Executive Board Elections

Election Chair: Lauren Fann, Vice President 

Nominations Open: Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EST 

Nominations Close: Thursday, March 25, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST 

Executive Board Elections: Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EST 

Transition to New Executive Board: Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. EST

Email Cover Letter and CV to: gsc@uky.edu 

Every year, the eligible voting members of the Graduate Student Congress’s (GSC) Congressional Body – which includes Executive Board members and Representatives – elects the next year’s Executive Board at the April General Assembly Meeting. Per the GSC Constitution and By-Laws, nominees for elected Executive Board positions must be enrolled as a graduate student, professional student, or postdoctoral scholar, and be in good academic standing at UK for the duration of their term, which starts at the end of the current Spring semester and lasts until the end of the following Spring semester. Individuals can serve a maximum of two (2) terms in each position on the Executive Board, and terms that last less than two (2) academic semesters do not count toward this limit. 

Importantly, nominees for President must have been involved with the GSC for at least six (6) months prior to the election in April. While no other Executive Board positions currently require interested individuals to have been involved with the GSC for a minimum length of time to be an eligible candidate, prior experience in another GSC position (e.g., Chair, Director, Advocate, Representative, volunteer) will be extremely advantageous, as Executive Board members are the ones tasked with setting the overall direction of the GSC, as well as leading its members in achieving the organization's general mission and goals. It is primarily the Executive Board that is responsible for ensuring that graduate and professional students and postdocs needs are well represented and advocated for to University administration and government officials. 

Self- and other nominations for Executive Board positions are permitted. For self-nominations, interested individuals should submit a cover letter and CV to gsc@uky.edu (scroll down to “Cover Letter & CV” for more information) by the nomination deadline. For other nominations, interested individuals should send an email to gsc@uky.edu with the name and contact information of the person to be nominated, along with the title of the Executive Board position and a justification for that person's nomination by the nomination deadline. The GSC Vice President will then contact the nominated individual to ask if they would like to accept or decline their nomination for an Executive Board position. If the nominated individual accepts, then they will be asked to submit a cover letter and CV to gsc@uky.edu by the nomination deadline. If the nominated individual declines, then their name will be removed from consideration for an Executive Board position.  

At the April General Assembly meeting during which the election is held, nominees will have a final chance to confirm their nomination and speak as a candidate before the eligible voting members of the GSC Congressional Body cast their vote via secret ballot. If a nominee wishes to be considered for the Executive Board but cannot be present at the April General Assembly meeting to formally accept their candidacy, a statement written by the nominee can be read aloud instead, or the nominee can pre-record a short video message. All Representatives and Executive Board Members present at the April General Assembly meeting are eligible to vote in the Executive Board election, except for those Representatives or Executive Board members conducting the election. Specifically, the Vice-President oversees the Executive Board elections, apart from the election for Vice-President, which should be conducted by the President. The Vice-President shall also appoint two (2) members of the GSC to serve as “Tellers” in the counting of votes cast in these elections, but these “Tellers” may not themselves be currently nominated for an Executive Board position. Finally, in the case of a tie for any Executive Board position, both candidates will meet with the GSC’s Advisors and two staff members from the Graduate School, who will together decide the winner based on a short interview with each candidate. 

Cover Letter & CV 

What is a cover letter? 

A one-page letter to search committee members in which you (a) express your interest in the job or position; (b) introduce yourself as a potential candidate; (c) highlight your résumé or CV; and (d) demonstrate your writing skills. 

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter

  • Focus the “big picture,” or how you want to be perceived. Make sure you are highlighting the appropriate skills and characteristics for the position and organization. 
  • Be positive and upbeat. Don't voice reservations about your qualifications or personality and show enthusiasm and passion for the work you want to do. 
  • Paint a picture. Add details, numbers, and statistics to illustrate your abilities and work ethic. 
  • Include soft skills, like teamwork, leadership, and communication. Organizations want to know who you are and how you will fit in, and this is your chance to tell them. 
  • Match yourself to the organization’s needs. You won’t be able to repeat everything on your résumé or CV, so pick out your most important and impressive points and expand on them. 
  • Use the language, style, and keywords of your audience. Reflect the organization’s style but be wary of adding any jargon of your own to theirs. 
  • Don’t write a cover letter at the last minute. Invest time in researching the organization, as well as planning, brainstorming, editing, and revising a strong letter. 

