AESS Annual Elections

Voting is open to AESS members only. Nominations are collected during the fall/winter and elections open in the spring. If you have questions about serving, please contact the Nominations committee chair, Erin Burkett.

Nominations will open November 15, 2021.

President Elect and Future President (2022-2025)


The President-elect shall serve as President-Elect, President, and Past-President totaling a three year term.

In the absence of the President or in the event of his or her inability to act, the President-Elect shall perform all the duties of the President, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions on, the President.  The President-Elect shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be specified in these Bylaws or assigned by the Board.


 The President shall act as the chief executive officer of the Corporation and chairperson of the Board, shall generally supervise the affairs and activities of the Corporation, and shall keep the Board fully informed of such affairs and activities.  Working in conjunction with the President-Elect and Secretary, the President shall be responsible for maintaining and keeping current (1) the Articles of Incorporation, which shall serve as the guiding document and statement of purpose for the Corporation; (2) the Bylaws, which identify the procedures by which the Corporation performs its business; and (3) the Corporation’s Policies, as enacted by the Board, which shall be compiled and organized by substantive and functional categories, rather than chronologically.  The President shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be specified in these Bylaws or assigned by the Board.

Immediate Past-President:

The Immediate Past President shall shall act as support to the Board, retain voting rights, and manage the Circle of Fellows program. The Past President shall have other such powers and perform other such duties as may be specified in the Bylaws or assigned by the Board.

Treasurer (2022-2025)


The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Corporation.  The Treasurer serves for a three year term. Principal duties are:

(a) keep or supervise the keeping of complete and accurate books and records of account of the properties and business transactions of the Corporation, including accounts of the Corporation’s assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses;

(b) submit regular financial reports to the Board, which shall be distributed to the membership;

(c) receive all incomes of the Corporation with the exception of those specifically excluded by the Board;

(d) deposit the Corporation’s funds in such depositaries as may be determined by the Board or otherwise invest the Corporation’s funds as may be determined by the Board; and

(e) have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be specified in these Bylaws or assigned by the Board.

Board Members, Three Positions (2022-2024)

Board Members:

Board Members serve for two-year terms.  Board members are primarily responsible for representing the interests of the AESS community during board meetings and to the public, and for managing the activities and affairs of AESS.  In practice, this means making decisions about key policy matters (like approving the budget for the conference, all other financial matters, etc) and providing support for day-to-day AESS operations.






Dr. Jennifer Bernstein

Dr. Jennifer Bernstein is a full-time lecturer at the Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California. She holds a Masters in Geography from UC Santa Barbara, a Masters in Science Education from Montana State Bozeman, and a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She previously taught at UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Hawaii Pacific University. Dr. Bernstein studies the diversity of contemporary environmentalism with a focus on inclusiveness and collaboration across ideological differences. She has been published in academic journals, as well as popular publications such as the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Conversation. Her most well-read article focuses on whether environmentalism takes feminist issues seriously. She is currently the Communications Committee co-chair for UCGIS, a 2020-2021 UCGIS TRELIS Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. Her first book, a spatial analysis of Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption) will be published by Emerald Press in Summer 2021.

Dr. Bernstein attended the first AESS conference at UC Santa Barbara. She has researched and published on environmental studies and sciences at the higher education level, in JESS and other academic publications. Were she to serve on the board, Dr. Bernstein would be an engaged and active collaborator and colleague. Her lifetime of experience with environmental studies and sciences, from the perspectives of both the physical sciences and the humanities, give her a broad and unique understanding of the field. She is also deeply committed to helping the people around her succeed. She is dedicated to the organization and would actively engage in the further professionalization of environmental studies and sciences, with a commitment to include a wide range of voices.

Nominations Committee, Three Positions (2022-2024)

Nominations committee:

This committee is responsible for recruiting and nominating candidates for the elected offices of AESS.  In identifying candidates for positions, the Nominations Committee seeks to assure the representation of the Association’s diversity of membership, in terms of age, gender, racial, and ethnic background, substantive interest, field of work, type of employing institutions, and other considerations.  In practice, this means actively identifying and working with potential candidates and building an elections slate every spring.







Election Ballot

Voting will open Spring 2022. Members in good standing will receive an email notification with link to a ballot.

Per our bylaws, a quorum will be reached when at least 10% of members vote.