Naisa

Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

Call for NAISA Officer Nominations to all NAISA Members:

The NAISA 2014 election process is underway with the opening of the nominations process. The Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations from November 19, 2013 until December 6, 2013. The Committee will take these recommendations under advisement as we assemble a full slate of candidates for the ballot that, to the best of our abilities, represents the geographic and interdisciplinary breadth of the association membership.

In 2014 the NAISA membership will be electing a president-elect, two members for Council, and two members for the Nominations Committee (full role descriptions below). Please follow the hyperlink to nominate a colleague, or yourself, for one of these five leadership positions. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged!

To go to NAISA Nominations Form click here

In the space provided on the form, you will be asked to provide the person's name, email address, university or community affiliation, the position for which you are recommending him or her, and why this person would be well suited for that position. Please note that only active members of NAISA are eligible to run and serve, but members of the NAIS Journal Editorial Board are not eligible. Any member of NAISA may participate in the nominations process. As a young organization, NAISA absolutely relies on its membership to take an active role in the elections process. The NAISA officers play a critical role to ensure the day-to-day needs of the organization are met, and they contribute to the longevity of the organization. Your participation in the election process provides a vital service to NAISA and is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to contact the Nominations Committee directly please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On behalf of the Nominations Committee, Thank You!

Malinda Maynor Lowery, Chair

NAISA Nominations Committee Members:
Hokulani K. Aikau
Jodi Byrd
Glen Couthard
Patrisia Gonzales
Heidi K. Stark

NAISA Officer Role Descriptions

For additional role descriptions see NAISA Constitution and Bylaws under "About NAISA: Documents"

President-elect (including President and Past-President)

Successful candidates for President-elect of NAISA will serve a total of three years, first as President-elect, then as President, then as Past-President. The three people holding these positions will work closely with each other in setting agendas and priorities for the council and for the association. The priorities of the president-elect year include: taking part in discussions and decisions about association finances as part of the finance committee; developing agendas for council meetings; help with planning for future meetings; keeping in regular contact with the president and past-president as these three offices respond to various situations that arise.

The President-elect, President, and Past-President play a crucial leadership role in the life of the association, and their presence at council meetings is often critical. The council convenes at the annual meeting, in a two-day meeting in December to set the program at the site of the upcoming annual meeting, and in periodic conference calls via telephone or Skype. The association has not usually been able to provide funding for council travel to meetings or reimbursement for phone charges and other expenses.

In the presidential year, priorities include: lead the council in its meetings, conference calls, and other communications; work with the secretary to arrange and set agenda for meetings and conference calls and maintain records of the association's activities; work with the treasurer and the finance committee on financial and legal issues; work closely with the hosts and others involved in the planning and execution of the annual meeting; work on initiatives that the president and council have identified as important to the health and development of the association. The past-president will work closely with the president and president-elect, continuing initiatives and providing counsel support, and assistance as needed.

Council Members

NAISA Council members serve terms of three years. Their role includes working with the other members of the council to make group decisions regarding: 1) the conference program, by reading and evaluating paper and panel proposals and sessions and negotiating the roles of the council and the host committee; 2) membership and conference fees; 3) locations for future conferences; 4) the Call for Papers for the conference; 5) policies of the Association; 6) raising, managing, and spending funds; 7) appropriate modes of communication with the membership including the content of the message.

The council convenes at the annual meeting, in a two-day meeting in December to set the program at the site of the upcoming annual meeting, and in periodic conference calls via telephone or Skype. The association has not usually been able to provide funding for council travel to meetings or reimbursement for phone charges and other expenses.

Along with working as a group, members of the council might assist the host committee in planning the annual meeting and are a vital conduit for bringing concerns of members to the council for discussion an, if necessary, remedies. They also keep in regular contact with the president and council, work on initiatives that the president and council have identified as important to the health and development of the association, and possibly serve on either permanent or temporary committees.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee is composed of six members. Each serves for three years, in staggered terms, so that two members rotate off the committee and two members rotate on each year at the annual NAISA meeting. The committee's principal duty is to represent the NAISA membership in the creation of a ballot for the annual NAISA elections. To that end, the committee 1) gathers the names of potential candidates from members, adds its own nominations, and vets all of these for compliance with NAISA election rules to produce an initial "long list" of potential candidates for each position; 2) deliberates to produce a ranked "short list" of potential candidates for each position; 3) invites potential candidates to stand for election and asks willing candidates to provide brief bios and election statements; and 4) submits a final ballot, along with relevant candidate bios and election statements, to the NAISA President. The Chair of the Nominations Committee serves as the primary contact between the committee and the NAISA Council. In addition, the Chair reports on the election and its results at the annual NAISA business meeting. The Nominations Committee typically convenes during the annual NAISA meeting but conducts most of its business over email.