Example Cover Letter

What is a CV (Curriculum Vitae)? 

A long document that provides comprehensive and detailed background information on an individual’s previous education, research and teaching interests, academic employment and appointments, publishing and presenting experience, service positions, and other qualifications or credentials. 

Tips for Writing a CV

  • What comes first depends on your background and the position to which you are applying. The earlier in your document a particular block of information comes, the more emphasis you will be placing on it, so the most important information should come first. 
  • There is no one standard format. A good CV is one that emphasizes the points that are considered to be most important in your discipline and conforms to the standard conventions within your field.
  • Look at examples. Find other graduate students and junior faculty in your department and ask to look at their CVs. 

Example CV

How to submit your cover letter and CV? 

To nominate yourself for an Executive Board position, email a PDF copy of your cover letter and CV to gsc@uky.edu by the nomination deadline, along with the title of the position for which you are applying. 

How will your cover letter and CV be used? 

A PDF copy of each candidate’s cover letter and CV will be embedded into the agenda for the April General Assembly meeting so eligible voting GSC Congressional Body members can view candidate’s qualifications before and during the election. 

Elected Executive Board Positions 

All elected Executive Board position descriptions come from the GSC’s Constitution and By-Laws. The list of responsibilities and duties for each position is updated annually based on growing organizational needs. Please note that the suggested benefits of each position are also not comprehensive or guaranteed. 

President 

Position Description 

  • The President is tasked with setting the direction of and leading the GSC. 
  • While the President is ultimately accountable to the GSC Congressional Body, a large amount of power and discretion is vested into this role to allow the President to aggressively pursue the goals and mission of the GSC. 
  • The President may not serve simultaneously as a Representative. 

Responsibilities & Duties  (~ 20 hours/week) 

  • Coordinate and develop agendas for the General Assembly (1 per month), Executive Board (1 per month), and Leadership Team (1 per month) meetings. 
  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators. 
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Represent the GSC at national and regional meetings of the National Association of Graduate/Professional Students (NAGPS). 
  • Meet regularly with advisors from the Graduate School and other members of the Executive Board. 
  • Provide overall leadership for the GSC in partnership with the Vice President and Chief of Staff and Operations. 

Benefits 

  • The President is first in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 8 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Diplomacy & Public Policy 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Conflict Resolution & Negotiation 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Legislative & Governmental Affairs 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education 
    • Political Advocacy for Social Change 

Vice President 

Position Description 

  • The Vice President is tasked with assisting the President in their duties to whatever extent they are requested to do so and are able. 
  • When needed, and with the President’s consent, the Vice President is permitted to act with similar authority and power as the President. 
  • If the President, for whatever reason, vacates their seat, then the Vice President is expected to completely assume all duties and responsibilities of the President until an election for a replacement President can occur. 
  • The Vice President may not serve simultaneously as a Representative. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 20 hours/week) 

  • Coordinate and develop agendas for the General Assembly (1 per month), Executive Board (1 per month), and Leadership Team (1 per month) meetings.  
  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Represent the GSC at national and regional meetings of the National Association of Graduate/Professional Students (NAGPS).  
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Meet regularly with advisors from the Graduate School and other members of the Executive Board.  
  • Provide overall GSC leadership in cooperation with the President and Chief of Staff and Operations. 
  • Administer the GSC’s mentorship program to the benefit of historically underrepresented and under-supported undergraduate students looking to attend graduate or professional school. 

