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Call for Nominations: NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission Associate Chair and Commissioner At Large

Nomination Deadline: April 15

Dear Colleagues,

NAEA seeks nominations for two open positions on the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (ED&I) Commission: Associate Chair and Commissioner At Large. The Associate Chair and Commissioners must demonstrate a commitment to social justice work as it supports NAEA’s mission and vision.

Mission: The National Art Education Association (NAEA) champions creative growth and innovation by equitably advancing the tools and resources for a high-quality visual arts, design, and media arts education throughout diverse populations and communities of practice.
Vision: The National Art Education Association (NAEA) harnesses the power of the visual arts, design, and media arts to educate and enrich the lives of all learners and communities, especially those who are members of historically marginalized groups, and serves as a catalyst for developing creative and culturally competent future generations.

All current NAEA members who have an interest and meet the following criteria for serving in one of these national leadership roles are encouraged to apply.

About the ED&I Commission
The mission of the NAEA ED&I Commission is:
(1) to do the difficult and ongoing work of examining and dismantling systemic inequities that reinforce inaccessibility, stagnate membership, and foster a general resistance to new perspectives, particularly as a means for inciting organizational change;
(2) to ensure equal access to the benefits of membership and positions of leadership for all; and
(3) to fundamentally increase the capacity of NAEA members to enact change that ultimately fosters greater diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility throughout their state organizations and professional communities of practice.

Associate Chair (Open Position)

Duties of the ED&I Commission Associate Chair:

  • Support the Chair and Past Chair of the ED&I Commission and help facilitate the work of the Commissioners;
  • Serve on the ED&I Commission Nominations Committee;
  • Review the literature within the art education field, and more broadly of any research from outside the field, that impacts teaching and learning especially as it pertains to greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility;
  • Succeed to the office of Chair of the ED&I Commission upon successful completion of the term of office of the Associate Chair of the ED&I Commission; and
  • Serve as Past Chair after the successful completion of the term of office as Chair.

Term of Office (6-year commitment)
April 2021–March 2023: Associate Chair
April 2023–March 2025: Chair
April 2025–March 2027: Past Chair

Qualifications of the ED&I Commission Associate Chair:
The Associate Chair of the ED&I Commission should have:

  • Established record of equity, diversity, and inclusion work, research, grants, and/or research publications;
  • Broad knowledge of current research/writing about ED&I research;
  • Demonstrated successful organizational, administrative, and leadership capacities;
  • Demonstrated successful leadership within NAEA or a comparable organization or institution at the state and national levels;
  • Demonstrated “visionary” capacity through evidence of a proactive stance in the field and a record of initiating impactful projects;
  • Ability to serve for 5 years (1 as Associate Chair of the ED&I Commission, 2 as Chair of the ED&I Commission, and 2 as Past Chair of the ED&I Commission);
  • Must be able to attend and participate in the in-person summer planning meeting each year (required in-person expenses are covered by NAEA); and
  • NAEA membership and be in good standing.

ED&I Commissioner At Large (Open Position)

Commissioners shall facilitate the work of the ED&I Commission and oversee working groups constituted to carry out work on behalf of the ED&I Commission. The ideal Commissioners should have an interest in expanding equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility as it relates to visual arts education and have the ability to represent the constituent communities of practice in their position on the ED&I Commission. Commissioners should possess the judgment to know whether additional expertise may be needed for particular initiatives and demonstrate leadership skills in taking action to accomplish tasks and fulfill the workload of being a Commissioner.

Term of Office (2-year commitment)*
April 2021–March 2023: Associate Chair
*May opt for a second 2-year term

Duties of ED&I Commissioners:

  • Be passionate about ED&I work and exercising leadership in the field;
  • Be able and willing to initiate impactful projects related to operationalizing the final recommendations of the ED&I Task Force;
  • Be able and willing to serve at least 2 years;
  • Be able and willing to serve as a liaison to assigned NAEA Divisions, Interest Groups, ED&I Commission working groups and/or other groups identified as important constituencies for the ED&I Commission’s work.
  • Report to the Chair about the work of the working groups;
  • Assist in prioritizing ED&I-related themes, issues, or questions as submitted to the ED&I Commission;
  • Assist in exploring funding sources to support the work of the working groups and the ED&I Commission;
  • Assist in identifying exemplary ED&I work, and/or reporting on it and initiating recommended actions to serve our field;
  • Act as a public representative of the ED&I community in the field of visual arts education; and
  • Assist in identifying candidates and in selecting a slate of candidates for Chair of the ED&I Commission, Associate Chair of the ED&I Commission, and Commissioners to be submitted to the NAEA Board of Directors for its approval.

Qualifications for ED&I Commissioners:

  • (If representing a Division) Be a member of the NAEA Division you will represent and have significant ED&I-related experience at that level;
  • (If representing a Division) Be a passionate advocate for the ED&I needs for members within the Division;
  • Have experience with ED&I work, research, grants, or producing related research publications;
  • Have demonstrated successful organization, administrative, and leadership capacities;
  • Have demonstrated successful leadership within NAEA or a comparable organization or institution at the state and national levels;
  • Act as a representative of the diverse ED&I community in the visual arts education field;
  • Hold NAEA membership and be in good standing: and
  • Have the ability to serve for 2 years as a Commissioner.

Submit your nomination (self-nominations encouraged) online before 11:59pm ET on April 15, 2021. Appointments will be announced April 29, 2021.

To apply, click here.

Questions regarding applying? Please contact James Haywood Rolling, Jr., NAEA President and ED&I Commission Past Chair at jrolling@arteducators.org.

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