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III. Officers

A. President

1. For election see Constitution.

2. Duties:

  • Represent Association for year of presidency.
  • Aid program chairs.Preside at Executive Committee business meetings.
  • Consult with Executive Committee or other appropriate committees and Executive Director as problems arise during year of presidency.
  • Deliver Presidential Address at annual meeting.

3. Occupies the complimentary "Presidential Suite" provided to the Association, at the meeting in which this person's presidential address is given (2-bedroom suite has traditionally been shared with the Executive Director).

B. Vice President

1. For election see Constitution.

2. Committee selections:

  • Co-chairs of Program Committee.
  • Five-member Nominating Committee (including one person designated as chair).
  • Two members of the Alan Sharlin Memorial Award Committee.
  • Chair of Publications Committee.
  • Timetable for selections: Chair and co-chair of Program Committee: aim for January. Nominating Committee should be appointed by the Spring before the annual meeting. Sharlin Committee members also by  Spring preceding the annual meeting which initiates first year of two- year term. Chair of Publications Committee should be appointed by time of annual meeting.
  • Inform Executive Director of Program co-chairs and Committee appointments as soon as they are made.   Send institutional affiliation and full addresses of nominees when communicating names to Executive Director.

3. Chairs annual business meeting at plenary session from "head table" that also seats outgoing President, Executive Director, Treasurer, incoming President, co-chairs of following year's Program Committee, editor(s) of SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY and the two Book Award Committee chairs. Agenda includes thanking the program chairs and committee for current meeting, thanking local arrangements and other committees, report from Executive Director, reports from President's Book Award and Sharlin Award committee chairs (in which winners are announced and awards presented), awarding of SSHA Graduate Student Travel awards, awarding of the SSHA Founders’ Prize, other reports, awards, or business as needed, and introduction of outgoing President for the Presidential Address.

4. Accedes to presidency after predecessor's Presidential Address.

C. Treasurer

1. For election see Constitution.

2. Oversight of Association finances. Receives copies of checks written by Executive Director.

3. Reports on Association finances to Executive Committee. Provides recommendations on financial matters to Executive Committee.

D. Executive Director

1. For election see Constitution.

2. Arranges site for annual meeting in cooperation with IUCB..

3. In charge of all communications to membership. Arranges for electronic balloting, announces election results at Annual Business meeting.

4. Responsible for providing the Executive Committee with all needed papers, documents, and information for official committee actions, being present at all Executive Committee meetings, and keeping minutes of those meetings.

5. Responsible for operating budget of Association: day-to-day management of accounts receivable and disbursements, preparation of annual budget report.

6. Represents Association with Cambridge University Press for publication of SOCIAL SCIENCE HISTORY Journal.

7. Honorarium from Association currently ca $6500 per year.


1. Selected by the Publications Committee for term of five years, if possible. Selects associate editor if there is to be one.

2. Responsible for selection of articles (including refereeing process), preparation for publication, and sending manuscripts to Cambridge University Press.

3. Editor’s expenses, including editorial assistant, time compensation for editor (my understanding is that Anne donates her time for free), postage and telephone are borne jointly by the association, Cambridge University Press, and the editor’s home institution. Currently the association and Cambridge each pay ca. $ per annum to the editor’s home institution to help defray expenses of the editorial office.

4. Special issue editors are encouraged.




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