[Air-L] gentle reminder - AoIR elections

Charles Ess charles.ess at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 06:56:26 PDT 2009

Hi all,
very happily, we've received a very good number of most excellent
nominations for all of the positions in our upcoming elections.
But just in case there's someone "out there" who should be added to the list
(and please remember, self-nominations are perfectly appropriate), a gentle
reminder of our election schedule and process - please note that nominations
for officers close on 15. July, and nominations for the 1 grad student and 3
open seats close on 30. July.

cheers and all best,
- c.

AoIR has now commenced the process of electing a new Executive Committee to
take office in October of this year to serve until October 2011. We are
seeking members' interest in nominating for the new executive and providing
notice for everyone of the voting timeline and procedures.
Here is an overview of the election timeline, procedures and positions for
nomination, as determined strictly by the Association's by-laws. Voting
instructions will be provided later and separately.
 **Please note the different timing for officers and other positions**
1. Call for Nominations: opens June 8, 2009
2. Nominations close for the 4 officer positions: July 15, 2009
    Nominations close for the 1 grad student and 3 open seats on the
executive: July 30, 2009
3. Ballot sent to members August 7, 2009
4. Voting begins: August 10, 2009
(Ballot-counter to be announced by 1. August, 2009)
5. Voting ends for 4 officer positions: August 24, 2009
    Voting ends for 1 grad student and 3 open seats: September 7, 2009
The new committee is formally announced and assumes its duties at the end of
the Annual General Meeting during the AoIR conference, 7-11 October 2009.
(Specific time of the AGM to be announced soon.)
During the period of voting, a forum will be available for discussion with
candidates. Candidates' statements will also be made available with the
ballot sent to members.
The organizational structure of AoIR is simple. There are 4 officers,  3
open seat representatives, 1 graduate student representative and 2 appointed
positions who together with the Immediate Past President  make up the
11-member executive committee that runs the show. Elected officials hold
their positions for two years. In this election, you are invited to nominate
yourself or anyone else whom you  think would do a good job, for any
position other than the President - the current Vice President assumes the
Here are brief  descriptions of  positions
1. President: the "CEO", supervises the organization, performs certain
legally required duties.  [The Current VP becomes the President]
2. Vice President: "back up" for President, various duties as they arise;
*becomes President after 2 years*
3. Secretary: Handles records and membership matters.
4. Treasurer: liaises with Secretary to maintain membership records; takes
care of financial and related administrative duties (e.g., annual report to
membership and U.S. tax authorities), including close attention to the
annual Internet Research (IR) conference budget.
5. Graduate Student Representative: responsible for running graduate
student activities (must be a grad student, but all can vote)
6-8. Open Committee Seats: Three open Seats on the Executive Committee
Represent membership of  AoIR, contribute to decision making. Take
responsibility for specific projects or activities to promote the
association within their term.
9-10. Appointed positions to manage systems and email lists
11. Immediate Past President
Candidates should also familiarise themselves formal statement of duties
and responsibilities in the Association's by-laws:
Only a member of AoIR can run for a position, nominated by anyone. If
nominated for more than one  position a nominee must choose to run for one
(and only one) position in this election. You may nominate yourself or
another person (or people).
Self Nominations: Email AoIR Secretary Sabryna Cornish <sabrynac at niu.edu>
and indicate the position for which you are nominating and you will be added
to the  list of nominees. Please provide, in your nomination email a short
candidate statement addressing the questions below.
Nominating Others: Email AoIR Secretary Sabryna Cornish <sabrynac at niu.edu>
with the name of the person you want to nominate, the position for which you
are nominating this person, contact information for that person, and an
indication of whether you know if this person would accept this nomination
(if you don't know, we'll contact them and ask).
All candidates for election will be required to provide answers to the
questions listed at the end of this email, have the answers posted to the
AoIR election forum website, and participate in an online candidate forum.
In addition the Graduate Student candidates must confirm in their response
that they comply with the by-laws: the Graduate Student Representative must
be actively enrolled in a degree program at the time of nomination and
election and intends to be enrolled for the coming northern academic year
(defined to be September 2009-June 2010)
The voting system used by AoIR is one vote per member for each of the seven
positions for election listed above. Votes are counted by a ballot counter
who is a member of the Association but not a member of the executive. In the
case of the four officers, the candidate with the highest number of votes
shall be declared the winner; in the case of the open seats, the three
candidates with the highest, second-highest and third highest votes shall be
declared the winners of the open seats.  In the case of the Graduate Student
representative, the candidate with the highest number of votes shall be
declared the winner
In the case of tied results for the officer positions, the winner shall be
determined by the ballot counter, by drawing of lots, using a method that
ensures each of the tying candidates has an equal chance of success and
witnessed by at least 1 person independent of the association. In the case
of tied results for the open seat positions, the drawing of lots shall be
used only when there are more tied candidates than seats available.
1) What is your interest in this position?
2) What are your qualifications for this position (including prior
experience and participation in AoIR)?
3) What are two or three short-term goals you would like to achieve through
membership of the executive (include a rationale for each and how you would
contribute to their achievement)?
4) What is your long-term vision for AoIR?
5) What else should voters consider when deciding whether or not to  vote
for you?
In answering the questions, please be concise and give information specific
to the position for which you are nominating and which will permit voters to
assess your case for election to that position.
In closing - please consider carefully contributing your time and energy to
making AoIR even better in the upcoming years!
I would also encourage persons interested in running for a specific position
to contact the current office-holder(s) with any specific questions, etc.

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