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Call for Nominations for the Board of Directors – 2017

Dear SDS Members,

Nominations are now being accepted to serve on the Society for Disability Studies Board of Directors. Terms begin in July 2017. Members of the Board serve for three years, with the possibility of running for a second term.

Names of nominees and candidate statements are due May 10, 2017, 11pm ET.

We are so glad you have renewed your membership in our beautiful Society for Disability Studies community. It gives us all faith that our organization is important to the field, to the community, and to you. Now is the time to step into a leadership role if you feel passionately about contributing to how we will reshape and sustain SDS.

You can self-nominate or nominate anyone you feel would be a good leader.

SDS is committed to diverse representation in its membership and Board composition, and candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. We provide any requested access accommodations so that Board members can fully participate.
Board members can expect to:
• Attend a monthly, 90-minute meeting via teleconference call or chat;
• Consider carefully and approve annual budgets and measures to ensure the sustainability of SDS;
• Serve on 1-2 Board committees or initiatives;
• Participate in Board discussions by offering expertise and opinions via e-mail and/or phone/chat;
• Consider carefully and vote on motions;
• Serve as an officer or as a committee chair.

To apply, please send:
• Resume/CV
• 500-word (max) statement addressing your

•connection/familiarity with SDS and disability studies
• specific background, experience, and contributions you would bring as a Board member, including knowledge of fundraising
• ideas about where you imagine SDS going.

Please send the information by email (Word attachments would be most helpful).

Address for submissions:
Mallory Kay Nelson, Nomination Committee, mallory [at] disstudies [dot]org

May 10, 2017, 11pm ET.

The Nomination Committee and the Board will review all submissions and present a list of candidates for election. All nominees must be members of SDS before May 10.  The election will be held during May.  To vote you must be an SDS member in 2017.

We thank you in advance for considering this invitation.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about being on the Board, the nominations process, or the election. We very much look forward to hearing from you.


Mallory Kay Nelson; Karen Nakamura;
Nomination Committee, Society for Disability Studies

Phil Smith
President, Society for Disability Studies

PO Box 5570, Eureka, CA 95502

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SDS Annual Awards!

Aug 24, 2016 - Congratulations to the winners of the Irving K. Zola Emerging Scholars and Senior Scholar awards. (Click links to go to page with announcements.)

Executive Office has Moved!

As of July 2016, the SDS Executive Office has relocated to Eureka, CA.

New contact information is:
SDS Executive Office
PO Box 5570
Eureka, CA 95502
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Text, Voicemail: 510-206-5767
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email: sds (at) disstudies (dot) org

Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the Society for Disability Studies, membership, and the annual conference. Your inquiry will be addressed in the order it is received; please be patient as we attempt to respond to questions in the best way we can.

Announcing the Society for Disability Studies Speaker & Performer Roster

We invite members to become one of the first SDS Speakers & Performers on our new roster.

In efforts to gather together a robust list of people who often (more than once a year) speak or perform on disability or disability studies related topics —and to further creative ways to also support the Society for Disability Studies—we have created the SDS Speakers and Performers Roster (SDS-SPR).

Many other organizations—academic, corporate, public—have similar speaker’s “bureaus” that promote certain speakers for certain topics. Rather than promote certain speakers, we would like to be able to offer a more comprehensive and equitable “roster” that would then also demonstrate the vibrant and robust work that people are doing “on the ground” in our field, Disability Studies. We imagine that organizations and universities who are looking for good disability/disability studies speakers or performers to fit their own programming needs and goals might then be able to make use of the SDS-SPR—and too, that many of us working in these fields might have a further resource that lets us know the new and ongoing work of our colleagues.

Click link for more information about the SDS Speaker & Performer Roster.