The Transitional Governance Committee

  • Interim Executives (3):
    • Valerie Johnson (University of Montevallo)
    • Angela Weisl (Seton Hall University)
    • Helen Young (Deakin University)
  • Interim Outreach (1): Carol Robinson (Kent State University at Trumbull)
  • Interim Conference & Panel Organization (1): Alexandra Sterling-
  • Hellenbrand (Appalachian State University)
  • Interim Graduate Student (1): Luiz Felipe Anchieta Guerra (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais)
  • Interim Precariat (1): Carl Sell (Lock Haven University)


7 members were proposed during the November 2020 Business Meeting. Odd numbers ensure democratic consensus and avoid ties. Members may recruit assistance from outside the Transitional Governance Committee for specific tasks as needed.


To create a sustainable structure for the ISSM that will allow the society to move forward flexibly and maintain existing obligations (conference, journals / blog, web / social media presence) while allowing new voices and democratic engagement.


The mandate of the Transitional Governance Committee includes the following duties, as discussed during the 11.13.2020 Business Meeting, and as articulated in the 09.2019 Business meeting:

  • To maintain the daily functioning of the Society, via updating or maintaining listservs, social media, assorted web presences, and associated journals / blogs that are linked to the ISSM (eg., Studies in Medievalism, The Year’s Work in Medievalism, Medievally Speaking, associated social media accounts claiming connections to the ISSM) .
  • To research and then implement a formal governance structure that allow s for accountability, multiple voices, democracy, and genuine diversity and inclusivity across intersecting geographic, racial, gender, institutional status (graduate students, adjuncts, NTT, TT and tenured, etc.) categories.
  • To draft an organizational mandate or mission statement that articulates the vision of the ISSM as an open-access, diverse, and global collaborative.
  • To collect and organize existing documents / data regarding existing ISSM bylaws and history, journal archive contents.
  • Consolidate and regularize web presence, if determined to be necessary .
  • Once the formal governance structure has been selected, provide education to ISSM list/social media participants regarding the form, and then manage a formal nomination process, hold elections, and assist the new Executive Committee transition into their roles.
  • To assess the fiscal needs of the Society as it presently exists and determine if crowdfunding, donations during annual conferences, or membership fees are necessary or feasible (note: the appeal of the Society for many is that it is open access and free, though that fiscal burden may be upon individual members; this task would be assessing current needs and solutions, as well as considering future needs) .
  • If needed, to conduct listening sessions – format TBD – to collect perspectives from ISSM membership regarding the future of the Society, and thus ascertain the ISSM’s collective needs.
  • To accomplish the work and dissolve the Transitional Governance Committee after no more than 1 calendar year following election.

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