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2020-2021 Call for Nominations: AWS Executive Committee, AJS Junior Editor, and WiSC Liaison

Monday, June 15, 2020  
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The AWS Nominating Committee is seeking self-nominations to serve as officers on the Executive Committee beginning in October 2020. The officer positions to be elected this fall include: President-Elect, Vice President, and Treasurer
Council Nominations are also open for the AJS Junior Editor, and Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) Liaison.


Applications for all positions should be submitted to by July 16.


Nominations Process for All Positions

  • Each candidate is asked to submit:
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal photograph
  • A candidate statement, to include:
    • Outline of past service to AWS
    • A description of the qualifications they will bring to the position
    • An attestation of commitment to completion of the requirements of the position
    • The name of a person not serving on the Nominating Committee who can serve as a reference for the nominee's leadership skills
    • Their vision for the future of AWS


Executive Committee

The office of the President-Elect and Vice President are one-year terms, while the position of Treasurer is a two-year term. Traditionally, new members to the Executive Council will serve in the role of either Secretary or Treasurer prior to advancement into the other offices. Must be a regular surgeon member in good standing and have served as a chair of a committee. 

Each candidate applying for a position will be evaluated with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Prior service to the organization - must have served on the Council as a chair of an AWS committee – you already list this under the “Must be a regular surgeon” line
  • Attendance at council meetings and on conference calls
  • Attendance on committee calls
  • Contribution to discussions at AWS Council meetings
  • Leadership qualities 


AJS Junior Editor

  • Qualifications:
    • Ability to commit to serving a three-year term on the committee
    • Minimum of three years of academic practice
    • Minimum of 10 publications
  • Selection Criteria:
    • Experience as journal reviewer
    • Commitment to AWS
    • Experience in manuscript preparation
    • Original research
    • Manuscript review for scientific journals
    • Editorial experience preferred but not essential
Please note, members in training will not be considered for this position.


Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) Liason

  • Represent the WiSC to AWS, and the AWS members to WiSC. 
  • Serve a three-year term, eligible for one reappointment to a three-year term, with approval by the AWS Executive Committee and appointed by the ACS Board of Regents. 
  • Serve as communicator of key issues and ideas between the AWS and WiSC members. 
  • Develop programs to capitalize on the joint strengths of both AWS and WiSC.
  • Promote AWS outreach and member retention.
  • Promote collaboration and foster sharing of ideas in order to serve the members of both organizations.
  • Submit regular reports on WiSC activities to AWS and vice versa