Info for potential NASW Board candidates

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Every two years, in even years, NASW members elect the Board of Directors. Per the Bylaws, the current President puts together a nominating committee that is responsible for developing a balanced slate that includes candidates from the existing board, candidates recruited from the membership, and self-nominated candidates.

If you want to run for the Board or you are simply interested in how things work, read on and express your interest by March 15 in the year of an election. Elections are held in late summer of even years. Details on the responsibilities of board members are below and also in NASW's Bylaws

Board Member Responsibilities

The National Association of Science Writers (a 501c6 organization incorporated in the state of New York) runs on volunteer power, and board members are expected to be active and engaged. Board members, as the governing body of the organization, can plan to spend about two hours per week engaged in discussions, leading projects, etc. Officers will spend more time. Potential candidates should discuss the time needed with their employer if necessary.

Each board member is expected to contribute to discussions of, and be familiar with, NASW business and actively participate in at least one NASW committee. Elected board members participate in board listserv discussions and quarterly conference calls. They also must attend the annual meeting. For the upcoming term, the ScienceWriters meeting dates are:

ScienceWriters Meetings
October 28-November 1, 2016 San Antonio, TX
WCSJ2017 October 26-30, 2017 San Francisco, CA

Planning to run

The Nominating Committee may tap candidates during the spring preceding elections, or candidates may collect signatures to run by petition. The current NASW Bylaws provide details. The makeup and role of the Nominating Committee, a collaborative working group headed by the most immediate past President, is explained online here and in the Bylaws. Biographies of all candidates appear online and in the organization’s quarterly newsletter, ScienceWriters™, preceding fall elections. All regular members of NASW are eligible to vote.

Interested candidates should send a 500 word statement of interest/bio to nomcom@nasw.org no later than the end of the day, March 15 in the year of an election. You may also write this address to request a detailed nominee packet for further info.

Election Year Timeline 2016

March 15: Interested candidates should send a statement of interest to nomcom@nasw.org no later than the end of the day. Candidates will be provided a detailed nominee packet that further outlines responsibilities

April 28, 2016 (6 months prior to annual ScienceWriters meeting): Slate is finalized. Nominations of all-types close.

July: Officer and Candidate bios appear in summer issue of ScienceWriters

August/September: Elections. Specific date and location TBA; Proxies will be available for easy online submission, as well.

October 28, 2016: First meeting of new board