IEEE is governed by volunteer members and depends on them for many things including editing its publications, organizing conferences, coordinating regional and local activities, writing standards, leading educational activities, and identifying individuals for IEEE recognitions and awards.
The Nominations and Appointments (N&A) committee is responsible for developing recommendations for staffing many volunteer positions including candidates for president-elect and corporate officers. Its recommendations are sent to the Board of Directors and the IEEE Assembly. Accordingly, the N&A committee is seeking nominees for the following positions:
2020 IEEE president-elect (who will serve as president in 2021)
2019 IEEE corporate officers
- Vice president, Educational Activities
- Vice president, Publication Services and Products
2019 IEEE committee chairs and members
- Awards Board
- Election Oversight
- Employee Benefits and Compensation
- Ethics and Member Conduct
- European Public Policy Fellow
- Global Public Policy Governance
- Humanitarian Activities
- Industry Engagement
- New Initiatives
- Nominations and Appointments
- Public Visibility
DEADLINes to nominate
The deadlines are 15 March for corporate officers and committee chairs and 15 June for committee members.
WHO CAN NOMINATE?
Anyone may submit a nomination; self-nominations are encouraged. Nominators do not need to be IEEE members, but nominees must meet certain qualifications. An IEEE organizational unit may submit nominees endorsed by its governing body or the body’s designee.
A person may be nominated for more than one position. Nominators need not contact their nominees before submitting the form. The N&A committee will contact all eligible nominees for required documentation and inquire if they are willing to be considered for the position.
HOW TO NOMINATE
For information about the positions, including qualifications and estimates of the time required by each position during the term of office, check the Guideline for Nominating Candidates. To nominate a person for a position, complete the online form.
Each year many ineligible candidates are nominated. Make sure to read eligibility requirements on the N&A Committee website before submitting a nomination.
The positions for which the N&A committee makes recommendations represent IEEE’s uppermost governance levels. Volunteers with relevant prior experience in lower-level IEEE committees and units are recommended by the committee more often than volunteers without such experience. Candidates for the Awards Board, for example, have a greater likelihood of being recommended if they have already served on an awards committee of a society, section, or region or on another IEEE board.
Individuals nominated for president-elect and corporate officer positions are more likely to be recommended if they possess a strong track record of leadership and relevant accomplishments within and outside IEEE. Recommended candidates often have significant prior experience as members of IEEE boards and standing committees.
More information about the duties associated with the different positions, qualifications, and eligibility requirements (such as prior service in certain positions or IEEE grade) can be found in the online nominations guidelines.
Fellow Barry L. Shoop is chair of the 2018 IEEE N&A committee.
This article appears in the March 2018 print issue as “Nominate the Next Leaders of IEEE.”