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 A List of Chapters

A complete list of Education Society chapters

 The Purposes of Chapters

IEEE defines a chapter as a:

technical subunit of one or more IEEE sections. Society chapters are your local link to the valuable resources available from the IEEE and its 39 technical societies. Chapter activities may include guest speakers, workshops, and seminars as well as social functions. Chapters provide society members with valuable opportunities to network at a local level - enabling both personal and professional growth.
In practical terms, this means that the prime purpose of a chapter is to conduct events (i.e., technical meetings of short duration, community outreach programs, day-long workshops) at the IEEE Section-level that are within the Society's Field of Interest, which is:
educational methods, educational technology, instructional materials, history of science and technology, and educational and professional development programs within Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and allied disciplines.

Typically chapter meetings are of a technical nature; but, many chapters also host additional events such as workshops and educational seminars that also tend to be technical in-nature.

However the IEEE's view of a 'chapter' as primarily focusing on technical meetings/programs is somewhat narrow. Today the membership is a much more diverse group with much more diverse needs. The function of a chapter must adjust to the changing face of the IEEE.

It it very reasonable for a chapter to facilitate/formalize, support, or enhance collegial relationships among its members, and the wider community.

Still again, a chapter may exist to formalize existing (or begin) educational activities and community outreach in Science, Engineering & Technology related fields.

Many chapters do exist for one or all of these very sound reasons. However chapters also exist for other reasons that are equally as important as those noted above!

Chapters develop leaders, which are necessary to maintain the vitality needed in a volunteer organization. These leaders are the people who provide direction and guidance for the Education Society, for their IEEE Section, and for the IEEE itself. In many instances, chapter leaders represent their peers to campus, state and federal government bodies (e.g., campus board of education, board of higher education, the European Union's Education Commission, the national government). For further information the IEEE Chapter Support Web site will be invaluable. This may be the best resource you have available.

 Forming a Chapter or Student Branch

If you would like to form a chapter, the Chair of the Chapters Committee and members of that committee will be very supportive and are capable of making the chapter formation process very easy.

If you are interested in FORMING A CHAPTER of the IEEE Education Society, please review the IEEE Society Chapter Petition web page, which outlines the process of forming a new chapter or changing the status of existing chapters. Need help, contact Rob Reilly (r.reilly@ieee.org) for assistance.

If you are interested in FORMING STUDENT CHAPTER, please review the IEEE Student Branch formation criterion. Need help, contact Rob Reilly (r.reilly@ieee.org) for assistance.

 Distinguished Lecturer Program

The IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Program is one of the most exciting offerings available to the IEEE Society Chapters. The Program is intended to serve as a convenient resource, especially for sections and chapters, to assist them in planning high quality programs for their membership.

Currently the Education Society does not have a Distinguished Lecturer Program. We are in the process of forming a committee that will establish this program.

BUT the Education Society does have a Distinguished Lecturer Program Web page. Be sure to take a look at it as we develop this program.

 Student Activities

The IEEE has terrific resources for Student Members. There are so many IEEE activities offered for students it's best if you browse the IEEE's Student Web page for yourself. We hesitate to point you to one particular place or another as we are not sure what would reach-out-and-grab-you.

We do suggest that after you peruse the Student Activities pages you may want to contact the Student Services people directly and ask questions. You may also be well served by contacting your Section or Region's Student Activity Committee Chair (the names of those people should be listed on the Section's or Region's Web site).

The Education Society's Student Activity Committee is composed of:
Emmanuel Gonzalez, Republic of the Philippine Islands, Chair (gonzaleze@dlsu.edu.ph)

 Mailing List for Chapter Officers and Leaders

The Chapters Committee maintains a low-volume mailing list for the purpose of communicating with EdSoc Chapter leaders. This is a closed list (you cannot subscribe/unsubscribe yourself) and is intended solely for the purpose of chapter business.

If you would like to be added or removed from this mailing list contact the Chair of the Chapters Committee (Rob Reilly r.reilly@ieee.org).

 If You Are a Chapter Chair or Chapter Officer

If you are the Chair or Officer of an Education Society Chapter (or any IEEE chapter for that matter) there is some 'paperwork' that must be completed.

New IEEE chapter chairs can request that a letter be sent to their employer. This letter is sent from the Vice President of Regional Activities describing your new officer status and expressing appreciation and support of your activities. To request this letter, please complete the following form and return to the attention of Kathy Barretta via fax to USA +1-732-463-9359. The information may also be returned by email to k.barretta@ieee.org or sent to the following address:

Member & Geographic Activity Department
445 Hoes Lane
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1331
Do NOT use this until after you have been elected as Chair, and the election results have been reported to IEEE either via the Web site or by postal mail.