Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is tasked with overseeing the nomination process, ensuring that each officer will serve ISA well in terms of scholarship, visibility, commitment, and service to ISA. The Nominating Committee prepares and publishes any calls for nominations.


The Nominating Committee provides a slate of Officers that includes the President, three Vice-Presidents, six Governing Council Members-at-Large and potentially the Treasurer, for official publication each year at the end of summer/beginning of fall. The Committee evaluates nominees, based on three criteria for leadership: a) international scholarly recognition; b) a history of service with the association and knowledge of the association; and c) theoretical, methodological, geographical, gender, ethnic, and racial diversity among the leadership of the association. It then forwards its nominees to the membership for approval or rejection. They report the Committee’s nominations at the Governing Council Meeting during the ISA Annual Convention.

** For more information about the new ISA nominating process and its outcomes, please take a moment to watch this video interview with Cameron G. Thies, Convenor of the ISA Nominating Committee and an ISA Past President. It provides some insight into how the process works and how it will continue to evolve moving forward. **

About the Committee

The Nominating Committee is a permanent standing committee of ISA. Committee members are appointed, and the Convenor role is designated, by the ISA President and approved by the ISA Governing Council.

Membership and Terms

  • Nine committee members serve three-year, staggered terms
  • Terms officially begin with the ISA Governing Council meeting of the first year listed and end with the closing of the ISA Governing Council meeting of the final year listed
  • The Convener's role ends with the committee's first meeting and the committee itself elects a chair from among its members for a 1 year term

Committee Members

Johanna K. Birnir | Chair
April 2021 - March 2022
University of Maryland

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