Nominations and Election Process: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Nominating Committee comprised of?

The Nominating Committee composition consists of ten members. Each member has a three year staggered term, with exception of the immediate past president, who will serve a one year term. All members will have voting rights with the exception of the Academy CEO who serves in an ex/officio capacity.

Nominations

How do I know what positions are open for nominations?

There are several leadership positions available on the Academy national ballot. The Nominating Committee is looking for nominations for leaders to help shape the future of the Academy. Every year we seek nominations for the positions of President-elect, Treasurer-elect, Board of Directors Director, Speaker-elect, House of Delegates Director-at-Large and Nominating Committee. Several additional leadership positions are available on the ballot and rotate annually based on the needs of the organizational unit. Learn which positions are available for this year's ballot.

How is the call for nominations made?

Nominations are accepted year-round by submitting names to [email protected]. In the spring the Academy announces the call for nominations for national Academy positions through the Journal, Eat Right Weekly, email, publications and through social media. The Nominating Committee sends requests for nominations to the Board of Directors and former presidents, dietetic practice groups, affiliates, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the House of Delegates, and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, and other organizational units.

What are the deadlines for nominations for this year’s ballot?

Nominations for President-elect, Speaker-elect, and Treasurer-elect close August 22.

Nominations for all other positions close October 21.

Access the online or printable nominations form.

What are the ways to nominate someone?

There are several ways to nominate, they include:

  1. Vist www.eatrightPRO.org/elections
  2. Email [email protected]
  3. Fax 312-/899-4765
  4. Call 800/877-1600 ext. 4798

Can I nominate myself?

Anyone can nominate, from students and new members to Academy Presidents.

Self-nomination is encouraged, so if you are interested in a position, nominate yourself.

What if I miss the deadline to nominate someone/myself?

The Nominating Committee takes nominations year round. If deadlines for that year's nominations have closed, the person’s name will be included in the leadership database. Individuals in the leadership database receive notifications of the Call for Nominations and Opportunities to serve and other leadership communications.

How do I know if I've been nominated?

If you are nominated for a position, you will be contacted via email notifying you of the position(s) for which you were nominated and ascertain your interest in the position(s). The email will contain an individualized link to complete an online biographical form that provides information which assists the Nominating Committee in selecting the most qualified individual for the ballot positions.

The Nominating Committee reviews the criteria for each position, determining what information is included in the biographical sketches and evaluating interview questions. Much attention is paid to maintaining objectivity. For example, during personal interviews the Nominating Committee is careful to ask the same questions in the same order by the same person for each candidate.

During FNCE®, the Nominating Committee interviews candidates for the President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and Speaker-Elect positions. Committee members also visit practice group, affiliate and networking group meetings to encourage nominations and voting.

How do I know if I'm qualified for a position?

You can view the Qualifications and Skill sets here to learn more about each position. Nominees are asked to send complete biographical sketches, digital photos and curriculum vitas or resumes.

How is the slate of candidates announced?

After the selections are made the slate of candidates is announced in Eat Right Weekly, on social media and posted on the elections page of the Academy website. The material including photos and biographical sketches are posted online.

The Ballot

Who chooses the names that appear on the ballot?

The Nominating Committee selects the slate of candidates from a pool of nominees by reviewing the qualifications, experience, skill sets and campaign statements of each nominee along with the leadership needs identified by the Nominating Committee and the Academy Board of Directors. Areas of practice, ethnicity, gender and geographic area representation needs are also considered.

What happens if I am not selected for the ballot?

The Committee takes nominations year round. If you are not selected for the ballot, your name will be included in the leadership database. Individuals in the leadership database receive notifications of Call for Nominations and Opportunities to Serve and other leadership roles and communications.

Does being nominated guarantee I will be on the ballot?

There are no guarantees that being nominated equates to being placed on the ballot. Even though you meet the minimal requirements for the position and your credentials are impressive, everyone will not make the ballot as the numbers of open slots are limited. We do encourage you to re-apply for those positions of interest and that meet your skill sets and qualification(s).

Candidates can only be chosen from the pool of nominated names submitted who complete the necessary forms. The Nominating Committee reviews the qualifications, experience, skill sets and campaign statements of each nominee along with the leadership needs identified by the Nominating Committee and the Academy Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee takes into consideration the current make-up of the individual units/boards when selecting candidates for ballot positions; areas of practice, ethnicity, gender and geographic area representation needs are considered.

What happens if I am selected to the ballot and do not win?

The Academy announces election results to members after all votes are tallied and candidates have been notified. If you do not win the election, we encourage you to re-apply. Your name will be included in the leadership database. Individuals in the leadership database receive notifications of Call for Nominations and Opportunities to Serve and other leadership roles and communications.

When does voting take place?

Voting begins February 1 and closes February 22. During the month of February, members participate in national Academy elections through electronic voting.

How can I get more information about the Election Process?

The elections page on the Academy's website links to many documents and resources for those interested in learning more about the nominations and election process. Check out the new Nominations and Elections Toolkit!

For any additional questions about the Nominating Committee or nominations and elections, please send an email to [email protected].

Thank you for your interest in the nominations and elections processes!