The mission of OIP is to:
OIP is charged by Council with primary leadership for the society’s international programs and is empowered to dispense funds allocated by Council for international programs as well as to utilize staff time for execution of these programs. It is the responsibility of OIP to coordinate, enable, and nurture international programs from various sectors of the society.
To carry out its responsibilities, the OIP shall be comprised of the following:
Council appoints the director. Members will be formally appointed by a majority vote of the OIP and will serve a three-year term but may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Appointments should be staggered so that no more than one-third are replaced or reappointed each year. All members must be members of APS.
General Responsibilities of the Director
The director, appointed by the Council for a three-year term, is responsible for the activities of the OIP. The director reports to Council twice each year and at other times when major changes are made, makes financial requests to Council and prepares a report of activities for inclusion in the annual report. The director shall appoint an official note taker at each meeting of the OIP. That individual will provide their draft to the director to be disseminated, approved, and archived. The director serves as liaison with the Foundation in selection of awardees of the International Travel Fund. The director also serves as chair of the JANE Fund Technical Committee with 2 other members suggested by OIP and approved by the APS Foundation for a two-year term. This committee is responsible for soliciting grants for and evaluating proposals for awards from the JANE Endowment with the exception of the APS International Service Award. The director ensures announcements for both of these awards are included in Phytopathology News issue at least three months prior to the application deadlines.
General Responsibilities of the OIP
The OIP is responsible for advice and oversight on OIP activities and policies, and helps establish OIP committees and committee chairs. OIP members will be proactive in bringing issues to the attention of OIP and in pursuing opportunities to increase the visibility of APS internationally. The OIP will meet once at the APS annual meeting to make programmatic and financial decisions. However, planning, decision-making, and program execution occur on a daily, year-round basis. OIP members are expected to participate actively in regular discussions via E- mail, and to respond in a timely manner to requests for information/opinion by the OIP director and staff.
General Responsibilities of the Committees of OIP
OIP may form committees and action groups as necessary. Committee chairs will be OIP members. Additional committee members may be added at the discretion of the committee membership and with the approval of the director. Committee members will not vote on OIP issues, but are encouraged to attend and participate in all OIP activities. All committee members must be members of APS. The OIP committees will meet once at the APS annual meeting to make programmatic and financial decisions. However, planning, decision-making, and program execution occur on a daily, year-round basis. Committee members are expected to participate actively in regular committee discussions via E-mail, and to respond in a timely manner to requests for information/opinion by the Committee Chair, OIP director and staff.