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.

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: 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; deliberates to produce a ranked “short list” of potential candidates for each position; invites potential candidates to stand for election and asks willing candidates to provide brief bios and election statements; and submits a final ballot, along with relevant candidate bios and election statements, to the NAISA President.

The co-chairs 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.