Call for Volunteers

Volunteering for an IFT workgroup, committee or jury can be a rewarding member experience. In addition to supporting your professional organization, you gain an opportunity to work with other IFT members and advance the profession of food science.  The call for volunteers will remain open through July 18, 2014.  In August, the IFT Office of the President will review submissions to fill openings with volunteers based on the information submitted. Feeding Tomorrow volunteer openings will be reviewed by the Feeding Tomorrow Board of Trustees and appointed in October 2014.  At this time, the Call For Volunteers is open to IFT Members.

We now have volunteer opportunities to support our Achievement Awards, the 2015 Annual Meeting & Scientific Program, Scientific Content Development and Feeding Tomorrow.

General Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the links below to learn more about each award
and the Fellows program. To learn more about the time
commitment and any special requirements,
please click here.

Achievement Award Juries IFT Fellows Jury

Feeding Tomorrow
  • Scholarship Juries
  • Fun Run Committee*
  • Fundraising Workgroup*
Scientific Content Development
  • Food Additives Paper Reviewers/Contributors
  • Traceability Experts

Apply for General Volunteer Opportunities

 


*Student Members may only serve on the Feeding Tomorrow Fun Run Committee and Fundraising Workgroup.

2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program
Volunteer Opportunities

We are seeking content experts to help develop the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program.  For details on each volunteer opportunity, time commitment, roles, and responsibilities, please click here.

  • Proposal  Reviewer
  • Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel Chair
  • Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel Member
  • Hot Topics Workgroup Chair
  • Hot Topics Workgroup Member
  • Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair
  • Teaching & Learning Workgroup Member

Apply for 2015 Scientific Program Volunteer

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SEPARATE FORM FROM THE GENERAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES.



2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities

Track Review Team Volunteers
Volunteer as a track reviewer for the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program.  Review team volunteers are IFT members who are subject matter experts within the track subject area and review all proposals submitted for the track(s) you selected. Volunteers can review multiple tracks, however please keep in mind that if you select more than one track to review, you will be required to review each proposal (unless there is a conflict of interest) in all tracks selected.  Annual Meeting Scientific Program review team volunteers will:

  • Complete an online review for each proposal submitted for the tracks you have selected to review
  • Score each proposal within the online review site and provide comments when necessary
  • Complete an online session training prior to the start of the submission review process in November or December, 2014

Time commitment – October through November, 2014:

  • 30 minutes for online reviewer training
  • 2 to 3 hours for reviewing submissions within one track depending on the number of submissions (multiply number of hours if reviewing more than one track - review of all proposals in track(s) does not need to take place at one time)

Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel Volunteers
Advisory Panel Members (11 volunteer positions)
The 2015 Annual Meeting Advisory Panel (AMSPAP) is charged with developing a cutting edge, high-quality scientific program for our annual meeting.  AMSPAP serves as the ultimate decision making body positioned not only to review all recommended sessions, evaluate synergies and overlap, and identify key gaps in programming, but to also develop sessions which fill key gaps in programming. Each Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel member is appointed by the IFT Office of the President.  The Advisory Panel is composed of 11 members with one member assigned as the track lead for each of our core focus and key topical areas. In addition, the Hot Topics Workgroup Chair and Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will serve on AMSPAP.
The advisory panel will:

  • Oversee development of assigned Scientific Program Track sessions
  • Promote the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Call for Proposals
  • Recruit submissions/develop submissions based on the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Track Topical Priorities
  • Review all session submissions in assigned Scientific Program Track submitted through the Call for Proposals and select sessions to accept based on Track Review Team scores and comments
  • Identify content gaps in assigned Scientific Program Track given submissions received through the Call for Proposals and ultimately accepted
  • Schedule accepted sessions for assigned Scientific Program Track
  • Review and update the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Track Topical Priorities for 2016

Time commitment – September, 2014 through July, 2015:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls
  • Approximately 5-8 hours to review all submissions in assigned track and reviewer comments and scores in preparation for selecting accepted sessions
  • 2 day scheduling meeting in Chicago, IL (January, 2015)
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed with volunteers and presenters as sessions are developed

Chair Position
The 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Advisory Panel Chair is responsible for overseeing the entire development of our Scientific Program. This position is vital in leading volunteers to recruit session proposals based on the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Topical Priorities, providing guidance throughout the session review in which each advisory panel member is responsible for reviewing proposals submitted by tracks, leading the scheduling of accepted sessions, and serving as a point of contact with the IFT Board of Directors, all Annual Meeting Scientific Program volunteers, and presenters. 
Time commitment – September, 2014 through July, 2015:

  • Lead and facilitate 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls with AMSPAP
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each AMSPAP conference call
  • Approximately 8 hours to review all submissions through the Call for Proposals (approx. 150 submissions)
  • Lead and facilitate 2 day scheduling meeting in Chicago, IL (January, 2015)
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with the IFT Board of Directors, volunteers and presenters
  • Miscellaneous conference calls with Hot Topics Workgroup Chair and Teaching and Learning Workgroup Chair as needed.

