The voting period of 2021 SLUGS Election has ended and we will release the results shortly.
The general election of the executive team of the Society of Linguistics Undergraduate Students in the 2021-2022 academic year will be held on Monday, April 12th this year. We encourage all the undergraduate linguistics students who want to involve in SLUGS operation and help their fellow students to run for the positions they are interested in. All of the SLUGS exec positions, including 1 internal president, 1 external president, 1 social coordinator, 2 academic coordinator, 1 secretary and 1 design and marketing coordinator, are up for election.
If you want to run in the election, you need to be able to vote in the election.
All current members of SLUGS, including students who are graduating this year, can vote in the election. You are a SLUGS member if you are currently:
- An ASSU member, AND
- Registered in one or more LIN/JAL/JLP/JLS courses, OR
- Registered in a program provided by the linguistics department at St George campus.
You are an ASSU member if you are (adapted from the ASSU constitution):
- A full-time undergraduate student of the Faculty of Arts and Science registered on St George campus, OR
- A undergraduate student of the Faculty of Arts and Science registered on St George campus who doesn’t have full time status but pays the union fee.
The nomination process is now open through April 11th. You can only nominate yourself and you may authorize others to fill out the form for you.
Here are the conditions for the nomination:
The nominee needs to meet the above eligibility conditions.
A person could be nominated for more than one positions. However, if they win in two or more positions, they can only choose one of them.
All candidates must submit a promotional statement explaining their qualifications. Those who are running for design and marketing coordinator also need to submit a portfolio of at least one piece of work.
Notes on Academic Coordinators
Starting from the 2019-2020 academic year, two Academic Events Coordinator positions will be elected every year rather than one. The top two candidates who receive the most votes for this positions will both be elected.
Notes on Information Collection
SLUGS will not use the information collected in the form for any purposes other than internal records of this election.
Here are the duties of the positions as described in the SLUGS constitution, with the numbers of the position openings indicated in the brackets:
The External President of SLUGS (1) is responsible for SLUGS’ external operations and ensuring SLUGS meets its responsibilities to ASSU. S/he serves as the President of SLUGS for the purposes of ASSU, and is expected to attend ASSU’s regular meetings. The External President must organize SLUGS’ annual constitutional review meeting and disseminate the results. The External President is responsible for maintaining SLUGS’ receipts and submitting them to ASSU at the end of each semester. The External President shares the responsibility of submitting SLUGS’ budget to ASSU with the Internal President.
The Internal President of SLUGS (1) is responsible for managing SLUGS’ internal operations and serving as a liaison with the Department. The Internal President must attend the Linguistics Departmental meetings to report on SLUGS activities and represent the concerns of the general membership of SLUGS to the Department. The Internal President must schedule SLUGS’
internal executive meetings and ensure that SLUGS duties are fairly delegated among and carried out by executive members. The Internal President is primarily responsible for keeping inventory of SLUGS items; however, this duty may be delegated or shared with the Secretary if this is agreed to by both the Internal President and the Secretary in an executive meeting. The Internal President shares the responsibility of submitting SLUGS’ budget to ASSU with the External President.
The Social Events Coordinator of SLUGS (1) is responsible for organizing and advertising nonacademic events to foster a sense of community in the general membership of SLUGS. These events may include games nights, workshops, and the EndofTerm/EndofYear parties cohosted with the Department. The Social Events Coordinator must be proficient in representing SLUGS on social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and write up advertising blurbs for events. The Social Events Coordinator may collaborate on events with the Academic Events Coordinator, or with other executive members who require assistance advertising to the general membership. The Social Events Coordinator shares responsibility for forwarding advertisements for events to the SLUGS Listserv with the Academic Events Coordinator. The Social Events Coordinator must work with the Academic Events Coordinator and the Design and Marketing Coordinator to create SLUGS presentation at clubs promotional events such as Clubs Day.
The Academic Events Coordinator of SLUGS (2) is responsible for organizing and advertising academic events. S/he must organize academic seminars at least as often as required of a course union by ASSU, including arranging to find speakers and present honoraria. The Academic Events Coordinator would also be responsible for arranging any study resources organized by SLUGS, such as Facilitated Study Groups or a directory to Linguistics course groups on Facebook or a syllabus bank. The Academic Events Coordinator may collaborate on events with the Social Events Coordinator and shares responsibility for forwarding advertisements for events to the SLUGS Listserv with the Social Events Coordinator.
The Secretary of SLUGS (1) is responsible for monitoring the SLUGS email account, responding to general inquiries, and forwarding email messages of a specific nature to the appropriate member of the executive committee. S/he is also responsible for keeping minutes of internal and general meetings, and making these available to the Executive Committee and the general membership. The Secretary may also accept responsibility of keeping inventory of SLUGS items if agreed to by both the Secretary and the Internal President in an executive meeting. The Secretary is responsible for managing orders and sales of SLUGS promotional items.
The Design and Marketing Coordinator of SLUGS (1) is responsible for maintaining the SLUGS website and creating graphics as needed for SLUGS marketing purposes. Maintaining the SLUGS website here entails posting regular updates on, e.g. SLUGS events and accomplishments of undergraduate linguistics students, and updating the layout as necessary. S/he must be able to create events banners (e.g. for use on Facebook events), posters, and logos (e.g. for TULCON materials) or appoint an able assistant to do so if s/he cannot. The Design and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for designing promotional items such as SLUGS tshirts. If SLUGS participates in Clubs Day or related clubs promotional events, the Design and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for helping the Events Coordinators create SLUGS’ presentation at these events.