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Councilors-at-Large (CALs) serve a three-year term. One CAL is elected each year, three-year terms of each CAL do not run concurrently, and thus CALs are identified as Senior Councilor-at-Large, and two appointed as Councilor-at-Large, based on the numbers of years in office (Article IV of the APS Constitution). A newly elected CAL assumes office at the meeting of the new Council at the APS Annual Meeting. A CAL cannot simultaneously hold another office of the society during the term of office as ​councilor.

General Responsibilities

  1. The Senior CAL is a member of the Executive Committee.
  2. Councilors-at-Large (CALs) will submit reports to headquarters as directed by the Internal Communications Officer​.
  3. Work with Staff on Committee Chair/Vice Chair orientation webinar.
  4. Each CAL is designated as a liaison to a committee for their term as CAL. 
  5. CAL liaisons to attend committee/office​ meetings as feasible throughout the year ​as well as to the Leadership Training online sessions.

Specific Responsibilities of Senior Councilor-at-Large

  1. Provides orientation to the chairs and vice chairs via a webinar (held prior to the annual meeting).
  2. Encourages new volunteers to contact the appropriate committee chair prior to the annual meeting through electronic means and through an article in Phytopathology News.
  3. Serve as a liaison and resource to their designated committees. 
  4. Work with APS Staff to ensure chair/vice chair appointments are completed as outlined in the Manual of Operations for the upcoming year (to be completed by the end of the APS Annual Meeting) 
  5. Provides committee descriptions and activity updates to Staff for updating committee pages on APSnet. 
  6. Alongside APS Staff manage call for nominations, award notifications, and award announcement for the APS Outstanding Volunteer Award​.
  7. Serves in an advisory role as an ex-officio non-voting member on the Annual Meeting Board. ​