AAFS Deadline for Application for Membership and Promotion Is October 1


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Sources:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Rhesa G. Gilliland, MS, Section Membership Committee Chair

We have a great program scheduled for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, and we want as many people as possible who are qualified to attend to benefit from the presentations.  Please tell your coworkers and colleagues about the AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS) and assist them in completing their applications by the October 1 deadline.  Current members are the best advocates to help us grow our section!

From the DMS Membership Committee:   We are approaching the deadline for membership submissions and promotion requests.   All applications must be submitted prior to October 1, for consideration prior to the 2017 AAFS Annual Meeting.  If you are eligible to apply for promotion, we strongly encourage you to do so.

The AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion are as follows:

  1. The criteria for promotion are applicable to all members seeking promotion to Member or to Fellow.  Applications must be received and completed by October 1 to be considered for approval at the AAFS annual meeting.
  2. The criteria for original membership, as stated in the Bylaws for the AAFS Basic Requirements, still apply to promotions:
    1. Membership shall be available only to those persons of professional competence, integrity, and good moral character:
      1. Who are actively engaged in the field of forensic sciences and who have made some significant contribution to the literature of forensic science, or
      2. Who have advanced the cause of forensic science in some other significant manner, and
      3. Who satisfy the requirements for membership of the section applied to or recommended for, and
      4. Who have earned a baccalaureate or higher academic degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education, or from a non-U.S. college or university bearing equivalent accreditation.
    2. In addition, the following criteria for service to the AAFS and to forensic science in general is used:
      1. Service to the AAFS. This includes attendance at the annual meetings and participation in the program.  Attendance at a minimum of one (1) meeting is required for advancement from Associate Member to Member and one (1) additional meeting for advancement from Member to Fellow.  However, if exigencies such as workload requirements, finances, or ill health preclude such attendance, this will be taken into consideration.  If is AAFS policy that members who exhibit at the annual meeting must pay the meeting registration fee, if the exhibitor wishes to receive continuing education credit or count the meeting attendance toward fulfilling a requirement for membership promotion.
      2. Service in the general area of forensic sciences.  This is intended to recognize the individual who performs outstanding service in the execution of his/her regular responsibilities but who, in so doing, is unable to excel in other endeavors.
      3. Service in the area of forensic science research.  Any contribution which the individual has made since his/her admission to the AAFS or latest advancement will be given consideration.
      4. Service in the area of forensic science education or training.  Any effort (either by formal or informal curricula) to disseminate the scientific information which the individual has acquired throughout his/her career will be considered.

The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Requirements for Promotion from Associate Member to Member are as follows:

While serving as an Associate Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and any such additional requirements as may be established for its members; and
  2. Attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and one (1) Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Business Meeting.  The meeting at which the title of Associate Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Member is being considered shall not be counted (special consideration may be given for promotion after attendance at one (1) meeting if extenuating circumstances have prevented attendance for two (2) years and all other promotion requirements have been met); and
  3. Meet two (2) of the following requirements prior to the annual meeting at which promotion to Member is conferred. (Note:  At least one (1) of the contributions must be from category b. or c.):
    1. Participate as an active member or chair of a committee of the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section of AAFS. One (1) year of committee work equals one (1) contribution. The committee chairs will submit a list of active members at the end of each year to the section chair.
    2. Participate in the annual AAFS program by presentation of paper, poster, luncheon presentation, workshop or seminar, or moderating a routine Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section program session.
    3. Author a paper on a subject relevant to the section’s area of interest that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences or other peer-reviewed journal or conference proceedings.  This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant’s name appears as an author on the paper.  Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement; or
    4. Participate as a site evaluator/Commissioner for Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC); or as a faculty member of a CSI Summer Camp or Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) on two (2) separate occasions, and
  4. Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

     * References not required.

The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Requirements for Promotion from Member to Fellow are as follows:

While serving as a Member, the applicant must:

  1. Fulfill the AAFS Basic Requirements for Promotion, and any such additional requirements as may be established for its members, and
  2. Attend a minimum of two (2) annual meetings of the AAFS and one (1) Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Business Meeting.  The meeting at which the title of Member was conferred, if attended, may be counted; however, the meeting at which the title of Fellow is being considered shall not be counted (special consideration may be given for promotion after attendance at one (1) meeting if extenuating circumstances have prevented attendance for two (2) years and all other promotion requirements have been met), and
  3. Meet three (3) of the following requirements prior to the annual meeting at which promotion to Fellow is conferred (Note:  At least one (1) of the contributions must be from category b. or c.):
    1. Participate as an active member or chair of a committee of the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section of AAFS.  One (1) year of committee work equals one (1) contribution.  The committee chairs will submit a list of active members at the end of each year to the section chair, or
    2. Participate in the annual program of the AAFS by presentation of paper, poster, luncheon presentation, workshop or seminar, or moderating a routine Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section program session, or
    3. Author a paper on a subject relevant to the section’s area of interest that is accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Sciences or other peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings.  This requirement is fulfilled if the applicant’s name appears as an author on the paper.  Letters to the Editor or Book Reviews will not be considered in fulfilling this requirement; or
    4. Participate as a site evaluator/Commissioner for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC); or as a faculty member of a CSI Summer Camp or Forensic Science Educational Conference (FSEC) on two (2) separate occasions, and
  4. Demonstrate active work in the forensic sciences at the time the promotion application is filed.

      * References not required.

If you have any questions regarding the requirements or completing your application, please contact Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hunter at chunter@aafs.org.

If you are interested in serving on the DMS Section Membership Committee, please feel free to contact me (Rhesa Gilliland) at rggilliland@uspis.gov or rhesa.janice@gmail.com.  You may also call me at work at (703) 406-7150 or (202) 528-9500.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in February in New Orleans, LA.