SEMC Program Committee: a great way to get involved

the SEMC2023 Program Committee meets both in person and on Zoom in Louisville, Kentucky. All the people pictured are smiling at the camera, and a screen showing the virtual attendees is pictured in the middle of the group.SEMC2023 Program Committe Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky

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 SEMC's Program Administrator and a Program Committee Co-Chair, who work closely together in the organization of the committee. 

Volunteer Committee members must attend the mid-year meeting (in person strongly recommended to enhance meeting experience) and the fall conference (in-person only), actively participate in the review and critique of session proposals, and shepherd at least two sessions in Louisville, Kentucky. The 2023 Program Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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 Program Committee Guidelines and submit during the application window. If you have any questions, contact Program Administrator, Heather Nowak at

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The application period for the 2023 Program Committee has closed. Thank you for your interest. Applications for the 2024 Program Committee will open in November 2023.

Congratulations to the 2023 SEMC Program Committee

If you have any questions, contact Heather Nowak at

Meet the 2023 Program Committee Co-Chair: Timia D. Thompson

SEMC is pleased to announce Timia D. Thompson as the 2023 Program Committee Co-Chair. Timia is the Collections Outreach Manager for the South Carolina State Museum. Her duties include management of the Museum’s Traveling Exhibition Program and serving as liaison to the South Carolina Federation of Museums (SCFM). Prior to working in museums collections, Timia worked in museum education as the Education Outreach Manager, Coordinator of Homeschool Programs, and Natural History Education Manager. Timia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a minor in English from the University of Florida and her Master of Science degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management with emphases in natural resource management and sociology of inequality from North Carolina State University. She has worked in non-profits, government agencies and as a university adjunct and assistant professor.

The Program Committee Co-Chair will work closely with the Program Administrator and assist with providing informational, administrative, and organizational support to the Program Committee at large throughout the year.

Thank you to the 2022 SEMC Program Committee!

A picture of the SEMC2022 Program Committee in Rogers, Arizona. Everyone smiles at the camera and the projector screen shows the virtual attendees over Zoom.

SEMC2022 Hybrid Program Committee meeting Rogers, AR

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

A picture of the SEMC2019 Program committee. Photographed in a stairway as everyone smiles at the camera.

SEMC2019 Program Committee, Charleston, SC 

A selfie taken by SEMC executive director Zinnia Willits of the SEMC2018 Program Committee meeting in Jackson, Mississippi.

SEMC2018 Program Committee, Jackson, MS