NCSS seeks candidates for Vice-President and for members of its Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself, or recommend a colleague member who has experience in social studies leadership. Recommendations may be sent to the NCSS Nominations and Elections Committee. NCSS encourages all members to recommend possible candidates.
Founded in 1921, NCSS is the largest professional association in the country devoted solely to social studies education. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to advocate and build capacity for high-quality social studies by providing leadership, services, and support to educators.
For the 2020-2021 election cycle, the NCSS Nominations and Elections Committee will select candidates for the following categories:
- Secondary Level Classroom Teacher
- K-12 Classroom Teacher At-Large
In order to be eligible to be a candidate for an NCSS board or officer position, an individual must be an NCSS member at the time of application. For all categories, a candidate must meet the eligibility requirements at the time of the election.
In order to be eligible as a candidate for President-Elect or Vice-President, a person must have completed a full elected term on the Board of Directors before assuming office.
Secondary Classroom Teacher or K-12 Classroom Teacher At-large
Candidates must be teaching half-time or more in the classroom.
Candidates must be school-, district-, or state-level personnel who have half-time or more responsibility for the supervision or administration of social studies education programs, and are members of either the Council of State Social Studies Specialists (CS4) or the National Social Studies Supervisors Association (NSSSA).
The category of at-large board members is open to department chairpersons, holders of administrative, supervisory, and project positions, or other professionals with a history of affiliationand support for NCSS.
Note: NCSS college student members preparing to fill any of these professional roles shall be eligible for nomination and election in any of these categories.
The NCSS Board of Directors sets policy and the ultimate direction for our organization. As the voice of social studies educators from across the United States and several countries, the Board deliberates on all items of concern to NCSS and to the social studies profession. The Board meets in person three (3) times per year: during the fall (late August, September or early October), at the Annual Conference (November or early December), and in late winter (March). The Board also meets several times per year by videoconference, including in late spring (May or June). All travel expenses for Board meetings are paid by NCSS, with the exception of the Annual Conference meeting, for which NCSS will reimburse one night’s hotel at the conference rate and one day’s meals at the per diem rate.
Members of the NCSS Board of Directors serve a term of three (3) years. Individual elected Vice-President serve a total of four (4) years: one year each as Vice-President, President-Elect, President, and Past-President.
Those interested in applying should review the General Duties and Expectations of Board Members and Officers before submitting an application.
All nomination applications are due by April 15, 2020. The 2020 elections will be held from December 7, 2020-January 15, 2021, and those candidates elected will begin their terms on July 1, 2021.
Board Members with Terms Expiring June 30, 2021
Joe Feinberg (Georgia)
Tina Heafner (North Carolina)
Wesley Hedgepeth (Virginia)
Tracy Middleton (California)
Chanda Robinson (South Carolina)
Board Members with Terms Continuing in 2021-2022
Kristin Ayala (Colorado) 2023
Alex Cuenca (Indiana) 2023
Tina Ellsworth (Missouri) 2023
Georgette Hackman (Pennsylvania) 2022
June Morris (Oregon) 2022
Rebecca Valbuena (California) 2022
Stefanie Wager (Iowa) 2022
Rhonda Watton (Wisconsin) 2023
Annie Whitlock (Michigan) 2022
Officers as of July 1, 2021
Anton Schulzki (President)
Shannon Pugh (President-Elect)