Hot Topics Workgroup Volunteers
Workgroup Members (10 volunteer positions)
The 2015 Hot Topics workgroup is charged with developing 5-7 sessions as part of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program focused on cutting-edge technology and science research, as well as future trends and innovations. These sessions offer global perspectives and insight into the future of food science. These sessions are critical to providing applicable, scientific education to professionals in the food industry. The Workgroup will:

  • Develop 5-7 Hot Topic sessions as part to the Annual Meeting Scientific Program
  • Promote the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Call for Proposals
  • Identify and set Hot Topic priorities for session development
  • Review all accepted sessions put forth by the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel to identify additional content gaps which fit within the Hot Topic priorities
  • Identify industry experts to help develop content and present
  • Review and put forth recommendations for priorities to consider for 2016

Time commitment – November, 2014 through July 2015:

  • 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Hot Topics Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Hot Topics Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Hot Topics sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Chair Position
The 2015 Hot Topics workgroup is comprised of mid-senior level industry, academic, and government experts, responsible to identify critical issues, cutting edge technology and research appropriate for the development of 5-7 sessions as part of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program.  The Hot Topics Workgroup Chair will lead workgroup members to engage division leaders and other industry experts to these sessions for the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program. The Hot Topics Workgroup Chair will also serve on AMSPAP and report on progress of session development throughout the year.
Time commitment – November, 2014 through July, 2015:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for AMSPAP
  • Lead and facilitate 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Hot Topics Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Hot Topics Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Hot Topics sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with AMSPAP, volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Teaching & Learning Workgroup Volunteers
Workgroup Members (10 volunteer positions)
The 2015 Teaching & Learning Workgroup is charged with developing 7-10 sessions featuring pivotal best practices and resources to academics in the food industry.  These sessions make up the Teaching & Learning SPA as part of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program.  This special segment of our educational programming is designed to provide shorter sessions (30-50 minutes max) focused on best practices, current research, networking, case studies and practical, skill-building resources for food science educators.  These sessions should be interactive and experiential. The Workgroup will:

  • Oversee development of Teaching & Learning SPA sessions
  • Promote the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Call for Proposals
  • Recruit submissions/develop submissions based on the 2015 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Teaching & Learning SPA Topical Priorities
  • Review all session submissions for the Teaching & Learning SPA submitted through the Call for Proposals and select sessions to accept based on Track Review Team scores and comments
  • Identify content gaps in Teaching & Learning SPA programming given submissions received through the Call for Proposals and ultimately accepted and develop additional sessions as needed
  • Schedule accepted sessions for the Teaching & Learning SPA
  • Review and update the Teaching & Learning SPA Topical Priorities for 2016

Time commitment – September, 2014 through July, 2015:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Teaching & Learning Workgroup
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Teaching & Learning SPA sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with volunteers, session organizers and presenters

Chair Position
The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will lead the workgroup in the development of 7-10 sessions focused on best practices, current research, networking, case studies and practical, skill-building resources for food science educators through interactive, experiential sessions which are shorter than normal sessions featured during the Annual Meeting Scientific Program (30-50 minutes max). The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will lead workgroup members in identifying topics and experts, and developing sessions. The Teaching & Learning Workgroup Chair will also serve on AMSPAP and report on progress of session development throughout the year.
Time commitment – September, 2014 through July, 2015:

  • Participate in 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for AMSPAP
  • Lead and facilitate 6 to 8 one-hour conference calls to be scheduled for the Teaching & Learning Workgroup
  • 30 minute prep call with IFT staff prior to each Teaching & Learning Workgroup conference call
  • Approximately 5-8 hours reviewing and researching topics and experts appropriate for Teaching & Learning sessions
  • Miscellaneous conference calls and work as needed for updates with AMSPAP, volunteers, session organizers and presenters

2015 IFT Call For Volunteers

Achievement Award Juries
Separate juries will be established to determine the recipients of each of the IFT awards. Jury members review each submission based on the criteria for each achievement award.  The identity of all award jurors is kept confidential.  Jury members are prohibited from submitting nominations to the achievement awards on which they will serve.  No travel is required to participate.

Time commitment – January through February 2015:

  • 3-5 hours for reviewing submissions per jury

Special Qualifications by Award (where applicable)

William V. Cruess and Samuel Cate Prescott Awards
Previous recipients are encouraged to apply.

Carl R. Fellers
All members of the jury must be Professional Members of IFT.  At least three (or one third) of the jurors (and not less than one appointed each year) shall be members of Phi Tau Sigma.

Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award and IFT Industrial Scientist Award (Combined Jury)
Of the jurors, two-thirds shall be from industry; one-third from academic or nonprofit organizations. No two jurors should be from the same organization or company, or from the same industry area.

Myron Solberg Award and Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award
The Solberg and Stier awards serve as a combined jury and will review submissions for both achievement awards.

Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement Award
A majority of members should be members of the sensory division, including academic and industry.

Trailblazer Award & Lectureship – each year IFT selects two members to serve on the jury with two members from the Academy. IFT will administer the award in even years and the Academy will administer it in even years.

Fellows Jury
The Fellows Jury will be comprised of IFT Fellows familiar with the IFT Fellows Criteria.  Jury members review each submission based on the Fellows criteria.  The identity of jurors is kept confidential.  Jury members are prohibited from submitting Fellows nominations.

Time commitment – February through March 2015

  • 30 minutes for juror training
  • 12-15 hours for reviewing submissions