Officer Descriptions

Elected Officer Information:

President

The President-Elect is an elected officer which has a three (3) year term in the Office of the President. The first year as President-Elect, second year as President, and third year as Past President. Student status is only required during the President and President-Elect terms.

  • As President-Elect you prepare for your year as President. You will serve as a non-voting observer on the IFT Board of Directors and a voting member of the IFTSA Board of Directors.  In addition, you will be required to help coordinate the IFTSA Closing Ceremony at the IFT Annual Meeting and assist with budget and annual plan preparation for your year as President.
  • As President you are the veritable CEO of the Student Association. You will serve as a voting member on the IFT Board of Directors.  You run the organization through meetings and memos, communicate often through e-mails and phone calls with the Board and other IFTSA leaders. 
  • During Past Presidency, you will preside over the nominations and elections process while helping guide the other Presidents from your previous experience. You will serve as a non-voting observer on the IFT Board of Directors, and Feeding Tomorrow, the IFT Foundation, Board of Trustees.

Recommendations:

  • That you have at least one year of previous leadership experience with IFTSA
  • That you consult your advisor or department head to inform them of your future time constraints pertaining to this role.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Board Orientation immediately following your election as incoming President-Elect of IFTSA (April/May).
  • Attendance at IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) the summer directly following you election as incoming President-Elect of IFTSA.
  • Attendance at IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during all three years in the Office of the President.
  • Attendance at IFT Board of Directors meetings (October, March, and June/July) during all three years in the Office of the President.
  • Attendance at IFT Foundation Board Meetings (December, March, and June/July) during your year as Past President in addition to your IFTSA and IFT Board of Directors responsibilities.

Area Representative

The Area Representatives are elected as voting members of the IFTSA Board of Directors who are representatives of membership from their respective geographical areas (North Atlantic, Central Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, North Central, South Central, Pacific West, and Mountain West). They are responsible for communications between the IFTSA Board and the local student chapters and members through memos, newsletters, and e-mails. Most importantly, the Area Representative organizes their respective regional Area Meeting and College Bowl Competition.

Recommendations:

  • Previous leadership experience in their local Food Science Chapter

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) the summer directly following your election
  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

Appointed Officer Information

Vice Presidents:

VP of Development and Communications

The VP of Development and Communications is charged with overseeing all communication and outreach from IFTSA, including the website, Community group, membership announcements, and the blog Science Meets Food.

Recommendations:

  • Interest in developing and maintaining effective communication to IFTSA members and brainstorming and implementing new outreach initiatives and member benefits.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

VP of Marketing

The Vice President of Marketing is charged with guiding and directing the marketing initiatives of the IFT Student Association. They will work directly with the IFT staff liaison and IFT Marketing Department, Competition Chairs, and VP of Development and Communications to develop marketing materials for the Student Association that will be presented to the Student Association Board of Directors for approval.
 
Recommendations:
  • Interest in developing effective communication and promotional materials to IFTSA members and brainstorming and implementing new outreach initiatives and member benefits.
 
Travel Required:
  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

VP of Membership Experiences

The VP of Membership Experiences is charged with ensuring maximum member value for IFTSA membership and managing and coordinating the Excellence in Leadership Award, as well as the IFTSA party and booth at the Annual Meeting. 

Recommendations:

  • Previous attendance at IFTSA programs &/or events and program coordination skills.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

VP of Competitions

The VP of Competitions is charged with overseeing all competitions and their promotion, planning and execution.

Recommendations:

  • Previous involvement in student competitions.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

VP of IFT Relations

The VP of IFT Relations is charged with establishing and maintaining the connection with IFT including serving as the liaison between the Board and all student reps to IFT Workgroups and organizing the Chapters Leaders Workshop.

Recommendations:

  • Previous experience as a student representative and good communication skills.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFTSA Mid-Year Meeting (November) and IFT Annual Meeting (June/July) during your term.

