Election Process

The nomination and election processes and procedures are comprehensive - making sure members have the information to decide who will be the future leaders of the Academy. The process of selecting candidates is detailed and deliberate, from reaching out to solicit nominees, fine tuning nomination forms, crafting interview questions and making final selections from a pool of very qualified individuals. At every step, the Nominating Committee emphasizes the critical importance of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in choosing leaders for the Academy.

Call for Nominations
The Academy announces the call for nominations for national Academy positions through email, print and electronic publications, online and social media channels. Nominations are accepted year round by sending an email to nominations@eatright.org. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.

Preliminary Reviews
Nominees are asked to complete biographical sketches, which include digital photos, self-recorded videos and curriculum vitas or resumes. Materials submitted from nominees are reviewed and compared to the skill sets of each position.

Ballot Petition Rules
View the rules for adding a petitioner to the national ballot.

Nominee Interviews
The Nominating Committee holds virtual interviews during the months of October and November for candidates for the President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect and Speaker-Elect positions.

Committee Meeting
The Nominating Committee meets in late fall to review the materials submitted by candidates, taking into consideration which positions are available on the ballot assessing key personal, interpersonal attributes and demonstrated leadership skills as they relate to the qualifications and skill set needs for each position. The Nominating Committee is committed to diversity and inclusion.

Slate of Candidates Announcement
Candidates are announced for positions and support material including photos, self-recorded videos, biographical sketches and responses to questions posed by Nominating Committee are posted online and in the Academy's electronic weekly newsletter and on social media.

Voting Opens
During the month of February, members participate in national Academy elections through electronic voting.

Election Results Announcement
The Academy announces election results to members after all votes are tallied and candidates have been notified.

Nominating and Election Process Review
Each step of the nomination and election process is evaluated. Input is sought from candidates, Nominating Committee members and Academy members.

  • National Campaign Rules

    These rules provide individuals with responsibilities for campaigning and adhering to Academy parameters for national elections.

  • Universal Qualifications and Skill Sets

    Interested in nominating a colleague (or yourself) for an Academy leadership position? Review the summary of qualifications necessary for all Academy leadership positions, and find detailed position descriptions and skill sets for each role.

  • Affiliate Voting Statistics

    Affiliate results from previous Academy national elections are broken down with results and corresponding statistics.

  • National Elections Results

    The Nominating Committees of the Academy and Commission on Dietetic Registration have reported the outcome of the national election.