Standing Committees

Long-Range Planning
Purpose:

The Long-Range Planning Committee monitors internal and external trends and develops plans that will allow the Division to evolve and adapt to changes in technology, in science, and in the needs and expectations of Division members.

Composition:

The committee is composed of the Division chair, the Member-at-large, the Treasurer and other members who broadly represent the membership of the Division.

Responsibilities:
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the division, assess the opportunities and difficulties it faces, and identify ways to use the strengths and opportunities to mediate the weaknesses and problems. Monitor and report on technological trends that may impact the way in which Division members practice their profession.
  • Monitor and report on developments in chemistry education.
  • Identify emerging areas of interest in chemical education that are related to Division interests and provide recommendations as to how these areas can be incorporated into Division programs and activities.
  • Provide written reports on all key findings, along with appropriate recommendations, with and distribution to all Division committee chairs.
  • Work with Division committees to implement changes to activities and programs in response to identified trends.
  • Hold two planning meetings annually. These are separate from the Executive Committee meetings to ensure that sufficient time can be devoted to the planning process and can be held in conjunction with or separate from the national meetings of the Society. Electronic communications among Long Range Planning Committee members are an integral part of conducting its business.
Timetable:

January:

  • The committee annual report is submitted to the Division secretary to assist in the preparation of the Division annual report

February:

  • The committee chair distributes an agenda to all committee members, if a meeting is scheduled to be held at the spring national meeting of the Society. A committee report is submitted for review at the Division Executive Committee meeting. Submit items to the Division chair for inclusion on the spring Executive Committee agenda.

March/April:

  • If scheduled, the committee meets at the spring national meeting of the Society prior to the Division Executive Committee meeting. The committee chair presents the committee's written report along with a verbal update from the most recent committee meeting to the Executive Committee. The report is presented at the Division business meeting.

April:

  • The committee secretary distributes the minutes and action items of the spring meeting to all committee members. The committee chair drafts a formal report to all Division committees.

July:

  • Submit items to the Division chair for inclusion on the fall Executive Committee agenda. Distribute the agenda and schedule for the committee meeting to all committee members, if scheduled for the fall national meeting of the Society.

July/August:

  • A committee report is submitted for review at the Division Executive Committee meeting. The committee chair submits the budget request for the following calendar year.

August/September:

  • If scheduled, the committee meets at the fall national meeting of the Society prior to the Division Executive Committee. Committee members who are completing their terms of office in the current calendar year are recognized and thanked. The committee chair presents the committee's written report, along with a verbal update from the most recent committee meeting.

September:

  • The committee secretary distributes minutes and action items from the fall committee meeting to all committee members. The committee chair drafts a formal report to all Division committees.

December:

  • The chair sends thank-you letters to all committee members who have completed their terms of office. Original documents of potential long-term value that are not needed by the chair in the fulfillment of his/her duties are transferred to the Division secretary If the chair is completing his/her term of office, the files are prepared to be transferred to the incoming chair by January 1. The committee chair begins the draft of the committee annual report.

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