American Board of Criminalistics At-Large Board of Directors Vacancy

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Source: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair

The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is seeking an “At-Large” member to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD). The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three-year term. Due to an unexpected departure from the BoD, we are looking to fill the unexpired term of this vacancy that lasts through February 2019.

This position would require approximately four to six hours a month to execute the responsibilities and tasks listed below. Two in-person meetings are held each year: one in association with the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting and a second in the summer at a location that is selected by the BoD. The meeting logistics typically include travel on Friday to meet full days on Saturday and Sunday with return travel Sunday evening or Monday morning, depending on the distance. This is a volunteer, unpaid position. A travel/per diem stipend is offered to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and per diem (at federal government rates).

If interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume (or CV), and a letter of recommendation from a participating ABC Member Organization to the ABC Registrar, at The closing date for application is July 15, 2016.

The letter of recommendation from an executive of the Member Organization should acknowledge that the member is in good standing and that the Member Organization will supplement the ABC stipend (currently at $800 per meeting) to reimburse the member for the required biannual, in-person meetings.

There are no term limits for the At-Large position.

Representative Tasks of the Board of Directors:

  • Establish and administer the Certification Program, to include defining eligibility requirements, defining certification and recertification processes, and setting fees for certification
  • Maintain applicable documents, including forms, policies, and procedures for overall function of the Board and relevant committees, as well as the Certification Program
  • Research and develop possible funding sources, receive funds, account for and distribute funds
  • Establish and maintain appeals processes as needed (i.e., ethics violations, examination results, candidate’s applications, etc.)
  • Prepare and distribute announcements

Representative Tasks of a Director:

  • Read, comment, and vote on policies and procedures affecting the organization and the certification process
  • Attend semi-annual meetings of the Board of Directors
  • Attend regularly scheduled teleconference meetings
  • Participate in committee-level activities; chair committees as required
  • When possible, assist with the administration of certification examinations
  • Communicate with Member Organization, where applicable, regarding the work of the ABC

Benefits to the At-Large Director and the Member Organization:

  • Have a voice in the national discussion on certification testing for forensic professionals
  • Be involved in determining the discipline tests that are offered
  • Interact with other leading forensic professionals from around the country
  • Add to your CV; this is a significant leadership position within the forensic community

If you would like the required letter of recommendation from an ABC member organization to be provided by the Criminalistics Section of the AAFS, submit your request to Karolyn Tontarski at along with your CV (or resume) as far in advance of the July 15, 2016, due date as possible, but no later than July 8, 2016.