Call for Nominations: HERDSA Executive 2017 - 2019

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This is a call for nominations for HERDSA Executive positions for the period July 2017 – July 2019.  

The current HERDSA Executive will complete a two year term at the end of June 2017 and all positions (except the President) are declared vacant.

The Executive consists of a President, Treasurer and other elected members. A call for nominations for the President-Elect position was made in March 2016 and Allan Goody was elected to this position. The President-Elect will assume the President role in July 2017. Under the Constitution, HERDSA requires a minimum of eight elected executive members in addition to those HERDSA Officers with responsibility for conference co-ordination and publications management. If the number of nominations exceeds the number of positions a ballot will be held.

The term of office for members of the Executive is two years. Individuals may serve up to three consecutive terms, after which they are no longer eligible for nomination in the next term.

The following information is included in this package:
•    The names of the current members of the Executive and eligibility for re-election
•    Position description for a Member of the Executive and Portfolio descriptions
•    Details of the nomination process
•    Nomination form (download the form below)
•    Draft Code of Conduct (to be ratified at the March 2017 Executive meeting) (download below)

While the constitution does not stipulate branch or regional representation, branches are encouraged to nominate a representative to provide a link between the Executive and the branch committee.

The closing date for nominations is 5:00pm AEST Friday 17th February. 2017. The new Executive will be ratified at the AGM to be held during the HERDSA conference in June 2017, Sydney, Australia.

With a number of resignations from the Executive during the current term, the Executive is now at the minimum number of elected members required by the constitution. With the possibility of some current members not re-nominating and one member not eligible, there will be a number of positions available and the opportunity for a considerable renewal of the Executive for 2017-2019. 

A new Executive opens the opportunity for new insights and initiatives to maintain and enhance the benefits for HERDSA members. Don’t miss your chance to help shape our society!


President    Allan Goody (WA)    President elect
Treasurer    Deanne Gannaway (QLD)    Eligible for nomination
Executive    Sue Bolt    Eligible for nomination
Executive    Lesley Petersen (NZ)    Eligible for nomination
Executive    Jennie Billot (NZ)    Eligible for nomination 
Executive    Romy Lawson (WA)    Eligible for nomination  
Executive    Deborah Clarke (NSW)    NOT Eligible for nomination
Executive    Lee Partridge (WA)    Eligible for nomination
Executive    Barbara Kensington-Miller (NZ)    Eligible for nomination

Officers of HERDSA  -  appointed by the Executive
Editor HERDSA News     Maureen Bell
Editor HERDSA Guides Series    Allan Goody
Executive Editor HERD (Ends 2016)    Barbara Grant
Co-Executive Editor HERD (starts 2017)    Craig Whitsed 
Editor HERDSA Review of Higher Education    Peter Kandlbinder
Public Officer    John Dearn
Convenor 2017 Conference    Romy Lawson
Convenor 2018 Conference     Sharon King


  • Nominations must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 17th February, 2017. 
  • A separate NOMINATION FORM EXECUTIVE MEMBER must be used for each nomination. 
  • Completed nomination forms should be emailed to:

HERDSA Returning Officer


In calling for these nominations, the Society is looking to achieve leadership in Higher Education in Australasia and certain balances of representation on the Executive, as well as an enthusiastic preparedness to contribute. Particularly, members making nominations should give “due regard to the geographical distribution of members, the balance between the different sectors of tertiary education, the professional interests of HERDSA members, and the representation of men and women”.

 Position Description MEMBER OF EXECUTIVE

The roles and responsibilities of a member of the HERDSA Executive include

  • Attend the meetings of the Executive. There are at least two face-to-face meetings per year (currently there are three face-to-face meetings including the Executive meeting at the annual conference, the other two in March and November). Virtual meetings will be held as required. Travel and accommodation for the non-conference meetings are met by HERDSA.
  • Attend the annual HERDSA conference where one of the face-to-face meetings and the Annual General Meeting are held.  The additional accommodation costs for the day prior to the conference will be met by HERDSA, but registration fees and travel costs for the conference are met by the individual. Successful applicants for the current round of nominations will be expected to attend HERDSA 2017 Annual Conference in Sydney and be available for the Executive meeting preceding the conference (Monday 26th June) and a short meeting following the conference (Friday afternoon 30th June). 
  • Support the work of the Executive and collaborate with other Executive members.
  • Participate actively in at least one of the Portfolios as outlined below.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of HERDSA policy.
  • Represent the Executive when present at HERDSA activities and provide informal liaison between the Executive and HERDSA members and Branches.
  • Promote the aims of HERDSA as an organisation, and support HERDSA activities.
  • Identify personal skills, interests or contacts that may be of value to the work of the Executive, and if feasible, make them available to support the work of the Executive. 

Specific role statements for some key positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer are described below. The President role is a specific position which is filled by a separate election. Other positions are determined by the Executive following the confirmation of the elected committee.

The President has an inward and outward focus. With major responsibility for governance of the Society, effective leadership of the Executive Committee is critical. The role includes a strong strategic guidance of the various Executive portfolios, chairing of Executive meetings and oversight of the society’s activities. Externally, the President role ensures HERDSA is represented at international and national forums and that its interests are fostered through collaborative initiatives.  In keeping with the amended constitution, (2013) this role is determined by the election of a President-elect in the alternate year to the Executive election to allow a full induction of the incoming President. The President–Elect is Allan Goody. 

The Treasurer carries responsibility for due diligence of HERDSA expenditure and budget management. The role liaises with the President and the HERDSA Office and ensures HERDSA’s affairs are audited and reported appropriately at the AGM.  

Vice President
The Vice President is selected to ensure strong representation of regional interests. The Vice President supports the President by representing HERDSA when appropriate and assisting with planning Executive Meetings.

Each member of the Committee is asked to take responsibility for or contribute to a portfolio.  Members may contribute to more than one Portfolio or position. Each portfolio is supported by the HERDSA Office. The current portfolios are listed briefly described below. The Executive is currently considering specific roles that might sit within these portfolios including for example conference liaison, prizes and awards coordination and secretariat functions. 

HERDSA Fellowship Scheme        
The Fellowships Portfolio provides oversight to the HERDSA Fellowship Scheme including review of criteria, standards and guidelines and the assessment process including training of assessors and facilitating activities for Fellows. 

New Scholars
The HERDSA Executive has placed a strong emphasis on the support of new scholars in teaching and learning. The portfolio provides support for new scholars in teaching and learning through the provision of professional development activities. The portfolio also manages the Conference Professional Buddies program for those new to HERDSA conferences and the student conference travel grant. 

The development of our local HERDSA presence in branches and regions is critical to HERDSA. The Networks Portfolio supports the Branches and HERDSA activities across the regions. Policies and practices are in place to support Branch committees to facilitate activities and financial management. The Networks Portfolio has also re-established the opportunity for interested members for form Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and developed procedures for forming SIGs. 

HERDSA has a range of publishing activities including Higher Education Research & Development (HERD), HERDSA Review of Higher Education, HERDSA News, HERDSA Notices, HERDSA Guide Series and Occasional Publications. Most of these publications are managed by an Officer of HERDSA. 


Call for Nomination Application Form 2017-2019.pdf


Call for Nomination Application Form 2017-2019.docx


HERDSA Code of Conduct