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2018-2019 Nominations and Elections

Serving on the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT) Executive Committee is an exciting way to grow as a leader within the education community. The nine-member Executive Committee is the STAT governing body and provides strategic, programmatic and financial direction and oversight for the association. The Executive Committee and representatives from STAT’s affiliate groups constitute the full STAT Board. Together, these leaders work to guide STAT in our mission to build a vibrant community of science educators.


The Executive Committee consists of the following positions:



Term Length

2018-2019 Status


Second year of three-year presidential succession term

Terry White, Spring Branch ISD, Houston


First year of three-year presidential succession term

OPEN for 2018-2021 term

Past President

Third year of three-year presidential succession term

Laura Lee McLeod, Frisco ISD

Vice President

One-year term

OPEN for 2018-2019 term


Three-year term

Kara Swindell, Lubbock ISD,
term expires 2018-2019


Two-year term

OPEN for 2018-2020 term


Two-year term

Gianna Colson, La Feria ISD, term expires 2018-2019


Two-year term

OPEN for 2018-2020 term


Two-year term

OPEN for 2018-2020 term


2018-2019 Executive Committee Openings

To be considered for an open position on the STAT Executive Committee, individuals must be a current member in good standing and demonstrate a breadth and depth of experience and commitment to the science education community in Texas. This is accomplished through a thorough application process. Candidates may be considered for more than one open position as indicated on the application.



  • President-Elect
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Members-at-Large (2 positions)

For a complete description of each Executive Committee position, please click here.


Nomination/Election Process

The STAT Bylaws and Policy & Procedures Manual outline a slate-based nomination/election process. The purpose is to ensure that highly qualified, dedicated STAT members serve on the Executive Committee. 

  1. A Nominations Committee and chair is appointed by STAT Board President, consisting of a minimum of five STAT members. The committee works to promote the nomination and election process and ensures a slate of officers with a minimum of one candidate per position. 
  2. The Call for Nominations opens, and STAT members may nominate individuals or themselves by completing the online application.
  3. Nominated individuals will receive the Application for STAT Executive Committee Service form. Nominee must complete the application as well as provide required supplementary information (administrator support form and position statement) by the published deadline to be considered.
  4. The Nominations Committee will meet to review all eligible candidate applications and select a slate of officers with a minimum of one candidate per position.
  5. The Executive Committee shall approve a slate of eligible candidates to be voted on by the membership. Additional nominations for officers may be made by petition bearing the signatures of no less than one percent (1%) of the members of STAT as long as this petition is submitted to the President in a manner appropriate for inclusion as an agenda item before the last Board of Directors meeting before elections.
  6. STAT will conduct an online election to approve the slate or elect contested positions. Members will have two weeks in which to vote. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be declared elected.
  7. The 2018-2019 Board of Directors/Executive Committee will be announced to the membership and published on the website.

2018 Elections Timeline

February 7, 2018

Call for Nominations opens

February 28, 2018

Nomination deadline

March 7, 2018

Application deadline—all nominee supporting materials must be submitted by this date to ensure Nominations Committee review.

March 13, 2018

All completed applications compiled and sent to Nominations Committee

March 26, 2018

Nominations Committee meets to review nominees and prepare slate of candidates for Executive Committee acceptance.

March 28, 2018

Executive Committee meets to accept slate. Slated candidates are notified.

April 5, 2018

Electronic voting begins

April 19, 2018

Electronic voting ends

April 20, 2018

Election results announced

June 1, 2018

New term year begins, and new EC members take office



Nominations are now closed. The deadline to submit nominations was February 28. Nominees have until March 7 to submit their completed applications, which is a requirement to be considered by the Nominating Committee.


Preview the nominee application/required supporting materials (PDF).


Learn more about the duties of each Executive Committee position.


Learn about the requirements for service, as well as recommended qualifications.


FAQs – STAT Executive Committee Service

What is the purpose of the STAT Executive Committee?


The STAT Executive Committee votes on corporate and financial decisions for STAT. The STAT Executive Committee, affiliate representatives, STAT executive director and TEA representative constitute the STAT Board. The STAT board solicits policy ideas from the membership, formulates and disseminates policies, participates in STAT working committees, establishes position statements, and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee.


Who is the ideal STAT Executive Committee candidate?


The STAT Executive Committee should include individuals that reflect the diversity of STAT's membership. This includes consideration of geographic areas, experience and background, and areas of expertise. The Executive Committee and board reflect various stakeholder groups in science education, including classroom teachers, administrators, university-level educators and informal educators. For more information, click here.


What is the role of the volunteer STAT Executive Committee member?


Executive Committee members are the link between the organization and the membership. They are responsible for strategic thinking, planning and evaluating on behalf of the association. While association staff and committee volunteers typically execute STAT programs, STAT Executive Committee members are responsible for setting vision, establishing broad policies and organizational goals, and providing long-term strategic direction for the association.


Is there a membership requirement for serving on the STAT Executive Committee?


Executive Committee members must hold and maintain an active membership in the association for the length of service.


How often does the STAT Executive Committee meet/what is the time commitment required?


Executive Committee meetings are called as necessary to conduct the business of the organization and may take place via conference call, face-to-face meeting or various electronic means. At least two face-to-face board meetings are held each year, and the president may call special meetings as needed. Meetings are typically one-or two-day commitments and usually held on a Friday and/or Saturday. Executive Committee members also participate in STAT/CAST committee meetings and serve in volunteer leadership roles at CAST.


What is the personal financial commitment?


STAT will reimburse expenses incurred for the official conduct of STAT business related to scheduled and called meetings of the STAT Board and selected/approved committee volunteer work. As an alternative to reimbursement, volunteer leaders may choose to log their expenses and use as a charitable tax deduction on their personal income tax filing as STAT is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. If volunteer leadership service is supported by a school district or company, STAT appreciates expenses being deferred back to the employer, when applicable.


What do Executive Committee members get in return for their service?


Previous STAT Executive Committee members have attested to the tremendous value of service, reporting significant professional and personal benefits, including the opportunity to meet, work with and learn from industry leaders; the chance to share their own knowledge, expertise and training with others; professional recognition that elevates their stature within the education community at large; valuable work experience that opens the door to new career opportunities; and relationships with new friends and life-long mentors.

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