Volunteer FAQs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ACR! Below are frequently asked questions about volunteering and the nominations process. Many of the answers contain links to other pages on our website to assist you in gathering the information you need. If you have a question that is not answered here, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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How do I volunteer?

ACR Standing Committees
Volunteer nominations are open from March 1 - June 1 annually. During this time, you may either submit a self-nomination or have an ACR colleague submit a nomination on your behalf. Committee members and chairs are selected by the Nominations Committee in July and submitted for review by the Board in August. Terms begin/end at the Annual Meeting.

ARHP Standing Committees
Volunteer nominations are open year-round. During this time, you may either submit a self-nomination or have a colleague submit a nomination on your behalf. Committee members and chairs are selected by the ARHP Nominations Committee in May and submitted for review by the Board in August. Terms begin/end at the Annual Meeting.

Special Projects
Applications for special projects are accepted year-round. Fill out the online form and staff will be in touch as volunteers are needed.

What are special projects?

Special Projects are short-term or low time commitment volunteer opportunities. This is a great option for first-time ACR volunteers! Fill out the interest application today (only self-nominations).

Can I self-nominate for committee volunteer opportunities?

Yes, you may self-nominate for any standing committee. If you choose to self-nominate, pay special attention to the open-ended questions on the nomination form. These questions are critical to helping the Nominations Committee learn about you and your interest in volunteering.

Who is qualified to volunteer on an ACR standing committee?

ACR Fellows, Members, International Fellows, International Members, and Fellows-in-Training members are eligible to serve on a standing committee.

How do I select a committee?

Start by reviewing each committee description. Think about what committee work is of interest to you. Consider your training and work experience – are there areas in which you have skills or expertise? Note the anticipated time commitment – do you have the time to commit to the committee?

What information will I be asked to provide for a nomination/self-nomination?

Nomination: Please be prepared to provide the nominee's contact information, your contact information, the nominee's top three committee/position interests, and a letter of recommendation.

Self-Nomination: Please be prepared to provide your contact information, your top three committee/position interests, and a letter of recommendation (only required when applying for the board of directors, a committee chair, or officer position).

All nominees will be asked to respond to several open-ended questions. This is an opportunity to help the committee get to know you better, particularly if you are not submitting a letter of recommendation. The questions are included in the self-nomination form. Nominators, a separate email will be sent to your nominee with instructions for completing the questions.

Am I required to submit a recommendation letter if I am self-nominating?

You are not required to submit a letter of nomination if you are self-nominating (exceptions: the Board of Directors, committee chairs, and officer positions). However, a letter of recommendation is encouraged for all committee nominees. The letter may be from a colleague or supervisor. We also welcome letters from community group leaders (art, medical, religious, etc.) with whom you have completed volunteer activities.

What should a nominator letter or letter of recommendation include?

The letter should include your relationship to the nominee (e.g., colleague), highlights of the nominee’s career/training, any past volunteer experience, and why you think the nominee is a great candidate for a particular volunteer position.

Where can I find a description of each committee?

View committee descriptions on the Leadership page.

How much time can I expect to spend on committee work?

View the committee descriptions. Select a committee to view the annual time commitment expectations.