ESA Committees conduct important business functions for the Society. Three committees—Finance, Audit, and Ethics and Rules—are defined as Standing Committees in the ESA Bylaws, while all other committees are established by policy of the ESA Governing Board and outlined in the Society Policy Manual. Unless otherwise indicated, members of Committees serve for terms of three years each. Terms commence at the close of the Annual Meeting of the Society and are arranged so that approximately one-third will expire each year.
Current committee rosters are available for active ESA members to view:
Committee on Finance
The Committee on Finance shall consist of the Treasurer of the Society, who shall serve as chair, and five additional members including two members of the Governing Board. The purpose of this committee shall be to ensure fiscal responsibility and soundness of the Society. The Committee shall advise the Governing Board on matters pertaining to fiscal management of the affairs of the Society, recommend a proposed budget for the following year, and provide other assistance and consultation on fiscal matters to the Governing Board.
Committee on Audit
The Committee on Audit shall consist of the Vice President-Elect of the Society, who shall serve as chair, and two additional members appointed by the President. The purpose of this committee shall be to engage a certified public accountant to conduct an audit, review the professional audit of fiscal operations of the Society, provide an internal audit, and ensure compliance of the Society and all entities to legal and fiduciary obligations. The Committee shall prepare an annual report and advise the Governing Board on matters of compliance.
Committee on Ethics and Rules
The Committee on Ethics and Rules shall consist of five at-large members of the Society, who shall serve terms of five years each. The purpose of this Committee shall be to maintain currency and consistency in the governing documents of the Society and to encourage and facilitate educational efforts devoted to ethical issues in entomology and related natural sciences. At the request of the Governing Board, the committee shall review and recommend changes in various governing documents and make recommendations about ethical issues that might place the integrity of the Society at risk.
Committee on Annual Meeting Program
The Committee on Annual Meeting Program consists of the President of each Section and/or designate(s) and three Committee officers: a vice-chair, a chair, and a past chair. The vice-chair shall be appointed by the Vice President of the Society and shall serve in succeeding years as chair and past chair. The purpose of this Committee shall be to meet the goals of the Annual Meeting, in part by arranging the program.
Committee on Education and Outreach
The Committee on Education and Outreach consists of one representative from each Section and Branch. The President appoints one student member liaison to the Committee. The purpose of this Committee is to provide leadership and guidance to the Society in entomological education and outreach.
Committee on Awards and Honors
The Committee on Awards and Honors consists of a representative from each Section and each Branch. The purpose of this Committee shall be to facilitate recognition of outstanding achievement in entomology including but not limited to the awards and honors of Fellow, Honorary Member, Comstock Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and Founder’s Memorial Lecture Award. The Committee shall oversee the awards program of the Society.
Committee on Student Affairs
The Committee on Student Affairs consists of one representative from each Section and Branch, who are Student Members at the time of election to the Committee. Members of this committee shall serve terms of two years. The purpose of this Committee is to stimulate interest in student participation in the Society and to advise the Governing Board on matters of interest to Student Members. Read the Committee on Student Affairs’ Statement of Purpose and Volunteer Description.
Committee on the Common Names of Insects
The Committee on Common Names of Insects consists of nine At-Large members. The purpose of the Committee is to review proposals for common names and recommend names to be used in publications of the Society for approval by the Governing Board.
Committee on Early Career Professionals
The Early Career Professionals Committee was created to conceive and execute any specific needs that are not being met through other measures. The Committee is also a vehicle for recognizing the perspectives of and experiences of the Student Transition and Early Professional population and helps develop our next generation of ESA leaders. (Formerly the Student Transition & Early Professionals and formerly Student & Young Professionals Committees.) Read the Committee on Early Career Professionals’ Statement of Purpose and Volunteer Description.
Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)
ESA’s Strategic Principles state, “ESA has a social responsibility to develop all of its members.” ESA’s Outcome Statement includes: “To increase the diversity and satisfaction of members and customers as well as the value provided to them.” To determine how ESA can best meet these principle and outcome statements and to support diversity and inclusion within ESA and within the science, ESA’s Governing Board established a Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in July 2015. The Committee will propose resources, programs, and services that will maximize D&I support among ESA members and increase the cultural competency of ESA members. View the committee’s recent initiatives and activity as well as the statement of purpose and volunteer description.
Committee on Science Policy
In keeping with ESA's strategic principles to increase our profession's full potential by increasing the Society's influence, the Governing Board formed the Science Policy Committee. With the immediate past president of ESA serving as Chair, the committee works closely with the Governing Board and ESA's advocacy firm in Washington, DC, to set the Society's public policy agenda. The committee includes a representative from each Section, each Branch, the past Chair, and two At Large members, one of whom also serves as the SME to the EPA-OPP. Read the Committee on Science Policy’s Statement of Purpose and Volunteer Description.
Committee on the Insect Calendar
The Committee on the Insect Calendar consists of seven at-large members. The purpose of the Committee is to gather, evaluate, and select photos for the annual ESA World of Insects Calendar.
Committee on International Affairs
[This committee is currently on hiatus.] The Committee on International Affairs consists of 15 at-large members. The President appoints one student member liaison to the Committee. The purpose of this Committee shall be to increase awareness of the international aspects of entomology as a science and profession and to advise the Governing Board.
Committee on Membership
[This committee is currently on hiatus.] The Committee on Membership consists of one representative from each Section and Branch. The President appoints one student member liaison to the Committee. The purpose of this committee is to recruit and retain members of the Society.
The Publications Council advises the Governing Board about the publication needs and policies of the Society; facilitates communication among the Governing Board, editorial boards, and Sections; and recommends editorial policy for the Society. Learn more about the ESA Publications Council and Editorial Boards.