October 21, 2022 by 2019-2020 Equity & Diversity Task Force, 2019-2020 Sustainability & Resiliency Task Force, 2020-2021 Council of Global Representatives, 2020-2021 Learning & Teaching Culture Advisory Group, 2021-2022 Professional Development Advisory Group


Participating in the elections cycle is an incredibly rewarding and enriching opportunity! It will provide you with valuable experience to enhance your education and career in addition to the personal growth one experiences through the process, regardless of whether you are elected or not. During the elections proceedings, you will be given opportunities to define and advocate for your vision for the organization, and the membership will, in turn, elect its Board of Directors based on their views for our collective future.

In order to ensure the success of the 2022 elections cycle, the AIAS puts forward the following Call for Candidates Elections Guidelines. All elections activities will take place virtually prior to the closing of the Winter Council of Presidents Meeting on January 8th, 2023. All questions should be directed to the Elections Chair, Scott Cornelius, AIAS, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, at pastpresident@aias.org.

Members interested in pursuing leadership positions with the organization have the opportunity to run and be elected for the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Midwest Quad Director
  • Northeast Quad Director
  • South Quad Director
  • West Quad Director

However, members may also pursue interest in being appointed as Middle East Regional Director or as Latin American Regional Director. Because these positions are not elected, but are appointed by the AIAS Board of Directors, applicants must submit an application to the Council of Global Representatives, but do not participate in elections activities at the FORUM Conference. Ambassador application materials, which will be released shortly, may also be submitted to Past President Scott Cornelius at pastpresident@aias.org.

All of these positions will comprise the majority of members of the 2023-2024 AIAS Board of Directors. Elections will follow the  AIAS Bylaws, the AIAS Rules of the Board, and the AIAS Code of Ethics, as well as the Elections Guidelines released October of 2022, found below. In order to be considered a certified candidate, the interested person must meet all eligibility requirements in the Bylaws and Rules of the Board as well as submit the materials in their Candidacy Declaration Packet as outlined in the 2022 AIAS Elections Candidate Guidelines.

All items must be submitted via email no later than 11:59 pm HST, Friday, December 2nd, 2022. There will be no exceptions.

Interested members can look forward to webinars with tips, information on running, and sneak peeks at what it’s like to serve in elected and appointed roles. The first Elections Informational Webinar will take place Sunday, October 30th at 5:30pm EDT on Zoom (register here!), and the second will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8pm EDT (register here!). Information on following Election related events will be available on the AIAS Events page.

Members may also schedule a 1-1 Candidacy Interest Call with Past President Cornelius via Calendly. Potential candidates may contact the 2022-2023 AIAS Board of Directors for information regarding the role, however, interested members should also be respectful of boundaries, scheduling, and the strict prohibition on campaigning as stated below.

Meet with Past President Scott Cornelius

Upon receiving the required materials, each certified candidate will receive further instructions on the elections and campaigning process from the Elections Chair. All certified candidates’ submissions will be posted on the AIAS website and social media in advance of the start of 2022 elections activities for other chapter leaders and members to review. The candidate package materials will be one of the most important tools that your colleagues will use to evaluate each candidate’s credentials. Submission of these materials for posting on the AIAS Web site is the ONLY method of campaigning allowed before the official start of elections activities. Past Candidacy Declaration Packets can be found here for reference.

Additionally, after formal declaration, certified Officer candidates will be supplied with employment details (including salary, benefits, and contract) and offered the opportunity for a one-on-one informational conference call with the Executive Director and another with the incumbent Officer.

The AIAS is a successful organization because of the dedication, passion, and resilience of its grassroots student leadership. If you are interested in running as a certified candidate, it’s a good idea to contact Past President Scott Cornelius, AIAS, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, at pastpresident@aias.org prior to submission of materials so questions to all candidates are answered equally.

PLEASE NOTE: Campaigning by or on behalf of candidates is expressly prohibited at any time prior to the official start of elections activities. The finalized 2022 Elections Timeline will be released in December 2022. This means that candidates (and non-candidates on behalf of candidates) may not explicitly notify, advertise to, or engage with voters, Chapters, or members in a persuasive capacity, nor may they publish any materials regarding their candidacy or intent to be a candidate. More details about campaigning will be shared with Certified Candidates during the month of December 2022. Campaigning during the appropriate period must adhere to the Elections Guidelines, AIAS Bylaws, AIAS Rules of the Board and AIAS Code of Ethics. For more information or clarification, please contact the Elections Chair. If potential candidates, certified candidates, or undeclared candidates are found by the Elections Chair to have discussed their candidacy outside of the campaign window, they risk disqualification from the entire race for this elections cycle. Please review the packet below to learn how violations to the elections process can be reported.