VOTE for Your Society’s Leaders

2019 GSA Annual Election

Vote Now (ends 13 April 2019)

As a member of GSA, your opinion counts! GSA’s success depends on you — its members — and the work of the officers serving on GSA’s Executive Committee and Council. Your elected representatives help shape our Society’s collective future. Election results will be announced following ratification at the GSA Corporate Meeting on 5 May 2019.

We are excited to present the 2019 Nominees. Their biographical information will be available from the ballot.

2019 NOMINEES
President-Elect/President Treasurer
July 2019–June 2020 / July 2020–June 2021 July 2019–June 2020
J. Douglas Walker
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Richard C. Berg
Illinois State Geological Survey
Champaign, Illinois, USA

Councilor Position 1-Divisions Liaison
(July 2019–June 2023)
Steve Driese
Baylor University
Waco, Texas, USA
Glenn Thackray
Idaho State University
Pocatello, Idaho, USA
Councilor Position 2 (July 2019–June 2023)
Margaret R. Eggers
Eggers Environmental Inc.
Oceanside, California, USA
Harvey Thorleifson
Minnesota Geological Survey
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Councilor Position 3 (July 2019–June 2023)
Julia A. Baldwin
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana, USA
Katharine W. Huntington
Univerity of Washington
Seattle, Washington, USA

Election Timetable

  • The voting period will be active from 14 March–13 April 2019.
  • Instructions for voting are posted on the GSA website. Reminders to vote will be sent to members.
  • To vote online, you may access a member-only secure electronic ballot on the GSA website. Your password to access the ballot will be your seven-digit member ID number. The online ballot will be active only during the voting period.
  • Or you may request a paper ballot by contacting GSA via email: gsaservice@geosociety.org; telephone +1-303-357-1000, option 3, or telephone +1-888-443-4472. If the toll-free phone number does not work in your country, you may call collect at +1-303-357-1000 and press 0 for the receptionist.
  • Remember that to be counted, ballots must be submitted electronically, faxed to GSA Headquarters (+1-303-357-1070), or postmarked by midnight on 13 April 2019.

VOTE

Election FAQs

All members of GSA are eligible.

As a member of GSA, your opinion counts! This is never truer than in these times of change within the geosciences and beyond. Your elected representatives determine the Society’s response as our science evolves and changes take place in our profession and our communities. Elected representatives help shape our collective future. That’s why it’s so important that you read the information on each candidate posted on GSA’s Web site during the election period and carefully consider what kind of direction and leadership he or she is likely to bring to GSA. It’s your Society, after all.

You will be able to vote from 14 March 2019 through 13 April 2019. During the voting period, members will be able to access a member-only secure electronic ballot on the GSA website. Your password to access the ballot will be your seven-digit member ID number.  Biographical information on the nominees will be available to review online along with the GSA FY18 Annual Report. Paper versions of the ballot will be available upon request. You may contact GSA via email: gsaservice@geosociety.org; telephone +1.303.357.1000, option 3, or telephone +1.888.443.4472. If the toll-free phone number does not work in your country, you may call collect at +1.303.357.1000 and press 0 for the receptionist. To be counted, ballots must be submitted electronically, faxed to GSA Headquarters (+1.303.357.1070), or postmarked before midnight on 13 April 2019.

GSA has a Committee on Nominations consisting of eight members including the GSA Executive Director (ex officio, non-voting). The committee meets each year to consider nominees for candidates for open positions. Throughout the year, possible candidates self-nominate or are nominated by their colleagues within GSA. The committee reviews this list and all supporting documentation submitted, including each person’s record of service at GSA or Associated Societies, before making its recommendation to Council. Once Council reviews and approves the list of candidates, the balloting process is organized in preparation for annual elections.

By tradition, GSA officers are nominated from the pool of previous councilors. Therefore, officers have already been elected to Council in a contested popular vote. When the committee recommends potential councilor candidates it takes into consideration that one out of three councilors has the potential to become President. Our organization and others have had the unfortunate experience of losing vital, well-qualified people at this level because they did not win in an officer election. We want to maintain everyone’s participation and enjoy the continuity of experience that this process affords us.

Get involved in the life of the Society. Volunteering to serve on a committee is a great place to begin. Committee service allows you to bring your knowledge, expertise, and passion to bear on one of the many exciting challenges and opportunities we face as geoscientists. GSA has numerous standing committees to choose from, and all that is required is that you submit a completed Nomination/Volunteer form. As mentioned previously, committee service is considered when selecting individuals to run for open Council positions. Click to learn more about Council and committee functions and contact information. Participation on GSA Section and Division Management Boards is also considered.