The American Ceramic Society’s Board of Directors took action in January 2017 to improve ACerS efforts in education and professional development. The result was the formation of a new Class of the Society called The Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC).
The purpose of the EPDC is to stimulate, promote, and improve education and professional development within the ceramic and glass community.
EPDC is the umbrella that incorporates the past efforts of CEC, NICE, the Education Integration Committee (EIC), and the Student Activities Committee (SAC). The intent of consolidating these groups into a single Class is to simplify the administrative structure and remove barriers to participation for interested members.
The Young Professionals Network (YPN), President’s Council of Student Advisors (PCSA), and Keramos remain very active and are working closely with the EPDC to coordinate efforts and meet common goals.
Join the Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) as a member
If you have an interest in education or professional development initiatives, join us as a member of the EPDC. Additionally, EPDC members are eligible for special awards (see more information on awards below).
You may join this growing community by logging in to your ACerS Personal Snapshot and marking "EPDC" under the Interest Groups and Communities tab.
If you have any difficulties with this process, or have any additional questions please contact ACerS Customer Service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-240-646-7054 (outside the U.S.).
ACerS Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Awards
Apply for one or more of the following EPDC awards! Gain visibility and recognition while building your CV with ACerS.
EPDC Volunteer Positions Available
2021-2023 EPDC Co-Chair
The EPDC is the central location for an exchange of ideas between education and professional development organization within ACerS. Therefore, the EPDC co-chairs are responsible for serving as a resource for organizing events throughout ACerS, including the development of new initiatives. One of the new initiatives for 2021 is the organizing of a new EPDC mentor sub-committee. The EPDC co-chairs operate on a 2 year term, with staggered elections. To review and download the EPDC Rules, please see below.
The start of the EPDC co-chair term will coincide with the ACerS Annual Meeting each year. The time commitment is 5-10 hours per month, with regular meetings (at least one per quarter) of the EPDC throughout the year (one of which is organized at ACerS Annual Meeting at MS&T). Additional work may be required depending on activities/goals of the EPDC that are specific to the co-chairs.
Any ACerS member who has interest or experience with education or professional development initiatives is encouraged to apply. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone please complete the nomination form below and submit via email by Tuesday, June 15, 2021.
Please contact Jessica Rimsza with any questions.
EPDC Mentor Sub-Committee
The EPDC is in search of individuals who are interested in forming an EPDC Mentor Sub-Committee, to further develop a mentorship program for ACerS.
If you would like to be involved in the Mentor Sub-Committee please email Ashley Hilmas by Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Please also contact Ashley with any questions.
2020-2021 Education and Professional Development Council (EPDC) Committee Representatives
2019-2021 EPDC Co-Chair
2019-2021 EPDC Co-Chair
EPDC Committee Representatives
EPDC Awards Committee
Rosario Gerhardt; Chair 2020-2021
Edgar Zanotto, 2021-2022
Rosario Gerhardt, 2018-2023
Rajendra Kumar Bordia, 2019-2024
Jürgen Rödel, 2020-2025
material advantage Committee (MAC)
R. Allen Kimel
PResident's council of student advisors (PCSA)
ACerS staff liaison to the epdc
Young Professionals Network
Kathryn Goetschius, 2019-2021
Yuxuan Gong, 2020-2022
ACerS board of directors class liaison