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This page contains information about current and past Association elections and votes.

Autumn 2017 Elections

We are currently seeking nominations for several elected positions within the Association. Any professional, classified or librarian staff member at UW Tacoma is eligible to be nominated for any position. The open positions include: Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Staff Assembly Representatives. Please consider nominating a colleague or yourself!

Chair Vice-Chair Secretary Assembly Representatives

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Chair (One Year Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)

In Summer 2017, the UWTSA was unable to elect a Vice-Chair to fill a vacancy. This has left us a vacancy in the Chair position going into 2018. Because of this, we are electing a one-year term Chair this year. The duties and responsibilities of the Chair include:
  1. Directing all affairs of the UWTSA
  2. Serving as a member of the Chancellor's Cabinet to represent staff
  3. Chair the Executive Board and Staff Assembly
  4. Act as spokesperson for the Association
The expected commitment of the Chair position is 4 hours per week.

Vice-Chair (Two Year Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

The Vice-Chair serves as a member of the Executive Board and Staff Assembly and assists in leading the Association. The duties and responsibilities of the Vice-Chair include:
  1. Assuming the responsibilities of the Chair in the Chair’s absence
  2. Overseeing and coordinating all election processes (including elected Officers, Committee Chairs and Assembly Representatives)
  3. Overseeing and supporting all UWTSA committees
At the end of the first year, the Vice-Chair assumes the role of Chair for the remainder of the two-year term.

The expected commitment of the Vice-Chair position is 3 hours per week.

Secretary (Two Year Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019)

The Secretary serves as a member of the Executive Board and Staff Assembly. The duties and responsibilities of the Secretary include:
  1. Recording and distributing the minutes of all UWTSA meetings
  2. Coordinate and update the UWTSA website and social media accounts
  3. Coordinate the UWTSA email account
The expected commitment of the Secretary position is 2 hours per week.

Staff Assembly Representatives (One Year Term: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)

First started in 2017, the Staff Assembly is comprised of representatives from all divisions on campus. The purpose of the Assembly is to serve as a representative body of staff to discuss and provide feedback on various topics concerning staff (including issues that staff may be facing on campus). Both classified and professional staff are represented on the Assembly.

The duties and responsibilities of Representatives include:
  1. Attending all Staff Assembly meetings
  2. Developing a system for timely communication within their respective divisions (reporting out and collecting feedback)
  3. Fulfilling associated responsibilities of committee involvement (not required)
The expected commitment of the Assembly Representative position is 1 hour per week.

* Please note that not all Representative positions may be available for 2018. Some current Representatives have chosen to continue in their position for the next year. If a division is not listed, it is because the position is not available for 2018. *

Committee Chairs

In addition serving as a Representative for a division, we will offer the opportunity for a couple of Representatives to serve as Committee Chairs. The Committee Chair positions are appointed by the Executive Board and this process will begin once the Representatives have been elected. We will contact Representatives to gauge interest. In the event that a Committee Chair position is not filled by the Representatives, the Executive Board will open the position to all staff members on campus.


All staff members are encouraged to consider nominating themselves or a colleague! To nominate someone, please complete our online nomination form. Please note that all nominations must be supported/seconded by another individual. The nomination form will ask for the name of a second staff member who supports your nomination. Additionally, all nominations must be accepted by the nominee and the nominee may be asked to provide a short statement regarding their candidacy (to be included in the election ballot).

Nominations will be accepted through 12:00pm (noon) on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. An online election ballot will follow shortly after.

Past Elections & Voting

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8/2016 By-Laws Voting
This was a vote on a proposal to change the UWTSA By-Laws. The primary changes included the creation of the Staff Assembly, adjustments to Officer titles and responsibilities, and minor edits to timelines for voting and elections. The total staff participation was 132 votes (40% of staff), of which 124 voted in-favor and 8 voted against.