AFS Nominating Committee and Executive Board Seek Nominations for 2023 Election

AFS News, Elections

The American Folklore Society acknowledges the critical role that diverse leadership will play in our future success. This year, in collaboration with the AFS Executive Board, the Nominating Committee seeks nominations and self-nominations for candidates in two areas:

  • Nominating Committee (1 open position)
  • Executive Board (2 open positions)

Members of the nominating committee and the executive board will be holding an open information session on Monday, June 12 at 3:00 pm (CT) / 4:00 pm (EDT) about the responsibilities of serving in AFS leadership. If you’re considering running but aren’t sure what the offices entail, we invite you to attend this session and bring your questions.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We especially welcome nominations of members who can contribute to building greater accessibility to AFS and the field and who have ideas for addressing issues of precarity in the profession. Nominations should prioritize diversity, including people of color, queer-identifying, and individuals with disabilities, as well as candidates with innovative approaches to folklore work. The purpose of these Board priorities is to cultivate a leadership that reflects the membership AFS wishes to develop.

The Nominating Committee encourages all AFS members to recommend strong candidates for any of these offices by sending an email to Sarah Gordon, Nominating Committee chair: Sarah Gordon ([email protected]) by May 26, 2023.

2023 Nominating Committee:
Sarah Gordon, Chair
Guha Shankar
Carrie Hertz
Fernando Orejuela, Executive Board Liaison

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