Honors Committees

TOS HONORS NOMINATION COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE (revised July 1, 2021)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
• Andone Lavery (Chair)
• Michael McPhaden
• Terri Paluszkiewicz
• Amatzia Genin
• Samantha Joye
• Paula Bontempi
• Roger Samelson
• Magdalena Andres
• Carolyn Scherule
• Chuck Greene
• Amelia Shevenell
• Galen McKinley
• Larry Mayer
• Vicki Ferrini
• Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger

TYPE. The TOS Honors Nomination Committee (Nomination Committee) is a Standing Committee

PURPOSE. The Nomination Committee is responsible for encouraging honors nominations from the ocean science community and/or from the Nomination Committee itself. The honors that the Nomination Committee is charged with managing are:
• Fellows
• Walter Munk Medal
• Wallace Broecker Medal
• Mary Sears Medal
• Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award
• Early Career Award
• Mentoring Award
• Ocean Observing Team Award

SCOPE. The Nomination Committee encourages nominations, and after nominations are submitted to the online submission system, committee members check each nomination for completeness and viability. The Committee can contact nominators to request additional information or revision prior to the nomination deadline.

AUTHORITY. The Nomination Committee reviews nominations for completeness and forwards them to the Selection Committee.

 

MEMBERSHIP. The Nomination Committee is composed of a chair and 14 members with staggered 3-year terms. Eight TOS Council members (representing the thematic areas of Physical Oceanography, Education, Biological Oceanography, Geological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Applied Technology, Ocean Data Science, and Ocean Social Science and Policy) automatically serve on this committee after they are elected to their Council positions. The remaining six members are selected by the TOS Council following an open call for self-nominations and active recruitment, especially from previous awardees and other well-networked TOS members. The committee members will be selected to provide broad, multidisciplinary expertise. Members of the Nomination Committee may be nominated for honors, but are required to recuse themselves from discussions and review regarding the honor for which they have been nominated. The TOS President serves as the chair of this committee, and may encourage nominations, but cannot directly serve as a lead nominator or sign a letter of support for nominations.

MEETING ARRANGEMENTS. The Nomination Committee will typically meet quarterly by audio conference or video conference. A suggested meeting schedule is February, May, July, and October of each year. Intensive action near the nomination deadline is anticipated. A quorum consists of nine committee members. The TOS Executive Director will work with the Committee Chair to produce an agenda for each call to be distributed one week before the call. The TOS Executive Director will take minutes of each call, will send them to the Chair for verification, and will then share them with all committee members. Discussions among committee members are to remain confidential. Members will communicate by email as needed.

REPORTING. The Nomination Committee provides a report to the Selection Committee after the nomination deadline each year. The report consists of a list of all nominations for each honor, including information on gender and other diversity statistics. The nomination packages are provided electronically to the Selection Committee.

DELIVERABLES. In addition to the report submitted to the Selection Committee, it is expected that the  Nomination Committee will work throughout the year to encourage nominations for TOS honors.

RESOURCES AND BUDGET. The TOS Executive Director will provide logistical support. Audio and/or video conferencing services will be made available.

REVIEW. These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually during the first week of January.

TOS HONORS SELECTION COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE (revised July 1, 2021)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS
• Martin Visbeck (Chair)
João Canário
Kelly Robinson
• Gregory Cutter
• Mary Jo Richardson
• Amelie Meyer
• Xu Chen

TYPE. The Honors Selection Committee (Selection Committee) is a Standing Committee

PURPOSE. The Selection Committee is responsible for reviewing nominations provided by the Nomination Committee and selecting recipients for the honors listed below:
• Fellows
• Walter Munk Medal
• Wallace Broecker Medal
• Mary Sears Medal
• Nils Gunnar Jerlov Award
• Early Career Award
• Mentoring Award
• Ocean Observing Team Award

SCOPE. The Selection Committee will review and jointly select, in accordance with established guidelines, the recipients for each honor.

AUTHORITY. The Selection Committee selects the recipients of each honor and provides a report listing all recipients to the TOS president for further action. The TOS Honors Selection Committee Procedure regulates the detailed selection process.

MEMBERSHIP. The Selection Committee is composed of the chair (TOS past-president) plus 6 TOS members (one of whom is an early career member) with staggered 3-year terms (3 groups of 2 members). New committee members will be selected by the TOS Council. A member of the TOS Ethics Committee and the TOS JEDI committee can serve as ex-officio members of this committee as observers without voting rights. Members of the Selection Committee are not eligible to be nominated for TOS Honors, and may not nominate or submit letters of support for nominations while serving on the committee.

MEETING ARRANGEMENTS. The Selection Committee will meet in the last quarter of each year by online conference to discuss the nominations provided by the Honors Nomination Committee. A quorum consists of four committee members, but all members of the Selection Committee are expected to vote on final selections for each honor. A conflict of interest form will be completed by each member before the first meeting. The TOS Executive Director will work with the Committee chair to produce an agenda for each call to be distributed one week before the call. The TOS Executive Director will take minutes of each call, will send them to the chair for verification, and will then share them with all committee members. Discussions among committee members are to remain confidential. Members will communicate by email as needed.

REPORTING AND DELIVERABLES. The Selection Committee will prepare a memo to the TOS President listing the individual(s) selected to receive each honor. The Selection Committee will inform the non successful nominators.

RESOURCES AND BUDGET. The TOS Executive Director will provide logistical support. Audio and/or video conferencing services will be made available.

REVIEW. These Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually during the first week of January.

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