General Election Information

Rotation of Elections

The AWP board of directors consists of up to twenty-one members who are elected or appointed to serve four-year terms. Five board members are elected by the individual members of AWP; five board members are elected by the member writing programs, grouped by region; and up to ten board members may be appointed by a majority vote of the board.

Board members are among AWP’s most visible advocates. They attend board meetings, participate as members of committees, give or raise money for AWP’s services and programs, shape the future of AWP’s development, and serve as guardians of the association’s financial resources.

Regions for Rotation of Institutional Elections

Pacific West Region

Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington

West Region

Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming

Midwest Region

Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin

Southeast Region

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Northeast Region

Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Board Member’s Job Description

A candidate agrees, if elected,

  • to serve on AWP’s Board of Directors for four years.
  • to attend two board meetings each year: a fall board meeting at the national headquarters, and a spring meeting at the annual conference site.
  • to participate actively in board committees.
  • to remain informed about AWP business and relevant news in the field.
  • to accept special assignments in areas such as fundraising, publications, and advocacy, and to play a visible role at key events (e.g. plenary session, keynote, and Award Series reading) at the annual meeting.
  • to give or to raise at least $1,000 for AWP each year. In-kind donations (payment of one’s own travel expenses) or institutional commitments (such as sponsorship, or other assistance that comes with a benefit) are not included in this area.
  • to seek travel expenses for the spring meeting from employer funds, frequent flyer miles, or other sources, if applicable and available.
Elected Board Members

Read the campaign statements and bios of those previously elected to AWP's Board of Directors.