Nominate Candidates to Be NCFR’s Next Leaders

NCFR Elections Council co-chairs Kevin M. Roy, Ph.D., and Kimberly Updegraff, Ph.D.; Jodi B. Dworkin, Ph.D., Heather M. Helms, Ph.D., Ani Yazedjian Ph.D., and Cassandra Dorius of the NCFR Elections Council; and April L. Few-Demo, Ph.D., board liaison to t
/ Fall 2019 NCFR Report

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The future of both NCFR and Family Science are inextricably tied to the quality and dedication of our leaders. Thanks to the strategic vision and perseverance of our leadership, we have made tremendous strides toward our mission of strengthening families. We need your help to keep up this momentum. As we approach the annual conference in Fort Worth, there are two ways you can assist the Elections Council. First, think about the leadership opportunities in NCFR that might be a good match for you. Speak with colleagues, mentors, section leaders, or Elections Council members about your desire to serve and your willingness to be nominated for a position. Second, consider nominating colleagues who you think would be a good match for the positions available in the next election cycle:

  • Board president-elect (2021–2023, president 2023–2025)
  • Affiliate Councils president-elect (2021–2023)
  • Elections Council members (2021–2024), two positions
  • Inclusion and Diversity Committee member-at-large (2021–2024)
  • Inclusion and Diversity Committee Students and New Professionals representative (2021–2023)
  • Fellows Committee members (2021–2024), three positions
  • Annual Conference Program chair-elect (2021–2022, program chair for 2023 NCFR Annual Conference), board-appointed position

The election cycle begins each year at the annual conference, when we ask members, sections, and focus groups to nominate potential candidates for the organizational-level positions that need to be filled.

In the spring of 2020, the Elections Council will meet to identify and discuss possible candidates for 2021 who have been identified by nomination or who have previously  served in leadership positions. We consider the experience of individual candidates and ensure that the overall slate reflects the strength and diversity of the entire NCFR membership and that reflects and promotes the mission and goals of NCFR.

The Elections Council’s responsibility is to help NCFR members match their leadership abilities to the opportunities that abound within our organization. We take seriously the NCFR Board of Directors’ charge to find the right people who are willing to have their names placed on the ballot each year. We are guided by the operating values outlined in the NCFR bylaws and the Elections Council policies and procedures. We are excited about the possibilities for future leadership and hope you consider being a part of it.