ASSOCIATION OF CENTERS FOR THE STUDY OF CONGRESS

Executive Committee, Committees and Task Forces, 2019-2020 Composition, Charges, Goals and Timelines


Executive Committee

Hope Bibens, Drake University

John Caldwell, University of Delaware

Danielle Emerling, West Virginia University

Lori Schwartz, Dr. C.C. & Mabel Criss Library, University of Nebraska Omaha

Jay Wyatt, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Richard Hunt, Center for Legislative Archives

Karen Paul, U.S. Senate Historical Office

Heather Bourk, U.S. House Office of Art and Archives

The Executive Committee, which includes its four elected officers, is the governing body of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. The ACSC President serves as chair and appoints four members to the Committee. Three Ex Officio members represent the following institutions: Center for Legislative Archives, US Senate Historical Office, US House Office of Information and Preservation.  the immediate past president also serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee administers the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. It appoints and oversees all ACSC working groups, committees and task forces. The Executive Committee approves the annual budget for submission to the membership and oversees the financial management of the Association. The Executive Committee submits bylaws to the membership for approval and solicits officer nominations from the membership, selects a slate of candidates, oversees elections, and reports results. The Executive Committee appoints a Program Committee for each annual meeting of the Association. All committees and task forces, through their respective chairs, will prepare reports for review by the Executive Committee that will be presented to the membership at the annual meeting and subsequently posted on the website.

COMMITTEES

Scholarships and Awards Committee

Sarah Calise, Co-Chair, Middle Tennessee State University

Brandon Pieczko, Co-Chair, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia

Michelle Belco, University of Houston

Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware

The Committee will establish qualifications, procedures, timelines, and forms for applications and evaluation, publicize awards as appropriate, request funding as necessary for awards and ads, and serve as panel to select recipients. As funding is available, additional awards will be determined by the Executive Committee, and the Scholarships and Awards Committee may recommend funding areas. In addition to creating award notices and advertising, the Committee will report to the Executive Committee on request and to the general membership via the website and at the annual meeting. Current awards are the Raymond Smock Award of $1000 to a first-time attendee of an ACSC annual meeting by a Member Institution’s staff member, the Richard Baker Graduate Student Research Travel Grant of $1000 to support research on Congress, and the Congressional Papers Roundtable Scholarship to support someone to attend the annual CPR pre-conference at the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists.


Annual Meeting Program Committee

 Hope Bibens, Chair, Drake University

  Danielle Emerling, West Virginia University

Richard Hunt, Center for Legislative Archives

Charles Flanagan, Center for Legislative Archives

Jay Wyatt, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Jody Brumage, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

The Program Committee is charged with development of the program for the 2019 annual meeting, to be hosted by the Center for Legislative Archives of the National Archives and Records Administration.


Annual Meeting Host Committee

Richard Hunt, Center for Legislative Archives

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Center for Legislative Archives


Communications Committee

Jody Brumage, Co-Chair, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Samantha Sauer, Co-Chair, Paul Findley Congressional Office Museum, Illinois College

Ryan Semmes, Mississippi State University Library

The Communications Committee will be responsible for promoting ACSC and its work and encouraging the study of Congress and use of congressional collections through the website and social media outlets.


Membership Committee

Jay Wyatt, Chair, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Jody Brumage, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Rebecca Johnson Melvin, University of Delaware

Karen Paul, U.S. Senate Historical Office

Sheryl Vogt, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Hope Bibens, Drake University (ex officio)

TASK FORCES

Congress Week Task Force

Jay Wyatt, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

Jody Brumage, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University

The Task Force will identify activities and materials for the first week in April, when the first quorums in both House and Senate were achieved in 1789, to promote the understanding of Congress and the importance of its study.

ACSC Forum Task Force
(Membership limited to those who have completed Phase 1 of the project)

Sheryl Vogt, Chair, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Julia Howington, John Joseph Moakley Archive and Institute, Suffolk University

Robert Rubero, Claude Pepper Library, Florida State University

Mary Goolsby, W. R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University

Jan Levinson Hebbard, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Robert Lay, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Dorothy Walker, South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina

Lori Schwartz, Dr. C.C. & Mabel Criss Library, University of Nebraska Omaha

The Task Force will implement Phase 2 of a contract with the Kettering Foundation to name and frame an issue topic related to Congress or understanding of Congress, determine and fulfill ACSC’s role and responsibilities in the development of the issue guide, and encourage its use by other ACSC members.

Grants for Research in Congressional Collections

Frank H. Mackaman, The Dirksen Congressional Center

ACSC Executive Committee

Constituent Services Data Task Force

Danielle Emerling, Co-Chair, West Virginia University

Alison White, Co-Chair, U.S. Senate Historical Office

Hope Grebner Bibens, Drake University

Natalie Bond, University of Montana

John Caldwell, University of Delaware

Nathan Gerth, University of Nevada Reno

Brandon Pieczko, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Digital Exhibition Task Force

Jay Wyatt, Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education

Danielle Emerling, West Virginia University

Hope Grebner Bibens, Drake University

Debra Davendonis-Todd, W.R. Poage Legislative Library, Baylor University

Sarah D'Antonio, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas



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