SAA Election 2020

Fifteen candidates vying for three different offices are slated for SAA’s 2020 ballot (see box at right). The candidate elected Vice President will serve a one-year term beginning in August 2020 and then will become SAA’s 77th President in 2021–2022. There are three available seats on the Council; those elected will serve three-year terms beginning in August and running through the 2023 Annual Meeting. The three candidates elected to the 2021 Nominating Committee will serve one-year terms beginning immediately.

Candidate information will be added to the right sidebar
by February 24.

Any eligible member of SAA may also be placed on the ballot by submitting a petition signed by fifty individual members. Petitions must be received at the SAA office in Chicago by February 10, 2020.

A petition to add Kris Kiesling of the University of Minnesota to the slate of candidates to be considered for the position of Vice President/President-Elect was received by SAA on January 10.

The online ballot will be administered by Survey & Ballot Systems in March.

Please note the following:

  • All full individual membersstudent members, and primary contacts of institutional members who are in good standing on February 15, 2020, will be eligible to vote in the 2020 Election. Members who join on or after February 16, 2020, will be eligible to vote in the 2021 Election. 
  • Individual associate members are not eligible to vote.
  • SAA staff will export and upload voter data to the online ballot system during the first week of March. Voters will be able to access their online ballot between March 2 and March 20, 2020, via their SAA username and a unique password included in the email notification.
  • If you have any difficulty, please contact SAA staff at or call us toll-free within the US at 866-722-7858 or 312-606-0722 for assistance.

Slate of Candidates

Candidate statement pages will be available by February 24. 

The Nominating Committee has slated the following SAA members as candidates for office in the 2020 election:

Vice President/President-Elect

  • Courtney Chartier 
    Emory University
  • Joyce Gabiola 
  • Kris Kiesling 
    University of Minnesota


  • Janet Carleton 
    Ohio University
  • Adriana P. Cuervo 
    Rutgers University
  • Stephen R. Curley 
    National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
  • Derek T. Mosley 
    Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History
  • Rachel E. Winston 
    The University of Texas at Austin
  • Katherine M. Wisser 
    Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

Nominating Committee

  • Michael Barera 
    The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Itza A. Carbajal
    The University of Texas at Austin LLILAS Benson
  • Raquel Flores-Clemons 
    Chicago State University
  • Valencia L. Johnson 
    Princeton University Library
  • Helen Kim 
    Getty Research Institute
  • Karen J. Trivette 
    Fashion Institute of Technology—State University of New York