Leadership and Involvement Opportunities
INVOLVEMENT - Getting involved in a professional association can support your professional growth and development in many ways. By becoming involved you will build connections and tap into networks in the student affairs profession and build relationships with colleagues that can lead to further opportunities. In addition, you will have the opportunity to shape and influence knowledge building and resource sharing within and among your area of expertise and interest, connect with knowledge leaders outside of your professional knowledge area or job function and build important skills including learning about committee work, governance, project management.
CACUSS has a long history of member involvement. We would not be who we are as an organization today without thousands of hours of volunteer time contributed by members. However, involvement does not have to be a long term or onerous commitment.
Check out our organizational structure, to get a picture of how CACUSS is currently organized.
Deadlines for 2023!
CACUSS Board of Directors—Nominations due March 15
Conference Program Committee-- Applications Due April 1
All other CACUSS Committees Applications Due April 1
Community of Practice Co-Chairs Due April 1
2023 Call for Nominations/Call for Applications Now Open!
If you have questions about the Director or Committee positions, you can email Patty Hambler, CACUSS President, Chair Nominations, Elections, Leadership Development Committee at email@example.com.
Nominations close on March 15
The CACUSS Board of Directors is comprised of 9 members. The CACUSS bylaws outline the structure of the Board, and the organizational structure chart above also illustrates the Board. As a director, you are elected* by the membership to oversee the Association as whole. A director is responsible for fiduciary oversight of the operations of CACUSS as well the development of strategy (planning), policy, and legal duty to oversee the management of our stated objectives and activities.Please review the full POSITION DESCRIPTION for the Director at Large and/or President/President-Elect positions.
*there is one appointed director position each year.
How to get involved?
You must submit a nomination application with the support of two members in good standing. Nominations close on March 15. Applications are due to firstname.lastname@example.org. Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting in May. (date posted on website 90 days in advance).
Directors are expected to attend regular meetings (every 4-6 weeks via teleconference), two in person meetings (in October/November and in May at the annual conference) and participate in committees as required. Director must complete an orientation at the start of their term. Director terms are 2 years. Please refer to the position description for the Director at Large role below.
2022-23 Currently accepting nominations for:
President-Elect, 1+2 year term (1 postion available). Position description for President-Elect/President
Director at Large, 2 year term (3 positions available): Position description for Director at Large
Click here to complete your nomination. You must submit your nomination via email to email@example.com, which must include name, institution, contact information, position, as well as name and contact information for two current members who support your nomination. You may also choose to provide us with a photograph by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the National Conference Program Committee are due April1 at 4pm ET.
Applications for all CACUSS Committees are due April 1.
Committee appointments will be effective June 1. Program Committee appointments will be confirmed May 1.
National Conference Program Committee
The Program Committee leads the planning and development of the annual conference of CACUSS. The committee’s responsibilities include developing the theme, researching and recruiting keynote and featured speakers, developing innovative educational programs, overseeing the review of concurrent educational submissions, and assessing the success and outcomes of the conference. Participation on the Program Committee is a 14-16 month term. There are opportunities to lead and participate on 3 sub-committees of the Program Committee.
We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:
Chair of the Program Committee
Program Committee Sub-Committee Leaders (Chairs) and
Sub-Committee (Local Logistics/Program Development/Program Review) Members
Terms of Reference
Currently accepting applications for interest for the 2024 Program Committee. Click here to apply.
If you have questions about serving on the Program Committee, please contact email@example.com
The mandate is to provide strategic recommendations, advice and guidance on the finances of the organization, to ensure equitable and accountable financial planning, and to support the development and implementation of strategies to ensure long-term financial strength and health of the entire organization.
Currently accepting applications for interest for the 2023-24 term. Click here to apply.
Awards & Recognition Committee
Recognition is an important component to member engagement, recruitment, and retention. Each year, CACUSS honors/provides recognition to exemplary higher education and student affairs leaders, students, programs, and initiatives for contributions and impact on the field. Recipients of CACUSS Awards are a lens on the important and diverse work CACUSS Members undertake. The honourees serve the field and enhance the lives of their campus communities. These are normally awarded during the Annual Conference.
The Awards Committee coordinates CACUSS’ annual awards & conference bursary process to recognize outstanding professionals, scholars, programs, mentors, colleagues, and graduate students through our Association-wide awards.
Currently accepting applications for interest for the 2023-24 term. Click here to apply.
Knowledge Sharing/Resource Development Committee Click here to apply.
The purpose of the Knowledge Sharing & Resource Development (“Knowledge Sharing”) Committee is to help guide CACUSS members and the broader Student Affairs community on how to share knowledge regarding the field in Canada. This includes development and improvement of knowledge sharing mediums, increasing awareness of knowledge sharing opportunities, and fostering a community of knowledge sharing about learning and practice of Student Affairs.
The primary CACUSS Student Affairs competencies focused on and developed through the work of this committee are: Strategic Planning, Research, and Assessment; Communication; and Technology and Digital Engagement. The committee aims to help scholars and practitioners share their knowledge regarding all 11 competencies.
Members of the committee strive to develop and improve their skills of creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration. In the past year, the committee has developed a knowledge sharing model, and explored new paths for knowledge sharing for the Student Affairs community in Canada.
Membership Engagement Committee
TBD. This committee has not been constituted yet. More details to follow.
Policy Committee (on hold)
The Policy Committee is responsible for drafting and reviewing operational and other policies which help the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers manage their roles in a responsible and transparent manner. The committee will meet regularly (3-6 times per year) and make recommendations to the CACUSS Board.
Not currently accepting applications.
Call for Applications: CACUSS Networks and Communities of Practice Co-Chairs
Applications due April 1.
Applications are accepted for the position of Co-Chair for the CACUSS Networks and Communities of Practice. Communities of Practice and Networks provide a space for CACUSS members to come together and share common interests, concerns, and goals. Communities aim to create and share knowledge, foster and promote relevant research, design and deliver programs, participate in advocacy, and/or support professional networking.
Each Community of Practice or Network is led by two Co-Chairs, who are responsible for liaising and communicating with members, representing the Community or Network at the Assembly of CACUSS Communities, and providing leadership for Community or Network activities, research, and/or advocacy.
If you are interested in applying to a Co-Chair position, here are your next steps:
- Review the list of Co-Chair vacancies below.
- Get more information about the Community or Network by reaching out to current Co-Chairs or the CACUSS Board or Staff listed below.
- Complete your application by May 1 and send it by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you need another format or need help submitting your application, contact email@example.com)
- While you are waiting for your application to be reviewed between, head to https://www.cacuss.ca/membership/index.html. In order to be a Co-Chair for a Community of Practice of Network, you must be a CACUSS member prior to the beginning of your term.
- You will hear from the current Co-Chairs regarding the outcome of your application in May.
If you have questions about the CACUSS Networks or Communities of Practice, you can contact any of the people listed below:
- The current Co-Chairs of your Community of Practice
- The CACUSS Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer Hamilton email@example.com
We are currently accepting applications for ALL Community of Practice/Networks. Click here to see the complete list.