Chair:

Fun Run Chair

The Fun Run Chair responsibilities include:  

  • Lead the bi-monthly calls with Feeding Tomorrow staff
  • Hold committee members accountable for fulfilling their duties and responsibilities
  • Solicit local Chicago-area businesses to secure “door prizes” for race day contests
  • Solicit local Chicago-area food stores for in-kind race day breakfast (bananas, granola bars, etc.) 
  • Work with Feeding Tomorrow staff to coordinate outreach to race registrants (non-students) to promote use of Running Guru to so they can solicit donations from friends and family
  • Coordinate onsite volunteers
    • Recruit students to facilitate t-shirt distribution at Fun Run Booth
    • Race day volunteers for onsite registration, set-up, etc. 
  • Lead Fun Run welcome and warm-up for all participants
  • Arrive at the Fun Run early to assist with registration and help with clean up when the event concludes
  • Identify committee member that could step into chair role in the following year

Recommendations:

  • Previous participation in the Fun Run &/or other fundraising experience.
  • Any student member of IFT who is…
    …committed to devoting their time to ensure the success of the Fun Run 
    …enthusiastic and responsible
    …not afraid to hold others accountable 
    …fluent in English (lots of phone calls required)
Travel Required:
  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term

Competition Directors:
Chapter of the Year (COY) Chair

The Chapter of the Year Competition Chair oversees the COY competition from entries, to judges, and the finalist announcement at the IFTSA Closing Ceremony 

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee

Recommendations:

  • Interest in IFTSA Chapter activities and their benefits.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term.  You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting during your term for the execution of the competition finals. You are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to shadow your predecessor immediately following your appointment, however this is not required.

College Bowl Competition Chair

The College Bowl Competition (CBC) Chair oversees the CBC in its entirety. These responsibilities include; soliciting and adding new questions to the questions bank, soliciting judges for both editing submitted questions and the national competition, compiling and sending question sets adequate for each (8) area competition, and managing the logistics for the national competition at the IFT Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the VP of Competitions and IFT Staff.

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee

Recommendations:

  • Preferred to have previous active participation in the CBC at the national level. After holding this position, the chair will no longer be eligible to participate in future College Bowl Competitions.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting immediately following your appointment and during your term. You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting directly following appointment where you will shadow the current chair during organization and execution of the National College Bowl Competition.

Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition Chair

The Developing Solutions for Developing Countries (DSDC) Chair oversees the DSDC in its entirety. These responsibilities include; soliciting judges for the preliminary and final reports, organizing and overseeing the oral finals of the competition, along with the overall promotion, management, and execution of the competition at the IFT Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the VP of Competitions and IFT Staff.

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee.

Recommendations:

  • Preferred to have previous active participation in the DSDC at the national level.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term.  You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting during your term for the execution of the competition finals. You are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to shadow your predecessor immediately following your appointment, however this is not required.

Disney/IFTSA Product Development Competition Chair

The Disney/IFTSA Product Development Comptition Chair oversees the competition in its entirety. These responsibilities include; soliciting judges for the preliminary and final reports, organizing and overseeing the oral and tasting portion of the competition, along with the overall promotion, management, and execution of the competition at the IFT Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the VP of Competitions and IFT Staff.

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee

Recommendations:

  • Preferred to have previous active participation in this competition at the national level.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term.  You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting during your term for the execution of the competition finals. You are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to shadow your predecessor immediately following your appointment, however this is not required.

IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition Chair

The IFTSA & Mars Product Development Competition (PDC) Chair oversees the PDC in its entirety. These responsibilities include; soliciting judges for the preliminary and final reports, organizing and overseeing the oral, poster, and tasting portion of the competition, along with the overall promotion, management, and execution of the competition at the IFT Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the VP of Competitions and IFT Staff.

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee

Recommendations:

  • Preferred to have previous active participation in the PDC at the national level.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term.  You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting during your term for the execution of the competition finals. You are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to shadow your predecessor immediately following your appointment, however this is not required.

Undergraduate Research Competition Chair

The Undergraduate Research Competition (URC) Chair oversees the URC competition including entry and compilation of abstracts, solicitation of judges, organization of oral & poster presentations, and announcement of winners at the Closing Ceremony in conjunction with the VP of Competitions and IFT Staff.

Requisite Appointment: Member of the SA Rule Change Sub-Committee

Recommendations:

  • Preferred status as an undergraduate student with an interest in Undergraduate Research.

Travel Required:

  • Attendance at the IFT Annual Meeting during your term.  You will be funded for travel to the IFT Annual Meeting during your term for the execution of the competition finals. You are strongly encouraged to attend the annual meeting to shadow your predecessor immediately following your appointment, however this is not required.

Reps to IFT Workgroups:

IFT has moved on from the old structure of committees to a more strategic and mission driven structure of task forces, workgroups, advisory panels, and other groups that support IFT's goals and objectives. Students' participation is important to the success of these groups and you are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a student representative, fill out the IFTSA Official Nomination Form.   These appointments are made on an as-needed basis and cannot be guaranteed each year.