Board Nominations & Criteria

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Board members are responsible for strategically thinking, planning, and evaluating on behalf of the association. The board is responsible for envisioning association initiatives, setting their direction, and evaluating them for progress and success. As leaders, board members set the agenda.

How Much Time Does Board Service Require? 

Although board members must be willing to invest time in preparing for and thoughtfully participating in board meetings, the time commitment is not onerous. The USEA Executive Board meets three times per year—once in person in conjunction with the annual UTeach STEM Educators Conference and twice via web conference in October and February. Board members are expected to attend the UTeach STEM Educators Conference and any ad hoc conference calls.

The USEA president and vice president usually meet with USEA management for 30 minutes once a week or as needed throughout the year.

Criteria and Selection Process

USEA seeks individuals with diverse work, life, social, and educational backgrounds so that it can make well-rounded decisions that reflect its entire membership. USEA seeks true diversity—in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, industry, location, and work roles—in its board.

We seek candidates with the following:

Skills and Background

  • Thinks strategically about USEA, STEM education, and teacher preparation
  • Brings diversity and new ideas/ perspectives to the current board
  • Uses knowledge for decision making that benefits the overall organization
  • Has an appreciation for and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Has an understanding of UTeach and/ or USEA
  • Has experience on other boards or has held previous leadership positions—a plus, but not a must


  • Has support from employer and colleagues regarding the time required for board service
  • Is able to attend Executive Board meetings and the annual UTeach STEM Educators Conference, as well as participate in ad hoc conference calls

Board Diversity

  • Diverse in age, race/ ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geographic representation, etc.
  • Broad representation of UTeach programs
  • Broad representation of the roles within UTeach (e.g., alumni, co-directors, master teachers, faculty, student support staff, etc.)
  • Diverse special interests and/ or expertise


USEA’s Leadership Development Committee will accept board nominations from:

  • faculty, staff, Master Teachers, etc. from fully implemented UTeach programs 
  • alumni of any UTeach program

Annual Timeline

  • November 30: Deadline for nominations
  • December: Leadership Development Committee reviews finalists
  • January 15: Board slate presented to USEA president
  • February 15: Board slate presented to USEA membership


Can I Nominate Myself?

Yes. USEA members may nominate themselves for board service by following the same procedures they would use to nominate someone else.

What's the Nomination Process?

USEA’s Leadership Development Committee calls for board nominations in August/ September each year. In October, the committee reviews the nominations based on the established criteria and recommends one candidate per open position. This slate of candidates is presented to the USEA president by November 1, and sent to the USEA membership by December 1.

Nominate a Candidate

If you know someone who meets the criteria and eligibility for USEA board nominee, and who might be willing to serve on the USEA Executive Board, nominate them!


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