Board Nominations & Criteria

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.

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:

Personal Characteristics

  • Is personable and easy to approach, accessible to members
  • Thinks strategically about USEA, STEM education, and teacher preparation
  • Values and promotes consensus, cooperation, and participation among all board members
  • Uses knowledge for decision making that benefits the overall organization
  • Has an appreciation for and understanding of diversity
  • Understands USEA staff resource and budget constraints
  • 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, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, geographic representation, etc.
  • Broad representation of UTeach programs
  • Broad representation of the roles within UTeach (e.g., co-directors, master teachers, faculty, student support staff, alumni, etc.)
  • Diverse special interests/expertise

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. Finally, 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.

Annual Timeline

• September 30: Deadline for nominations
• October 17: Deadline for Leadership Development Committee to review and rank finalists
• November 1: Board slate presented to USEA president
• December 1: 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.

Nominate a Candidate

If you know of an individual who meets the Leadership Development Committee’s criteria, and who might be willing to serve on the USEA Executive Board, nominate them!

We will be accepting our next board nominations in the fall.