Courses Chair


The SIGGRAPH Courses Chair is responsible for the planning, selection process, and implementation of the annual conference courses program. The Courses Chair works closely with the General Submissions Chair, Conference Chair, the Conference Event Director, volunteers, and contractors to produce a broad spectrum of educational courses.

Recommended Qualifications

  • team player that works well with others 
  • experience with project / fiscal management 
  • able to delegate responsibility and mentor subcommittee members as well as next year Courses Chair counterpart 
  • deadline-driven; able to organize and respond quickly 
  • able to devote the necessary time 
  • participated in past SIGGRAPH Courses as a contributor and/or Courses committee member 
  • SIGGRAPH courses attendee for several years 
  • familiar with technical topics in computer graphics and interactive techniques

Specific Responsibilities

The following list is a “high-level” view of the specific responsibilities associated with serving as a Courses Chair. The list is organized under general categories of responsibility. 


  • Participate in strategic planning for the SIGGRAPH conference 
  • Create a strategic direction for the courses program including technical focus, emphasis areas, and new initiatives 


  • Work with General Submissions Chair to assist in reviewing course proposals and administering the courses program 
  • Provide information to accepted authors regarding formatting, scheduling, and requirements 
  • Work with subcommittee to create a presentation schedule for accepted courses 
  • Work with contractors to ensure on-site presentation facilities are appropriate 
  • Analyze data to predict attendance at different courses for room size and course notes printing 
  • Manage the on-site presentation of the courses program 
  • Work with other volunteers to manage and recruit presenters for the Fundamentals Seminar 


  • Work with the Conference Chair and Event Director to prepare preliminary and final conference budgets for courses program 
  • Manage the courses budget


  • Develop the courses section of the Call for Participation 
  • Assist the Publications Chair in the collection of accepted courses for both printed course notes and the CD-ROM 


  • Report regularly to the Conference Chair and Event Director on the status of the courses program 
  • Facilitate and participate in timely communication contributors to provide direction and solve problems 
  • Produce a final report by the wrap-up meeting in September describing the courses process, changes from previous years, and lessons learned 


  • Attend and participate in all conference committees meetings 
  • Attend Unified Jury and Scheduling meeting to select a wide variety of courses