Make Things Happen, Engage in APS
APS members who are looking for exceptional experiences that have the potential to enhance both the science of plant pathology as well as their personal leadership and networking skills should consider engaging with APS as a volunteer for a board, office or committee. APS member volunteers tackle important issues, keep members informed, manage the details, and basically make things happen for APS and as a result advance the science and community of plant pathology. It’s important work and relies on a breadth of member involvement. With several options to choose from, it’s easy to become involved in APS and all APS members are welcome to participate.
Volunteer positions can range in scope from short, focused projects for a couple of months to longer positions with a maximum of a three-year term, which is typically renewable. During this time, volunteers attend and participate in their specific meetings held each year at the APS Annual Meeting and are involved in activities of the board, office or committee they serve. The nature and extent of the activities depends on its mission, as well as on the imagination, enthusiasm, and dedication of its members. As an active volunteer member, you can make a difference.
Committees provide a mechanism by which the diverse views of plant pathologists can be considered. You can select from subject-matter-focused committees or general policy committees. Check out the committee webpage. On the webpage, you will find a listing of all committee chairs and members, a report of their recent activities, and other useful information related to APS committees. The various boards and office have extensive websites featuring their activities, for a quick overview and link to additional details view the APS leadership listing.
If you want to start with a committee position, volunteer by contacting the chair of the committee that interests you, or if you will be at the annual meeting, attend the committee meeting in which you are interested. For board and office positions, watch for notices in Phytopathology News and the News Capsules which will specify the type of candidates that are being sought, these requests are made throughout the year and vary from year to year or visit the current volunteer openings listing for opportunities.
More than 1,000 APS members volunteer every year to develop program content, review manuscripts, initiate outreach activities, increase plant pathology funding, keep members informed, support the science and make things happen.