Governance Committee Charters

Below is a listing of the official ACS committee charters, as listed in the ACS Constitution, Bylaws, & Regulations (Bulletin V) as of December 2008.

Admissions

Other Committees of the Council

Bylaw I, Sec. 1 and Bylaw I, Sec. 3, c

Charter

An Admissions Committee shall be appointed by the President on or before January 15 of each year. This Committee shall elect all members of the SOCIETY of whatever classification. The Council Committee on Membership Affairs shall act as an advisory body to the Admissions Committee.

The Admissions Committee shall have power to interpret and apply these requirements for membership, including determining the status of applicants educated in foreign countries.

Chemists with Disabilities

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

  • Promoting educational and professional opportunities in the chemical sciences and in fields requiring knowledge of chemistry for persons with disabilities.
  • Championing the capabilities of those persons to educators, employers, and peers.
  • Envisioning a time when all individuals, including those with disabilities, will advance the chemical enterprise by drawing on the full range of their talents.

a. Ensuring that all ACS-sponsored services and programs promote and advance the full participation of students with disabilities;

b. Promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities employed in or seeking employment within chemistry and its allied fields, supporting the ACS Strategic Plan;

c. Providing and promoting a portfolio of programs, products and services to increase their participation and leadership in the chemical community; and

d. Serving as a resource to the chemistry community as a whole with reference to issues concerning the education and employment of individuals with disabilities.

Community Activities

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

To improve the public perception of chemistry by providing programs to connect chemists with their communities by:

a. Providing guidance to the Society's community outreach programs and activities, and developing and implementing new resources/technologies to support, evaluate, and sustain them;

b. Encouraging participation in community outreach programs through recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers; and

c. Informing the Board, Council and other SOCIETY bodies of the Committee's activities

Corporation Associates

Special Committee

Regulation III, 12

Charter

Responsible for the official relationship between corporations and the SOCIETY, including the provision of advice to the Board on SOCIETY activities relating to member organizations; development of recommendations about sources of and uses for income from Corporation Associates; and acceptance or rejection of applications for enrollment, as specified in the Bylaws. (6/6/92)

Divisional Activities

Standing Committees of the Council

Bylaw III, 3, d, (1) (c)

Charter

a. studying and making recommendations to the Council concerning SOCIETY policy affecting interests of Divisions;

b. assisting Divisions in coordinating their efforts with SOCIETY and Local Section activities;

c. performing the duties incident to the creation of new Divisions as prescribed elsewhere in these Bylaws and making recommendations to the Council for combination or dissolution of Divisions; (6/13/99)

d. promoting both formal and informal cooperation and communication of Divisions with Local Sections and other Division; (6/6/03)

e. cooperating with the Committee on Meetings and Expositions, SOCIETY bodies related to publications, and other committees in areas of mutual interest; (6/30/97)

f. determining the formula for distribution of dues funds allocated to Divisions as provided elsewhere in these Bylaws and conveying that formula for approval by Council; (6/6/03)

g. acting for the Council, in collaboration with the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, in approving the affiliation of Divisions with other technical organizations. (6/1/73)

Economic & Professional Affairs

Standing Committee of the Council

Bylaw III, Sec. 3(d) (1)(E)]

Charter

  • Fostering ongoing improvement in the economic and professional status of chemical scientists
  • Receiving, addressing, and communicating to the Council concerns of the members in the area of professional affairs
  • Acting for the council, in cooperation with other appropriate governing entities, in monitoring and coordinating the professional affairs programs of the society, including career assistance and development programs
  • Monitoring the state of the economic and professional affairs of chemical scientists and formulating recommendations to the Council on policy in this area
  • Identifying, studying, and reporting to the Society long- and short-range economic and professional needs of chemical scientists
  • Conducting and reporting periodic fact-finding studies on supply and demand, compensation, and other matters that affect the economic status of the chemical profession
  • Reviewing, updating and, after approvals by the Board of Directors and the Council, issuing professional and employment guidelines for chemical scientists to members and employers
  • Monitoring employer/employee relationships and issuing to the Society periodic reports on such matters as personnel policies, fringe benefits, working conditions, terminations, job security, and compliance with Society guidelines
  • Proposing ethical standards of conduct for chemical scientists for consideration by the Council

Governing Board for the ACS GCI®

Governing Board

Regulation III, 19

Charter

The ACS Green Chemistry Institute shall promote and advance green chemistry through research, education, and dissemination of information about chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. (12/2/06)

a. Membership of the Governing Board for the ACS Green Chemistry Institute. The Governing Board for the ACS Green Chemistry Institute shall consist of no more than twelve members who have a range of backgrounds in science, engineering, business, technology, and education, as follows: (12/2/06)

