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​​​​Officer Nominations

​​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. M​embership in SSP is required. Only SSP Professional Members may run for an elected office. Review officer duties and responsibilities as outlined in the SSP Bylaws (Article IV. Section 1 & 2) and Section I.D. of the SSP Manual of Operations. ​

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 eligible voting members of SSP in the​ summer of 2024. Elected officials begin their term at the close of the 2024 SSP Conference. 

Thank you! 

Alisa Doan
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). 

  • ​​Chair-Elect

  • Internal Communications Chair

  • Treasurer

  • Global Outreach Member-at-Large​

  • Professional Development Member-at-Large

  • Scientific 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.

  • Possession​ 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

​Review the 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)

  • Officer position 

  • Willingness to serve 

  • Brief description of leadership experience and volunteer​ service within SSP and/or other associations (200 word max).

Nominations for the 2024 election closed on April 30.

​Election Candidates​

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

 2024 ​Timeline

  • 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 SSP​. ​