SSWR 2020 Call for Board Nominations

July 30, 2020

Dear SSWR member,

Strong and committed leadership is essential to SSWR’s ongoing success. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for inclusion on the next election ballot for the SSWR Board of Directors.

Nominations are now open for the following positions for the governance year commencing February 1, 2021:

  • One president-elect
  • one vice president-elect
  • two directors-at-large

The election ballot shall include two nominees for president-elect, vice president-elect, and four nominees for the two open director-at-large positions.

The Nominations and Elections Committee is committed to include nominees on the election ballot who represent diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nation, institutional representation, gender identity and sexual orientation, social work research topic areas, and career levels.

Prospective nominees should be prepared to carry out the duties described below as well as additional tasks required for SSWR’s governance.


President-Elect (Four-year term in total: February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2025)

The President-Elect shall serve one-year term as President-Elect. He/she will assist the President in his/her duties and will serve on selected committees of the Society as specified in these Bylaws. The President-Elect shall fulfill the duties of the President in case of the President’s absence, incapacity, or resignation. Immediately following the President-Elect’s term, the President-Elect shall ascend to the office of President.

Vice President-Elect (Three-year term in total: February 1, 2021– January 31, 2024)

The Vice President-Elect shall serve a one-year term as Vice President-Elect. The Vice President-Elect will assist the Vice President in the Vice President’s role as chair of the Conference Committee. Immediately following the Vice President-Elect’s term, the Vice President-Elect shall ascend to the office of Vice President.

The Vice President-Elect serves as a member of the program committee, plans and coordinates the pre-conference methodology workshops and provides direct support to the Vice President in planning the annual conference. The Vice President-Elect serves on the executive committee. The Vice President-Elect becomes the Vice President in the second year of his or her term. The Vice President serves a one-year term and chairs the conference program planning committee, which plans and coordinates the annual conference program.  During periods when there is no President-elect, the Vice-President shall serve as President in the event of the President’s resignation, lengthy absence, or incapacity, until the office of President is filled according to the procedures applicable to filling vacancies among the officers. The Vice President serves on the executive committee. Immediately following a Vice President’s term as Vice President, such person shall serve a one-year term as Past Vice President. The Past Vice President shall assist the Vice President in his/her duties and shall fulfill such other duties as directed by the Board.

Director-at-Large (Three-year term: February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2024) 

A Director-at-Large may be asked to serve in the following capacities, i.e., chair or co-chair of the following committees: nomination and election committee; awards committee; committee on publications; communications committee, fund development committee, membership committee, social policy committee; research capacity development committee; volunteer coordinator for the annual conference; and members of ad hoc committees and task forces which support the work of the Society’s Strategic Plan. Nominees should be prepared to take on one or more of these roles if asked by the President.

Qualifications sought in Board nominees include:

  • Leadership
  • Support for and commitment to SSWR and its mission
  • Experience and stature as a researcher
  • Communication skills
  • Availability and ability to fulfill commitments as a Board member

Nomination Procedures

Please submit a letter of nomination (self-nominations are encouraged), two letters of endorsement, and the nominee’s Curriculum Vitae electronically to Jorge Delva, chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, at with a copy to Jennifer Lewis, executive director, at Please send the required documents at one time as an attachment(s) in one email. Please name the file(s) SSWR_elections_nomination [last name]_[position title, i.e., vp-elect]_[nomination, letter of support, CV]. You may send all required documents compiled into one pdf.

Nominations are due Monday, September 28, 2020. All nominees must be paying members of the Society and shall have been members of SSWR for at least one year prior to their nomination for office. Nominators and those endorsing the nomination must also be current members of the Society. (Please email Kristen Reamy ( to verify membership status.) Prior to nomination, the nominator must ensure that their nominee will accept the nomination if it is offered.


Jorge Delva, PhD
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

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