2018 ESA Governance Review

Creating Opportunities for the Future

In 2018, ESA is conducting a full-scale review of its governance structure. The goal: to identify improvements to ESA policies, procedures, and bylaws that will strengthen the entomological profession and enable ESA to better meet the needs of today's entomologists in three specific ways:

  • A more nimble, responsive ESA. Agility in governance and in planning will allow ESA to adapt to a more rapidly changing world.
  • A more inclusive ESA. Further commitment to inclusiveness and engagement will maximize opportunities for all members to participate in the Society.
  • Enhanced leadership development and planning for ESA. Improved development of leadership skills and experience in the membership, and more intentional recruiting of future leaders, will strengthen governance of the Society.

Special Committee on Governance Proposes Bylaws Updates, Seeks Member Comment

Susan Weller Susan Weller, Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ESA Past President Marianne Alleyne Marianne Alleyne, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section Representative to the Governing Board
Gary Brewer Gary Brewer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Central Branch Representative to the Governing Board Chris Geden Chris Geden, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology Section Representative to Governing Board
Scott Hutchins Scott Hutchins, Dow Agrosciences, Former ESA President Tracy Leskey Tracy Leskey, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Former Eastern Branch President
Alix Whitener Alix Whitener, Washington State University, Former ESA Student Affairs Committee Chair    

On March 1, a task force of ESA members (above) appointed by the Governing Board published an outline of generalized proposals for updates to the ESA Bylaws. The recommendations focus primarily on streamlining the Society's bylaws to grant greater autonomy and decision-making authority to ESA's Committees, Sections, Branches, and Governing Board. To do so, the task force identified a variety of bylaws provisions that could be moved to a new Policies and Procedures document that would be updated by vote of the Governing Board.

Now, the task force and Governing Board seek member input on these preliminary proposals and are providing opportunities for you, as an ESA member, to share your feedback and ask questions before specific revisions are drafted. This is a preliminary stage; member comment and input now will guide the eventual drafting of specific Bylaws revisions and specific Policies and Procedures, which would be subject to member vote in Summer 2018.

  • Online: Submit your comments and questions via the ESA Governance Review Member Comment Form.
  • In Person: Plan to participate in one of our open "town hall" forums during the ESA's Branch Meetings (dates and times of currently scheduled forums below):
    • Southeastern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Monday, March 5, 5-6 p.m., Magnolia B.
    • Eastern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Monday, March 19, 7-7:50 a.m., Capital A.
    • North Central Branch Meeting Town Hall: Tuesday, March 20, 6-7 p.m., Salon A.
    • Southwestern Branch Meeting Town Hall: Wednesday, March 28, 8-9 a.m., Alvarado B.

Be sure bookmark this page; as comments and questions are received online and at Branch Meetings, the Special Committee on Governance will post answers to members' questions and comments, linked below. And be sure and watch your inbox for eNews and other announcements as the governance review process continues.

Responses to Questions and Comments (Updated as of 3/12/2018)

Progress and Updates

  • February 2017: ESA surveys Society volunteers about their experience in ESA governance and perspectives on future directions.
  • June 2017: Leaders from ESA Sections, Branches, and other Society volunteer groups convene for one-day summit to discuss and develop core goals for future Society governance improvements. 
  • November 2017: ESA Governing Board votes to form a governance review task force, with members to be appointed in December 2017.
  • December 2017: ESA Governing Board appoints members of Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance.
  • January - February 2018: Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance convenes via conference calls for discussions about potential improvements to ESA governance documents.
  • March 2018: Special Committee of the Governing Board on Governance issues outline of generalized proposals for updates to ESA Bylaws and seeks member input via online form and in-person "town hall" forums at ESA Branch Meetings.

Next Steps

  • March - May 2018: Member comment period.
  • May - June 2018: Special Committee on Governance to review member feedback and incorporate member input into formal set of proposed Bylaws updates and new Policies and Procedures.
  • June 2018: ESA Governing Board to review proposed Bylaws updates and new Policies and Procedures.
  • June - July 2018: ESA to provide 30-day period (per current Bylaws) for member review of proposed Bylaws updates and new Policies and Procedures prior to member vote.
  • July 2018: Member vote on updates to Bylaws and new Policies and Procedures.

governance review process

About ESA Governance

ESA's governance structure determines how the Society makes decisions and how leaders within the Society are identified and selected. To fulfill its strategic principles, ESA must ensure that its governance system provides opportunities for all members, has a global perspective, and supports ESA's work to increase its influence. Find more details at the links below:

ESA Governance Structure

ESA Governing Documents

ESA President Michael Parrella, Ph.D., discusses the value of a governance structure that engages all members of ESA in the future of the Society.

ESA Past President Susan Weller, Ph.D., explains why the Society seeks to adopt governance practices that convey clear paths for all members to engage.