US-RSE Steering Committee Elections
The Election Results are in! Congratulations to Abbey Roelofs, Alex Koufos, Ian Cosden, Jeff Carver and Keith Beattie.
Following the conclusion of the 2023 US-RSE Steering Committee elections, the information below is accessible on this webpage for readers or US-RSE members interested in participating in the Steering Committee in the future. Please note that this webpage will be updated in latter part of 2024 for the new SC elections.
If you’re interested in becoming part of the Steering Committee, we suggest you have a look at Guidance for Potential Steering Committee Candidates.
2023 Election Timeline
- Nominations open: October 13, 2023
- Nominations Due Date (Extended): Nov 3, 2023
- Deadline to join US-RSE to be eligible to vote: Nov 8, 2023
- Candidate Announcement Date: Nov 10, 2023
- Candidates Announced: Nov 10, 2023
- Annual US-RSE General Meeting, including candidate statements: Dec 1, 2023
- Voting Open: Dec 1-8, 2023
- Election Results announced: by December 15, 2023
- Elected Steering Committee members take office: Jan 1, 2024
Positions and Eligibility
Five Steering Committee seats are open in this election, each for a 2-year term (January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2025). The following steering committee members have terms that end this year: Nicole Brewer, Jeff Carver, Ian Cosden, Sandra Gesing, and Christina Maimone. All US-RSE members in good standing as of the day nominations open are eligible for nomination.
The US-RSE Steering Committee sets its own meeting frequency and timing. Currently, the Steering Committee meets every two weeks on Fridays. The Steering Committee meeting frequency and schedule for 2024 will be determined once new members are elected.
The responsibilities of Steering Committee members are detailed in the US-RSE Membership and Governance document. They include:
- Setting the overall policy and direction of the US-RSE Association
- Being responsible for day-to-day activities, operations, and development of the US-RSE Association
Additionally, Steering Committee members are expected to:
- Attend and participate in Steering Committee meetings
- Follow and participate in Steering Committee discussions on Slack
- Contribute to US-RSE operations through activities such as
- Updating the website
- Writing newsletters and communications
- Organizing and leading community calls and events
- Engaging with community members on Slack
- Help further the community by
- Participating on international RSE committees
- Organizing BOFs, workshops, meetups, and other events at relevant conferences
- Leading US-RSE working groups
- Writing blog posts
- Bringing new ideas to the organization
Nominations and Candidate Information
Nominations open on October 13, 2023 and close on November 03, 2023.
Once nominations open up, interested members are encouraged to nominate themselves. Alternatively, if you know of a member who you think would make a good candidate, you can submit a nomination for someone else, who will be invited to run. All US-RSE members in good standing are eligible to be nominated as candidates.
The nomination form can be found HERE. Please fill this form for self-nomination OR if you are nominating someone else. If nominating someone else, then please fill the form early so that we can contact the nominated person and obtain their nomination materials before the nominations due date of Nov 03, 2023.
On the nomination form, expect to provide the following information.
If Nominating Someone Else:
- Your name and email
- Nominee’s name and email
- Short statement about why you think the nominated individual will make a good Steering Committee member
Nominations of others will only be shared with the Election Chair and the nominated individual. The Election Chair will contact the nominated individual to let them know they were nominated, and by whom, and to confirm their interest in participating. The information will not be made public.
Self-nomination or Accepted Nomination:
- Your name and a publicly-shareable email
- A link to a resume, CV, LinkedIn profile, or professional website
- Why do you want to be on the US-RSE Steering Committee? (<=1000 characters)
- How do you contribute to the US-RSE Association or RSE community more broadly? (<= 1500 characters)
All candidate information will be shared on the US-RSE website. Additionally, candidates will have a chance to share information about themselves at the Annual General Meeting on December 1, 2023.
An #election channel is available on Slack for any discussion with or about candidates.
For the 2023 election, we are planning a meeting of all of the candidates before names are released publicly. This will be an opportunity for candidates to learn who else is running and discuss how they want to share information about themselves during the Annual General Meeting.
UPDATE (Nov 8th 2023): The Candidate Meeting was deemed unnecessary for the 2023 US-RSE election and was subsequently cancelled.
If there are more candidates than seats available, an election will be held.
Elections will be run through https://electionbuddy.com. US-RSE members’ email addresses will be shared with this site for the sole purpose of voting. Each US-RSE member as of November 8, 2023, gets one ballot with the voting rule of single transferable vote (STV). This voting rule asks each voter to rank the candidates, and seats are allocated across candidates using this ranking information.
The results of the election are valid regardless of the turnout rate for the election.