Board Elections

CDS invites all to consider standing for election to the Board of Directors. During this year’s Board elections, there will be the following vacancies to fill:


  • President-Elect (2-year term), followed by a 2-year term as President
  • Treasurer (4-year term)
  • Secretary (4-year term)

Board members

  • (2) Student board members (2-year term)
  • (1) Board member (6-year term)
  • (1) Board member serving in a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) capacity (6-term limit) 

Board terms will start on April 23, 2022, which can be renewed with a maximum of one additional term.

CDS membership is not a requirement to nominate or be a candidate. 

Board members are expected to participate in regular board meetings via conference call and to attend a face-to-face board meeting during the CDS Conference, as well as assisting with specific duties and portfolios as assigned by the Board Executives.

2022 Elections Timeline

Nomination period opens: January 5

Nomination period closes: January 19

Elections open: February 2

Elections close: February 16


The selection of the slate will be made by the Board Nomination Committee consisting of the President, President-Elect, Past President and an independent Society member, and will be approved by the Board. Consideration will be given to the following:

  • Professional reputation (e.g., involvement in cognitive development research, education),
  • Service to the Society (e.g. participation on committees, reviewer, presentation at conference),
  • Contributions to cognitive development research,

Diversity, broadly defined, including: gender, race, ethnicity, disability, institution type, career stage, or other dimensions.

How to Apply

As part of the application process, candidates are invited to provide the following information:

  • A brief CV (2-page limit)
  • A personal statement (250-word limit), appropriate for making public on the website, addressing the candidate’s background and goals in seeking the position. Candidates might consider including information about:
      • Research contributions to the field
      • Commitment to CDS’s mission, priorities and values
      • Vision for his/her term on the board
      • Diversity, broadly defined, including: gender, race, ethnicity, disability, institution, career stage, or other dimension

If nominating others, the application should also include confirmation from the nominee that they would accept the nomination.  Self-nominations are accepted.

If you wish to submit a nomination, please email the requested documents to the CDS Secretariat.