The ACS Ballot 2016 is now closed. Thank you for voting! The results will be announced later in June.
ACS Ballot 2016 has started and will go on untill May 31, 2016. A link to the ballot has been sent to all current ACS members’ email.
All ACS members can vote for the Chair and Vice Chair of the Association. Each member can also vote for candidates from their designated geographic region.
In addition to the election of the new Board, the current Board has drafted a proposed change to the ACS bylaws, which is now presented to the membership for their approval. If three-fourths of the voting members approve the proposal, then the bylaws shall be amended accordingly.
More information on the election and personal statements for the candidates can be found at: http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=1101.
Use your right to vote!
The list of candidates for the ACS Board Election 2016 is ready, and can be found at http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=1101. Also included on the page, are the candidates’ personal statements. Please note that some
candidate statements are still forthcoming, and that we will update the
website as those arrive.
Also on that page: details of a proposed change to the ACS Bylaws — one
that would increase continuity between different versions of the Board
by staggering Board members’ terms — that the current Board has
approved and is presenting to the membership for a formal vote. As
required by the bylaws, this change requires approval by at least 75% of
the voting members in order to go into effect.
We will begin the formal voting process for both the Board elections and
the proposed bylaws change in early May. Please remember that voting
privileges are limited to current ACS members. If you need to renew (or
begin) your membership, you can find the necessary information for doing
so here: http://www.cultstud.org/wordpress/?page_id=18
The ACS Bylaws call for an election of the association’s Board every four years, and since the current Board began its term in 2012, the time has come to elect a new Board.
The bylaws state that the Board has one Chair and one Vice Chair, plus regional representatives as follows:
Africa – 3 (one from Southern Africa)
Asia – 4 (one from Northeast Asia, one from Southeast Asia, and one from South Asia)
Australia and New Zealand – 2
Europe – 4 (one from Northern Europe, one from Central and Eastern Europe, and one from Western and Southern Europe)
Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean – 4
North America and the English- and French-speaking Caribbean – 4
The bylaws make it necessary to hold the election electronically, so that the results of the election can be announced at the Crossroads conference in December. The first step in the election process is to find good and willing candidates. We therefore ask for nominations now!
The following current Board members have chosen not to stand for re-election, and we would like to publicly thank them here for their service to the Association for the past four (or, for those Board members marked with an asterisk, eight) years:
Gil Rodman (Chair, North America)*
Bassey Ubong (Africa)
Hamied Alromaithy (Asia)*
Josephine Ho (Asia)
Kristina Gottschall (Australia/New Zealand)
Chantal Cornut-Gentille D’Arcy (Europe)*
Roman Horak (Europe)*
Eric Maigret (Europe)*
Rosario Radakovich (Latin America)*
Ana Wortman (Latin America)
All other current Board members are hereby nominated as candidates to the new Board:
Boulou Ebanda de B’beri (Africa)
Sumit Narula (Asia)
Jeremy Gilbert (Europe)
Ahtziri Molina (Latin America)
Juan Ricardo Aparicio (Latin America)
Mark Hayward (North America)
Matt Jordan (North America)
Sonjah Stanley Niaah (North America)
Additionally, Stephen Chan (Asia) and Catherine Driscoll (Australia/New Zealand), who have been serving on the Board since 2008 and 2012 (respectively), have agreed to stand for election as Chair and Vice Chair (again, respectively).
Considering the need to fill all positions, as well as the desire to have access to potential substitutes, it is obviously important that good representatives are nominated from all regions. We would thus like to invite the Association’s membership to submit nominations for suitable Board members, including the positions of Chair and Vice Chair.
All nominations must be submitted by 31 March 2016 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each nomination (including those for current Board members standing for re-election) must be accompanied by a brief statement (250-500 words) presenting the nominee. Self-nominations are permitted. If nominating someone other than yourself, please provide contact information for the nominee so that we can confirm his or her willingness to be nominated.
All nominations will be announced on the ACS website in April 2016, with full information on the voting procedure, and with discussion time before the actual voting starts in May.