint an Executive Editorial Board for the term of his or her tenure, which shall serve as an advisory body. Subsection B) Journal Steering Committee and Editor-in-Chief: The Steering Committee of the Journal shall consist of four members, serving in staggered non-renewable four-year terms. Appointments to the Steering Committee shall be made by the Nominations and Appointments Committee in consultation with the current Steering Committee members. The Chair of the Steering Committee shall be appointed by Steering Committee members and must have served for at least one year as a committee member prior to being appointed Chair. In the event that the Steering Committee is unable to select a Chair, the Chair shall be selected by the Publications Committee. The term of office of the Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be three years. At least six months prior to the end of a term of office, the Society shall issue an open call for a new Journal Editor-in-Chief. The Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be nominated by the Steering Committee of the Journal and appointed by the Board. The outgoing Journal Editor-in-Chief is not eligible for immediate re-appointment as Journal Editor-in-Chief. The Journal Editor-in-Chief shall be a voting member of the Board. Journal Senior Editors are appointed by the Journal Editor-in-Chief, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee of the Journal. Subsection C) Newsletter Editor: The term of office of the Newsletter Editor shall be three years. The Newsletter Editor shall be appointed by the Board, upon nomination by the Society President.
Schools Subcommittee
The Schools Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Membership Committee. The Schools Subcommittee shall consist of the 2nd Vice-President, a Schools Subcommittee chair and at least one additional member appointed by the Subcommittee chair. The Subcommittee chair will be appointed by the 2nd Vice-President in consultation with the Nominations and Appointments Committee, and with approval of the Board. Typically the Subcommittee Chair and appointed member will serve for two years in staggered terms. While the Board retains responsibility for approval of specific School proposals, the Schools Subcommittee shall be responsible for providing oversight of the Society's Schools program, including (i) monitoring forthcoming School proposals, soliciting new proposals, and coordinating organizing teams as needed and (ii) maintaining helpful guidelines for organizers of Schools.
Student and Outreach Subcommittee
The Student and Outreach Subcommittee is a subcommittee of the Membership Committee. The Student and Outreach Activities Subcommittee shall consist of the 2nd Vice-President, a Subcommittee chair, and additional members appointed by the Subcommittee chair. The Subcommittee chair will be appointed by the 2nd Vice-President in consultation with the Nominations and Appointments Committee, and with approval of the Board. Additional Subcommittee members will normally include at least two graduate students or postdoctoral fellows, and will include an IEEE Young Professionals liaison. Typically the Subcommittee Chair and appointed members will serve for two years, with the members serving in staggered terms. The Student and Outreach Activities Subcommittee shall be responsible for planning and implementation of student activities and outreach activities at Society Symposia and Workshops, including: (i) planning and implementation of activities at symposia and workshops that address the concerns of student members of the Society; (ii) planning and implementation of activities at symposia and workshop that address the needs and encourage the participation of the Society's underrepresented demographics while being of interest to the community at large, and (iii) creating services, such as the mentoring network, that address the needs of current members or are designed to encourage the participation of potential future members of the Society.
Women in Information Theory (WITHITS)
The WithITS program has as its mission to provide events and services that address needs and encourage participation of our underrepresented demographics, while being of interest and use to the community at large.