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Call for Nominations for SSWR Board of Directors 2023 Elections
Extended Deadline: Monday, September 11, 2023

June 16, 2023/REVISED* August 22, 2023

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, 2024:

  • one vice president-elect
  • two directors-at-large
  • one early career director-at-large*
  • one student director-at-large

The 2023 election ballot (November 15 – December 15, 2023) shall include two nominees for vice president-elect, four nominees for the two open director-at-large positions, and two nominees for the student director-at-large.

The Nominations and Elections Committee is committed to including 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. See Addendum A for Board members whose terms carry over into February 2024.

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

Descriptions of Open Board Positions

Vice President-Elect (Three-year term in total: February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2027)
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 their 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 their duties and shall fulfill such other duties as directed by the Board.

Director-at-Large (Three-year term: February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2027)
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.

*Early Career Director-at-Large (Three-year term: February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2027)
In addition to the Director-at-Large responsibilities, the Early Career Director-at-Large shall serve as co-chair of the Research Capacity Development Committee. The Early Career Director-at-Large shall have completed their PhD no longer than four years prior to the start of their term.

Student Direct-at-Large (Two-year term: February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2026)
In addition to the Director-at-Large responsibilities, the Student Director-at-Large shall serve as chair of the Doctoral Student Committee and shall serve as a member of the Research Capacity Development Committee.

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 Linda Sprague Martinez, chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, at lsmarti@bu.edu with a copy to Jennifer Lewis, executive director, at lewis@sswr.org. Please send the required documents as an attachment(s) in one email. Please name the file(s) SSWR_elections_nomination [last name]_[position title, e.g., vp-elect]_[nomination, letter of support, CV]. You may send all required documents compiled into one pdf.

Extended Deadline: Nominations are due Monday, September 11, 2023. All nominees must be current 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 at kristen@sswr.org to verify membership status.) Prior to nomination, the nominator must ensure that their nominee will accept the nomination if it is offered.

*The position of Early Career Director-at-Large opened up for the term February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2027.

Sincerely,
Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Addendum A: Board members whose terms carry over into February 2024

  • Ramona Denby-Brinson, President (February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2026)
  • Sean Joe, Past President (February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025)
  • Mary Ohmer, VP (February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025)
  • Kirk Foster, Past VP (February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025)
  • David Becerra, Secretary (February 1, 2023 – January 31, 2026)
  • Sunggeun (Ethan) Park, Treasurer (February 1, 2022-January 31, 2025)
  • Tamara Cadet, Director-at-Large (February 1, 2023 – January 31, 2026)
  • Kelli Canada, Director-at-Large (February 1, 2023 – January 31, 2026)
  • Hee Yun Lee, Director-at-Large (February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2025)
  • Shuang Lu, Director-at-Large (February 1, 2023 – January 31, 2026)
  • David J. Pate Jr., Director-at-Large (February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2025)
  • Autumn Asher BlackDeer, Early Career Director-at-Large (February 1, 2023 – January 31, 2026)

Call for Nominations for SSWR Board of Directors 2024 Elections

June 16, 2023

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 will open on April 1, 2024, for the following positions for the governance year commencing February 1, 2025:

  • one president-elect
  • one vice president-elect
  • one treasurer
  • three directors-at-large

The 2024 election ballot (November 15 – December 15, 2024) shall include two nominees for president-elect, two nominees for vice president-elect, two nominees for treasurer, and six nominees for the three open director-at-large positions.

The Nominations and Elections Committee is committed to including 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.

Descriptions of Open Board Positions

President-Elect (Four-year term including one year as President-elect, two years as President, and one year as Immediate Past President. Terms in total: February 1, 2025 – 2029)
President-Elect. The President-Elect shall serve a one-year term as President-Elect. They will assist the President in their 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.

President. The President shall serve a two-year term as President. The President is responsible for all aspects of leadership of the Society, including but not limited to the following: supervising the conduct of the Annual Conference; representing and speaking for the Society; signing contracts and other documents on behalf of the Society, except as such duties are assigned to the Treasurer; and performing other duties authorized by the Board of Directors.

The President shall appoint chairs of all committees, subject to the advice and consent of the Board or, in the case of Committees of the Board, with the advice and consent of a majority of the Board, except as otherwise set forth in the Bylaws.
The President is an ex-officio member of all committees except for the Nomination and Election Committee.

As President, they are responsible for all aspects of leadership of the Society, serves on committees of the Board as specified in the Bylaws, chairs the executive committee, oversees the selection of the winner of the SSWR Distinguished Career Achievement Award, works closely with the program chair and the conference program planning committee and makes a report to the membership each year as to the state of the Society and its likely future direction. As President, this individual arranges for the SSWR Presidential Plenary at the annual conference, represents the Society with federal and other agencies, and (as prescribed by the SSWR By-Laws) appoints board members-at-large to their respective responsibilities on standing and ad hoc committees. As necessary, the President chooses future sites for the annual conference in consultation with the Board and works toward contracting these sites. As Immediate Past-President, they serve as a full, voting member of the Board and advises it on all matters of concern to the Society.

In preparation for the 2024 elections, during which two nominees for president-elect shall be on the ballot, please consider self-nominations for president-elect. We are available to answer any questions.

Vice President-Elect (Three-year term in total: February 1, 2025 – January 31, 2028)
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 their 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 their duties and shall fulfill such other duties as directed by the Board.

Treasurer (Three-year term: February 1, 2025 – January 31, 2028)
The Treasurer will serve a three-year term. The Treasurer (with support from the Society’s professional staff) shall be (i) responsible for the receipt and disbursement of the funds of the Society subject to authorization of the Board of Directors; (ii) be responsible for oversight of the Society’s financial records and preparation of financial statements; (iii) to the extent required by law or otherwise requested by the Board or the Audit Committee, arrange for an independent audit of the accounts or review of the financial statements annually with a certified public accountant selected by the Board or a designated audit committee comprised of independent directors; (iv) with approval from the Board of Directors, sign contracts and other authorized documents on behalf of the Society; and (v) prepare an annual budget based on plans developed by the Board of Directors and the relevant committees and committee chairs. All day-to-day financial responsibilities are handled by staff with bi-weekly treasurer’s approval of checks issued.

Director-at-Large (Three-year term: February 1, 2025 – January 31, 2028)
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 Linda Sprague Martinez, chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, at lsmarti@bu.edu with a copy to Jennifer Lewis, executive director, at lewis@sswr.org. Please send the required documents as an attachment(s) in one email. Please name the file(s) SSWR_elections_nomination [last name]_[position title, e.g., vp-elect]_[nomination, letter of support, CV]. You may send all required documents compiled into one pdf.

Nominations are due June 30, 2024. All nominees must be current 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 at kristen@sswr.org to verify membership status.) Prior to nomination, the nominator must ensure that their nominee will accept the nomination if it is offered.

Sincerely,
Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD
Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

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