Standing for the ANZMAC Executive (2010): A sequel of sorts to Standing for the ANZMAC Executive (2007)
2010! A second shot at the title based purely on the idea that if you’re the only candidate who pitches an interesting platform and everyone else runs a bio, it has to be to your advantage. This time there was some minimal campaigning that consisted of e-mailing a few contacts and saying “Pass the word”. The word was passed, and yet, the vote fell short.
ANZMAC elections are interesting experiences for me because I have a background in State and Federal political campaigning, and I’m a former student union political hack (plus, I do research political marketing). The results weren’t as predictable as I’d thought from the outset – this election was a bit of a fishing mission for me to indicate a clear interest in being a delegate, and then to campaign properly in 2011 for the election. Once again, I didn’t have the numbers for the popular vote (although I have a lot of popular support, and my voter base is wonderfully vocal about it).
The new twist the tale was my appointment to the Executive as a co-opted member for 12 months (some Executive mod-cons, no voting rights) to manage the website. As an appointed delegate, I serve at the Executive’s request for the task of managing the ANZMAC website.What this also means for me is that I am now the institution, and where I was once the renegade voice, I’m the establishment. So it’s time to deliver on promise for what I’d said I’d do if I had the opportunity. AS John Cena puts it “My time is NOW”.
The Learning Curve was far flatter this time around. With the experience of the first run at the office, I had the distinct advantage of making new and interesting tactical choices. Here’s my take out from the 2010 election
- The nomination process is still having problems, although that’s cleaned up considerably since it’s now one single process of nomination and statement.
- The voting still looks like a preferential system or run-off, and still appears to be a first past the post system. Confusion as to how the results are generated is an easily patched problem
Why did I stand in 2010?
I had my reasons for standing for office.
This time, I hoped to win. I wanted to win. In a way, I did win. Being co-opted to the Executive was a victory insofar as I can meet my personal goals for standing for office by delivering a damn good year of work for the Executive.
This was the platform statement I submitted instead of a classic profile of what I’d published and what grants I’d received.
($) Dr Stephen Dann. Senior Lecturer. Textbook Author. Former joint record holder of the most number of ANZMAC papers at a single conference. Track Sponsor. Room sponsor. Sponsorship researcher. Personal Branding advocate. Ad-hoc ANZMAC reviewer. Post-hoc ANZMAC reviewer. Post hoc ergo propter hoc. The kind of person needed to give ANZMAC a new lease of life in the new dawn of the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative and Australian Universities Quality Agency audit era.
A man of short sentences and shorter attention span
Your ANZMAC delegate
Your voting choice
Formal profile information available from http://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/staff/info.asp?Surname=Dann&Firstname=Stephen
I did get complimented by the ANZMAC president on breaking the traditional format, and for putting forward a profile that indicated you could do more with the 100 word limit than reproduce a scale model of your CV. Next election, campaign promises and running mates (and voting instructions) will be suggested to the candidates based purely on the fact that I completely broke the expectations for the statements.
Will I stand again?
Yes. I will be contesting the 2011 elections based on both my performance in 2010, and on a campaign platform of future actions.