The Special Interest Group Coordinator serves as the liaison between the Professional Development Director and the SIG Leaders. Click read more below for more information! 



The Special Interest Group Coordinator serves as the liaison between the Professional Development Director and the SIG Leaders. The Special Interest Group Coordinator serves as a resource for the Leaders, facilitates coordination of SIG activities and proposals, and coordinates leadership training for the SIG Leaders with the Past President and Professional Development Director. Reports to Professional Development Director.

The term of office is three years and may be renewed.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Has been an active, current member of the College Reading and Learning Association for 2 or more years.
  2. Has served at least two years in SIG leadership.
  3. Provides a letter of intent for consideration of SIG Coordinator position including goals.
  4. Maintains current membership in CRLA throughout term of office.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Maintains the list of current SIG Leaders and their contact information and revise as needed. Verify that SIG Leaders’ CRLA membership remains current throughout their term.
  2. Communicates regularly with SIG Leaders by sharing:
    1. Process for requesting membership lists.
    2. Process for requesting funding.
    3. Reporting due dates: Annual Goals and Activity reports due January 15th and June 15th
    4. Information about the upcoming conference and leadership activities as well as post conference information.
  3. Collects and reviews all Goals and Activities reports and newsletters by January 15th and June 15th.  Forward to Professional Development Director for posting on CRLA website.
  4. Manages all funding requests and presents them to the Professional Development Director upon their receipt in order for immediate approval review by CRLA Board.
  5. Encourages SIG Leaders to recruit presenters to submit proposals to CRLA Conference.
  6. Coordinates with Conference Chair to facilitate review of proposals by the SIGs.
    1. Recruits reviewers for conference proposals
    2. Trains reviewers and SIG Leaders in the online review system
    3. Assigns proposals for review to the appropriate reviewers for each strand
  7. Conducts SIG Leader training at the annual CRLA conference in coordination with Professional Development Director and Past President by helping plan the agenda and develop the materials for all Leadership activities. Confirm which SIG Leaders will be attending.
    1. Supports SIG Leaders in planning their conference activities and serves as proxy for SIG meetings that do not have a facilitator.
  8. Contacts potential SIG Leaders for the coming year to fill leadership openings.
    1. Verifies that they are interested in serving and send a copy of the job description.
    2. Asks for a response in writing within a given deadline.
    3. Brings recommendation forward to Professional Development Director for Board approval.
    4. Reminds outgoing Leaders to transfer materials to
  9. Reviews and updates SIG descriptions and evaluates need to add and/or delete SIGs.
  10. Submits a yearly report to the Professional Development Director by August 1st of each year, which will cover activities between September 1st and July 31st.

Annual budget Proposals

The CRLA Executive Board discusses the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. All Board members and CRLA leaders who are responsible for budget categories and/or individual items must submit a budget proposal each year for the upcoming year. These budget proposals are due to the Treasurer no less than one month before the date of the designated Board meeting. The Treasurer will reach out to all Board members, Chairs, and Coordinators, sharing previous budget information to help inform the new budget proposals. The Treasurer will share the deadline for submitting budget proposals well in advance of the date needed.

Reimbursement for non-board members

The CRLA Executive Board establishes a travel funding policy for CRLA leaders who are not members of the Board but may be required to perform some of their responsibilities at the annual CRLA conference. Funding requests will be funded by the Board depending on the total award amount available each year. The Leader Travel Request Form should be submitted in writing to the President of CRLA by June 15 to be considered for that year’s conference. Proposals will be evaluated by the Board on the basis of benefit to the Association and the members of CRLA, the extent to which they demonstrate CRLA’s Mission and Guiding Principles, and on a “funds available” basis. Proposals should include an explanation of the reasons for the request, the purpose of travel, benefits to CRLA, and an itemized list of expenses. For additional information, please see the “Travel Funding Policy for Committee Chairs, Coordinators, and Other Leaders” and Leader Travel Request Form available on the CRLA website at Leadership/Leader Forms/ Committee Chairs and Coordinators.

Accepting this position allows CRLA to publish name, work email, work address, and work telephone number.

The term of office is three years and may be renewed. Those interested should contact Jon Mladic

(Revised March 2013; October 2015; November 2016; November 2017; October 2018; October 2019; November 2020)