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Traveling Lecturers Committee

International Exchange Lecturer Sub-Committee

The International Exchange Lecturer shall lecture at sites selected on the basis of the greatest possible involvement of academic, industry, and government-based economic geologists. The honor shall be recognized by a suitably inscribed certificate.

Committee Purpose

The Society Traveling Lecturers Committee (TLC) is responsible for soliciting nominations for the Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer and the International Exchange Lecturer positions as described in Article X, Section 10.1(f) on page 19 of the SEG Bylaws.

Committee Composition and Term

The International Exchange Lecturer Sub-Committee consists of four members, including a Chair, with each to serve a three-year term. At least two of the Sub-Committee members should be from outside of North America.


The Sub-Committee annually solicits and receives nominations from its membership and the Society membership-at-large for candidates to serve as International Exchange Lecturers. Committee members who provide nominations must declare that they are free from any conflicts of interest. The Sub-Committee reviews, evaluates and ranks the nominations, and reports its recommendations, in ranked order, to the Chair of the Traveling Lecturers Committee. The Council reviews these recommendations and makes the final selection.

Critical Dates/Schedules

The Sub-Committee should announce a call for International Exchange Lecturer candidates in the April issue of the SEG Newsletter, with the request that recommendations be forwarded to the Chair of the Sub-Committee. The call may be repeated in subsequent Newsletters and/or e-mail broadcasts. The recommendations of the Committee, together with supporting data, should reach the Executive Director no later than September 15 each year. The Executive Director will duplicate the supporting material and distribute it to the Council for action at its first meeting following the September 15 date. The Council will promptly select the International Exchange Lecturer(s) so that the respective lecture tours may be scheduled for the succeeding year. If a regularly scheduled Council meeting is not held in the first months following the September 15 date, the selection by the Council can take place by mail, e-mail, fax, or telephone.

When the Lecturers are selected by the Council, the Lecturers and the Sub-Committee Chair shall be notified by the Society President. The lecture tour itineraries and travel arrangements will be coordinated by Chair of the Traveling Lecturers Committee, in consultation with the Lecturers. Direct expenses for the Lecturers to complete their respective lecture tours will be reimbursed up to an amount set from time-to-time by the Council or the Executive Committee. The Executive Director will contact the Lecturers regarding expense reimbursement.

Relationship to the SEG Council, Other SEG Committees, and Other Organizations

The preceding Chair of the International Exchange Lecturer Sub-Committee should be contacted to request a copy of the previous report to the Council, plus the files for eligible candidates who were not nominated or selected. The Chair of the International Exchange Lecturer Sub-Committee should maintain contact with the Chairs of the Traveling Lecturers Committee, the Thayer Lindsley Visiting Lecturer Sub-Committee, and the SEG Distinguished Lecturer Committee, to avoid duplication of Lecturer nominees and scheduling conflicts.

Specific Functions of the Chair

The Chair is responsible for timely placing of announcements calling for International Exchange Lecturer candidates, and for ensuring that recommendations and supporting documentation are adequate and complete, and that the Committee’s report to the Council is forwarded to the Executive Director no later than the deadline date specified in these guidelines. The Chair also maintains contact with the Chairs of the other Society lecturer committees regarding the status of potential lecturer candidates.

Documentation to Accompany International Exchange Lecturer Nominations

The following outline lists the information needed by the Committee, and provides a uniform basis for consideration of all nominees.

  1. Name
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Education
  4. Professional affiliations
  5. Brief summary of accomplishments, honors, awards, publications, and/or achievements that demonstrate “widely recognized individual research in ore-deposit science and/or exploration methodology, and competence as a public speaker.”
  6. Additional pertinent or related contributions either in science or applied exploration/mine geology; advisory or consultant activities, and recognition of professional stature in economic geology by others.
  7. Comments regarding the candidate's ability and appeal as a speaker. Bilingual ability may be an important consideration.

Last revision: December 2002