In November - December 2021 the SfAA membership will be invited to elect members to the following positions:
• President Elect
• Board of Directors Member, Regular (two positions)
• Student Board Representative
• Nominations and Elections Committee Member
To facilitate the development of a diverse and representative slate, the SfAA Nominations and Elections Committee is encouraging all eligible SfAA Members to nominate themselves or colleagues as potential candidates for these positions. Nominees for President Elect, Board of Director Member, and Nominations and Elections Committee Member positions must be current Fellows of the Society for Applied Anthropology. All potential candidates must be willing to accept nomination should they be selected for the ballot. The submission of nominations will be accomplished with the guidance of the Nominations and Elections Committee.
To nominate oneself or a colleague please provide: 1) a brief statement indicating the candidate's suitability for the position; 2) current contact information; and 3) a current resume or CV. Nominations may be submitted via email to email@example.com through August 20, 2021.
The Nominations and Elections Committee will review nominations, evaluate potential candidates’ materials with an eye towards equitable representation of employment type, professional focus, nation of residence, and career stage, and recommend candidates for placement on the slate. Final selections among the candidates will be determined by a vote of the membership in November - December 2021.
A brief description of each position is provided below for reference, and you can find additional information in the SfAA bylaws. We strive for SfAA leadership to reflect our myriad interests and needs through the participation of its members. The Nominations & Elections Committee strongly encourages nomination of members at all career stages; individuals with a range of orientations to professional, practicing, and applied anthropology; and persons residing outside of the continental United States.
Please direct any questions regarding the nominations process to the SfAA office:
The President is the executive officer of the Society. The President is a member of and presides over the Board of Directors. The President also serves as a member of the Executive Committee. The President is elected for a term of four years. In the first year (as "President-Elect"), the individual functions as a Vice-President, that is substituting for the President when needed. The individual then serves a term of two years as President. The final year of the term is as "Past-President." The incoming President-Elect will assume office at the 2022 SfAA meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
The Secretary is elected by the membership and serves a term of 3 years. The duties and responsibility of the Secretary include:
• Keeping a record of all meetings and deliberations of the Board of Directors and of the Business Meeting of the members.
• Developing the agenda for meetings of the Board.
• Coordinating electronic communication among board members and preparing items for Board vote in between board meetings.
• The Secretary tallies Board votes and report the results to the Board.
Board of Directors Member, Regular (2)
The term of office for a Member of the Board of Directors is three years. Board members are expected to participate meetings of the Board that are held throughout year. Travel to the Board meeting held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society is reimbursed. Other meetings of the Board are generally held via Zoom. Incoming Board members will assume office at the 2022 SfAA meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
Board of Directors Member, Student
Candidates for the Student Member of the Board must be enrolled students at the time of the election. The term of office is two years. As with other Board members, the term of office is three years. The Student Member of the Board is specifically designated to serve as the representative and provide voice for the student members of the Society. Incoming Board members will assume office at the 2022 SfAA meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
Nominations and Elections Committee Member
The Nominations and Elections Committee solicits and reviews the names of potential candidates for elective offices. The Committee is also responsible for informing potential candidates about the duties and obligations of the offices. Finally, the Committee is responsible for obtaining from the candidates the biographical statements that are used at the time of the election. The Nominations and Elections Committee consists of three members each of whom serves a three-year term. The term is staggered; one new member is elected each year. The members of the Nominations and Elections Committee are elected by the members of the Society. They are the only elected SfAA Committee, save the members of the Board of Directors and the Officers. The incoming committee member will assume office at the 2022 SfAA meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
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