Call for Applications

We are looking to fill a couple of key positions on our leadership team – Social Media Manager and Conference Coordinator. You can learn more about the expectations and responsibilities of each position below. Getting involved in academic organization leadership is a terrific way to meet new colleagues and build your network, gain valuable service experience, and build your CV.

If you are interested in running, please send a CV and Cover Letter addressing all of the points listed below each position description to: by November 1st for consideration. Please include “GAFS Election Nomination” in the subject line. If elected, candidates agree to become ASFS members in good standing prior to position commencement.

Election Timeline:

Applications are due Friday, November 1st, 2019

Elected candidates will commence their positions on Wednesday, January 1st, 2020.

Social Media Manager

The Social Media Manager position is a two year position that is vital to the Graduate Journal of Food Studies, Association event and membership promotion, and overall presence. Your role will be to create new content and increase the GAFS community’s reach. You’re a great fit if you are a self-starter, able to independently design a social media schedule, know what makes a social media presence pop, and can bring new vision to GAFS! Must be familiar with all social media channels, have availability for monthly calls and promotional posting of Journal content and events (sometimes once a week, sometimes daily), know how to use a camera well, and feel comfortable communicating on food studies related topics. Additional experience with WordPress is wonderful! Position commences January 1st, 2020 and lasts two years.

Application Items for Social Media Manager

Please include responses to the following points in your cover letter:

  • A brief bio including your experience related to social media management.
  • Your interest in the Social Media Manager position and why you would be a good fit for the position.
  • 1-2 ideas for how you would engage other graduate students through our social media channels (Instagram; Facebook; Twitter).
  • Links to your active social media accounts as examples of your presence.

GAFS Conference Host & Coordinator

The Conference Coordinator (CC) position is a one-year position that plays a key part in organizing the annual “Future of Food Studies” graduate student conference. The CC will be expected to help facilitate all aspects of the conference planning process (help to solicit papers, correspond with participants, draft relevant handouts and communications, etc) and will be the key contact at the host site to organize rooms, refreshments, A/V, etc. The CC is not alone in planning the conference but will be the instrumental liason for the conference team. The CC will also have the opportunity to plan pedagogic/student-oriented sessions at the annual ASFS conference. The CC should be a task-oriented, well-organized team player with a commitment to project management and graduate student education. It is essential that the CC be from the host institution, and therefore applications will need to include a pitch for your institution’s location to host the GAFS 2020 Conference. Position commences January 1st, 2020.

Application Items for Conference Host & Coordinator

Please include responses to the following points in your cover letter:

  • A brief bio including your experience related to conference and event organization.
  • Your interest in the Conference Coordinator position and why you would be a good fit for the position.
  • 1-2 ideas (1-2 paragraph pitch) for the bi-annual Graduate Association for Food Studies Conference.
  • 3-4 ideas (1-2 paragraph pitch) for mini-conferences, local events, or webinars.
  • If applicable, please indicate relevant details regarding how your institution could host our conference.