THE TOS FELLOWS PROGRAM
Recognizing Individuals Who Have Attained Eminence in Oceanography Through Their Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Oceanography or Its Applications During a Substantial Period of Years
The origins of TOS are rooted in bringing together and recognizing individuals from all fields of oceanography, representing the broad interests of members in research, engineering, industry, policy, and education, and the diversity and international nature of the society. TOS members from all areas of oceanography will be considered for the Fellows Program. A recommendation for advancement to TOS Fellow is appropriate after an individual has been a TOS member for at least three years, depending on his or her contributions to the field.
The main criteria for being elected a TOS Fellow are outstanding and sustained contributions, and devotion to the broad field of oceanography, commensurate with the founding principles of the Society.
New Fellows may be selected each year, but no more than 0.5% of the TOS membership of the Society will be advanced to Fellows each year. Any TOS member may nominate another member to be a TOS Fellow. Voting TOS officers, Members of the Council, and Members of the Fellows Committee are not eligible for election during their terms of service. Nominations are to be forwarded to the Fellows Committee, via the TOS Executive Director, by October 31, 2014. Nominations will automatically remain active for two years, but the nominator may revise and resubmit new information at any time.
TOS members are encouraged to participate in honoring such individuals by nominating or seconding their election as a TOS Fellow. To be considered this year, the Nominator, who must be a TOS member, should submit a nomination package by October 31, 2014. Important details regarding the nomination package are provided below.
The nominated individual must have been a TOS member for at least the past three years. (TOS members may consult the online membership directory to determine if prospective nominees are TOS members. To access the directory, visit the TOS member login page. Click on "Login" in the menu on the left side of the page and enter your user ID and password. Once in the member area, click on "Membership Directory" on the right side to access the search tool.)
A clear and cogent statement supporting and outlining the Nominee's outstanding and sustained contributions and devotion to the broad field of oceanography is essential and should be included in the Nominee's Professional History.
A completed nomination package includes:
At least two of the supporting letters must be from outside the Nominee's own institution or organization. Seconding letters may come from any individual or group of individuals who are knowledgeable about the Nominee's accomplishments. The Nominator must indicate how many seconding letters will be provided with his or her contact information and, where possible, e-mail addresses for each individual providing supporting letters. Responsibility for assuring that the letters are submitted on time remains with the Nominator.
All documents related to the nomination, including the nominating and supporting letters and the professional history should be submitted electronically to: email@example.com (Subject: Chair, Fellows Committee). When all of the required documents are received by the TOS Executive Director, they will be forwarded to the Fellows Committee. The supporting letters are to be attached to e-mail forwarding the nominating letter, or they may be e-mailed separately (in either MS Word or PDF format).
Nominating and Seconding Letters
The nominating letter should discuss why election of the Nominee to Fellow is appropriate and must propose a brief citation for the Nominee. If the Nominee is advanced to Fellow, the citation will be published in Oceanography. The citation should be preferably six to twelve words in length, but it must not exceed twenty words.
Suggestions for topics that might be considered for a nominating or seconding letter:
Topics that are discouraged for inclusion in a nominating or seconding letter:
Candidate's Professional History
Nominators should also summarize the Candidate's Professional History (i.e., provide a summary CV or résumé) in a document no more than five pages in length (minimum 12 point font), to be submitted electronically, in the format specified below, along with the nominating and supporting letters. It should include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:
The Committee explicitly recognizes that many of the Candidates for TOS Fellow will have extensive and often lengthy Professional Histories that cannot be easily fit within a five-page limit. The Committee considers it desirable that the Nominators use their best professional judgment by selecting and emphasizing information that will, in their opinion, best reflect their Candidate's impact on the field of oceanography.
2013 TOS FELLOWS
James A. Yoder
2009 TOS FELLOWS
Ellen R.M. Druffel
Mary Jane Perry
Mary W. Silver
Lynne D. Talley
2008 TOS Fellow
Charles S. Yentsch
2007 TOS Fellow
Charles H. Greene
2006 TOS Fellow
2005 TOS Fellows
John J. Cullen
Margaret L. Delaney
Robert A. Duce
Michael J. McPhaden