Members of H-Net advisory boards assist in the peer-reviewing process and the development of multimedia content by assisting editors in making policies for their lists and web sites; reviewing disputes brought to their attention by the list or web editors; serving as "ambassadors" for their lists by joining discussions, helping to recruit new editors and board members, developing new threads, and serving as liaisons to professional organizations and the educational community at large. Terms on advisory boards vary, because some lists are adjuncts of professional societies that co-approve board membership and monitor terms of office. One member of each advisory board is entitled to nonvoting membership on H-Staff, H-Net's internal policy list.
Procedure for nominating an advisory board member to the
Please fill out the board member application form. Editors of existing lists, or contact persons developing a new list may bundle all advisory board statements into one message. In any case, it is important that the nominees be directed to this site and indicate they are aware of the commitment they are undertaking:
- A message signed by the nominee:
- accepting the nomination;
- providing complete and current contact information (including a working email address);
- briefly stating field qualifications (please do not send a full CV unless requested by the executive committee or the executive director). This can be a concise statement of pertinent publications, service, or teaching experience that demonstrates to the nonspecialist that the nominee is sufficiently acquainted with the field to be able to act as a member of the board;
- a brief statement of the nominee's plans to advance the list, book-review operation, or web site, as appropriate.
In the case of a current, operating list, a message signed by one
of the current list editors:
- nominating the proposed board member;
- confirming that the nominee has been approved by the current advisory board
What happens next after nomination?
Nomination materials are submitted to the firstname.lastname@example.org account, managed by the Vice-President for Networks.
Once a nomination has been completed, it is submitted by the Vice-President for Networks to the H-Net Council weekly agenda. Certification by the Council normally occurs one week after submission, barring discussion. Approved nominees are then notified of their appointment by an H-Net officer (usually the Associate Director), who also directs them to the H-Net training site or other resource to enable them to begin their duties. Newly-appointed editors should always confirm their appointment with the on-duty or lead editor for their list.