The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) has opened the call for nominations to fill six positions on the 2020 ASN Board of Directors.

ASN is well-positioned to deliver the knowledge, engagement, and impact that will drive the organization and the field of nutrition science into the future as we pursue our vision of a healthier world through evidence-based nutrition. Qualified leaders are sought to lead ASN in our mission to advance the science, education and practice of nutrition as we approach our centennial, ASN 2028. 

There are many benefits of serving as an ASN volunteer leader. This is your opportunity to:

  • Play a significant role in advancing nutrition
  • Enhance the value of ASN to the nutrition community
  • Access up-to-date information about the challenges and opportunities
  • Exchange ideas and perspectives with other volunteer leaders

The Nominating Committee has identified the following criteria that will guide the selection process for new Board members.

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with ASN and the nutrition community. Examples include but are not limited to: service to ASN and the ASN Foundation through publishing, education, science policy & advocacy, membership recruitment and retention, and through annual giving and volunteering
  • Recognized pre-eminent leader in the nutrition community
  • Visionary and strategic thinking. Examples include, but are not limited to: incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, risk taking, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Positive leadership attributes; emotional intelligence; ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussion.
  • Commitment to participate in three in-person board meetings a year and conference calls as needed. ASN board members are asked to provide financial support through annual giving to the ASN Foundation.

There are six open positions for the 2020 Election: Vice President-Elect and five Director At-Large positions, one for each area of focus identified by the ASN Governance Task Force. The terms of office for all positions will begin July 1, 2020. Term length is included in the description for each position:

Vice President Elect Position:

The Vice President Elect shall serve a term of one year. This person shall serve as a member of the ASN Board of Directors for a total of four years, holding each of the following offices for consecutive one-year terms: Vice President Elect; Vice President; President; and Past President. As President, this member shall serve as the Society’s chief elected officer and shall work closely with the chief executive officer and staff in formulating and advancing ASN programs for the benefit of our members and global stakeholders. The elected candidate serves a four-year term. 

Director At-Large Positions:

Food & Nutrition Policy (FNP): Interest in the development, establishment and evaluation of legislation and policies that address nutrition problems/issues. Policies may be implemented at family, local, regional, national, or global levels and in different sectors. Policies target under and over nutrition, food security, food safety, and public health. The elected candidate serves a two-year term. 

Global Nutrition (GN): Nutrition research of relevance to other (often less-developed) countries which includes undernutrition, deficiency diseases, obesity, diet-related chronic disease; relationships between infection and nutrition; nutrition interventions and their evaluation; and economic development policy and nutrition. This knowledge is translated into training, policies and programs. The elected candidate serves a three-year term. 

Medical/Clinical Nutrition (MCN): Clinical, research, educational, and/or training aspects of nutrition and metabolism as related to prevention and treatment of disease and optimal health, including complementary and alternative medicine. This includes the translation of nutrition knowledge from the bench to the bedside and the community. The elected candidate serves a three-year term. 

Nutrition Science Mechanisms (NSM): Basic and applied research to better understand how diet and nutritional components act at a molecular, cellular and systems level to influence physiological and pathological processes. The intention of this research is to further understand the mechanistic links between nutrition and non-communicable diseases. The elected candidate serves a two-year term. 

Nutrition Science Translation (NST): Convert nutrition knowledge from the “lab bench to the consumer,” translate and disseminate key findings in nutrition research science into practical information and applications that can be used by consumers and others to improve health. The elected candidate serves a two-year term. 

At ASN, diversity and inclusion are part of our recipe for success. Together we continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages and supports all who are passionate about nutrition. 

Please submit your nominations to ASN no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Time (US) Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  

For more information on the Society’s mission, bylaws and leadership visit the click here.

Thank you for your partnership with all of our ASN members as we work to advance global public health through nutrition science and practice.