Become Involved with the GSC

Are you interested in running for an American Education Research Association Graduate Student Council Office?

AERA GSC is a great way to get involved, network and learn more about AERA. If you’d like to work with a great group of graduate students from across the world, to serve the 7,000+ graduate students in AERA, we hope you will consider running. The nomination information, election timeline, and terms of service and responsibilities for these positions are detailed below.

Self-nominations are due September 30, 2014 and are open for the four elected positions on the Graduate Student Council:
1. Chair-Elect
2. Newsletter Editor
3. Secretary Historian
4. Web Secretary

To run, please submit the following materials by midnight EST, September 30, 2014 via web form through this URL: http://goo.gl/BlFyIG

Basic Information:
o Full Name
o University affiliation
o Degree you are currently pursuing
o Anticipated graduation date
o Position you are running for
o Faculty advisor name, phone, and email (Your advisor may be contacted to answer some basic questions about your qualifications for the position for which you are running, so please ensure address is valid and working.)

Statement of interest (saved as FullNameStatement.pdf) of approximately 300-700 words addressing:
o The reasons you would like to run
o Why you believe you would be a good candidate for the position
o What you will bring to the GSC

Current CV (saved as FullNameCV.pdf)


Elections Process and Timeline:

o Self-Nominations (by September 30)
o Slate Selection by Nomination Committee (mid October)
o Notification to candidates regarding status (late October)
o Biographical statements of slated candidates submitted to AERA central office (mid November)
o Elections (January 2015)
o Winner notified of results (March 2015)

If you have any questions regarding the nomination and election process, please feel free to contact Jennifer Carinci, the nominations committee chair and GSC Past Chair, at Jennifer.Carinci@caepnet.org.


 

GSC Elected Positions
1. Chair-Elect
The chair-elect position has a three-year term, taking office in April 2015 and serving through April 2018.

Eligibility:
– Must be a graduate student for Fall and Spring semesters during 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 academic years; may serve as the Past-Chair after graduation
– Must be a member of AERA
– Prior experience with the GSC is a plus but not required

Responsibilities, Year 1 (as Chair-Elect):
– Plan and coordinate the Graduate Student Resource Center and Registration booth at the annual meeting
– Plan and chair the Chair-Elect’s Fireside Chat session(s) at the annual meeting
– Attend the October Coordinated Committee meeting in Washington, DC
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.)
– Attend AERA Council meeting at the annual meeting in year rising to Chair position
– Prepare article for each issue of the Graduate Student Newsletter
– Prepare Chair-Elect annual report
– Assist GSC Chair in creation of a budget for GSC
– Assume responsibilities of Chair if Chair is unable to complete his/her term of office
– Assist other GSC officers in planning new GSC initiatives and programs for graduate students across AERA; support and become involved in these new AERA GSC initiatives

Responsibilities, Year 2 (as Chair):
– Set agenda for GSC activities/meeting for the year
– Designate and work with the Program Chair and Community Leader to plan GSC sessions for the annual meeting and coordinate campus liaisons
– Direct and work with all GSC elected officers and Division Representatives
– Create GSC budget for the upcoming year and submit to AERA
– Attend AERA Council meetings in June, February and April
– Attend Coordinated Committee Meeting in Washington, DC in October; chair GSC during this meeting, including agenda setting
– Plan and chair the Chair’s Fireside Chat session(s) at the annual meeting
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.); chair GSC business meetings, including agenda setting
– Report the pertinent actions and events occurring at all Association Council, and GSC Executive Committee meetings to the GSC
– Prepare article for each issue of the Graduate Student Council Newsletter
– Prepare GSC Annual Report for submission to AERA
– Prepare pass-down materials for incoming Chair

Responsibilities, Year 3 (as Past Chair):
– Chair the nominating committee, to assemble slate for election of new GSC officers
– Plan and chair the Past Chair’s Fireside Chat session(s) at the annual meeting
– Attend the Coordinated Committee Meeting in Washington, DC in October
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.)
– Serve in advisory capacity to GSC Chair and Chair-Elect

2. Jr. Newsletter Editor
The Jr. Newsletter editor serves a two-year term (April 2015-April 2017).

Eligibility:
– Must be a graduate student for Fall and Spring semesters of both years of service (2015-2017)
– Must be a member of AERA

Responsibilities:
– Manage and edit the GSC newsletters; this is a collaborative position between the senior and junior editors
– Produce summer, fall, and spring issues of the GSC newsletter
– Disseminate call, select, and layout for submissions for each issue
– Submit completed issue to GSC Web Secretary for publication on GSC website and email dissemination
– Submit annual report on newsletter activities
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.)
– As senior editor (year 2), attend Coordinated Committee Meeting in Washington, DC in October
– Assist other GSC officers in planning new GSC initiatives and programs for graduate students across AERA; support and become involved in these new AERA GSC initiatives

3. Secretary/Historian
The Secretary/Historian serves a one-year term (April 2015-April 2016) and is responsible for record keeping for the GSC.

Eligibility:
– Must be a graduate student for Fall and Spring semesters during 2015-2016 academic year
– Must be a member of AERA

Responsibilities:
– Attend the Coordinated Committee Meeting in Washington, DC in October
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.)
– Record minutes for all GSC meetings
– Disseminate minutes to GSC within thirty days of the meeting date
– Act as GSC historian; collect photographs of GSC events; make these available to Web Secretary and Newsletter Editors; maintain updated version of GSC history
– Maintain contact information for all GSC members
– Submit annual report on activities for the year
– Assist other GSC officers in planning new GSC initiatives and programs for graduate students across AERA; support and become involved in these new AERA GSC initiatives

4. Web Secretary
The GSC Web Secretary serves a one-year term (April 2015-2016) and works with the AERA Central Office to maintain the GSC website.

Eligibility:
– Must be a graduate student for 2015-2016 academic year
– Must be a member of AERA

Responsibilities:
– Update and maintain GSC website
– Moderate GSC discussion list serv and social media
– Get trained on latest AERA web software
– Keep in contact with AERA web personnel about changes and other issues related to the GSC website
– Keep GSC updated about AERA web issues, concerns, priorities, feedback, etc.
– Attend major GSC events at annual meeting (business meetings, orientations, etc.)
– Prepare annual report for the AERA GSC
– Assist other GSC officers in planning new GSC initiatives and programs for graduate students across AERA; support and become involved in these new AERA GSC initiatives

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