Call for Nominations for

the AEA Board of Directors

Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2010


Show your commitment to the value of the American Evaluation Association and help to shape its future! This year we will elect three Board members-at-large and a President-elect and a Treasurer. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to the Association and your thoughtful participation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

Qualifications and Time Commitment:

Only AEA members may serve on the AEA Board or as officers. The President-elect, Treasurer and Board Members will serve three-year terms, beginning January 1, 2011 and attend three Board meetings a year. Expenses for the first two meetings are fully reimbursed. The third coincides with the annual meeting; two night's hotel expenses are reimbursed for this meeting.
Each Board member regularly participates in the work of the Board through attendance at Board meetings, ongoing email exchange, and serving on Board Task Forces as well as on one of AEA's Priority Area Teams which are Finance, Knowledge and Professional Support, Leadership, Public Engagement, and Values. The President-elect serves as President-elect in the first year, becomes President in the second year and serves as Past-president and Secretary in the third year of his or her term.

When reviewing nominations for candidates, the Leadership Team considers the following information:

  • The individual's previous service to AEA and leadership in AEA,
  • The individual's contributions and service to the evaluation profession in other ways, and
  • The individual's availability and accessibility (see below).

Proposed candidates must agree to be available for Board work during their term. More specifically, each candidate will be asked to sign a letter of agreement stipulating his/her:

  • Availability and willingness to attend three Board meetings each year of the three-year term,
  • Availability and accessibility by phone for periodic Board conference calls during the three-year term,
  • Understanding that he/she is not eligible to receive an AEA-sponsored award during the three-year term,
  • Agreement to abide by the AEA Governance Policies related to responsibilities of the Board member.

Due to legal, financial, and organizational requirements, in addition to the above conditions, nominees for President-elect and Treasurer must agree to reside in the United States throughout the three-year term if elected. Nominees for President-elect should recognize that their roles require a great deal of time, creative energy and focus.


AEA and the Leadership Team are committed to nourishing and establishing diversity in the governance of the association. As stated in the AEA bylaws, "It is the policy of the American Evaluation Association to actively seek diversity on the Board and all committees." Particular attention is paid to the following criteria:
  • Gender balance
  • Racial and ethnic diversity
  • Disciplinary heterogeneity
  • Practitioner/academic balance
  • Geographic heterogeneity
  • Heterogeneity of areas of application
  • International representation

The first step in achieving this diversity is the nominations process. To help AEA succeed in fulfilling this vital charge, we encourage members to think broadly and to consider candidates both within the United States and around the world.

View current Board composition at
The Submission Process:
All nominations should be sent as a single packet, or single emailed file, to the AEA office so that they arrive on or before Friday, March 5, 2010. Each nomination should contain:
  • Nominee Identification and Contact Information: Name, Title, Affiliation, Landmail Address, Email, Phone, Gender, Ethnicity, Discipline, Practitioner and/or Academic Focus, Geographic Representation, Area(s) of Work Application.
  • Nominee Statement: A brief statement from the nominee indicating a) his or her interest in serving, b) any special qualifications.
  • Nominee Qualifications: An abbreviated (1-2 page) Curriculum Vitae or Résumé.
  • (If not self-nominated): Nomination Statement: A brief statement from the nominator attesting to the nominee's qualifications.
  • (If not self-nominated) Nominator Identification and Contact Information: Name, Title, Affiliation, Landmail Address, Email, Phone.

Nominations may include letters of support sent with the packet or under separate cover. However, these also need to arrive on or before Friday, March 5, 2010. Send all materials via email to [email protected] or via landmail to AEA, 16 Sconticut Neck Rd #290, Fairhaven MA 02719.

The bylaws require the Leadership Team, with Board approval, to submit to the membership the names of only two candidates for each open position. There is no guarantee that a nominee will be placed on the ballot. If you are nominating someone, please make the nominee aware of this fact.

The bylaws also allow for an alternate approach to the nominations process. A petition may be made to the Leadership PAT with the signatures of 25 current AEA members in support of a nominee. This person will be added to the ballot automatically and may be in addition to the two Leadership PAT candidates. The petition must be received in the AEA office, for forwarding to the Leadership Team, on or before the Friday, March 5, 2010 deadline for nominations.


If you have questions about nominations or elections, please contact the 2010 Leadership Priority Area Team Chair, Gail Barrington, via email at [email protected]. If you have questions about the submissions process or need assistance in compiling materials, please contact the 2010 Recruitment Task Force Chair, Stan Capela, via email at [email protected].

Thank you for participating in the life of the Association.

Susan Kistler, AEA Executive Director