[globaloutlookDH-l] Call for Volunteers (Nomination Committee) and Nominations for election to the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities executive

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Mon Feb 3 01:47:01 MST 2014

In the period December 2013-January 2014, proposed bylaws were 
circulated for comment to the community (the bylaws can be found here: 
http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/proposed-bylaws/). These bylaws had been 
approved by the ad hoc executive we established a year ago to oversee 
the first year of the organisation.

The bylaws establish the procedure by which GO::DH shall be governed in 
the future. They call for the election of an 8 member executive, from 
which a chair shall be chosen. The executive will also be responsible 
for appointing all officers. Normally, the executive will be elected to 
staggered two year terms, with half the executive up for election each 
year. For the first year, all positions on the executive are open: half 
the vacancies will be for a one year (renewable) term, the other half 
for a two year (renewable) term. Normally, the nominations and elections 
will occur in January. For a variety of reasons, not least of which was 
the need to circulate the bylaws for comment, we are one month late this 

I have recently been given funding to hire an administrative assistant, 
Mia Angelica Alcantara-Santiago, who has agreed to serve as returning 
officer and chair of the nominations committee for this first election 
(in future years, these positions will be held by a member of the 
executive who is not up for reelection). We would like, therefore, to 
open nominations for candidates for the executive of GO::DH.

Any member of our mailing list may stand for election and 
self-nominations are very welcome. If you would like to nominate 
somebody for election (including yourself), please email Mia Angelica at 
caedmon at uleth.ca. She will need the name and email address of the 
nominee. Please ensure that your nominee is willing to stand for 
election. Please also ask the nominee if they would prefer to stand for 
a one or a two year term (both terms are renewable; in the future, all 
terms will be two years). In keeping with the goals and mandate of 
GO::DH, we strongly encourage diversity in our nominees: there are no 
linguistic, geographic, or other requirements for office and we 
encourage nominees from all countries and speakers of all languages to 

Nominations will close February 15. A ballot will then be prepared with 
the candidates names and members of the mailing list will be asked to 
select up to eight names for election. The ballot will close, one week 
after it opens and the first elected GO::DH executive will be announced.

In addition to candidates for election, we are also looking for a few 
people to assist in the nominations process. Members of the nomination 
committee will be expected to help ensure we have as diverse a pool of 
candidates as possible by encouraging people from under-represented 
groups to put their names forward. Members of the nomination committee 
should not stand for election themselves. If you are willing to serve on 
the nominations committee, please contact Mia Angelica at caedmon at uleth.ca

Thanks in advance to all nominees and members of the nomination committee!


Daniel Paul O'Donnell
Professor of English
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4

+1 403 393-2539

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