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FECS Executive Committee Call for Nominations

By Adam A Iaizzi posted 09-15-2021 20:05

Forum for Early Career Scientists
Deadline for nominations for open Forum for Early Career Scientists (FECS) positions has been extended to Friday, September 24.

Thank you for your continuing support of FECS. In these uncertain times, we continue to promote the interests of early career scientists at the APS and within our community. This notice opens the nomination period for elections to the FECS Executive Committee for terms beginning in 2022.

This year, five positions are open for nomination. This includes a call for FECS’ first elected Councilor—a position that represents FECS interests to the APS Council, which is one of the top decision-making bodies for the APS. Over the past few years, we have been represented by LaNell Williams, the councilor for the FGSA, who has done a great job on behalf of FECS.

FECS is committed to a diverse and well-qualified executive committee that can best represent and apply the interests of FECS members. In considering nominations for the executive committee, we place due consideration to the meetings (March, April, Divisional) that the nominee can attend, as there is a desire to have FECS well represented at all APS meetings. Apart from being a FECS member, there are no restrictions on nominations, and self-nominations are allowed and encouraged.

This year, the Chair-Elect position, the Treasurer position, the Forum Councilor position, and two (2) Member-at-Large positions are up for nomination. A short description of these positions is printed below. Depending on the position, one should expect to spend an average of 5 to 10 hours per month in performance of their duties. This form gives further instructions for nominations and is located under the governance section on the FECS website. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 24. Once nominations have been made, the election committee, chaired by the past chair, will begin the selection process and elections will start soon after. Details for voting will be given once the election process begins.

We hope that you take the time to make a nomination for these important positions and thank you again for your support. If you have questions about the positions, please feel free to contact Past Chair Ben Ueland or another executive committee member through Engage.


FECS Executive Committee

  1. Chair-Elect shall assist the Chair when needed and serve as Chair when the Chair is absent. The Chair-Elect chairs the Program Committee for the APS annual meetings. (1 Year) The person elected as Chair Elect is expected to spend 3 years on the Executive Committee progressing in the Chair line (Elect -> Chair -> Past)
  2. Treasurer shall have responsibility for all funds in the custody of or placed at the disposal of the FECS, and, in consultation with the Chair, shall authorize disbursements from these funds for FECS expenses, in a manner that is consistent with the general policies of the Society. Financial records shall be kept on an annual basis consistent with the fiscal policies of the Society. The Treasurer shall present a financial report and an annual budget at the meeting of the Executive Committee. This is a two-year position.
  3. Forum Councilor shall serve as a liaison between the APS Council and the Executive Committee of the Forum. Following each Council meeting, the Forum Councilor shall report to the Executive Committee of the Forum regarding actions taken by the Council that affect the status and operations of the Forum. This is a four-year position.
  4. Members-at-Large help run the Forum and make up most of the standing committees within the executive. This is a two-year position.