May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Nominations for Election to Board of Directors of CSTA, 2012-2014 Term

Posted: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

by Tim Williamson

It’s that time of year when CSTA is looking for dedicated and qualified persons to fill the upcoming vacancies on its Board of Directors. As the immediate past president I am constantly being asked by CSTA members “How do I get more involved in the association?” The answer is simple! Become a board member. This opportunity allows you to help shape the policy and determine the path that the Board will take in the new year. There is a time and energy commitment, but that is far outweighed by the personal satisfaction of knowing that you are an integral part of an outstanding professional educational organization, dedicated to the support and guidance of California’s science teachers. You will also have the opportunity to help CSTA review and support legislation that benefits good science teaching and teachers.

So, how do you become a Board member? Read on!

Applications can be downloaded from the CSTA website, http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutNominations.asp.

Nominations for the following positions on the CSTA Board of Directors are now being accepted:

  • Treasurer
  • 4-Year College Director
  • High School Director
  • Intermediate (3-5) Director
  • Region 2 Director*
  • Region 4 Director*

Directors will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2014.

All current members of CSTA are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

  • Step 1: Complete the Nomination Form.
  • Step 2: Submit the Nomination Form along with your resume by the deadline listed below.
  • Step 3: Upon receipt of the Nomination Form, nominees will be sent additional information and will be asked to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA.

Nomination papers will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee, which will select up to two final candidates for each vacant position. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Professional Characteristics: Be a science educator and a member in good standing of CSTA; demonstrate a commitment to the improvement of effective science teaching; have a knowledge of the issues facing science education in the state; demonstrate involvement and scholarship in science education; demonstrate knowledge of CSTA and a commitment to its vision and goals; be able to communicate effectively and be a visible spokesperson and strong advocate for CSTA positions; represent the interests and concerns of the members of CSTA. Nominees will be expected to be able to fulfill the duties as described in position descriptions for directors. Directors representing a particular grade level should have adequate experience at that grade level. Regional Directors must reside or work in the region to which they are being elected.

Personal Characteristics: Possess strong leadership skills; possess a high energy level; demonstrate a willingness to make the necessary time commitment to hold a critical leadership position in the association; possess integrity, poise, adaptability, flexibility, a sense of humor, and an appreciation and respect for diversity; possess the ability to create a team effort, build consensus, motivate and involve others, and delegate authority.

*Region 2: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano counties. *Region 4: Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego counties.

Fax, e-mail, or mail your application to…

California Science Teachers Association
3800 Watt Avenue, Suite 175
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 979-7004; FAX (916) 979-7023
email: admin@cascience.org

NOMINATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED, FAXED, OR EMAILED NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31, 2012.

Nominees whose Nomination Form is complete will be sent a Candidacy Packet with further information within ten days of receipt of the completed form. Nominees will be required to submit two letters of endorsement from CSTA members, as well as statements of philosophy about science education and the role of CSTA. Completed Candidacy Packets are due in the CSTA office in February, 2012. Nomination papers that do not include the nominee’s signature or resume, or are received after the filing deadline, will be disqualified.

Now is the time to quit procrastinating and step up to an opportunity that will allow you to hold a critical leadership position in your professional association. It will give you an opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills and help CSTA continue to share its vision, support and commitment to all science teachers in California.

Just do it!

Tim Williamson is a science methods instructor at CSU Long Beach and is past-president of CSTA.

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