(1) ACS Executive Director or his or her designee. (12/2/06)

(2) ACS Green Chemistry Institute Director. (12/2/06)

(3) Two individuals who are voting members of the ACS Board of Directors. (12/2/06)

(4) Two individuals with experience in industry who are not members of the ACS Board of Directors. (12/2/06)

(5) Two individuals with experience in government, nonacademic research institutions, or nongovernmental organizations, who are not members of the ACS Board of Directors. (12/2/06)

(6) Two individuals with experience in academia who are not members of the ACS Board of Directors. (12/2/06)

(7) Two members who bring significant expertise to the Governing Board in areas of strategic importance to the ACS Green Chemistry Institute who are not members of the ACS Board of Directors. (12/2/06)

Grants & Awards

Regulation III, 8

Standing Committee of the Board

Charter

Determine the proper allocation of monies from the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Petroleum Research Fund (“ACS-PRF”) once the Annual Amount, as defined in the Agreement of Transfer of Trust dated October 25, 2000, has been established by the Committee on Pensions and Investments. The Committee also is authorized to set up an Advisory Board and such other committees as it deems necessary, determine the size of such bodies and terms of appointment thereto, and recommend necessary appointments to the Chair of the Board. The PRF Advisory Board shall consider all proposals for grants in the several ACS-PRF grants programs, with the exception of the funding designated by the Board for the Green Chemistry Institute which shall be handled by the Committee as set forth herein, and recommend for approval by the ACS Board of Directors Committee on Grants and Awards, within the limits of available funds, only those proposals that, in its judgment, fulfill the requirements stated in Paragraph (a) Article SECOND of the Agreement of Transfer of Trust Creating the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Petroleum Research Fund, dated October 25, 2000. Among all proposals submitted, which are judged to qualify under the terms of said Agreement, the Advisory Board shall recommend for funding those that best meet its criteria for educational and scientific merit. The Advisory Board, either upon request of the Board Committee on Grants and Awards or upon its own initiative, may also consider and make recommendations on policy, eligibility, terms, and conditions for ACS-PRF grants programs. The Committee shall act on behalf of the Board in determining types of grants and in approving standards and conditions thereof. It may authorize specific grants within the amounts made available for such purposes upon recommendation of The Petroleum Research Fund Advisory Board. (3/27/04)

The Committee shall have the responsibility to administer the payment of the ACS-PRF funds authorized by the Board of Directors to the Green Chemistry Institute (GCI) and will, at least annually, review and approve the use of such funds before the funds are paid over to GCI to ensure compliance with the requirements as set forth in the Agreement for the Transfer of Trust dated October 25, 2000, Article SECOND. (12/4/04)

The Committee shall serve in a similar capacity for other projects involving research grants and fellowships, for which the SOCIETY accepts responsibility, by exercising powers and responsibilities like those listed above for the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Petroleum Research Fund. (3/27/04)

The Committee also shall be responsible for the SOCIETY awards program to recognize accomplishments by persons and organizations within the fields of activity of the SOCIETY. The Committee shall make recommendations to the Board of Directors on new proposals for SOCIETY awards or award sponsors. (12/04/04)

The Board of Directors delegates to the Committee authority to extend and renew agreements with award sponsors in accordance with established policies; to develop rules and regulations for the SOCIETY awards program; and to revise procedures for the operation of the program as necessary. (12/4/04)

International Activities

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

Responsible for studying and recommending appropriate SOCIETY participation and cooperation in international undertakings pertaining to chemical education, professional activities, and scientific matters of interest to chemists and chemical engineers, and coordinating its efforts with those of other organizations, especially the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council.

Local Section Activities

Standing Committees of the Council

Bylaw III,3, d, (1), (d)

Charter

a. studying and making recommendations to the Council concerning SOCIETY policy affecting the interests of Local Sections; (6/6/03)

b. assisting Local Sections in coordinating their efforts with SOCIETY and Division activities; (6/6/03)

c. promoting both formal and informal cooperation and communication of Local Sections with Divisions and other Local Sections; (6/6/03)

d. exploring possibilities of assisting Local Sections in enriching their program of activities; receiving reports on and rating the effectiveness of Local Section activities;

e. receiving, considering, and making recommendations to the Council concerning petitions for chartering new Local Sections and for changes in territory or name;

f. making recommendations to the Council concerning combining or dissolving Local Sections; (6/14/98)

g. studying the needs for financial support of local activities in relation to the SOCIETY’s program and making recommendations to the Council concerning proper allotments for this purpose; (5/27/60)

h. determining the formula for distribution of dues funds allocated to Local Sections as provided elsewhere in these Bylaws and conveying that formula for approval by Council; (6/6/03)

i. acting for the Council in resolving any member’s appeal from adverse action on a request for assignment to a Local Section in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws. (4/9/75)

j. acting for the Council, in collaboration with the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, in approving the affiliation of Local Sections with other technical organizations. (11/7/07)

