Call for Nominations for the AEA Board of Directors

Deadline Extended: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Show your commitment to the value of the American Evaluation Association and help to shape its future! You may nominate yourself or a committed AEA colleague. This year we will elect three Board Members-at-large and a President-Elect. Nominating candidates for office is a valuable service to the Association and your thoughtful participation in this process is greatly appreciated.

AEA Town Hall: Pathways to AEA Leadership

In an effort to encourage broad engagement in AEA leadership, we will be spotlighting the Nominations process with the support of the Nominations and Elections Working Group and AEA Leadership. We are excited to launch into our 2021 nominations and elections processes and invite anyone who is interested to join us! No previous leadership experience in AEA is necessary. Watch here

Qualifications and Time Commitment

Board Members

Any AEA member (international as well as national) may serve on the AEA Board. The Board Members serve three-year terms, beginning January 1, 2022 and attend three or four in-person Board meetings a year. Each Board member regularly participates in the work of the Board through attendance at Board meetings, active participation in the work of the Board, ongoing email communications, liaising with Board Task Forces, and other Board-focused volunteer groups as assigned. The Board follows the Policy Governance governing system.

Expenses for the first two in-person yearly Board meetings not held in conjunction with the annual conference are reimbursable. The third meeting coincides with the annual meeting and reimbursement is limited to the two additional nights' hotel and food expenses needed to attend the Board meeting.


It is preferred that nominees for the office of President-Elect have previous experience on the AEA Board. Only an AEA member based in the United States may serve as President. The President must preside over all Board meetings unless otherwise stated. The tenure of the President is as follows:

1st year President-Elect 
2nd year President 
3rd year Past-president and Secretary

The President shall be the Chief Governing Officer (CGO) of the Association and shall preside at all business meetings, serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, and set the strand theme for the annual conference. The President is an ex-officio member of all Working Groups and Topical Interest Groups of the Association. The President shall have all the general powers and duties vested in the office, including the power to appoint Board Task Forces, other advisory groups, and individuals as deemed appropriate to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Association. Board Task Forces and other advisory groups or individuals requiring additional expenditure of Association funds are subject to approval via a vote of the Board.

Requirements for All Candidates

When reviewing nominations for candidates, the Nominations & Elections Working Group considers the following information:

  • Individuals who have been members of AEA for a minimum of three years,
  • The individual's previous service to AEA and leadership in AEA units such as TIGs, Working Groups, Task Forces, Local Affiliates, and others.
  • The individual's contributions and service to the evaluation profession in other ways, and
  • The individual's availability and accessibility (see below).
  • For candidates for the position of President-Elect, prior service on the Board is preferred.

Proposed candidates must agree to be fully available for Board work during their term. More specifically, each candidate will be asked to sign a letter of agreement stipulating his/her/their:

  • Availability and willingness to attend three or four in-person Board meetings each year of the three-year term,
  • Availability and willingness to travel on behalf of AEA, domestically and internationally,
  • Availability and accessibility by phone for periodic Board conference calls during the three-year term and other business related to governance,
  • Understanding that they are not eligible to receive an AEA-sponsored award during the three-year term,
  • Agreement to abide by AEA Governance Policies related to responsibilities of the Board member

Nominees for President-Elect should recognize that their role requires a great deal of time, creative energy, and focus. Nominees should also have the following skills sets:

  • Proven leadership ability
  • Team (Board) management
  • Detail oriented
  • Conflict resolution
  • Consensus building
  • Public speaking


AEA and the Leadership Team are committed to nourishing and broadening diversity in the governance of the association. As stated in the AEA bylaws, "It is the policy of the American Evaluation Association to actively seek diversity across the Board and all committees, Task Forces, and other advisory groups, and individuals." Particular attention is paid to adequate representation and balance according to the following criteria:

  • Gender (including nondiscrimination based on sexual representation and orientation or gender identity)
  • Racial/ethnic representation
  • Disciplinary heterogeneity
  • Practitioner/academic balance
  • Geographic heterogeneity
  • International representation and perspectives
  • Heterogeneity of areas of application

View current Board composition here.

The Submission Process

Think broadly and consider candidates both within the United States and around the world. All nominations should be sent as a single packet, or emailed file, to the AEA office.

Submit COMPLETED applications to the AEA office on or before August 27, 2021 by 11:59 pm EST to

Each nomination submission should contain:

  • Nominee Identification and Contact Information: Name, Title, Affiliation, Land mail Address, Email, Alternative Email for summer months and vacations, Phone, Gender, Ethnicity, Discipline, Practitioner and/or Academic Focus, Geographic Representation, Area(s) of Work Application.
  • Nominee Statement: A brief statement from the nominee indicating a) his/her/their interest in serving, b) the Board position they’re seeking (President-elect or Board Member-at- Large), c) years of AEA membership d) previous service to AEA and leadership in AEA, e) any special qualifications.
  • Nominee Qualifications: An abbreviated (1-2 page) Curriculum Vitae or Résumé.
  • (If not self-nominated) Nomination Statement: A brief statement from the nominator attesting to the nominee's qualifications.
  • (If not self-nominated) Nominator Identification and Contact Information: Name, Title, Affiliation, Land mail Address, Email, Alternative Email for summer months and vacations, Phone.
  • (If not self-nominated) Nominator: Nominator must obtain permission from Nominee to submit his/her/their name. Statement by Nominee to that effect should be included in packet.

Letters of Support

Nominations must include at least 1 (up to 5) letter of support sent with the packet or under separate cover. Letters of support may not come from current sitting members of the AEA Board of Directors or members of the Nominations/Elections Working Groups. Send all materials (including letters of support) in one packet via email to or via land mail to AEA, 2001 K Street NW, 3rd Floor North, Washington, DC 20006 on or before September 29, 2021.


The bylaws require the Nominations and Elections Working Group, with Board approval, to submit to the membership the names of only two candidates for each open position. There is no guarantee that a nominee will be placed on the ballot. Reminder: If you are nominating someone, please obtain the nominee's permission.


If you have questions about the nominations and elections process, please contact the 2021 Nominations and Elections Working Group Co-Chairs, Anne Vo and Leslie Goodyear via email at

Thank you for participating in the health and life of the Association.