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Become an elected SHPE Leader

Ask not what your SHPE familia can do for you – ask what you can do for your SHPE familia! Join the leadership team and make an impact at the highest levels of the organization. Your resume will thank you too!

Seize the Moment

If you want to be in a position that cultivates leadership skills, encourages ownership, and presents invaluable networking opportunities, now is your chance to take a leadership role at SHPE.

Every spring, SHPE holds a nationwide election to determine the new, volunteer members of the National Board of Directors (NBOD) and the regional leadership. The NBOD creates the vision and manages the organization’s strategy while the regional leadership supports staff with operations like guiding the chapters. Do not hesitate to become a candidate in this year’s elections!

Opportunities

The NBOD has three professional positions that are filled via election. Professional positions are staggered in the following pattern, to preserve continuity.

In odd-numbered years (2021, 2023, etc.), the following positions open for office:

  • Two National Board Of Directors members
  • Regional Vice Presidents for Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7

In even-numbered years (2020, 2022, etc), the following positions open for office:

  • One National Board Of Directors member
  • Regional Vice Presidents for Regions 2, 4, and 6

The above professional positions have two-year terms which begin on July 1st.

Every year, three student members are elected to the NBOD:

  • Two National Board of Directors members – Undergraduate
  • One National Board of Directors members – Graduate

Every year, fourteen student positions are open at a regional level:

  • Seven Regional Graduate Representatives
  • Seven Regional Student Representatives

The above student positions have one-year terms which begin on July 1st.

The sole purpose of the regional leadership is to support, at the local level, the operationalization of SHPE’s mission and purpose. Each region’s leadership shall be made up of, at a minimum, the following four positions. Any additional positions are at the discretion of the Regional Vice President.

The Regional Leadership Team provides proactive leadership coaching to chapters and membership including SHPE leadership. Coaching, mentoring, and support are essential to maintaining and growing healthy chapters and members. 

REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENTS (RVP)
  • Represent the professional membership and lead the regional team for their respective region
  • Communicate business to the region’s professional chapters and communicate business from them to the regional team and the member representative to the SHPE staff
REGIONAL GRADUATE REPRESENTATIVE (RGR)
  • Represent the region’s graduate student membership
  • Communicate business to the regional student chapters and communicate business from them to the student assembly and regional team
REGIONAL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE (RSR)
  • Represent the region’s undergraduate student membership
  • Communicate business to the regional student chapters and communicate business from them to the student assembly and regional team
REGIONAL JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE (RJR)
  • Be a STEM professional or educator and will represent the junior membership within a region
  • Communicate business to the junior chapter advisors
  • Work with the Regional team and communicate with the Regional Vice President

Nominee Checklist

All forms and supporting documentation should be submitted electronically to elections@shpe.org.

Professional Nominees

Graduate Student Nominees

Graduate Student Nominees

Nominee Eligibility

Eligible candidates and members wanting to nominate and/or vote must have been members in good standing as of February 15. Student chapters wanting to vote needed at least 10 members in good standing as of February 15.

Whatever member category you are (ex. student, graduate, professional) on February 15 determines the positions you’re eligible for and the voting rights you have. If your status has changed since you joined, please be sure to make that update when you renew. Or you can email membership@shpe.org to assign the correct member category.

Lifetime Members

If you’re a lifetime member and your membership category has changed (ex. student to graduate, graduate to professional, or student to professional), please email membership@shpe.org before February 15 to update your profile and associated voting privileges.

Professional Nominees

Graduate Nominees

Undergraduate Nominees

Elections Timeline

February 15: The membership payment is due to be eligible to nominate, vote or run for office. The affidavit form is due for graduating seniors wanting to be considered a graduate or professional member for election purposes.

March 15: Nominations submittal deadline at 11:59 pm PDT

April 14: Ballots go out and voting begins at 12:01 am PDT

April 30: Voting concludes at 12:01 am PDT

May 16: Election Results Announced