Benefits 

  • The Vice President is second in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 8 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Conflict Resolution & negotiation 
    • Undergraduate & Peer Mentoring 
    • Professional Enhancement Programming 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism 
    • Legislative & Governmental Affairs 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Higher Education 

Chief of Staff & Operations 

Position Description 

  • The Chief of Staff and Operations is tasked with aiding Committee (Co-)Chair(s) in accomplishing their committee’s goals. 
  • The Chief of Staff and operations is also tasked with assisting the President in their duties to whatever extent they are requested to do so and are able. 
  • The Chief of Staff and Operations shall be given powers and responsibilities to ensure Committees function to the fullest potential possible. 
  • The Chief of Staff and Operations will be considered the Chair of any Committee when its Chair or both Co-Chair positions is vacant. 
  • The Chief of Staff and Operations is the only one who can start the process of removing an Executive Board member, if needed. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 20 hours/week) 

  • Coordinate and develop agendas for the General Assembly (1 per month), Executive Board (1 per month), and Leadership Team (1 per month) meetings.  
  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Represent the GSC at national and regional meetings of the National Association of Graduate/Professional Students (NAGPS).  
  • Meet regularly with advisors from the Graduate School and other members of the Leadership Team.  
  • Provide overall GSC leadership in partnership with the President and Vice President. 
  • Coordinate with UK’s Office of Student Organizations and Activities (SOA) to register the GSC as a Sponsored Student Organization (SSO) through BBNvolved.  
  • Aide in all catering needs and serve as an Event Management Services (EMS) liaison. 
  • Coordinate committee chair elections in the Spring and the first committee meetings at the beginning of the Fall, if needed. 
  • Coordinate Representative Orientation and Training, in partnership with the President, Vice President, and Director of Membership, at the start of each semester. 
  • Create and manage ad hoc committees as necessary. 
  • Oversee Representative recruitment, training, and membership management in partnership with the Director of Membership. 

Benefits 

  • The Chief of Staff & Operations is third in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 8 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Conflict Resolution & Negotiation 
    • Human Resources Management 
    • Professional Enhancement Programming 
    • Membership Management 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education 

Secretary 

Position Description 

  • The Secretary is tasked with organizing documents to maintain institutional memory. 
  • The Secretary shall be given powers and responsibilities to ensure record keeping of sufficient quality is done to meet the needs of the GSC. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 6 hours/week) 

  • Coordinate and develop agendas for the General Assembly (1 per month), Executive Board (1 per month), and Leadership Team (1 per month) meetings.  
  • Record detailed minutes at all General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Chair the Communication & Documents (C&D) Committee. 
  • Issue regular communications via email and social media to GSC Representatives and members of the broader UK community about GSC initiatives, programs, and events, in partnership with the Director of Communication and Director of Social Media. 
  • Maintain the GSC website, in partnership with the Director of Information Technology (IT). 
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer to develop a social media strategy for all GSC’s philanthropic efforts. 
  • Draft and dispense press releases to UKnow and the Kentucky Kernel upon request of the Executive Board, in partnership with the Director of Communication. 

Benefits 

  • The Secretary is fourth in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 6 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Human Resources Management 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Strategic Communication 
    • Philanthropy & Fundraising 
    • Marketing & Advertising 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 

Treasurer 

Position Description 

  • The Treasurer is tasked with maintaining the financial resources of the GSC. 
  • The Treasurer shall be given powers and responsibilities to ensure funds are received and responsibly distributed to meet the needs of the GSC. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 6 hours/week) 

  • Draft budgetary changes and revisions, as needed, and submit as a regular by-law for GSC Congressional Body approval. 
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Chair the Appropriations & Revenue (A&R) Committee. 
  • Collaborate with other Committee (Co-)Chair(s) to create and find funding for programs and initiatives that align with the goal(s) and mission of the GSC. 
  • Manage contracts, credit relationships, and accounts, in partnership with the Director of Finance. 
  • Approve use(s) of funds by the Executive Board and Committee (Co-)Chair(s) throughout the academic year. 
  • Coordinate a Fall Crowdfunding and social media campaign for the Graduate Student Success (GSS) Fund in partnership with UK’s Office of Philanthropy, and the GSC’s Secretary and Director of Philanthropy. 
  • Coordinate GSC’s participation in “One Day for UK,” the Office of Philanthropy’s University-Wide Giving Day, in partnership with the Director of Philanthropy. 
  • Coordinate an annual Budget Conference in April to collect community and organizational input on the GSC’s budget for the next academic year, in partnership with the Director of Finance. 
  • Submit proposed budget for GSC Congressional Body approval at the April General Assembly meeting,  
  • Oversee the GSC’s Graduate/Professional Student Organization (GPSO) Funding program, in partnership with the GSC’s Advisors in the Graduate School. 

