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Nominations and Elections for SPS National Council 

Nominations and elections are held in the spring of each year. National Council Nominations are now OPEN. All nominations must be received by March 15, 2021.

Elections will occur this spring and open in late March. Each chapter gets a single vote. Therefore, it is encouraged that chapters discuss their ballot and potential nominee(s) together.

Nominate yourself or a colleague as a candidate for National Council by submitting a nomination form here.  

To view the current national council, please visit our Governance section.

View 2020 National Council Candidates here: https://www.spsnational.org/2020-sps-national-council-candidates

Voting Instructions and Link to Ballots: https://www.spsnational.org/voting_instructions

Descriptions of Council positions:

Associate Zone Councilor (AZC) - Student

Must be a member of a SPS chapter. Elected for a one-year term, the duties of the Associate Zone Councilor parallel those of the Zone Councilor: communicating with chapters, encouraging and urging chapters to host zone meetings, attending zone meetings, and encouraging chapters to excel in their chosen activities. This position is your opportunity to connect regionally and nationally with colleagues and professionals. 

The Associate Zone Councilor represents their zone at the annual SPS National Council meeting, often held in September. This means that nominees for Associate Zone Councilor must be a student member of SPS during their term of service. The next council meeting will be held September 17-20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All travel expenses will be covered by the SPS national office. All students wishing to run for Associate Councilor Representative to the Executive Committee MUST plan on staying through noon on Sunday of the Council Meeting.

Zone Councilor (ZC) - Faculty or equivalent

Elected for a three-year term, a ZC communicates regularly with chapters within their zone about SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, encourages local and national initiatives, reminds chapters of deadlines, and meets with individual chapters as time and resources permit. The Zone Councilor also encourages and supports local chapter advisors and represents all chapters within their zone on the National Council. The goal of each ZC should be to support the events within a zone, as well as facilitate communication, and encourage chapters to be all that they can be. The next council meeting will be held September 9-11, 2021 in Washington, DC. If held in person, all travel expenses to the National Council meeting will be covered by the SPS national office. All faculty wishing to run for Zone Councilor should plan on being present at the National Council meeting through Saturday morning.

Each Zone Councilor ensures that zone meetings are organized and held within their zone. This does not mean that the Zone Councilor has to organize the meeting but instead should work with chapters within their zone to ensure a successful zone meeting occurs.

Society of Physics Students President - Faculty or equivalent

Elected for a two-year term, the duties of this community professional include serving on the Executive Committee as its chairperson, presiding over meetings of the Council, and representing SPS to the AIP Governing Board. 

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2019 National Council