UNOLS Council Call for Nominations

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UNOLS Council Positions

[EXTENDED Nomination Deadline: October 2, 2020]

The University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) is an organization of academic oceanographic institutions working in cooperation with agencies of the U.S. Federal Government to ensure broad access to modern, well-operated, state-of-the-art research vessels, submersibles, and other facilities required to support a healthy and vigorous research and education program in the ocean sciences.   It is an organization committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion, nationality, or socio-economic background. 

Currently, UNOLS is actively engaged in academic research fleet modernization efforts, COVID-19 response efforts and getting science back to sea, outreach initiatives for early career scientists and underrepresented communities, and efforts to promote a positive work environment at sea.   For more information about UNOLS and its activities, visit the website,

Individuals who wish to contribute to these and other UNOLS efforts are needed to fill three  UNOLS Council seats.  The UNOLS Council members represent and act on behalf of the UNOLS membership as the operating and governing body of UNOLS. 

A Nominating Committee that includes Dennis Hansell/UMiami, Anita Lopez/UH, and Amy Baco-Taylor/FSU, has been formed to prepare a slate of candidates.  Nominations are being sought from UNOLS institutions to fill three Council position opening in 2020.  Requirements for the positions are as follows:

  • One Chair-Elect - affiliation with any UNOLS institution
  • One Operator Position – affiliation with a UNOLS operating institution
  • One At-Large Position – affiliation with a UNOLS institution (operator OR non-operator)

Terms of office for the Chair-Elect are two (2) years as Chair-Elect followed by two (2) years as Council Chair and two (2) years as Council Past-Chair for a total of six (6) years.  The terms for Council members are three (3) years with the possibility of re-election for a second term.  The Council typically meets twice a year (spring and fall) in person with a 3rd virtual meeting over the summer.  The fall meeting is typically held in the Alexandria, VA area (during the same week as the UNOLS Annual Meeting).  The spring Council meeting location will vary from year to year.  

Nominations for the slate may be submitted by anyone affiliated with a UNOLS institution to <>.  Self-nominations are welcome.  Nominations should include a 2-page CV, as well as a statement of interest.  The nominee’s statement of interest should include how their efforts, service and/or scholarship have supported the introduction of ocean sciences to communities underrepresented in ocean sciences community and fostered an environment of respect which enables all individuals to excel; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the UNOLS’  commitment to diversity.

Nominations are due by October 2, 2020.  The Nominating Committee must give due consideration to the qualifications of the individuals nominated, as well as to maintenance of regional and disciplinary balance on the Council.  The committee will then recommend a slate of candidates that will be voted upon by the UNOLS membership before the 2020 Annual Meeting in the fall.