Benefits 

  • The Treasurer is fifth in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 6 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Philanthropy & Fundraising 
    • Marketing & Advertising 
    • Accounting & Budget Management 
    • Financial Responsibility & Ethics 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 

Institutional Affairs Officer 

Position Description 

  • The Institutional Affairs Officer is tasked with overseeing research to identify issues of importance to graduate and professional students and postdocs, as well as producing and distributing a report summarizing these data for UK Administration. 
  • The Institutional Affairs Officer is also tasked with overseeing all GSC social justice advocacy efforts to ensure they comply with the GSC's Advocacy & Legislative Platform. 
  • The Institutional Affairs Officer shall act as liaison between the GSC and University Administration. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 6 hours/week) 

  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Coordinate all goals, communications, and collaborations between the Institutional Affairs (IA) Committee and the Institutional Research (IR) Committee. 
  • Meet regularly with the (Co-)Chair(s) of the IA and IR Committees to coordinate programming, an annual research strategy, and other initiatives and events. 

Benefits 

  • The Institutional Affairs Officer is sixth in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 6 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Institutional & Survey Research Methods 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education 
    • Political Advocacy for Social Change 

External Affairs Officer 

Position Description 

  • The External Affairs officer is tasked with identifying and responding to local, state, and national legislation, policies, and actions relevant to graduate students, professional students, postdoctoral scholars, and higher education, in general. 
  • These responses may include, but are not limited to, drafting official position statements, and organizing meetings with University officials and government legislators. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 6 hours/week) 

  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Chair the External Affairs (EA) Committee. 
  • Represent the GSC at national and regional meetings of the National Association of Graduate/Professional Students (NAGPS).  
  • Identify and track legislation, policies, and actions taken by government entities that are relevant to graduate and professional students and postdocs at UK. 
  • Coordinate and attend (either in-person or virtually) two (2) Legislative Advocacy Days (LAD) trips to Washington, D.C. in partnership with NAGPS and the GSC’s Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy. 
  • Coordinate and attend (either in-person or virtually) two (2) Legislative Advocacy (LA) trips to Frankfort, KY, in partnership with the Director of State Legislative Advocacy. 
  • Coordinate GSC responses to legislation and political activities in partnership with the President and other Executive Board members. 
  • Develop programming and legislative advocacy strategies, as needed, in partnership with the Director of Legislative Advocacy Training. 
  • Recruit diverse politicians and activists from across the country, and student leaders from the university of Kentucky, for “Civic Engagement Saturdays.” 

Benefits 

  • The External Affairs Officer is seventh in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 6 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Diplomacy & Public Policy 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Legislative & Governmental Affairs 
    • Political Advocacy for Social Change 

Professional Student Affairs Officer 

Position Description 

  • The Professional Student Affairs Officer is tasked with identifying and pursuing information regarding issues of importance to professional students at UK. 
  • This position is reserved for professional students only. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 6 hours/week) 

  • Represent the GSC and its mission to University Administration and government legislators.  
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings.  
  • Meet regularly with the Chair of the Professional Student Affairs (PSA) Committee to coordinate initiatives, programming, and events related to academic development, career preparation, and institutional support for professional students at UK. 
  • Recruit a diverse and inclusive set of members to the PSA Committee who can adequately represent the wide variety of professional programs, needs, and interests present at UK. 
  • Consult on GSC policies and responses that could impact professional students at UK. 
  • Brief the President and other Executive Board members on professional student issues, as needed. 

