The American College of Rheumatology is excited about the opportunity to work with our members to continue to advance the field of rheumatology for all professionals. Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP) volunteers are a diverse group of people who offer subject matter expertise to committees, work groups, task forces, and special projects. We invite you to use your voice to influence the community and shape the future of rheumatology!
ARP Volunteer nominations are open annually from November 1 to February 1.
Being a volunteer allows you to be a part of a unique group of members who use their voices, insight, and expertise to shape the future of rheumatology. Through volunteerism, you will have the opportunity to work on projects like developing online education with the eLearning Subcommittee, developing onboarding programs with the Practice Committee, or even selecting the slate of volunteers and merit awardees with the Membership & Nominations Committee. You also have the opportunity to network and build leadership skills for your personal and professional development.
Any current ARP member in good standing who submits a volunteer nomination form can be considered for a volunteer role.
There are many volunteer opportunities across the College for rheumatology professionals at different levels of commitment, interests, and skills. General volunteers serve three-year terms that begin after the annual meeting. Special project volunteers serve in micro-opportunities on an as-needed basis.
ARP has five committees that members can volunteer with: Executive, Membership and Nominations, Practice, eLearning, and Research. ARP members can also submit a nomination to be placed on ACR and Foundation committees. Time commitments and responsibilities vary for committees, but generally, committee members are expected to dedicate a minimum of about three hours per month to volunteer duties. This includes attending meetings and any committee work that you are asked to complete.
All interested members must submit a volunteer nomination form when nominations are open. The ARP Membership and Nominations Committee will evaluate your submission and find a place in the College for you based on your skills, interests, and aspirations. If you do not submit a volunteer form, you are not eligible to be considered for a position.
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To complete the nomination process, candidates or nominators are required to submit the following items. Please have all information and documents prepared before submitting the nomination form.
Provide information about the nominee and yourself.*
Provide information about yourself.
Upload the nominee’s biographical sketch or CV.
Answer questions to provide more information about your interest in serving as an ARP Volunteer.
Upload your letter of recommendation.
Upload a biographical sketch or CV.
*Your nominee will be sent an email request to complete questions that provide more information about his/her interest in volunteering. In order for ARP to consider the nomination, the nominee must complete the questions.
Letter of Recommendation: If you are applying for a position as a member of the Board of Directors, committee chair, or officer a letter of recommendation is required. For all other positions a letter of recommendation is encouraged, but not required.
Since 1982, ARP has recognized the outstanding contributions of educators, clinicians, scholars, philanthropists, students, and advocates in rheumatology. Each year merit award nominations are open from November 1 - February 1. Members in good standing who exhibit exemplary characteristics in the award categories are encouraged to nominate themselves or deserving colleagues.
View ARP Merit Award Nomination Details