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ACM SIGGRAPH Elections

ACM SIGGRAPH is managed by a nine-person Executive Committee (EC): three officers (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) and six Directors at Large. Members of the EC are elected by the ACM SIGGRAPH membership and serve three-year terms. 

Elections are conducted annually to fill open positions; this process is led by the chair of the Nominations Committee. All officers and directors are required to be members of ACM and ACM SIGGRAPH.

Nominations for the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee may be submitted in July of the year prior to the beginning of the position term. To submit a nomination, contact the ACM SIGGRAPH Nominations Committee Chair.


Current Elections: 2014

The next elections will occur in the spring of 2014. If you were an ACM SIGGRAPH member as of 1 January 2014, you should receive an electronic ballot.

Candidates:

President: Jeff Jortner, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, California, USA

Vice President: Brian Wyvill, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom and Jackie White, California State University, Los Angeles (retired), Seattle, Washington, USA 

Director at Large (1 spot): Shimin Hu Tsinghua, University Beijing, China and Evan Hirsch, Engine Co. 4, Santa Monica, California, USA 

Right to Petition:

In accordance with the ACM SIGGRAPH bylaws, additional candidates may be placed on the ballot by petition. All candidates must be professional members of ACM, as well as members of ACM SIGGRAPH. Anyone interested in petitioning must inform ACM Headquarters (Pat Ryan, ACM, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, NY, NY 10121; (ryan_p@acm.org) and the ACM SIGGRAPH Nominating Committee Chair, G. Scott Owen (sowen@gsu.edu), of their intent to petition by 17 March, 2014.


ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee Positions

Current Volunteer Officers, Volunteer Chairs, and Other Directors of ACM SIGGRAPH

Members of the EC are primarily responsible for oversight and strategic planning for ACM SIGGRAPH. EC members also serve as liaisons to the ACM SIGGRAPH Committees. There are approximately 3-4 meetings per year, including the annual SIGGRAPH Conference. Most work is done via email. Average workload is expected to be around 5 hours per week and at a few times, (e.g. when there are meetings), workload will increase.

ACM SIGGRAPH President: The President's major responsibility is to see that initiatives of SIGGRAPH are well managed, and that SIGGRAPH's commitments are met. This position relies heavily on involving other SIGGRAPH leaders, both elected and appointed, to handle a variety of responsibilities.

Specific duties include:

  • Calling and presiding over SIGGRAPH Executive Committee meetings and SIGGRAPH business meetings
  • Making volunteer appointments and filling vacancies as authorized in the SIGGRAPH bylaws
  • Representing SIGGRAPH at ACM SGB meetings
  • Providing reports and information about SIGGRAPH to the SGB, including the Annual Report
  • Representing SIGGRAPH at the SIG Viability Review (normally every four years)
  • Reviewing member benefits annually
  • Reviewing and approving conferences, SIGGRAPH budgets, travel authorizations, invoice payments, etc

Many of these tasks are delegated to other SIGGRAPH officers on routine matters.

ACM SIGGRAPH Vice President: The principal role of the Vice President is to substitute for the President if the need arises. The Vice President is normally included in all major discussions of SIGGRAPH's long-term goals.

Specific duties include:

  • Attendance at SIGGRAPH Executive Committee meetings
  • Assisting the President in leading and managing SIGGRAPH
  • Presiding at meetings when the President is absent

ACM SIGGRAPH Treasurer: The SIGGRAPH Treasurer has responsibility for overseeing SIGGRAPH's finances. Working with staff from the ACM Finance Office, the SIGGRAPH Treasurer prepares the annual SIGGRAPH budget. The SIGGRAPH treasurer is able to monitor SIGGRAPH's finances through FMRs (Financial Management Reports), which are updated monthly. Generally speaking, the SIGGRAPH Treasurer approves SIGGRAPH's expenditures, unless this responsibility is delegated for a specific activity or program.

Specific duties include:

  • Attendance at SIGGRAPH Executive Committee meetings
  • Establishing the SIGGRAPH budget for each fiscal year
  • Routinely monitoring income and expenditure reports during the year
  • Providing advice and guidance to other SIGGRAPH leaders in managing finances
  • Consulting with others in SIGGRAPH on budget needs for the coming year

ACM SIGGRAPH Director at Large (6 in total): A SIGGRAPH Director-at-Large is a voting member of the Executive Committee who helps make decisions on behalf of SIGGRAPH.

Specific duties include:

  • Attendance at SIGGRAPH Executive Committee meetings
  • Voting on important decisions affecting SIGGRAPH operations and membership
  • Participate in committee oversight of the SIGGRAPH newsletter, the SIGGRAPH website and uses of the SIGGRAPH email lists

Types of decisions facing the EC:

  • Benefits SIGGRAPH members will receive
  • Level of the fees for SIGGRAPH
  • Policies for the conferences sponsored by SIGGRAPH and in-cooperation with SIGGRAPH
  • Which awards are given by SIGGRAPH
  • Determining the winners of SIGGRAPH awards
  • What programs and projects that SIGGRAPH participates in or underwrites
  • Communication with the SIGGRAPH membership

General expectations for SIGGRAPH EC members:

  • Promoting technical excellence, through taking an active role in the technical community as individuals
  • Providing high-quality technical resources and programs (conferences, newsletters, etc.) within the scope of SIGGRAPH's mission statement
  • Promoting communication and interaction between SIGGRAPH and others in the technical community, both within ACM (chapters, other SIGs) and outside
  • Providing benefits to SIGGRAPH members
  • Overseeing conferences, symposia and workshops, both for technical quality and fiscal soundness
  • Identifying additional benefits for members within the scope and financial resources of SIGGRAPH
  • Promoting and publicizing SIGGRAPH achievements within the membership

Election Timeline

July          
Call for Nominations Posted

August
Nominations Committee conducts interviews at the annual SIGGRAPH conference

October    
Slate Presented

March      
Candidate Statements Posted

April        
Ballot Posted

June          
Election Results Announced

July          
New EC Members Take Office