Governance Changes

Divide member duties as follows:

  • Chair:
    • Current Duties
  • Chair-Elect:
    • Current Duties
  • Past Chair:
    • Current Duties, includes chairing Nominations committee and finding two non-council members to serve.
  • Secretary Treasurer:
    • Current Duties; Chair a Membership committee and find at least two non-council members to serve.
  • Council position #1:
    • Chair Article Awards (regular and student) Committee, and find at least two non-council members to serve.
  • Council position #2:
    • Chair Book Award Committee, and find at least two non-council members to serve.
  • Council position #3:
    • Chair Teaching Award Committee, and find at least two non-council members to serve.
  • Council position #4:
    • Chair Publication Committee, and work with Student position 1 and one or two PEWS members to ensure newsletter with ‘works in progress’ or research spotlight section is published quarterly.
  • Council position #5:
    • Chair Mentoring Program and, along with the 2nd student position, identify one to two PEWS members to serve on this committee and develop new strategy to link junior with senior faculty. Maintain updated list of grants and journals relevant to PEWS.
  • Council position #6:
    • Chair Diversity Committee, identity at least two PEWS members to serve. Duties to include awarding the “Advancing Underrepresented Scholars Award” every 2-3 years. In off years, duties would include generating tangible strategies for promoting diversity. For example, these could include diversity and need based travel grants, the organization of panel discussions at ASA or section annual meetings, etc.
  • Student position #1:
    • Mentoring Program
  • Student position #2:
    • Newsletter editor (part of the publication committee). The PEWS newsletter is currently published biannually, once in the fall and once in the spring. Regular features include “Words from the Chair,” section announcements, publications from section members, “PEWS in the News”, graduate student issues, and a report from the Journal of World-Systems Research. The editor, in consultation with the publications committee and/or additional volunteers, will be in charge of coordinating these regular features and generating original content for the newsletter.

We will continue to elect two new Council members each year. During their three year council terms, three council members will rotate through positions 1 (article award), 3 (teaching award), and 5 (publication committee), and three members will rotate through positions 2 (book award), 4 (mentoring program), and 6 (diversity committee).

Engagement opportunities for PEWS membership:

  • 2 positions on Nominations committee
  • 2 positions on Membership committee
  • 2 positions on Article Awards committee
  • 2 positions on Book Award committee
  • 2 positions on Teaching Award committee
  • 1-2 positions on Publications committee
  • 1-2 positions on Mentoring Program committee
  •  2 positions on Diversity committee

4 thoughts on “Governance Changes

  1. It’s hard to comment on this unless there’s detailed information on how previous and current governance has worked.

    1. Great point! Serving on Council now, it seems as though all award committees are staffed by Council members who rotate between committtes, the mentoring committee is one of the grad students (though I’ve volunteered for it, so there have historically been non Council members on it) and there was not previously a diversity committee.

      Here is a link to the bylaws: http://asapews.org/bylaws.html

      Below are relevant excerpts from it:

      Officers of the Section. The officers of the Section shall be a Chairperson, a Chairperson-Elect, a Past-Chairperson, and a Secretary-Treasurer. Voting members of the association alone shall be eligible to hold office. The Chairperson-Elect will automatically become Chairperson in the year following his/her year in office as Chairperson-Elect, and in the year subsequent to that become Past-Chairperson. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected for a period of three years.

      There shall be a Council consisting of eight members, six regular members and two student members. The regular members will serve staggered three-year terms, with two Council seats being vacated each year. The student members will serve staggered two-year terms.

      The Chairperson, in consultation with the Chairperson-Elect, Past-Chairperson, and membership at large, will be responsible for determining the academic program of the section. The outgoing Chairperson will also be responsible for proposing additional sessions related to the following year’s overall conference theme and for proposing additional sessions related to world-systems research in response to the general ASA Call for Papers. The Secretary-Treasurer will be responsible for keeping section records (including the website) up to date, drafting an annual budget for the section, and tracking and promoting section membership. The student member serving in their first year on the Council will coordinate the mentoring program.

      Powers of the Council. The Council is vested in principle with the power to carry out all necessary operations for the Section, acting as the representative of the membership of the Section. To that end, it shall meet on the occasion of the ASA Annual Meeting and may meet at other times when more than half of the Council can be assembled, whether in person or through electronic means. The Council shall make decisions by majority rule of its assembled members.

