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Virtual HRD SIG Membership Information

Virtual HRD SIG Membership Information


All SIG members are responsible fortaking an active role in fostering the principles of scholarly-practice, and participating in working groups to accomplish committee tasks.

SIG Membership

Individuals may become members of the Virtual HRD, Technology & Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG through the AHRD web site.

Guidelines for election of Steering Committee (beginning Fall 2012)
Qualifications and terms of office:

  1. Must be current members of AHRD.
  2. Will be elected for a term of 2 years with term that begins at the annual conference in the Americas.
  3. May be re-elected to an additional 2 year term.
  4. Will serve specific roles as determined by group consensus.
  5. Will provide 2 months’ notice of intent to leave the committee. In this event, departing member will serve in assigned role for the first month and actively hand-off responsibilities to replacement in the second month.


SIG Membership and Elections

Virtual HRD, Technology and Distance Learning (VHRD) SIG membership is open to all current AHRD members.

The Co-Chair - Membership will serve as the election manager each year. The election manager will coordinate with the AHRD office to manage election details. In general,

In general, the election manager will collect self-nominations and position statements for the steering committee beginning October 15th-30th (2 weeks). He or she will issue a ballot (containing nominee statements) by December 5, and elections will be open for two weeks and winners will be announced to the SIG through the VHRD SIG web site (late December) and at the AHRD Conference in the Americas in late February. SIG members must be current members of AHRD in order to vote in SIG Steering Committee elections. A majority vote is necessary to gain election. The Steering Committee will serve for 3 years, and will be elected by the VHRD SIG membership every October before the conference in the Americas. Changes to this suggested process must be approved by the steering committee.

All Steering Committee positions will be elected during the general election. Self-nominations and nominations from at-large membership will be collected by the out-going Co-Chair, and will be announced at the Conference in the Americas during the SIG meeting (or before if possible). The tenure of each Steering Committee position will be for 2 years, and will be voted on by the membership.

All SIG members are eligible for Steering Committee positions (excepting the Student-at-Large position that requires verified graduate student status). During the VHRD SIG meeting at the Conference of the Americas, the new Steering Committee will officially take over responsibilities.

Provisions for resignation or removal of non-performing member of Steering Committee

Steering Committee members are asked to give two months’ notice of intent to leave the Steering Committee. A departing member should serve his or her assigned role for the first month and actively hand-off responsibilities to his or her replacement in the second month.

If a member of the Steering Committee is not fulfilling his or her duties, any member of the Committee may call for a vote of removal. The non-performing member must be given at least two months’ notice of the pending vote with details of the reason for the vote and a description of satisfactory performance. (In that time, he or she may choose to resign, or may choose to begin performing satisfactorily so that the call for removal is withdrawn or voted down.)

If Steering Committee members resign or are removed between elections, they can be replaced by majority vote of the other members of the Steering Committee. The replacement will come up for election at the next election cycle.

Any changes to this charter must be approved by the steering committee and voted on by the VHRD SIG membership. Changes to the charter must receive a majority membership vote of members attending the annual membership meeting at the AHRD Conference of the Americas to ratify.

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