Overview of Nominations and Elections

  • The NCTM Board of Directors has the responsibility for setting direction, establishing policy, and overseeing the activities of the Council.


    NCTM Bylaws require the following for a nominee for President-Elect:

    • Has been a member of the Council continuously during the preceding five years
    • Served on the Board of Directors, as a major committee chair, or in another major leadership role in the Council

    NCTM Bylaws require the following for a nominee for Director:

    • Has been a member of the Council continuously during the preceding three years
    • Has had professional and leadership experience in one or more of the following capacities: 
      • A major committee of the Council
      • Leadership role in the Council
      • Leadership role in an NCTM Affiliate (evidence of leadership at local, state, or provincial or national level) 

    Duties and Responsibilities


    • In the absence, or at the request, of the President, the President-Elect will preside at meetings of the Board and attend committee meetings and regional conferences.
    • The President-Elect may assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the President.
    • The President-Elect shall appoint committee members and NCTM representatives to other organizations for the following year according to the established procedures for committee appointments.
    • The President-Elect shall serve for one year and then be installed as President.


    • The President shall be the chief officer of the Council.
    • The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and at the Council’s annual business meeting.
    • The President shall have the usual duties pertaining to the office and such other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
    • The President shall appoint all committees subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.


    • Directors shall serve for a term of three years or until a successor is installed. They shall be eligible for reelection but shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms.
    • Directors may serve on at least one major committee while on the Board of Directors and must be willing to serve on other committees or task forces when requested by the president.
    • Directors will be responsible for the preparation of material for presentations at Board meetings, as designated by the president.
    • Directors will make recommendations for committee assignments and particularly lookout for new talent in their regions and at their level.
    • Directors must be able to attend all Board meetings, some of which are held on school days. They must be able to commit to a minimum of 15 school days annually, plus additional days on some weekends and in the summer. This time commitment includes Board, committee, and regional meetings as assigned. NCTM will reimburse school districts, if necessary, for the use of substitutes. In addition, NCTM will reimburse the director for expenses incurred for travel, lodging, and food for business that is commissioned by the president.
    • Directors represent the Board at various NCTM meetings and may be speakers or presenters.

    Support Package

    A support package will be provided to the home schools or districts of classroom teachers* serving on the NCTM Board of Directors. This package includes:

    • Reimbursement of all substitute teacher costs when the Board member engages in the work of the Council
    • An annual grant of $1,000 to the home school of the Board member
    • A total of four (4) complimentary registrations each year to the NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition and/or the NCTM Regional Conferences
    • Complimentary copies of newly published NCTM books
    • News releases about the Board member and his or her home district 
    • A plaque recognizing the home school’s support of the Board member (at the conclusion of the Board member’s term)  

    *For the purposes of Board nominations, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics defines "classroom teacher" in the following ways—

    • a high school classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching mathematics in a high school;  
    • a middle/junior high school classroom teacher is an individual who spends half or more of his/her work time teaching mathematics or coaching mathematics teachers in a middle/junior high school; and
    • an elementary classroom teacher is an individual who teaches elementary school mathematics or who works with students in an elementary classroom while collaborating with, teaching with, or supporting elementary school mathematics teachers.     

    Selection Process

    The Nominations and Elections Committee presents a slate of candidates to the membership.  The selection process is:

    • Focused on evidence of leadership, vision, collaboration, commitment to mathematics education, and a wide range of experiences
    • Governed by the NCTM Bylaws, which require balance on the Board across levels (elementary classroom teacher, middle/junior classroom teacher, high school classroom teacher, and college or university faculty) and geographic council regions
    • Guided by NCTM’s commitment to equity

    Application Procedures for Board of Directors

    To be considered for the slate of the 2024 NCTM Board of Directors election:

    • Complete and submit the Online Nomination Form          
      (Available through September 1, 2023) 
    • Qualified nominees will be notified by the Nominations and Elections Committee and provided with an Application Form to be completed by October 2, 2023
    • Email the completed application as an attachment to the current Nominations and Elections committee chair.