Benefits 

  • The Professional Student Affairs Officer is eighth in line for a Graduate Assistantship (GA-ship) in the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Student Professional Enhancement (GSPE).
  • Possible additional compensation by the GSC at $19.75 per hour for up to 6 hours of approved overload work per week, for a total of 16 weeks each semester. (Note: Pending GSC Budget Approval for FY 2021 – 2022; and per University regulations, whoever receives the GA-ship is ineligible to receive this additional compensation.) 
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Conflict Resolution & Negotiation 
    • Professional Enhancement Programming 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education 

Appointed Executive Board Positions 

All appointed Executive Board position descriptions come from the GSC’s Constitution and By-Laws. The list of responsibilities and duties for each position is updated annually based on growing organizational needs. Please note that the suggested benefits for each position are also not comprehensive or guaranteed. 

Postdoc Affairs Officer 

Position Description 

  • The Postdoc Affairs Officer is tasked with identifying and pursuing information regarding issues of importance to postdoctoral scholars at UK. 
  • This position is reserved for postdocs only and should be filled by a recommended from the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SoPS). 
  • The Postdoc Affairs Officer shall recruit or serve as Representative for SoPS. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 2 hours/week) 

  • Actively seek out collaboration opportunities between SoPS and the GSC. 
  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings. 
  • Consult on GSC policies and responses that could impact postdoctoral scholars at UK. 
  • Brief the President and other Executive Board members on postdoctoral scholar issues, as needed.  
  • Coordinate communications between the leadership of GSC and SoPS. 

Benefits 

  • Because this position must be filled by a postdoc and is at the discretion of SoPS, the Postdoc Affairs Officer is ineligible for both the Graduate School GA-ship and for additional compensation by the GSC.  
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Community Organizing 
    • Strategic Planning & Project Management 
    • Professional Enhancement Programming 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 

Student Government Association (SGA) Representatives 

Position Description 

  • Individuals holding this position must hold an elected position in SGA. 
  • Any number of individuals serving as Graduate Senators At-Large to the SGA may hold this position contingent on the approval of the GSC President. 
  • All members holding this position are entitled to a full vote at all General Assembly and Executive Board meetings. 
  • SGA Representatives are charged with representing and advocating for GSC interests to the SGA. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 2 hours/week) 

  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings. 
  • Attend all SGA meetings and communicate relevant information back to GSC. 
  • Review and understand the budgets and proceedings of both the SGA and GSC. 
  • When there is a conflict of interest between SGA and GSC on a particular issue, SGA Representatives should promote the position that is in the best interest of GSC first, and SGA second. 

Benefits 

  • Because this position must be filled by an elected member of SGA, the SGA Representative(s) is ineligible for both the Graduate School GA-ship and for additional compensation by the GSC.  
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Politics of Higher Education 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Building Interorganizational Collaborations 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education 
    • Political Advocacy for Social Change 

President Emeritus 

Position Description 

  • The President Emeritus position is held by either the immediate past President or Vice President. 
  • At the end of a President’s term, they should automatically assume the role as President Emeritus. 
  • However, if a President has graduated or is otherwise unable to hold this position, the last member serving as Vice President under that President will hold this position. 
  • If for some reason the previous President and Vice President are unable or unwilling to hold this position, then the Executive Board can function with this role vacant. 
  • The President Emeritus serves to maintain institutional memory and is a non-voting, advisory position exempt from Executive Board term limits. 

Responsibilities & Duties (~ 2 hours/week) 

  • Attend GSC General Assembly, Executive Board, and Leadership Team meetings. 
  • Provide advice and historical perspective to the President and other Executive Board members, as needed. 

Benefits 

  • Because this position is a non-voting member of the Executive Board, the President Emeritus is ineligible for both the Graduate School GA-ship and for additional compensation by the GSC.  
  • Professional Development: 
    • Organizational Leadership 
    • Leadership Ethics 
    • Conflict Resolution & Negotiation 
    • Professional Communication 
    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Anti-Racism 
    • Justice Issues in Graduate Education