2020 Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Nomination deadline extended to February 16, 2020

Show your commitment to MATSOL’s mission and help shape the organization’s future! MATSOL Is seeking competent, energetic, committed members of MATSOL to take a leadership role, work on behalf of the organization, and represent MATSOL members and stakeholders as a member of the Board of Directors. 


The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing MATSOL’s operations: 

  • Strategic planning and development;
  • Membership activities, programs, and the annual conference; 
  • Advocacy initiatives and responses; 
  • Membership development; 
  • TESOL affiliate responsibilities;
  • Financial and legal obligations as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


  • Support for MATSOL’s mission, values, and vision. See https://www.matsol.org/mission
  • Willingness to take an active leadership role in MATSOL and make a commitment for your board term. 
  • MATSOL membership in good standing for at least one year prior to nomination, with previous participation or leadership in MATSOL activities and initiatives (conference, member meetings, advocacy, publications, etc.).
  • Previous experience on a non-profit board is helpful but not required.
  • Ability to work collaboratively online (using ZOOM, Google Suites, etc) or willingness to learn.

Board Member Commitment

MATSOL’s Board members are expected to:

  • Serve a three-year term from June 2020 to May 2023.
  • Take an active role in the organization
  • Attend all Board of Directors meetings (approximately 9 per year, both in person and virtual), the Board annual retreat, the MATSOL conference, and occasional special meetings, at locations in the Greater Boston area.
  • Serve on at least one standing committee (Finance, Governance, Program, or External Relations Committees), and attend online meetings and complete tasks related to the work of the committee.
  • Complete organizational tasks and committee work outside Board meetings. 

Nomination Process

Candidates for the Board of Directors may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague.  Submit three documents via upload links in an online form on the MATSOL website. PDF documents are preferred.

  1. A candidate statement by the nominee. Complete this candidate statement document and save as a .pdf.
  2. The candidate’s resume or CV.
  3. A letter of support from the person nominating the candidate OR (if self-nominating) a colleague. The letter should state why the candidate is being recommended for the  MATSOL Board of Directors. 

Click here to submit your nomination documents online (login required)

The MATSOL Nominations Committee is charged with developing a slate of qualified candidates to fill open positions on the MATSOL Board of Directors. The Committee will contact candidates for a brief interview, to explain more about being a Board member, and to answer any questions about the position. Candidates will be elected by the membership at the MATSOL Annual Meeting at the conference in May 2020.

Please review the following information before submitting your nomination.

MATSOL’s history and governance: 

Responsibilities of a nonprofit board member: 


Get Involved

MATSOL members have the opportunity to support MATSOL's mission and further their professional experience by joining a MATSOL committee or task force, which are overseen by the MATSOL Board of Directors. 

  • A Committee is a group that oversees an ongoing activity in MATSOL. Length of service on a committee may vary, but we generally ask for a one-year commitment. 
  • A Task Force is a group the convenes for a limited amount of time to complete a specific project. The Task Force disbands when the project is completed. Length of service depends on the task to be completed.
  • SIG Steering Committee plans the activities and facilitates meetings of MATSOL Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

Conference Proposal Reviewer

Proposal reviewers play an important role in ensuring that presentations at the MATSOL conference reflect the best practices in the field and needs of the MATSOL audience. We look for volunteers with expertise in all audiences and presentation topic areas so that all proposals receive fair peer reviews.


Publications Committee

The MATSOL Publications Committee is seeking new members. The Committee is responsible for editing and publishing two issues of MATSOL Currents each year (Spring and Fall). 


Submit to MATSOL Currents

MATSOL welcomes submissions from our members for publication in MATSOL Currents, our biannual newsletter:

  • An article about your school, program, or classroom.
  • An issue of concern to our field.
  • A book or resource review.


Webinar Presenter

Create and deliver a webinar on an area of interested to our members via GoToWebinar, with MATSOL staff or volunteers assisting with the technical aspect of running the program.