Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CSTA Board of Directors Election Call for Applications/Nominations

It's time for elections or at least nominations for positions on the Computer Science Teachers Association board of directors. I'm in my third year on the board (and not up for reelection) so I have some ideas about what is involved in being on the board. I thought some might find that useful if they are thinking of running.
The first thing you have to know is that the board is a working board. It is not just showing up for a couple of meetings, hearing reports and nodding appreciatively or perhaps suggestions some tweaks to process. There are two face to face meetings a year. They are generally each two-day meetings. One is held in conjunction with the CSTA Annual Conference. The other, held in November, is held at a fairly central location. I've attended meetings in Arizona the last three meetings. Turns out that is the off season and expenses are kept low that way. There is also a full board meeting via teleconference in the winter.
All members on the board are on several committees which conduct business throughout the year via teleconference, email, and cloud based shared documents. For example the Equity committee runs an annually competition. This involves creating the contest, designing the rules, judging the entries and picking winners. Even with staff help (CSTA has a small but amazing staff) this means real work for committee members. Other committees have their own projects. The nominations and elections committee will be working on collecting and evaluating nominations over the next few weeks and months.
It is rewarding work though. The board is very collegial and people tend to work well together. And of course we are all committed to the mission of the CSTA. If you feel like this is a project you want to take on give serious thought to running.

The following CSTA Director positions will be vacated on June 30, 2016. We encourage interested CSTA members to apply or to encourage other qualified members to submit an application. Late nominations will not be accepted. 

The CSTA Board is a working Board. All Directors are required to attend two face-to-face Board meetings per year (including the combined Board Meeting and CSTA Conference on July 7-12, 2016) and are expected to contribute meaningfully by participating on at least two committees. 


9-12 Representative: A classroom teacher who is currently teaching computer science at the high school level.

At-Large Representative: An educator with responsibilities for K-12 CS education.

International Representative: An international (outside the United States) classroom teacher who is currently teaching or promoting computer science at the pre collegiate level.

State Department Representative: An educator or administrator who reports to a state department of education and oversees, in some capacity, computer science education.

University Faculty Representative: A faculty member from a university computing department offering graduate degrees in computer science.

CSTA is dedicated to promoting diversity in K-12 computer science education as well as on its Board. We strongly encourage all qualified individuals to apply. The Nominations and Elections Committee of the CSTA Board will select the two best-qualified applicants in each position for inclusion on the ballot. 

Nominations deadline: January 31, 2016. 

How to submit your application: 

1. Download the 2016 CSTA Nominations Form from the CSTA website at:

2. Complete the nominations form.
The form includes the following information: 
  • Position for which you are applying
  • Your name
  • Address
  • School or employer
  • Current title/Role
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Personal statement that explains your motivation, and why you are a strong candidate (limited to 130 words). 
  • Answers to the following four questions (no more than 100 words each): 
    • What experiences and/or interests in K-12 computer science/information technology education qualify you to serve as a leader for the organization?
    • What previous experience do you have with CSTA?
    • What leadership skills do you have that would enrich the Board and the organization? 
    • What do you think are the most important issues fir K-12 computer science education?
3. Submit the completed Nominations Form and your current résumé of experience to the Elections Committee by emailing them to The documents may be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format; PDF is preferred. 

Each candidate's personal statement and answers to the four questions will be posted on the CSTA website and included on the ballot. Statements will be truncated at the word-count limit if necessary. The candidate's résumé will not be made public. 

Ballot distribution: The election will take place online, beginning February 22, 2016. All CSTA members in good standing will be eligible to vote.

Voting deadline: The election will close March 22, 2016. 

Election results: Results will be posted by April 1, 2016.

Please send election related questions to: 
Nominations and Elections Committee Chair, 

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