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Director, Engagement and Membership
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Program Manager, Honors
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Program Specialist, Section Awards and Lectures
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Concomitant with the AGU’s new strategic plan, we seek to create a shared vision of AGU’s future within a vibrant, worldwide Earth and space science community.
All AGU volunteers are asked to comply with the Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy and process. The COI Policy outlined below provides further details for all volunteers involved in the Honors Program.
This policy applies to all selection committees of Union medals, awards, and prizes, Fellows, section award and lecture selection committees as well as donors and co-sponsors of any award. It guides the handling of conflicts of interest for award committees in the selection of the awardees; therefore, promoting the values of equality and inclusiveness, excellence and integrity in everything we do.
The purpose of the AGU Conflict of Interest Policy is to avert, to the extent possible, biasing circumstances, or the appearance of biasing circumstances, in the selection of AGU honorees.
1. Those Ineligible for Awards. AGU members holding the following leadership positions at the Union or Section levels are not eligible to be candidates for certain awards or honors during their terms of service:
a. For all AGU honors
i. AGU President
ii. AGU President-elect
iii. Council Leadership Team (CLT) members
iv. Honors and Recognition (H&R) Committee members
v. All full-time AGU staff
b. Medal, award, prize, and lecture committees
i. Committee members are ineligible to be candidates for their respective medal, award, or prize
c. Union and Section Fellows committees (for Fellows program only)
i. Union Fellows Committee members are ineligible to be Fellows candidates.
ii. Section presidents and president-elects are ineligible to be candidates for Fellow
iii. Section Fellows Committee members are ineligible to be candidates for consideration by their respective section. However, they can be reviewed for consideration by other sections
iv. Elected section officers (presidents, president-elects and secretaries) are ineligible to be nominated for their respective section honor(s) during their term of service
v. Section past presidents are ineligible to be nominated for their respective section honors for one year after completion of their term as section president
d. Donors and co-sponsor(s)
i. Donors and co-sponsor(s) are ineligible to be candidates for their respective medal, award, or prize.
ii. All full-time staff of an organization that co-sponsors an award, medal or prize is ineligible to be a candidate for the respective honor.
2. On the Relationship to an Award Nominee. AGU policy on the relationship to a nominee is applicable to committee members, nominators, and supporters.
a. The following relationships need to be acknowledged and communicated to selection committees, but do not disqualify the individual from participating in the nomination or committee review process:
i. Candidate’s current dean, departmental chair, supervisor, supervisee, laboratory director, an individual with whom one has a current business or financial relationship (e.g., business partner, employer, employee)
ii. Research collaborator or co-author within the last three years
iii. An individual working at the same institution or having accepted a position at the same institution
b. The following offices and relationships are nomination disqualifiers:
i. AGU President, AGU President-elect, H&R Committee, CLT, full-time AGU staff, cannot nominate or write support letters for candidates
ii. Nominators or supporters for a specific honor, lecture, program, or fellowship should not be on the selection committee for that honor
iii. FOR FELLOWS PROGRAM ONLY: In addition to the individuals listed above, Section Presidents and President-elects cannot nominate or support Fellows candidates
iv. Family members, spouses or partners
v. Mentor-mentee relationships established during graduate studies or postdoc fellowships
vi. A previous graduate (Masters or PhD) and/or postdoctoral advisor, or postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their formal relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the formal relationship was terminated. The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early-career awards from sections and the Science for Solutions Award
vii. In addition, a former doctoral or graduate student, or a former postdoctoral fellow may not write a nomination letter for a former advisor but may write a supporting letter after five years of terminating their relationship with the nominee beginning on 1 January after the year the relationship was terminated.
The only exception to this policy is that this restriction does not apply to early career awards from sections. Termination of a relationship is defined as follows: Nominee no longer being paid by supporter or no longer supported under the same grant or contract
viii. Chairs and members of award selection committees are conflicted with the above-mentioned mentor-mentee relationships and should recuse themselves from participating in the deliberation, evaluation and voting process for that particular nominee
3. Additional Conflicts.
a. Chairs of award selection committees who are supervisors of nominees are conflicted from participating in the review and selection process
b. Members of award selection committees may for other reasons determine that they have conflicts or potential conflicts that require elimination from service and then act on that determination if they believe that service could affect the fairness of the selection process
Disclosure and Management
1. Conflict of interest standards and implementation procedures for award committee service should be widely publicized and readily accessible to AGU members.
2. The AGU president-elect and/or other appointing members of Union and section award selection committees will make potential members aware of these ethical standards and the implementation procedures.
3. Committee members with a conflict of interest will inform the chair of the “award” selection committee of any potential conflicts before the nominations are reviewed.
4. Because award selection committees differ in size and number of nominations considered, the chair of the award selection committees, in consultation with the members, will determine whether the conflict is of significant magnitude to require any members to refrain either from voting, from participating in the deliberation process, or from the entire selection procedure.
5. If vacancies occur on the selection committees due to withdrawal of members from service as a result of a conflict of interest during their term, those vacancies should be filled promptly, the AGU president
or other appointing members should be prepared to appoint alternates if a vacancy arises due to a conflict.
6. Any award selection committee chair or member with questions or ambiguous circumstances should seek the advice of the executive officer who will, where necessary, consult with the AGU president and Honors and Recognition Committee chair on this policy and its implementation.
7. If a committee member knowingly or unintentionally fails to disclose a conflict of interest and participates in the consummated selection process, he or she will not be permitted to participate in any award selection committee for a period of two years.
Timing of Policy Review:
The Honors and Recognition Committee will review the Conflict of Interest Policy every three years and revisions will be forwarded to the Council Leadership Team for approval.
This policy is established in order to provide for an orderly, coordinated, and informed practice of proposing and naming new AGU Section Awards and Union honors, in such a manner as to ensure the appropriate recognition of the traditions and values of AGU and the alignment with the overall mission and goals of the Honors Program.