As an ASLO member, you have the opportunity and responsibility to help with nominating members to stand for election to the ASLO Board. ASLO functions as a participatory democracy that is only truly functional if we get your active participation. The slate of candidates is selected by the Nominations Committee relying heavily on your suggestions. If you don't suggest them, the committee does not know that you wanted them! The Nominations Committee needs your nominations by midnight December 12, 2019 so that we may assemble a full slate.
This year we are seeking candidates for President-elect, Members-at-large (3) and Student Board Member(1). Current Board members are also eligible for nomination for a second consecutive term if nominated by an ASLO member. Note that current board members may not make nominations.
Please nominate yourself or any other ASLO member by visiting the Board Nominations page. Service on the ASLO Board is rewarding and valuable - a great way to network while contributing to the health of our discipline. The primary commitment for all Board members is to actively participate in on-line, virtual Board meetings between face-to-face meetings (typically 1 or 2 face to face meetings per year), as well as engaging in Board discussions throughout the year. More information about each open position is below.
We try to keep the Board balanced in gender, limnology/oceanography, geographic distribution, etc. Expertise needed on the Board over the next years will include financial management of non-profits; professional ethics; approaches to increase diversity and inclusivity; publications; and innovative meeting approaches. Previous leadership experience is always helpful (but not necessary). Early career nominees and colleagues from backgrounds underrepresented in the aquatic sciences are particularly welcome. The composition of the board can be seen here.
Chair, ASLO Nominations Committee
The President holds office first as President-Elect for two years, then President for two years, and finally as Past-President for two additional years. It is a long but very rewarding commitment to the society, and the long apprenticeship period removes many of the difficulties in accepting such a position. The President and President-Elect also have the opportunity to attend twice yearly meetings of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents in Washington, D.C., where many U.S. and global science policy issues are formulated and discussed. It is general ASLO practice to alternate limnologists and oceanographers as President.
Members at Large
Members at Large represent the interests of the general membership on the Board. As Board members they help set ASLO policy and determine how ASLO resources will be obtained and spent. They may chair or serve on ad hoc and standing committees, or handle special projects. Three positions will be filled for three-year terms.
Student Board Member
Two Student Board Members sit on the ASLO Board, and bring the student perspective to the Board as well as sharing the responsibilities of all Board members. They may chair or serve on ad hoc and standing committees, or handle special projects. Student Board members complete their term of office even if they graduate before their term is completed. One position will be filled for a three year term.