2014 NCSS Board of Directors Election

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2014 Candidates

In keeping with the policies for selecting candidates for the board of directors, the nominations committee named candidates for four board of directors categories to serve three-year terms. The committee named two candidates for vice-president, and one candidate was nominated through a petition of NCSS members. Each nominee was asked to submit a 200-word biographical sketch, and a 200-word position statement.

Candidate Statements

Ballot (Members in good standing as of December 31 are eligible to vote.)

NCSS Elections are held online. Members of good standing as of December 31 will be eligible to vote via the Internet, or by optional paper ballot upon request. Instructions and electronic credentials to vote will be e-mailed to eligible voters. Please check that NCSS has your current e-mail address by visiting http://members.socialstudies.org.


Vice President

Michael Boucher (IN)
Bruce Damasio (MD)
Peggy Jackson (NM)


Linda Bennet (MO)
Ted Green (MO)

Middle Level

Joseph Karb (NY)
Jenny Morgan (WI)

K-12 At-Large

Leslie Carter (SC)
Ruth King (UT)


Tina Heafner (NC)
Shannon Pugh (MD)

Nomination by Petition

Qualified NCSS members may be nominated as candidates for vice president or for positions on the Board of Directors by petition. The name of a candidate nominated by petition, along with candidates nominated by the Nominations and Elections Committee, will be placed on the ballot and candidate information sheets. The petition must carry the signatures of at least 150 NCSS members; no more than 75 of these may be from one state, and no member may sign more than one petition.

Petition forms must be submitted to NCSS headquarters by November 1, accompanied by a 200-word biographical sketch, a 200-word position statement, and a photograph.

Official Petition Form


Vice President

In order to be eligible as a candidate for vice president, a person must have completed a full elected term on the board of directors before assuming office. House of Delegates Steering Committee chairs who have completed their terms are eligible.

Board of Directors

For purposes of nomination, elementary and secondary teachers are to be defined as persons actually teaching half-time or more in the classroom. College teachers are to be defined as college personnel who are half-time or more on a faculty appointment of a college or university. Responsibilities as department chairpersons or other administrative, supervisory, or project positions for more than half-time would place such persons in the category of open at-large. NCSS college student members preparing to fill any of these professional roles shall be eligible for nomination and election in any of these categories.


Allowed Practices

Candidates for elected positions in the NCSS and their supporters may engage
in the following campaign practices:

  • They may seek the endorsement of any affiliated or associated
    organization of the NCSS through electronic mail, US mail and at the NCSS
    Annual Conference. Requests for endorsement must be directed to the President
    or Executive Director/Secretary of said affiliated or associated organization
    of the NCSS only.
  • They may seek the endorsement of the official publications of any
    affiliated or associated organization of NCSS. Requests for endorsement in a
    publication must be addressed to the President, Executive Director/Secretary
    or Publication Director of the affiliated or associated organization of the
    NCSS only.
  • They should submit copies of all requests for endorsement to the
    NCSS Nominations Chair for perusal before sending them out to the affiliated
    or associated groups, to avoid potential misinterpretation or misunderstanding
    of the policies.
  • Candidates may solicit votes in person.

Unacceptable Practices

Candidates for elected positions in the NCSS and their supporters may not
in the following campaign practices:

  • They may not use electronic mail to solicit votes from individual
  • They may not use United States mail or any other type of mail to
    solicit votes from individual members.
  • They may not use hospitality rooms or any similar event to solicit
    votes at the annual NCSS conference or the annual conference of any NCSS
    affiliated or associated organization.
  • They may not use posters, displays or other materials that promote
    their candidacy at any social studies conference.
  • They may not seek or accept endorsement from any non-NCSS entity.
  • They may not distribute printed or electronic material to individual
    members to promote a candidate.
  • Current members of the NCSS Board of Directors and Officers may not
    campaign for a specific candidate.


Candidates who violate campaign policies will be subject to the following:

  • Candidates will be required to clarify or correct any materials
    which the NCSS Nominations Committee Chair feels violates campaign policies.
  • The NCSS Nominations Committee Chair will notify all other
    candidates if a violation of campaign policies is determined.
  • If a candidate refuses to comply with the decision of the NCSS
    Nominations Committee Chair, said candidate can be removed from the ballot by
    a majority vote of the Nominations Committee members.

NCSS Annual Conference Activities and Procedures

  • A candidates' forum will be held for candidates' presentations and membership questioning.
  • Each candidate will be given a name badge (and/or ribbon) that
    clearly identifies them as a candidate (to be worn only during the Annual
    Conference). They may be approached by attendees to discuss their experience,
    positions, etc.
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