Each year, NSGC Members are called to actively participate in the call for nominations and slate ratification process in order to determine the subsequent years' NSGC Board of Directors. The NSGC Board of Directors is comprised of twelve members listed here.
Nominations Process Timeline
||Call for Board candidates opens
||Call for Board candidates closes
||Nominating Committee reviews candidate applications and conducts candidate interviews
||Nominating Committee prepares the slate for member ratification
||Ballot opens: NSGC eligible members vote to ratify the presented BOD slate
||BOD election results shared with NSGC members
*Time commitment is estimated to be 30 – 40 hours over January to May.*
The Nominating Committee is responsible for putting forth a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors that will best lead NSGC and reflects diversity of all kinds--race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, specialty, and experience, among others. The Nominating Committee shall consist of eight members:
- Immediate Past President (chair)
- 2 Directors-at-Large (appointed by the President)
- 4 Members-at-Large selected by the Membership Committee
The application process to serve as a Member-At-Large on the Nominating Committee will be part of the 2024 Call For Volunteers.
Click here to view an infographic about the nominations process.
The Nominating Committee thoroughly reviews nominations and invites a subset for interviews. The Nominating Committee then prepares the slate, which is ratified via an open ballot by NSGC eligible voting members. Full, New GC, and Emeritus members are eligible to vote.
For more details, refer to the NSGC Bylaws.
The nomination process for NSGC's 2024 Board of Directors has closed.
Positions and Terms
The Board of Directors consists of five officer positions and seven Director-at-Large members:
- President - 1 year term
- President-Elect - 1 year term
- Immediate Past President - 1 year term
- Secretary/Treasurer - 1 year term
- Secretary/Treasurer-Elect - 1 term
- Director-at-Large (7 members) - 2 year term
No person may hold more than one office simultaneously. For more information on NSGC officers/directors and terms, please review the NSGC Bylaws.
Call for Candidates
The Call for Candidates is the most critical part of the election process, during which members are able to self-nominate or nominate others for consideration for leadership positions. NSGC Policy states that anyone serving as Vice-Chair of a Committee is ineligible for a board position. Please note that those currently volunteering in any role on a committee or work group, or who are serving as a SIG leader, they will be required to step down from those roles in order to serve on the Board. The following resources are available for candidates who are interested in joining the NSGC Board or nominating a qualified candidate(s):
Nomination Process Changes
Throughout the 2022 Nominating Process, NSGC's Nominating Committee focused on changing the aspects of the process in order to implement Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity initiatives. These updated processes were used throughout the 2023 nominations process.
Nomination Process Changes
- Implicit bias training for all Nominating Committee members.
- All nominees given same time frame and amount of time to submit their application.
- No photos or videos are included in applications.
- Development and implementation of scoring rubric to guide evaluation of candidates for interviews.
- Two members of the Nominating Committee conduct every interview by video. All interviews are recorded, and every Nominating Committee member watches every interview.
- Development and implementation of a more robust scoring rubric for evaluating candidates post-interview.
If you have any questions about the Nominations Process or any of the information listed on this page, please contact Madeline Stanke, NSGC's Operations Manager, or any of the 2023 NSGC Nominating Committee members.
2023 Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee Member Bios
Heather Zierhut, Immediate Past President, Chair
Sarah Austin, Member-at-Large
Deepti Babu, President
Austin Bland, Director-at-Large
Shanna Gustafson, Member-at-Large
Liann Jimmons, Member-at-Large
Rachel Mills, Member-at-Large
Sandy Prucka, Director-at-Large