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SCIAFA Representative Elections

As Sarah Fish and I come to the end of our terms as Student Caucus Representative and Vice-Representative, we would now like to welcome any (self) nominations for our replacements.

As Student Caucus Representative and Vice-Representative, you will serve a two-year term beginning in 1 August 2018 and ending in 31 July 2020. You must currently be a graduate student to run; however, if you are in your last year as a student and will be on the job market for the second half of the term, that is acceptable (for instance, Sarah Fish was a PhD candidate for the first year of her term but is now a professor).

Any and all graduate students will be welcome to vote on the nominations. Traditionally, the candidate with the most votes becomes Representative, and the runner-up becomes Vice-Representative.

The formal position descriptions are as follows:

Job Description: Student Caucus Representative

Formal titles: Representative of the Student Caucus of the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (SCIAFA)/ SCIAFA Representative to the Executive Board of the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA)

The SCIAFA Representative is elected by the student body of the IAFA. During the two-year term, the Representative is responsible for addressing and advocating for the needs of student members of IAFA. This responsibility includes representing student membership on the Executive Board of the IAFA (the SCIAFA Representative is serves on the Executive Board). The Representative must attend biannual board meetings during their term and participate in the Board’s online discussion list. At the conference, the Representative will run SCIAFA programming, including the a SCIAFA-sponsored panel and the SCIAFA Mentorship Program. The Representative is expected to attend all IAFA business meetings, as well as most Board-sponsored events. The SCIAFA Representative should remain visible and accessible for the duration of the conference both to assist and guide fellow students as well as to assist fellow Board members, organizers, and volunteers.

Job Description: Student Caucus Vice-Representative

Formal title: Vice-Representative of the Student Caucus of the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (SCIAFA) (formerly the Shadow Representative)

The SCIAFA Vice-Representative is an elected position. The Vice-Representative runs for the full SCIAFA Representative position, and the Vice-Representative position is filled by the runner-up. The duty of the Vice-Representative is to assist the Representative, including stepping in for the Representative in the event of emergencies or scheduling conflicts. The Vice-Representative is expected to attend all SCIAFA and Board-Sponsored events at the annual conference, but does not attend the summer board meeting (though the Vice-Representative should be available to attend in the Representative’s place if needed). In recent iterations, the Vice-Representative has been responsible for coordinating the conference’s Newcomer Meet Up.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for the position of Student Caucus Representative, please email your name, school affiliation, a brief bio, an explanation of why you believe you would be a good fit for the position, and a picture to:

Nominations are due by 10 pm on Saturday, 31 March.

I will post all nominations to the SCIAFA Facebook Page, which can be found here:

Voting will begin on 2 April and end on 15 April at midnight.

The winners’ term will begin on 1 August.

If you have any questions about the position(s), you can email me ( or Sarah ( I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

Amanda Rudd

Student Caucus Representative, 2016-2018