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AFS Nominating Committee Announces Slate for 2017 Election

Monday, July 31, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tim Lloyd
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The 2017 AFS Nominating Committee (Joseph Sciorra, chair; Diane E. Goldstein, Olivia Cadaval, and Steve Zeitlin) has announced its slate of two candidates for each available office in the 2017 AFS election. They are:

Executive Board (three to be elected to three-year, 2018-2020 terms)
Sheila Bock, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Michael Dylan Foster, University of California, Davis
Jon Kay, Traditional Arts Indiana
Patricia Sawin, University of North Carolina
Debra Lattanzi Shutika, George Mason University
Sally Van de Water, independent, New Park, Pennsylvania

Nominating Committee (one to be elected to a three-year, 2018-2020 term)
Danille Christensen, Virginia Tech University
Rachel Gonzalez-Martin, University of Texas

(Note: 2017 is not a Presidential election year.)

As described in the AFS Bylaws, Society members now have the opportunity to add names to this slate by petition. Here is the process:

No later than August 31, please submit the following materials by email to AFS Executive Director Tim Lloyd (

1. A petition signed by at least 10 current AFS members that names the candidate and the office for which s/he is being nominated (please submit as a PDF)
2. A statement from the candidate agreeing to run (please submit as a PDF)
3. A 100-word biographical summary for the candidate, and a 250-word platform statement from the candidate responding to the question "What are the most significant opportunities or challenges now facing the Society, and how as [a member of the Executive Board / a member of the Nominating Committee] would you respond to those opportunities or challenges?" (please submit both the biographical summary and platform statement as a single document in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format)

We will post biographical summaries and platform statements from all candidates on the elections page of the AFS web site on October 1.

We will invite all candidates to participate in a Candidates' Forum on Thursday afternoon of the Minneapolis annual meeting, and we invite all Society members who will be at the meeting to attend and hear the candidates speak. Secure online voting will begin around November 1 and will continue through December 31. Those elected will take office in January 2018.

The Executive Board thanks the members of the Committee for their work to assemble this slate, and all candidates for their willingness to serve the field and Society.


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