Call for Volunteers: GSA Treasurer Search Committee

Call for Treasurer Search Committee Members

After five years of dedicated service, Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) O. Haakenson will conclude his term as the German Studies Association’s treasurer at the end of 2024. As the first person to fulfill this role in its new iteration separate from the secretary position, Tom was instrumental in bringing the GSA’s Conference Community Fund program to life, strengthening other forms of monetary support for our members, establishing a finance committee to serve in an advisory capacity to the executive council, and streamlining the organization’s bookkeeping, banking and investment processes. 

Thank you, Tom, for your sound fiscal judgment and your positive collegial presence on the executive council and board!

With this vacancy approaching, the GSA is forming a search committee to identify our next treasurer. The treasurer, per the GSA bylaws, serves a five-year, renewable term. As such, the next term will begin in 2025 and their first term would end in 2029. 

If you have an interest in financial management and learned society administrative operations, we openly invite your nominations and self-nominations for this committee or for the treasurer position. You can find more information about the treasurer’s duties in the GSA bylaws

Please email GSA President Dr. Sara Hall at or fill out this form ASAP with your expression of interest or nominations (all nominees will be contacted to confirm interest). 

If you are interested in applying for the treasurer position, you would not be able to serve on the search committee. Instead, we encourage you to keep an eye out for the job announcement to be released in the coming weeks or to send early inquiries via email or the form linked above. 

We look forward to hearing nominations for or from prospective search committee members no later than 11:59 p.m. (CST) on Friday, 9 February 2024.