Texas Student Dietetic Association (TSDA) Officer Application
Texas Student Dietetic Association (TSDA) Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the voting chapters at the annual TSDA meeting. Individuals elected as state officers shall hold office from the close of the meeting through the conclusion of the following year’s meeting. The state officers shall consist of and be elected in this order: President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian.
TSDA OFFICER QUALIFICATIONS
- Only active members will be eligible for a state office. Graduate students may not run for office.
- The candidate must be currently enrolled in an Accreditation Council of Education for Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) accredited program, Student Dietetic Association (SDA), and student member in the Academy.
- A candidate may seek only one office.
- No individual may serve in the same state office for more than two consecutive years.
- All candidates should have the ability to express their ideas and to make decisions.
- Officer applications must be sent electronically to the current TSDA president. Elections will take place at the end of the sessions on the first day of the conference.
- Candidates running for President-Elect should try to secure the signature of a Registered Dietitian in their community or school who is willing to serve as the TSDA Adviser during their Presidency. If the candidate cannot locate an RD willing to take on this responsibility, the current committee will help search for someone statewide that is willing to serve in this capacity.
- Each candidate will be allowed a maximum of two minutes for a speech video.
- Candidates should talk about the importance of statewide leadership in the field of dietetics, their qualifications, and their interest in the specific position.
- During the election, votes will be counted per school. This means that each school/organization will cast one vote per office. We will hear speeches from all of the candidates running for that position, and then cast our votes through a survey. After the election, the officer-elects and current officers will have a meeting to go over information for the coming year. The term begins at the end of FNCE and goes through the next year’s FNCE. The current president will stay on as an adviser through the next year to minimize gaps in processes.