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ESA Governing Board Nominee Information

Nominee for the ESA Governing Board and Board of Professional Certification, please use the form below to provide some additional information about yourself and to accept your candidacy and willful entry into the review process by the ESA Nominations Committee.

The volunteer members of the Governing Board are the fiduciaries for the organization. They are ultimately responsible for our success or failure. In practice, they help shape the Society’s direction, provide oversight of management, and ensure compliance with legal requirements. They are also responsible for outreach and member engagement. This means that members of the Governing Board need experience developing strategies and overseeing finances in addition to being demonstrated leaders among their peers. Ideally, they also connect with some area of the Society’s work—education, publishing, advocacy, public affairs—as well.

All Governing Board Members

  • Act on all matters of the Society except final approval of budget, and final approval of changes to Constitution and By laws
  • May terminate an individual’s membership
  • Consider proposals from members
  • Receive and act on reports from Officers, Executive Director, Sections, Chapters, Committees
  • Designate time, place and theme of Annual Meeting
  • Hire, fire, and evaluate the Executive Director
  • Appoint committees as needed
  • Appoint and evaluate Editors-in-Chiefs of EcologyEcological ApplicationsEcological MonographsEcosphere and the ESA Bulletin
  • Approve special Society reports
  • Approve Section and Chapter By-laws and amendments, and approve dues
  • Approve awards, grants, and fellowships
  • Request investigation of ethical misconduct
  • Act on recommendations to sanction members for ethical misconduct
  • Review and decide appeals of those denied certification
  • Serve as members of ESA Council


  • Chair the Governing Board
  • Serve as Primary Spokesperson for the Society
  • Appoint three members to the Nominating Committee
  • Appoint standing committee chairs (from nominations from Vice Presidents)
  • Charge standing committees through Vice President or Secretary to whom the committee reports
  • Appoint special committees
  • Appoint selection committee for Executive Director
  • Oversee with President-elect setting of criteria for Executive Director and evaluation process
  • Maintain Executive Director’s personnel file
  • Appoint monitors for special Society reports
  • Serve as voting, Ex-officio member of the Public Affairs Committee
  • Serve as voting, Ex officio member of the Committee on Diversity and Education
  • Receive reports from “whistleblowers” and coordinate investigation
  • Receive and investigate complaints of ethical or sexual harassment concerning the Executive Director


  • Assume duties of the President if President is not able to do so
  • Chair the Governing Board if President is not able to do so
  • Oversee with President setting of criteria for Executive Director and evaluation process

Vice President for Finance

  • Develop fiscal and investment policy
  • Review annual budget
  • Conduct long term fiscal planning
  • Oversee business, finances and management of Society
  • Receive the annual audit from the Audit Committee
  • Recommend Chair for committees reporting to the Vice President
  • Arrange meetings at the annual meeting for committees reporting to the Vice-President
  • Nominate chair and other members, charge and represent Development Committee
  • Appoint, charge and represent Audit Committee
  • Receive reports from “whistleblowers” and coordinate investigation

Vice President for Public Affairs

  • Oversee public affairs, international affairs, and public policy activities
  • Chair Public Affairs Committee
  • Recommend chairs for committees reporting to the Vice-President
  • Arrange meeting at the annual meeting for committees reporting to this Vice-President
  • Nominate chair, appoint, charge and represent:
    • Public Affairs Committee
    • International Relations Committee
    • Representatives to other scholarly societies as designated by the Governing Board

Members at Large

  • Serve on the Nominations Committee
  • Represent the diverse views, goals and objectives of the members
  • Chair special committees if requested
  • Serve as monitors for reports if requested
  • Serve on committee to review Long Range Planning Grants

Board of Professional Certification

  • Review and approve or reject applications for certification
  • Work with ESA staff to establish certification criteria and application processes
  • Advise staff on requirements
  • Provide oversight for communication with applicants and certified individuals

2020 ESA Election Candidate Information Form

  • Please use this space to provide an overview of your relevant education, past and present positions, and professional service and experience with ESA, as applicable. Please write this in the third person, and to emphasize experience that you feel is relevant to the position for which you are a candidate. 250-400 words.
  • Please use this space to provide an overview of your personal interests and experience, and unique skills that you've gained, that make you stand out as a candidate for the position. Please write this in the third person. 100-150 words.
  • Address the question, writing in the first person. Use this space to expand on your motivation to serve the Society and your vision for your prospective time on the Governing Board. 300-400 words .
  • Please provide an up-to-date photograph of yourself in as high a resolution as the maximum file size allows. This photo will be used on the official ballot as well as in other materials used to promote the election. (File size: Up to 1MB)
    Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 1 MB.