Distinguished Lecturer Committee

About the Committee

The committee is responsible for selecting topics and lecturers for the Distinguished Lecturer Program.


  • Solicit Distinguished Lecturer (DL) nominations to be considered by the committee.
  • Select potential lecturers based on their qualifications and the quality of their PowerPoint presentations in order for them to move forward to a live audition before members of the committee.
  • Actively participate in all rounds of judging in order to select lecturers.
  • Serve as the point of contact for one to three potential lecturers in preparation for the live audition.
  • Attend and participate in selecting approximately 30 DLs at the in-person presentation review meeting. (PLEASE NOTE: committee members must attend this meeting in-person.)
  • Review and personally communicate lecturer evaluations as needed throughout the lecture season to ensure the highest quality of presentations and member experiences.
  • Attend at least one of three meetings per year. (PLEASE NOTE: expenses for travel, meals, accommodations, etc. will not be reimbursed by SPE.)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong desire to see our members grow through the dissemination of technical knowledge by fostering outstanding DL presentations.
  • Prefer experience as a section officer.
  • Prefer past involvement as a Distinguished Lecturer.
  • SPE professional membership.

Expected Time Commitment

  • Attend at least one of three meetings per year — one in May, one around Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, and one in Europe.
  • Participate in online judging to review presentations.

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