Call for Nominations: HERDSA President

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Nominations for the position of HERDSA President are now open. The position of HERDSA President requires a three year commitment. For the first year, beginning at the 2020 conference in July, the successful candidate serves as President-elect. This one-year position enables the full induction of the incoming president into the current practices and systems of the Society before the full role of President is assumed at the conclusion of the 2021 conference. 

The President of HERDSA is an important voluntary role which has major responsibility for governance of the Society and effective leadership of the Executive Committee. The role includes strategic guidance of the various Executive portfolios (Secretariat, Publications, Professional Learning, Networks), chairing of Executive meetings and oversight of the various society activities. The President represents HERDSA at international and national forums and liaises with senior leaders. The nurturing of collaborative alliances with government authorities and other higher education societies forms a further part of the role.  

HERDSA is seeking an individual who has a strong association with the Society, experience in leadership and effective communication skills.  An understanding of higher education and its development is an advantage. Sponsorship from the candidate’s institution is recommended, as the position requires considerable time commitment and requires a dedicated leader who takes strong responsibility for the role.  Potential candidates are welcome to speak with the current President, Emeritus Professor Denise Chalmers [] or the HERDSA office manager,

The nominee, proposer and seconder MUST be HERDSA members and reside in the Australasian region

If more than one nomination is received, an election will be held.

The Nomination Form can be requested from HERDSA by emailing but it is not required that nominations must be on the nomination form. The following information must be included.

Nominations should be in the following format.

  1. Name, Email and signature of Nominee
  2. Name, Email and signature of Proposer
  3. Name, Email and signature of Seconder

The nominee should also provide a single page statement outlining:

Name, role and institutional affiliation

  1. Short biography (100 words maximum)
  2. Personal statement 

Please forward to by March 10, 2020