SOA Committees

Advocacy and Outreach

The Advocacy and Outreach Committee is comprised of two subcommittees: Advocacy and Outreach.
– The Advocacy subcommittee is responsible for promoting advocacy in response to legislative issues that may impact archives, diversity, and the role of archives and archivists within society. The Advocacy subcommittee will facilitate access to resources that will aid archivists in advocating for the profession and collections to administrators and institutional stakeholders. It also communicates news from the National Coalition for History.
– The Outreach subcommittee is responsible for advocating the importance of archives throughout the state of Ohio through programmatic planning such as Statehood Day, Archives Month, and the I Found it in the Archives platform for sharing archival discoveries.

Contact the Committee Cochair Natalie Fritz.

Cochair – Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society
Cochair – TBD

Members:
Haley Antell, Kent State University
George Bain, Ohio University Libraries, retired
Jenifer Baker, Warren County Records Center and Archives
Connie Connor, Ohio History Connection
Melissa Dalton, Greene County Records Center and Archives
Natalie Fritz, Clark County Historical Society (Cochair)
Ken Grossi, Oberlin College
Caroline Ibbotson, Ohio History Connection
Jacky Johnson, Miami University
Matt McShane
Amy Rohmiller, University of Dayton University Archives and Special Collections


Awards
The Awards Committee solicits and reviews award applications for the Merit Award and Meeting Scholarships. The committee is responsible for publicizing the availability of the awards and the identification and selection of awardees according to the criteria set by SOA Council.

The Awards Committee is responsible for publicizing the availability and the standards of the SOA Merit Award, SOA New Professional Scholarship Award, and the SOA Student Scholarship Award. Committee members solicit and review applications for these awards, then identify and select awardees according to the criteria set by SOA. The Committee is also responsible for History Day involvement which includes judging for special SOA History Day Award.

Contact the committee cochairs Devhra BennettJones and Stephanie Shreffler.

Cochair – Devhra BennettJones
Cochair – Stephanie Shreffler, University of Dayton

Members:
William C. Barrow, Cleveland State University
Devhra BennettJones (cochair)
Lily Birkhimer, Ohio History Connection
Helen Conger, Case Western Reserve University
Kevin Grace, University of Cincinnati
Glenn V. Longacre, National Archives at Chicago
Stephanie Shreffler, University of Dayton (cochair)
Pamela Winchell


Educational Programming
The Education and Programming Committee plans the annual SOA spring conference, joint fall meeting with Ohio Local History Alliance, and professional development workshops. Activities include choosing a conference theme, solicitation and selection of session presenters, selection of plenary speaker, publication and distribution of conference announcements, collecting conference evaluations, and planning professional development workshops of interest to members.

Contact the Committee Cochairs Stephanie Bricking and William Modrow

Cochair – Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Cochair – William Modrow, Miami University

Members:
Stephanie Bricking, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (cochair)
Rachael Bussert, Dayton Metro Library
Madeleine Fix, Nationwide
Brittany Hayes, The University of Akron
Betsy Hedler (SOA/OHC Liaison), Ohio History Connection
Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation
Ashleigh Minor, The Ohio State University
William Modrow, Miami University (cochair)
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University
Anne Ryckbost, Xavier University


Marketing and Communications
Description: The Marketing and Communications Committee (formerly Public Information or PIC) is responsible for public relations and outreach for SOA through the process of generating content and maintaining the tools to communicate SOA information. Duties and responsibilities include managing the SOA website, maintaining social media accounts (Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube), assisting in moderation of SOA Listserv, responding to SOA email inquiries, and documenting SOA events through photographs.

Contact the committee chair Janet Carleton.

Chair – Janet Carleton, Ohio University

Members:
Janet Carleton, Ohio University (1999-, chair 2019-2021)
Christine Liebson, Case Western Reserve University (2020-2022)
Nick Pavlik, Bowling Green State University (2017-2022)
Amanda Rindler, Ohio History Connection (2019-2021)
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University (2019-2021)


Membership
The Membership Committee recruits and supports new and renewing members. Committee members identify events and/or organization throughout the state in order to distribute membership literature. The committee is responsible for writing and updating membership literature, including the annual membership drive letter, and the membership brochure. See membership information for how to join SOA.

Contact the committee chair Matt Francis.

Chair – Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University

Members:
Mark Bloom, Archival Services, University of Akron
Matt Francis, Ohio Northern University (Chair)
Lisa Rickey, Wright State University
Cate Putirskis, The Ohio State University


Nominating
The Nominating Committee annually prepares and submits a slate of candidates for vacant officer positions and Council seats. The committee is made up of the immediate past-president (who shall serve as chair) and two additional members of the Society who are not on Council. Committee members must serve at least one year.

Contact the committee chair Robin Heise.

Chair – Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives

Members:
Robin Heise, Greene County Records Center & Archives, (Chair)
Jillian Ramage, Ohio History Connection
Judith Wiener, The Ohio State Library
Jane Wildermuth, Wright State University