The Media Ecology Association’s Executive Board includes members elected by the Association’s membership. Each year, three to four positions on the MEA’s Board come up for election/re-election, and you may nominate a member, or volunteer yourself as a nominee. You do not need to have prior board experience (of any type) to be nominated and elected to the board.
There are four elected positions to be filled this year:
MEA Vice President Elect (1-year term): The Vice-President Elect shall be elected by the general membership annually, and shall serve for a four-year period of service. In the second year, the Vice-President Elect will succeed to the office of Vice-President, in the third year to the office of President, and in the fourth year to the office of Immediate Past President. The Vice-President shall serve as the officer in charge of the annual convention and will either provide the site to host the convention, or will work in conjunction with the site host. Should the Office of the President become vacant after the conclusion of the annual convention, the Vice-President shall succeed to the presidency immediately. Prior to the convention, the Immediate Past President takes on the role of President if need be. Finally, the Vice-President Elect serves as the MEA’s liaison to other professional organizations, such as the Institute of General Semantics and the Canadian Communication Association, and ensures our presence and participation in their events.
Member-at-Large (3-year term): This position will run for three years from 2021 until 2023. Members at large help to promote the activities of the association, assist in the MEA’s legal and fiduciary matters, help to establish policies and direction and review programs which promote the aims of the Association, and help to recruit officer candidates for succession planning.
Newsletter Editor (1-year term): This is a yearly elected position. The term is for one year and begins January 2021. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Newsletter Editor compiles, edits and disseminates the association’s newsletter, In Medias Res.
Recording Secretary (1-year term): This is a yearly elected position. The term is for one year and begins January 2021. Besides the duties listed above for the members-at-large, the Recording secretary records, collects and disseminates the discussions, activities, and reports of the MEA Board meetings.
Nominations are open until September 30, 2020. Nominees must be members in good standing of the MEA and will be asked to provide a brief (100–150 word) statement about themselves and their interest in the MEA for inclusion with the ballots.
Voting will take place October 2020 on the MEA website. Details to follow.
Results will be reported on by the end of October 2020. Those elected will start their terms of office in January 2021 and, assuming we have an in-person meeting, should make plans to attend the Executive Board Meeting in New York City at that time.
Send nominations or self-nominations to our Executive Secretary Fernando Gutiérrez at firstname.lastname@example.org.