      Committees.

      (a) There shall be a Nominations Committee, elected each year by those members of the Section present at an open Business Meeting to take place at the Annual Meeting of the Association. The Nominations Committee shall be constituted of at least three members, with the stipulation that no member shall serve on the nominating committee for two consecutive years, and the Past-Chairperson of the Section will be the chair of the committee. The Nominations Committee shall present at least two people for each office to be voted on by the voting members of the Section.

      (b) There shall be an annual Book Award Committee, the composition of which shall be Chairperson-Elect, plus the two outgoing members of the Council. The Chairperson-Elect shall be chair of the committee. The award shall be for the best book or books published with copyright date falling in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Authors are invited to self-nominate for the award. Authors and nominators must be members of the section at the time of nomination. The Chair of the Book Award committee will coordinate with the Chair of the Article award committee to ensure that the total number of section awards made is in compliance with ASA guidelines.

      (c) There shall be an annual Article Award Committee, the composition of which shall be the PEWS Chairperson (who will serve as chair of the committee) plus the two members of Council in their second year of service and the student member in their second year of service. Article awards will be offered for both the best professional paper and the best student paper published (including publication in ASA meeting proceeding) with copyright date falling in the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Authors are invited to self-nominate for the awards. Authors and nominators must be members of the section at the time of nomination. The Chair of the Article Award committee will coordinate with the Chair of the Book award committee to ensure that the total number of section awards made is in compliance with ASA guidelines.

      (d) There shall be a Publications Committee to oversee the publication of the Journal of World-Systems Research and PEWSNews, and to maintain the social media presence of the section. The Publications Committee will consist of at least six members: the two incoming Council members, the editors of the JWSR and PEWSNews, the webmaster, and a Publications Committee Chair to be elected from the section membership at large at the annual business meeting. The editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research shall be appointed to a five-year term by the Council on the recommendation of the Publications Committee. The editor of PEWSNews and the webmaster shall be appointed to three-year terms by the Council on the recommendation of the Publications Committee. The editor of PEWSNews and the webmaster may be reappointed to a second term by the Council.

      Other committees shall be appointed by the Chairperson with the approval of the Council, on an ad hoc basis.

      Nomination by Petition. Qualified members of the Section may be nominated for any office by a petition of ten percent of the members of the Section or by 25 members of the Section, whichever is less. The choices of the Nominating Committee for each office shall be made known to the membership at least 60 days prior to the deadline for receiving nominations by petition.

      Awards. In accordance with the Association’s regulations on sections, four types of awards will be given. The awards are: The PEWS Distinguished Book Award [Annual], The PEWS Distinguished Article Award [Annual], The PEWS Terence K. Hopkins Student Paper Award [Annual], and The PEWS Distinguished Career Award [occasional]. The PEWS Distinguished Career Award must be approved by the PEWS Council and ratified by the membership at the annual business meeting.

  2. The fundamental change here is that, for the past 10 years or so, the elected members of the Council have done almost everything in the section. They have been the members of all of the awards committees, the publications committee (except for a chair selected from the membership), and the chair of nominations committee (with two committee members selected from among the membership). The Council’s thinking in proposing these governance changes is that this may have given the section an “old boys club” appearance, with few opportunities for the members to contribute to the running of the section. This proposal opens up the previously existing committees to members, by having only the chairs of the committees be Council members. So, members get to have a say in who gets the section awards and who gets nominated for office. In addition, the proposal creates several new committees: teaching awards, membership, diversity, and mentoring (previously the mentoring program was run by one student representative; the proposal gives us more person power to offer a more robust mentoring program). Each of these committees will be chaired by a Council member and have committee members chosen from among the membership.

    I CANNOT FIND A FONT LARGE ENOUGH TO SUFFICIENTLY EMPHASIZE THIS POINT:

    THIS PROPOSAL CREATES UP TO 16 POSITIONS TO BE FILLED BY VOLUNTEERS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP. IF PEWS MEMBERS DO NOT STEP UP TO FILL THESE POSITIONS AND DO THE WORK THEY REQUIRE, THIS WHOLE PROPOSAL WILL FALL FLAT ON ITS FACE!!!!!!!!!!!

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