Meetings & Expositions

Standing Committees of the Council

Bylaw III, 3, d, (1), (b)

Charter

a. studying and making recommendations to the Council concerning policies and problems of meetings and expositions organized and operated by the SOCIETY, its Divisions, and groups of Local Sections;

b. studying and making recommendations to the Council on dates and locations of meetings and expositions sponsored by the SOCIETY;

c. cooperating with the Committee on Divisional Activities in areas of mutual interest. (1/1/71)

Membership Affairs

Standing Committees of the Council

Bylaw III, 3, d, (1) (a)

Charter

a. conducting reviews and making recommendations to Council concerning standards and requirements for membership and affiliate status, including privileges and restrictions, and concerning special dues categories referred to elsewhere in these Bylaws; (10/7/97)

b. reviewing and recommending to the appropriate SOCIETY bodies plans and programs for securing additions to membership, including recruitment and retention of members and improvement of member-related services; (10/7/97)

c. reviewing the status of and trends in member and affiliate data and recommending to the appropriate SOCIETY bodies actions in furtherance of the Committee’s duties and the objects of the SOCIETY; (10/7/97)

d. acting as an advisory board to the Admissions Committee and serving as an appeals board for any member or candidate dissatisfied with an action of the Admissions Committee; (10/7/97)

e. considering charges of injurious conduct against a member according to procedures prescribed elsewhere in these Bylaws; (10/7/97)

f. reviewing and recommending to the appropriate SOCIETY bodies means for informing members and potential members about SOCIETY matters, including advantages of membership. (10/7/97)

Minority Affairs

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

Overseeing ACS programs devoted or related to minority issues;

a. Developing a long-range plan to ensure increased participation of minority chemical professionals in the profession and in the SOCIETY at all levels;

b. Studying and making recommendations on the current status of minorities in the SOCIETY and in the chemical sciences;

c. Promoting and recognizing the professional accomplishments of minorities in the chemical sciences and in the SOCIETY; and,

d. Increasing the interest of minority chemical professionals in the work of the SOCIETY.

Professional & Member Relations

Regulation III, 10

Charter

Responsible for developing plans to advance the members’ professional and economic interests and stature; to obtain the best possible understanding of the members’ wishes concerning SOCIETY policies and activities in these areas; to assure a similar understanding by the membership of the SOCIETY’s objectives, policies, and activities in the professional and member relations field; and to seek ideas about ways to extend SOCIETY influence in these areas. (9/10/03

The Committee shall suggest policies and procedures for promoting the effective interchange of information and ideas among the national officers, Board of Directors, Council, staff, and members of the SOCIETY; it shall also be responsible to the Board for increasing SOCIETY membership and reviewing and advising on the services that the SOCIETY provides to its members. (9/10/03)

The Board of Directors delegates to the Committee authority to approve requests for co-sponsorship of meetings, whether cooperative or nominal, when the SOCIETY is the sponsor. Cooperative co-sponsorship requests that exceed the financial commitment level specified in Regulation VI require the additional approval of the Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Committee, unless the funds are available for this purpose with an approved budget. (12/4/04)

Women Chemists

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

The Women Chemists Committee of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY was established in 1927 as the Women’s Service Committee to encourage women chemists to take an active interest in SOCIETY activities. The Committee shall

a. Serve as a forum for women in chemistry and related professions.

b. Develop recommendations regarding issues of interest to women chemists.

c. Provide a means of increasing and improving participation of women in the chemical sciences and the SOCIETY.

d. Promote the recognition of women chemists.

e. Inform the Council and other appropriate SOCIETY bodies of the Committee’s activities.

Younger Chemists

Other Joint Board-Council Committees

Bylaw III, 3, e, g

Charter

The duties of the Younger Chemists Committee shall, inter alia, include

a. To facilitate communication of ideas and attitudes between the governing bodies of the SOCIETY and younger chemists.

b. To advise the governing bodies of the SOCIETY on the positions of younger chemists regarding policies and programs currently before the SOCIETY and those which younger chemists feel should be considered by the SOCIETY.

c. To aid in the providing of information to younger chemists about the profession and practice of chemistry.

d.

(1) To organize and operate at national, regional, and local level activities of special interest to younger chemists.

(2) To inform younger chemists of the services and benefits provided by the SOCIETY for its members.

(3) To obtain from younger chemists their evaluations of the SOCIETY and its activities.

e. To inform younger members about the organization of the SOCIETY and to study methods of and make recommendations for the flow of younger members into active work in the SOCIETY.

f. To furnish a focus for the expression of concerns of importance to younger members.