Call for Nominations for NARST Board of Directors

Call for Nominations for NARST Board of Directors

Dear NARST Members:

We take great pleasure in announcing the opening of the 2021-2022 elections for leadership positions for NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning through Research. Following the NARST 2016 Bylaws (accessible on the NARST website), current members of NARST are encouraged to nominate potential candidates for offices by following a simple nomination procedure (see below). We invite you to help us advance and improve NARST by soliciting the participation of dedicated and effective leaders. This letter provides the basic information about the election process and encourages you to nominate yourself or qualified colleagues for offices.

During this election cycle, a President-Elect, two NARST Directors-at-Large, and an International Coordinator will be elected (see NARST 2016 Bylaws on NARST website for position information). The International Coordinator is the chair of the International Committee and a full member of the NARST Board of Directors.

Due date for complete nomination packets:

July 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time


Nomination Procedure

According to the Bylaws of NARST, the nomination process begins by members (nominators) generating a petition (letter of nomination) nominating a potential candidate (themselves or another NARST member). The petition should include a brief statement of support for the prospective candidate, in the form of a formal letter or email, and the signatures of at least ten (10) Association members in support of the nomination. The petition is one item in the nomination packet described below. The Bylaws read:

In accordance with the Bylaws, please take note of the following requirements:

  • Candidates for all positions must be current and active NARST members.
  • Candidates should be members with an outstanding research record.
  • Candidates for President-Elect must have served previously on the Board and have been a member of the Association for a minimum of ten (10) years. A candidate for President-Elect who has not served on the Board, but who has been a member of the Association for a minimum of ten (10) years, must submit a brief statement of support with the signatures of at least ten (10) other members in support of the nomination (NARST Bylaws, February 2016, Article IV, Section 5).


How to Complete and Submit a Nomination Packet

Each nominator will assemble and deliver the following materials to the NARST Executive Director. Only nomination packets that are complete and received by the due date, July 15, 2021, will be considered. The Interim Executive Director will upload completed nomination packets to the online NARST system allocated to the Elections Committee. Then the Elections Committee will be informed that the nomination packets are ready for review. [The Elections Committee is charged with assessing all submitted nominees’ materials to advance a recommended slate of potential candidates to the NARST Board of Directors for approval. The NARST membership will vote for candidates on the Board-approved slate.]

To be considered complete, the packet submitted by nominators should include all items indicated in the Nomination Packet Guidelines, in order, and as a single document. The Nomination Packet Guidelines document is available on the NARST website. [Bylaws, Article IV, Section 9].

Exception: Any individual for whom a nomination packet was submitted previously and was on the ballot within the past three years, beginning with submissions for the 2020 election cycle (elected term starting in April 2021), will only be required to submit their cv to be considered for the same open position in consecutive election cycles. Other required supporting documents previously submitted as part of their nomination packet will be considered by the Elections Committee with the updated cv. The requirement to submit all materials will be waived for three consecutive years.

All election documents, including rubrics guiding the evaluation of nomination packets, are in the NARST Handbook. Additional details on criteria specific to each position are available in the NARST Policies and Procedures Manual (p. 86). These documents are accessible through the NARST website.

Nominators, please send the completed nomination packet electronically to all of the following:

Dr. Lisa Martin-Hansen, NARST Interim Executive Director


NARST Election Campaign Policy

NARST prohibits campaigning for all elections. The NARST publication of each candidate's biographical data, photo, and position statement shall be the total extent to which NARST members are informed about candidates for office. Any communication—oral, written, or electronic—sent by the candidate to all or a subset of members may announce only the names of all candidates for each office and the details of how and when to vote. Candidates whom the Board of Directors has determined to have violated this policy will be disqualified with the right to appeal.


Election Timeline, 2021-2022



Call for Nominations

Early June 2021

Deadline for nominators to submit completed nomination packets to the Executive Director

July 15, 2021

11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Completed nomination packets sent to Elections Committee and advisors

Late July 2021

Elections Committee reviews nomination packets, discusses, and submits ratings of nominees

Mid August 2021

Elections Committee discussions and vote of final candidates to recommend to Board

Late August 2021

All nominees contacted by Elections Committee Co-Chairs to confirm their continued willingness to run for office

One month

Elections Co-Chairs submit recommendation to Board for approval (included in Elections report)

Late September 2021

Board votes on recommended slate

October 2021

NARST Board Meeting

NARST Elections open

January 2022

NARST Elections closed

February 2022


Procedure to Select Nominees for Slate of Candidates

After the applications are received and checked for completion, the Elections Committee reviews the nominations in order to provide the membership with at least 2 qualified candidates per available position. The Assessment Rubric is available on the NARST website in the NARST Handbook, pages 138-141. The Committee’s selection process is explained in the NARST Policies and Procedures on pages 82-89 on the NARST website.


Expectations of Eventual Candidates

Eventual candidates (those included on the elections slate) are expected to adhere to NARST policies and regulations, including the NARST Election Campaign policy (see below), which prohibits campaigning, and the NARST Conflict of Interest policy, which requires the disclosure of potential conflicts of interests. These policies and others are included in the NARST Policies and Procedures on the NARST website.

Thank you for your careful consideration and active participation in the nomination and election process. Please address questions to the Elections Committee Co-Chairs, Bridget Mulvey ( and Melody Russell (