SIGCSE Conference Chair Selection

The following describes the process for choosing the conference co-chairs for each of SIGCSE’s three conferences.

Prospective conference chairs should normally have previous involvement with the conference including regular attendance and participation on past conference organizing committees. The SIGCSE Board must approve all conference chair positions. Conference chairs must be members of SIGCSE.

SIGCSE Symposium

Chairing the SIGCSE Technical Symposium is a two-year commitment – one year as a program chair or co-chair and one year as a symposium chair or co-chair. Symposium co-chairs serve one year as program chairs before becoming Symposium chairs. The SIGCSE Symposium co-chairs nominate their program co-chairs for board approval. Symposium co-chairs should normally have attended a SIGCSE Symposium several times and been involved in another position on a Symposium committee. They should be very familiar with the Symposium and the Symposium audience.

The site for the Technical Symposium is chosen by the SIGCSE Board after the Symposium site selection team visits prospective sites. Because of the size of the Symposium, the ACM is involved in the selection and contracting process. The Symposium chairs are not typically involved in site selection.

ITiCSE Conference

Chairing the ITiCSE Conference is a two-year commitment with the conference chair serving on the program committee the year before hosting the conference. The ITiCSE conference is normally held at the conference chair’s university. However, with Board approval, the conference may be held at another location not associated with the host’s university. The ITiCSE conference is typically held in or near Europe.

The SIGCSE Board selects the conference chair and venue after a proposal has been submitted to the Board. Instructions on how to prepare a proposal to host an ITiCSE conference are available here. Before submitting a proposal, interested persons should discuss relevant issues with current or past ITiCSE chairs and the ITiCSE site selection committee. Contact details are available from the SIGCSE Board Chair Amber Settle: After a proposal is submitted, a site visit will be conducted by the site selection committee if a proposal is under serious consideration by the SIGCSE Board.

Prospective ITiCSE conference chairs should normally have previous involvement with the conference including regular attendance and participation on past conference organizing committees.

ICER Workshop

The ICER Workshop alternates in a four-year cycle, moving from North America to Europe to North America to Australasia.

Each year, the SIGCSE Board appoints a new Site chair and a new Program chair. Both appointments are for two years, with the first year designated the “junior” year and the second year designated the “senior” year. Site Chairs host the conference at their home institution during their senior year. In any given year, the senior Site and senior Program chairs will be the Conference co-chairs and the junior Site and junior Program chairs will be the Associate chairs.

Each year the junior Site and Program co-chairs will issue a call for new chairs in early October to close at the end of November. A nomination committee of the Site and Program co-chairs and the SIGCSE Board ICER liaison nominates the ICER Site chair and Program chair to start serving two years from the current year. For example, the Conference and Associate co-chairs for 2018 and the Board ICER liaison will nominate the Site chair and Program co-chair to serve their first year in 2020. Once the nomination committee proposes a Site chair, the prospective Site chair must submit a proposal to the SIGCSE Board for approval of both the Site chair and the conference venue. The nominations will be reviewed at the following February/March Board meeting.

Prospective ICER chairs should have previous involvement with the conference and demonstrated interest in the computing education research community. Prospective Program chairs should have prior publications at ICER, past service on the Senior Program Committee, and research excellence in computing education.