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SEM Listserv: Call for Nominations for Moderators

Friday, September 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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SEM is seeking nominations, including self-nominations, from the membership for interim moderators of its discussion and announcement listservs. A commitment to serve through November 2021 is expected.


The moderator will work in a team of three moderators to review submissions, identify whether they should be posted to announcement or discussion listservs, ask submitters for revisions if necessary, and publish them promptly. Moderators will be expected to consult with each other as appropriate, and with an oversight committee as necessary if questions arise. Given the special labor involved in restarting the listserv and discussion forum, we are planning to compensate the initial moderators in the form of free membership and conference registration.

Set-up tasks

  • Develop moderation criteria in conversation with SEM Board, committees, and member constituencies. (A list of proposed moderation criteria from the survey and several membership constituents will be shared with the moderators.)
  • Publish the moderation criteria on the SEM website
  • Prepare and publish 3-4 initial posts to announce the listserv, introduce themselves as moderators, and set the tone/model behavior on the listserv
  • Become familiar with Indiana University’s listserv system
  • Periodic communication with Listserv community reminding them of norms and expectations

Ongoing tasks

  • Review submissions to SEM-announce and SEM-discussion
  • Separate announcements from discussions per published criteria and publish submissions in the appropriate listserv
  • Moderators will be asked to submit semiannual reports counting the number of submissions received, published, and rejected, as well as descriptions of what is working or not working.
  • In the future, discussions may be moved to a forum on the SEM website. If this move occurs, moderators would need to learn this new system.

Criteria for selection

  • Demonstrated facility in identifying and discussing discrimination by race, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexuality, ableism, age, occupation, academic rank, etc., or entitlement according to the moderation criteria
  • Able to return submissions for editing as necessary in a diplomatic, nondiscriminatory manner
  • Committed to applying moderation criteria equitably
  • Comfortable with learning new computer systems, such as listserv systems or new websites
  • Prompt in responding to submissions
  • Able to work as part of a team of moderators

Interested members are invited to nominate a member, including themselves, on this form: https://forms.gle/Df1c34dmuu7xeJKL8


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