The 2021 Board of Director and Nominating Committee Election is Now Closed.

The voting period for 2021 closed July 31, 11:59 pm CT. 

ASBH strives to provide visionary leadership that reflects the diverse interests and needs of its members. The 2021 Nominating Committee seeks candidates with essential competencies who will also fulfill the expectations required of all ASBH leadership.

Essential Competencies

  • Knowledge of effective governance, including education or training on organizational governance issues, prior experiences (especially leadership experience) with high functioning committees or boards whose function is organizational governance, and/or understanding of the methods and processes required for effective leadership.
  • Strategic orientation, including willingness and ability to think and act proactively; understand the forces that will affect ASBH over the next 5 to 10 years; establish a vision and strategy to address these forces and their impacts; and help the organization align its work and resources with current ASBH strategic initiatives.

ASBH Leadership Expectations

  • Commitment, including willingness and ability to devote the time necessary for board work; to prepare prior to board meetings; to appropriately participate during meetings; and to reliably keep commitments.
  • Effective decision making, including willingness and ability to establish clear guidelines and processes for decision-making; to gather information systematically rather than relying on anecdotal, informal information-sharing; to encourage adoption of best practices from other settings; to exercise sound judgment on difficult and complex matters; and to take responsibility for decision-making.
  • Integrity, including willingness and ability to serve as a role model for civility, honesty, and professional behavior; to subjugate self-interests or career interests for the good of ASBH; and to avoid conflicts of interest that might compromise your role on the ASBH Board.
  • Interpersonal skills, including willingness and ability to listen and understand points of view of other board members and stakeholders; to build and maintain relationships with ASBH members and others in the bioethics and health humanities community; to show respect for others regardless of personal likes or dislikes; and to effectively deal with conflict.

Candidates will be asked to provide information demonstrating their competency and willingness to meet expectations as a part of the candidate application.

General Board Member Responsibilities

Board members are expected to:

  • Serve their entire term unless elected to a new position;
  • Participate in bi-monthly 1-2 hour conference calls and 1-2 day in-person meetings of the Board of Directors in the Spring and Fall;
  • Be responsive to requests from the President for additional leadership responsibilities;
  • Contribute to a high-functioning Board by listening to peers, working cooperatively, treating peers with respect, and building consensus whenever possible.


  • The Treasurer serves on the Executive Committee.
  • The Treasurer is expected to
    • Work with the ASBH staff to prepare and present to the Board the annual budget 
    • Review and present to the Board monthly financial statements, as appropriate 
    • Present a financial report at the annual members' meeting

General Nominating Committee Responsibilities

Nominating Committee members are expected to:

  • Spend several hours reviewing nomination forms and nominee statements
  • Actively communicate with other Committee members via email
  • Be responsive to requests from the Committee chair
  • Actively participate in four or five 1-2 hour conference calls in the Spring as needed
  • Contact nominees and/or candidates as directed by the Committee chair 

Nominating Committee Operating Guidelines

The Nominating Committee has the responsibility to put forward to the membership a slate of candidates with the experience, skills, and competencies needed on the Board of Directors as well as the Nominating Committee to achieve a balanced, diverse, and high-functioning Board.

Consideration should be given to age, gender, ethnicity, experience, discipline, employment setting, training, geographic location, and other criteria as appropriate to achieve balance and diversity on the Board, given those who will continue to serve and any gaps that may result as members rotate off the Board.

Every candidate should be well qualified to serve the Society if elected. The Committee will take care to be well-informed of all nominees' qualifications and backgrounds. The Committee will ensure that all nominees are judged equally, including those who may be colleagues, collaborators, friends, or relatives; those who have solicited nominations, personal letters, or telephone calls from their own friends and colleagues; and those who are not as well-known to Committee members.

Process and Timeline
During the month of April, the call for nominations opens and members may nominate themselves or others as candidates for the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. When the call closes in May, the Committee reviews all nominations and builds a ballot based on the qualifications above. The election takes place in July and the candidates and membership are informed of the results in August.

Nominating Committee
Alex Kon, MD HEC-C, Chair
Kavita Arora, MD MBE MS
David Doukas, MD
Stephen Latham, JD PhD
Cristina Richie, PhD BA
Teresa Savage, PhD RN