Dear NORDP Colleagues:

On behalf of the Nominating Committee and Board of Directors, I write to invite applications (due March 10) and nominations (due February 17) for Board of Director positions.

Please contact Susan Carter,, Chairperson of the 2017 Nominating Committee with any questions about this process.


Expectations for NORDP Board members are significant, both in terms of time and effort. Members are expected to actively participate in the Board, head committees, and pursue activities to forward the NORDP mission and goals. The time requirement averages around ten (10) hours per month. View a position description for NORDP Board Members.

Available positions

Four (4) Board of Director slots are available. Three of these seats represent members whose terms are ending in 2017, and one is a new seat. All four seats are open to eligible NORDP members from any type of institution or region. New Board members will be elected for four (4)-year terms.

Application and Nomination

Applications and nominations are submitted online. Applicants and nominators are requested to prepare submissions in a word processing program, then cut and paste the information into the on-line form(s). Applicants must also upload a brief résumé/CV (three pages maximum) in PDF format.

  • Application: If you are interested in serving as a Board member, please complete these nine questions using the online application form by Friday, March 10, 2017.
  • Nomination: To nominate another individual for a Board member position please complete this nomination form by Friday, February 17, 2017. Upon receipt, the Nomination Committee will contact the nominee to request completion of an application for self-nomination.


All regular members of NORDP in good standing who meet the qualifications outlined below are eligible to apply for board positions. Any NORDP member employed by a for-profit company that employs more than 25 people is an affiliate member of NORDP and not eligible for election to the Board. Current Board members whose terms are expiring are eligible for nomination and re-election as well, unless they have already served two consecutive terms (in which case they must wait at least one year before being eligible for re-election).


Qualifications for serving on the Board of Directors encompass a number of factors including:

  • Active support and/or service to NORDP, e.g., service on committees, working groups, or other efforts on behalf of the organization. While conference presentations are highly valuable to the organization, they do not in and of themselves constitute active support of the organization or demonstrate an individual has knowledge of how NORDP operates and how its mission is served.
  • Experience in research development that demonstrates deep knowledge of the profession.
  • Experience serving on nonā€profit boards or providing other forms of organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well and work collaboratively.

Selection Criteria

The Nominating Committee will evaluate applicants for the ballot based on the following criteria:

  • Potential of applicants to serve NORDP effectively, as reflected in their application materials and other evidence – their description of interests in serving on the board and the contributions the candidates think they can make, their specific goals for NORDP, and why they think they would make a good candidate.
  • Diversity of Board Members is highly desirable, although there are no formal requirements.
  • Diversity of institution type, location, size, focus, public, private etc. is also highly desirable.

Selection and Voting Processes

All members of NORDP in good standing (including affiliate members) are eligible to vote in the election, which will be held online. The Nominating Committee will review applications and present the nominees to the membership for a voting process according to the following schedule, which relates to the Annual Meeting (May 8 – 10, 2017)

  • Four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting: The Nominating Committee will notify candidates of eligibility and placement on the election ballot.
  • Two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting: The Nominating Committee will post information regarding candidates for open positions.
  • One week prior to the beginning of the Annual Meeting: Voting will open and will close no later than two weeks after the end of the conference.
  • Annual Meeting: Nominees who have been placed on the ballot by the Nominating Committee will be invited to participate in an open candidates’ forum during the Annual Meeting (specific date, time, and location will be indicated in the conference program and uploaded to the conference website.
  • Webinar: There are plans to host a webinar forum in addition to the forum at the Annual Meeting; dates for the webinar will be announced at least two weeks in advance to the membership.
  • Two weeks following the Annual Meeting: voting will close, and results will be posted.
  • July 1, 2017: New board members assume their duties.


Contact Susan Carter, Chair, Nominating Committee, at with any questions. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important process to ensure strong leadership of NORDP.

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