Nominations are being sought for the 2024-2026 SSP Executive Committee. You may self nominate or nominate another SSP member—please check with the individual on their willingness to serve before nominating them. All nominees must be current SSP members. Review officer duties and responsibilities as outlined in the SSP Bylaws (Article IV. Section 1 & 2) and in the Manual of Operations (Section I.D).
All nominations will be treated confidentially with the final slate of candidates being approved by the SSP Executive Committee before the election ballot is sent to SSP members in the summer of 2024. Elected officials begin their term at the close of the 2024 SSP Conference.
SSP Strategic Planning & Nominations (SPAN) Chair
Elected offices include:
Officer terms are two years, and the Chair-elect position is a 6-year commitment (2 years as Chair-Elect, 2 years as Chair, and 2 years as Past Chair).
Internal Communications Chair
Global Outreach Member-at-Large
Professional Development Member-at-Large
Strategic Planning and Nominations Chair (SPAN)
Key Leadership Attributes:
Ability to think strategically and analytically and to effectively communicate thoughts and the reasons for them.
Posession of earned respect of other key stakeholder group members.
The ability to work well with others as a member of a collaborative group with group decision-making authority and an understanding of the fiduciary duties of loyalty, care, and obedience.
Demonstrated understanding of the differences between "oversight" and "supervision".
Earned reputation for emotional maturity, personal integrity, and honesty.
A demonstrated familiarity with the scientific breadth and frontiers as well as the community of stakeholders in the field of sensory science and education of sensory evaluation.
General expectations for elected officers:
Regular participation in monthly Executive Committee conference calls (60-minute call typically during normal U.S. business hours).
Active participation/contribution within the committee and support of committee initiatives.
SSP Conference attendance.
Elected officials will take office at the close of the 2024 SSP Conference.
How to Nominate
SSP Mission and Scope statements, and the Officer duties and responsibilities as outlined in the SSP Bylaws (Article IV. Section 1 & 2) and Manual of Operations (Section I.D). You may self-nominate, or nominate a fellow SSP member by sending the following via the online nomination form. Please ensure that if you are nominating another person that they are interested and willing to be nominated.
Required Nomination materials:
Nominee's Name and Contact information
Nominator's Name and Contact information
LinkedIn profile (optional)
Willingness to serve
Brief description of leadership experience and volunteer service within SSP and/or other associations (200 word max).
Nominations accepted through April 30, 2024
Selected nominees will be contacted by
SPAN in mid-June to submit additional materials for the 2024 election:
High resolution color headshot photo
200 word biographical sketch
200 word vision statement for SSP
February - April 30: Call for officer nominations
June 12: SSP Executive Committee approves slate of candidates
July 31: Deadline for candidates to submit required election materials
August 6 - September 5: Voting open
September 5: Voting closes
Mid-September: Election results announced in SSP member newsletter
October 4: Officer installation takes place at the 2024 SSP Conference closing session
Contact the SPAN chair or Linda Schmitt at