Thank you for indicating your interest in helping SHOT. There are numerous opportunities for individuals to serve the Society, some requiring more time than others. You may like to donate to SHOT or to volunteer for one of SHOT’s many committees (see below).
In addition to annual membership dues, SHOT depends on the generosity of members and friends who make special contributions to help advance our mission to encourage the study of technology and its relations with society and culture.
SHOT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – an organization organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes – and so contributions in the United States are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Gifts may be made by credit card through our secure online contribution form (member login requied) or by sending a check, made payable to the “Society for the History of Technology” to:
IOWA State University
Department of History
527 Farm House Ln.
Please contact the treasurer to learn about greatly tax-advantaged means to donate to SHOT and about other ways to make contributions.
Over time we have learned that some committees are a great way for beginning scholars to start out; others require a little more familiarity with the organization and its efforts.
For elected positions — the Editorial and Nominating Committees and the Executive Council — the Nominating Committee is charged with identifying a slate of candidates. The committee will always accept nominations for possible candidates. Include updated information on committee and link to committee details plus contact page details.
An important area where volunteers play vital roles are on the SHOT prize committees. The president is tasked with filling these posts — and SHOT tradition is that the secretary and vice-president help identify committee members. We are eager for volunteers for these positions. Almost all are assigned for three years, and the expectation is that members will serve as chair during the second year of their term.
Other working committees (their responsibilities should be self-evident) area also filled with volunteers:
In addition, the Society has identified a number of areas and activities which it considers important and which need to be strengthened. Efforts may take the form of membership on an ad hoc committee, or helping address some part of a larger task. We aim to identify coordinators willing to oversee the efforts of a team of volunteers in carrying out various specific tasks. Eventually we hope to provide some compensation for those coordinator and facilitators, but the resources are not yet assured for this purpose.
The primary areas of emphasis are:
All of these roles matter — they are the basis for the Society’s activities.
We hope you will find some place where your talents and SHOT’s needs will intersect. Do get in touch and let us know how you are interested in helping SHOT!