Join the Early Career Network Committee: Call for Nominations
As the ECN continues to expand and broaden its offer, so too the demands and responsibilities on our officers are increasing. In this exciting period of change, we are delighted to open nominations for two new officers. The positions open will be Secretary and Events Officer. Each of these new officers will be integral to the work of the ECN as we use our second year to build and consolidate a vision for the future.
As Secretary on the ECN, the successful candidate will have important administrative responsibilities but within a culture of positional fluidity. The same can be said of our incoming Events Officer, whose primary responsibilities will include the planning and creative design of our events programme. The current committee are keen that all officers participate in all areas of our work.
We highly encourage nominations from post-doctoral researchers and those in teaching-only posts, who can bring their insights to bear on the representation of all the ECN’s constituent groups. Successful candidates will join a motivated, vibrant and friendly committee of early career academics from around the country.
Nominations are now open and will close on the 12th August. All nominations should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, including name, institution, PSA membership number, and desired position. Nominees should also send up to 500 words (max) explaining why they would like to join the ECN committee; why they would be suited to working in their chosen position; and what they would like to achieve if elected.
Elections will open for all ECN members on the 14th August and run until midnight on the 27th August.
Two of our outgoing members have reflected on their time working on the ECN Committee:
Alex Prior said: "My time as on the PSA ECN committee has been extremely enjoyable and very rewarding. It was great to focus on the Specialist Groups within the PSA and discuss the ways in which Early Career Academics could be better engaged by them. This is an ongoing project and one that I am grateful to have contributed to. I'd encourage any PhD student to consider joining the ECN committee, since the practical experience gained will be invaluable for academic and professional endeavours."
David Jeffery said: "I’ve really enjoyed my time as Events Officer for the PSA ECN committee. Part of the challenge of the role is to identify areas where our members would like more support, and making sure the events are as relevant to the real world of early career academia as possible. The great thing about the ECN committee is that everyone is full of ideas and energy, and strive to put on top quality events. The highlight of my year was definitely our offerings at the PSA Annual Conference - especially the hugely successful ‘alternative dinner’ with Nish Kumar. I look forward to seeing what the committee has in store for 2017-18!"