Nomination process to fill the ISfTE secretary general position
Submit your nomination here.
All members of ISFTE are invited to nominate candidates for our next Secretary General (SG) who will serve from May 1, 2015 for the next three years. The person elected will also be eligible for re-election for a second three-year term. Please see the ISfTE Constitution for further information.
This is a crucial time for our Society, which has been under the temporary leadership of Colin Mably for over a year after the resignation of SG Forrest Crawford due to ill-health. Members have described what they see as issues facing ISfTE on the Discussion Forum. Colin Mably's presentation at the last seminar in Turkey and his extended article (see below) provide a further perspective on these:
How to Nominate
Anyone who is a full (i.e paid-up) member of ISfTE may be nominated by another full member. An additional paid up member should second the nomination. Full members may also self-nominate, if they wish.
All nominees are strongly encouraged to submit a clear statement of why they wish to become the next Secretary General; what experience, skills and resources they have to fulfil the role; and how they intend to develop the Society's future.
Nominations open on Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
Nominations close on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.
Only full members may vote. You are a full member if you have paid your dues in the last 12 months or if you registered and attended ISfTE 2014 in Turkey.
Nominees, Nominators and their statements will be posted on this web site on Saturday, April 12, 2015.
Online voting will take place from Monday, April 13 2015.
Online voting with close on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 24:00 hours GMT. No votes will be accepted after that time.
Renewing Your Membership
If you are not a current full member of ISfTE, you can renew your membership online using credit cards or PayPal here.
To ensure election integrity, Dr. James Greenberg and Dr. Janet Powney have agreed to act as Independent Tellers. As long-standing members of ISfTE since 1981 and 1982 respectively, they, and only they, will have access to actual votes cast for each candidate. From this, they will announce the results and the name of the successful candidate at the close of voting on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
- Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Nominations open.
- Wednesday, April 8, 2015: Nominations close
- Saturday, April 11, 2015: Nominees and their statements to be posted on the web site.
- Monday, April 13 2015: Online voting open.
- Wednesday, April 22, 2015: Online voting closes.
- Thursday, April 23, 2015: Results and the name of the successful candidate announcement.
Renew Membership Now
You must be a current full member of ISfTE to participate in the voting process for secretary general. You are a full member if you have paid your dues in the last 12 months or if you registered and attended ISfTE 2014 in Turkey. If you are not a current full member of ISfTE, you can renew your membership online using credit cards or PayPal here.
The New ISfTE Discussion Forum
A process for all members to share ideas on the future of ISfTE is now on-line in a discussion forum (moderated by Janet Powney and Anna Mazzaro). Keeping in mind that we will shortly be electing a new Secretary General your ideas are most important in planning for the next 35 years of ISfTE.
As Colin Mably indicated at the end of 2014, there is an opportunity for ISfTE
current and past participants to comment about the future management of our Society.
What are your ideas about the future management of ISfTE to promote international understanding and improvement in teacher education? The ISfTE website has useful information including the Constitution (current roles of the Secretary-General, the Executive Committee, Treasurer, JISTE, the Le'Ora Cordis Trust and arrangements for Seminars) and Colin Mably has amplified some current issues based on his presentation at the Antalya seminar 2014.
The election of the next Secretary General is expected to be completed before the next seminar and, with your comments, will have a plethora of suggestions to work through in guiding the organization. You can say what you think works and suggest future possibilities and responsibilities, new ideas and different ways of working. Everyone can share in this online discussion.
Bearing in mind the Society is run by members on a voluntary basis here are some questions to stimulate your thinking:
- What are your ideas about the future management of ISfTE to promote international understanding and improvement in teacher education? How should ISfTE be governed? How can the role of S-G be supported?
- How can communication be improved?
- What improvements might be made to ISfTE financial arrangements including the Le'Ora Cordis Trust?
- Any other suggestions?
To access the discussion forum, click here. Note that you will need to register as a forum member to contribute to the discussion. Forum registration is free and easy. Just click the "Register" link in the top, right part of the page.
Thank you for taking time to assure the long term future of ISfTE.
(NB. Colin Mably (Co-founder of ISfTE) has written an extended article entitled: REVITALIZING ISfTE MANAGEMENT - Discussion Points and Ideas, in which he sets out a vision of how ISfTE can address its current management problems and build a robust and sustainable organization for the future. If you would like to receive a copy of this please contact Colin at: email@example.com.)
Dear members past and present,
Although it is still 246 days before the Seminar, we urge you to make plans to attend and prepare a paper (rough or polished) to share with your colleagues. Our theme this year is:
Critical Issues for Tomorrow’s Teachers
Members know that the six-day seminar attracts about 100 – 180 participants from all over the world who collectively examine and discuss the critical issues facing global teacher education. A range of keynote presentations on critical topics by acknowledged experts drives the focus of the proceedings. Participants have the opportunity to present “prior to publication” papers within small peer group settings for collegiate consideration, discussion and counsel.
The benefits to ISfTE members who attend the Seminar are several, including:
- The stimulus to write about and disseminate our work.
- The opportunity to publish in an internationally refereed journal.
- A seminar format for giving and receiving supportive feedback on our work.
- Excellent speakers who will address globally significant issues in education.
- An environment to encourage, nurture, and support early career researchers and educators.
- A chance to renew friendships with colleagues from around the world.
- The opportunity to meet new colleagues and develop lasting international friendships and collaborations.
- Cultural experiences that will expand our horizons.
New members will experience an opportunity to sample something quite different from a ‘traditional’ academic conference. An ISfTE Seminar, through its structure and balance between work and cultural experience allows the time over a working week to develop strong collegial networks that grow and develop over time.
We are also fortunate in the generosity of a much-missed, deceased member, LeOra Cordis, who established a fund that is used to assist members from developing countries who need some financial support to attend. Please send paper abstracts and applications as early as possible.
PLEASE ALSO FORWARD THIS MESSAGE ON TO COLLEAGUES, OTHERS WHO YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED, ORGANIZATIONS IN YOUR OWN AND OTHER COUNTRIES, ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH OR FOR THE EDUCATION OF TEACHERS. DIRECT THEM TO THE WEB SITE BELOW:
Looking forward to seeing you in June!
JACKIE WILLIS, Convener, ISfTE 2015