Leadership & Field Development Committee Charter


The ASTC Leadership and Field Development (LFD) Committee is mandated to develop the direction and strategies of the Association’s professional development agenda. All professional development activities are closely aligned with ASTC strategic priorities and responsive to the diverse needs and capabilities of ASTC members. Committee members take a leadership role in promoting and communicating professional development activities. The Committee will consider and seek to address the resource implications of these activities.


ASTC is valued as the first choice for professional development among the current and prospective leaders of the science center field.

ASTC professional development services are widely recognized for excellence and value within the field and by those outside the field.

Roles and General Responsibilities:

The Committee will work with ASTC staff to:

  • Define the critically important professional development needs of the science center field, with emphasis on building skills, deepening knowledge and understanding, strengthening networks, and inspiring commitment to the mission of addressing societal issues
  • Assess the current state of professional development programs, products and services provided ASTC, ASTC member institutions, and other related organizations to meet these needs
  • Assist in the design and implementation of targeted professional development programs, products, and services to meet the unique and specialized needs of the science center field
  • Provide guidance to the ASTC Conference Program Planning Committee with respect to the professional development content of ASTC annual conferences
Structure and Membership

The Committee will be comprised of no fewer than five members with terms of three years. The members of the Committee shall be appointed (or replaced) on recommendation of the chair of the LFD Committee or his/her designee. One committee member shall serve concurrently on the Conference Program Planning Committee (CPPC) to act as liaison between the two groups.

Procedures and Administration

Meetings. A majority of the members of the Committee will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, and the affirmative vote of a majority of those present shall be necessary for any action by the Committee. The Committee will keep such records of its meetings as it shall deem appropriate.

Ad-hoc taskforces. The Committee may form and delegate authority to one or more task forces(including those consisting of a single member), as it deem appropriate from time to time under the circumstances.

Reports to Board. The Committee will report regularly to the Board.

Charter. At least annually, the Committee will review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

Timing and Communication

The Committee will hold one physical meetings (at conference or at the annual ASTC Governing Members retreat, as appropriate), and will meet via conference calls on a monthly schedule throughout the year. Additional conference calls may be convened with an ad-hoc sub group on specific subjects when needed.