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Leadership Institute


The APS Leadership Institute Committee will establish a “Leadership Institute” to foster development of leadership skills among members, and to encourage them to become leaders in their profession and in APS. The committee will develop and coordinate programs and resources for this purpose. The Leadership Institute will actively mentor APS members to achieve this goal.

Organizational Structure

To carry out its responsibilities, the Leadership Institute Committee is comprised of the following:

  • Chair
  • Vice-chair
  • Immediate past chair, for a one year term immediately following chair​ term (ex officio, non-voting)
  • 6-8 committee members representative of the society from academia, government, and industry/private sectors. 
  • Liaison from APS Council (ex-officio, non-voting)​
  • APS staff member to serve as liaison with APS headquarters staff.

The chair of the Committee will serve a three-year term. During the chair’s second year of their term, the Committee will nominate potential candidates at midyear for the chair position to bring to Council. Council appoints the new chair/vice-chair. Upon appointment, the incoming chair is requested to attend the Committee meeting at the APS Annual Meeting that precedes their term as chair.

Prospective candidates to be considered for Committee membership may be nominated by the Committee or the APS general membership, or by self-nomination. M​embers will be formally appointed by a majority vote of the Committee and will serve a three-year term, but may not serve more than two consecutive terms​


General responsibilities 

The Committee will coordinate programs and workshops focused on development of leadership and management skills. Such activity will occur in conjunction with the APS Annual Meeting, and apart from the Annual Meeting in select online or other resources. The programs should be designed to serve a broad range of the society’s membership. The Committee will work with APS headquarters staff and Council to engage new members to increase their awareness of the obligations and benefits of service and leadership on boards, committees and within other activities.


Responsibilities of the Chair

The chair will insure the establishment of priorities, make individual assignments within the Committee, and insure follow-through on assignments. The chair will be the primary societal contact for the Committee. The chair will represent the Committee to the society’s leadership and will work with the society leadership to assure that the Committee’s programs are consistent with the society’s interests. The chair will have primary responsibility for preparing and submitting reports to the ICO (Internal Communications Officer) of APS upon request.


Responsibilities of the Vice-Chair

The vice-chair of the Committee will support the efforts of the chair and at times may step in to lead selected initiatives as appropriate. The chair and vice-chair will coordinate meetings and conference calls with the members of the Committee, and will share responsibilities for drafting reports and other communications from the Committee.


Responsibilities of the Members

The Committee will convene at the APS Annual Meeting to make programmatic and financial decisions. However, planning, decision-making, and program execution occur on a year-round basis. Members are expected to participate actively in regular Committee discussions via E-mail and conference calls, and to respond in a timely manner to requests for input and information regarding Committee activities. Committee members are encouraged to bring forward new and creative ideas to help meet the mission of the Leadership Institute. Committee members may be called upon to assist with coordination and execution of workshops and other activities associated with the Leadership Institute. Members are also charged with maintaining the highest professional standards of scientific objectivity, dispassion, and ethical conduct.