2017 Call for Nominations
Friday, September 9, 2016
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
by Paul Mongeau, Immediate Past-President and Chair, Nominating Committee
The WSCA Nominating Committee is now accepting candidates to stand for election to the offices of First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, and Legislative Assembly Delegate-at-Large for terms beginning at the 2017 convention. The committee seeks a minimum of two nominees for the positions of First Vice-President and Second Vice-President, as well as 10 nominees for Delegate-at-Large.
The First-Vice President position is a four-year progression through the positions of First Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past-President. The Second Vice-President is a one-year commitment. The Legislative Assembly Delegates-at-Large positions represent a two years commitment, so, if elected, delegates would attend WSCA’s Legislative Assembly meeting for two consecutive conventions (in Salt Lake City and Santa Clara)
All candidates must be current members of the Western States Communication Association.
Detailed descriptions of these duties associated with these positions are provided in our Policies and Procedures Manual, accessible online at www.wsca.westcomm.org via the About WSCA tab.
The Nominating Committee is required to deliver a slate of candidates (and their election statements) to the membership by November 1, 2016. The November 1 deadline ensures the candidates’ statements are distributed to our membership before the NCA convention in Philadelphia.
The Nominating Committee seeks candidates at all stages of their careers. New academics are likely ideal for a Legislative Assembly Delegate-at-Large position. These positions would effectively serve an individual interested in learning more about the association’s workings. A teacher/scholar with a good record of publications and/or presentations and having achieved tenure would be well-suited for the Second Vice-President position (a one-year commitment). The First Vice-President candidate comes with a longer commitment (four years), such that the ideal candidate attends Western each year and has experience in its leadership positions. The ideal president should be tenured in his/her position (or at least has very little employment stress), believes in the health and welfare of a community of scholars/teachers, mentors others, can meet deadlines, and can lead people competently and confidently. A potential candidate is at least near the middle of the arch of his/her career.
This organization is shaped by members stepping forward to lead. Please consider lending your voice to our organization. My personal experience in the WSCA presidential queue has been incredibly rewarding. In truth, there is no “ideal” candidate for any of these positions. Officers and Delegates have strengths and weaknesses. What we want and Western needs is a slate of candidates to reflect our membership and our organization’s purpose. Please contact a member of the committee or me if you are interested in standing for an elected position (or if you just want more information before committing yourself to anything).