Special Interest Group Guidelines

SHAPE America will create Special Interest Groups (SIGs), allowing members with similar interests to meet, share, and network. Additionally, the SIGs will serve as a resource for SHAPE America regarding questions and issues that arise related to their topical area. They will also support the SHAPE America program councils in the identification and development of new programs, products, and services.

SIGs will be free to conduct their own affairs in support of SHAPE America's vision, mission, and strategic plan, so long as they are in compliance with the policies and procedural requirements established by the Board of Directors.
  • Members of each SIG will communicate with each other via Exchange.
  • Members of each SIG will communicate and collaborate with each of SHAPE America's program councils as individual projects warrant.
  • Each SIG will have an annual in-person business meeting at SHAPE America's National Convention & Expo.(Convention and travel expenses will be assumed by each attendee.)
  • Each SIG will have an opportunity to share information related to their specific interest with the full membership through publication of an article in Momentum.
  • Each SIG will be assigned a staff liaison from SHAPE America headquarters.


SHAPE America members will self-select the SIGS in which they participate by identifying their interest(s) in their membership profiles. Members can select or de-select SIGs at anytime through the membership app or the SHAPE America website.

Each SIG will select a Leadership Team consisting of a past-chair, current chair, and chair-elect. Each Leadership Team will strive to have representation from higher education and PK-12 education systems. They will also strive to represent all parts of the United States and reflect the diversity in the field.

The term for each member of the Leadership Team will be three years, starting at the end of the national convention in which they were selected and ending at the end of the national convention three years later.

Leadership Team Selection Process
The selection procedure will use the SIG Leadership Team Application form and vetting process for new team members.

1. The SIG application form will be posted on the SHAPE America website & Exchange.

2. Applications will be sorted by staff and provided to appropriate SIG Leadership Teams.

3. The existing team members will select the new chair-elect.

4. The new chair –elect will be formally announced at the SIG's annual business meeting at the National Convention.
Leadership Responsibilities
  • Maintain an up-to-date written purpose statement consistent with SHAPE America's mission statement for approval by the SHAPE America Board.
  • Maintain fifty (50) current members of the SIG.
  • Communicate with SIG members a minimum of four (4) times a year via Online Community post.
  • Solicit, organize and coordinate award processes and special events at annual SHAPE America National Convention.
  • Solicit nominations for new open leadership positions.
  • Provide a copy of the annual business meeting agenda to SHAPE America along with new chair for the SIG within sixty (60) days of the business meeting and selection.
SHAPE America Responsibilities
To support SIGs throughout the year SHAPE America staff supports the SIG Officers as they perform the duties of their office. This support includes, but is not limited to the following requirements:

  • Designate a staff member to act as the liaison with each SIG Chair and provide staff support to the SIG activities.
  • Maintain all SIG membership and records.
  • Establish and maintain continuous communication vehicles for each SIG.
  • Post SIG information to the SIG webpage as needed throughout the year.
  • Coordinate yearly SIG business meetings and special events at the National Convention.
  • Conduct 3-4 SIG Chair conference calls throughout the year.
  • Facilitate information sharing between SHAPE America and SIG leaders throughout the year.
  • Distribute, as directed, SIG information to SIG members.
  • Provide, as available, space at the SHAPE America Annual Convention for SIG activities.

Start a New SIG!

Interested in starting a new SHAPE America SIG? Check out our criteria for starting a new SIG. Please contact the SHAPE America Programs Unit at SIGs@shapeamerica.org to obtain the necessary information and submission forms.

SIG Awards

Nominate a deserving individual for an award! Check out the SIG call for nominations: