SEMC Program Committee: a great way to get involved



SEMC2020 Program Committee, Louisville, KY

What is the SEMC Program Committee? 

The SEMC Program Committee is a diverse group of dedicated museum and industry professionals who represent varying career levels, disciplines, and Southern regions. The Committee is responsible for reviewing annual conference session proposals, assisting with the organization of the programmatic offerings, and acting as session shepherds. Each year they are led by a Program Committee Chair, who acts as a liaison between SEMC leadership and the Committee. 

Volunteer Committee members must attend the mid-year meeting (either in-person or virtually) and the fall conference (in-person only), actively participate in the review and critique of session proposals, and shepherd at least two sessions in Northwest Arkansas. The 2022 Program Committee Meeting took place on Thursday, March 3, 2022 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Although participation requires a substantial commitment of time, energy, and potential travel costs, the rewards are immense. Members work alongside a diverse group of professionals, meet industry peers from across the Southeast region, and become an essential part of the SEMC family. 

How can I apply?

Every year SEMC leadership reviews the existing Committee roll, determining which members will be invited to reapply for the following year. This process regularly opens vacancies for new members. Any current SEMC member (individual, institutional, or industry partner) is welcome to review the 2022 Program Committee Guidelines and apply. 

Light green striped background, with a graphic of a megaphone and the words “SEMC Call for Applications” centered. The SEMC logo is also at the bottom.


Applications will open in November 2022 for the 2023 Program Committee.

Meet the 2022 SEMC Program Committee!

2022 Program Committee Chair

Beth Hoover- DeBerry 

Manager of Docent-Volunteers & Program Division Administrator
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

For more information on the Program Committee, contact semcprogramcommittee@gmail.com

Thank you to the 2021 SEMC Program Committee!

SEMC2021 Hybrid Program Committee Meeting, Chattanooga, TN

Take a look at images from the SEMC2021 mid-year meeting (March 2021)




SEMC2019 Program Committee, Charleston, SC 


SEMC2018 Program Committee, Jackson, MS