2017 Slate of Nominees for ANS Officers

The American Name Society is pleased to announce the 2017 Slate of Nominees for open ANS Officer positions. During the ANS annual meeting in Austin Texas in January, the Slate of Nominees will be formally presented to the ANS membership for the election process.


Member-at-large: Jason Chen

jasonchenJason Chen is a graduate student in Linguistics at the University of Florida. His current research focuses on language attitudes, accent perceptions, personal names, and East Asian cultures. He received his BA in English Language and Literature at Chinese Culture University in Taiwan (2008) and his MA in Linguistics from San José State University, CA (2012). During his graduate studies at San José State University, he served as the Web Master for the Linguistic Department and is therefore highly computer literate. He was awarded Outstanding Student in Linguistics at San José State University, CA in 2012. Three areas of ANS committee work that particularly interest him are streamlining the abstract review process, the ANS-ESA, and the ANS internet profile.


Information Officer: Laurel Sutton

laurel2Laurel Sutton is the founder and CEO of Catchword branding, an onomastic firm that develops product and company names for enterprises ranging from Fortune 100 to VC-backed Silicon Valley start-ups. She became a namer while in the PhD Linguistics program at UC Berkeley. She helps to run the LSA’s Special Interest Group, Linguistics Beyond Academia. She is computer literate and very familiar with WordPress, HTML, and social media platforms. An active member of the ANS, she has published her onomastic research in NAMES, presented at ANS conferences, and has co-organized a special panel, “Onomastics Beyond Academia”, with ANS President Nick. Her stated goals include improving the ANS website, expanding its communications capacities, and helping the ANS strengthen its presence on modern social media.


Seeking New ANS Officers


Ever thought about getting more involved with the American Name Society but did not know how?  Here is your opportunity!  The American Name Society is currently looking for a few good people who are interested in joining the Executive Council.  Starting January 2017, new officers will be needed to fill two positions: 1.) Member-at-Large; and 2.) Information Officer.

To apply for one or both of these positions, please complete and return the ANS 2017 Application Form and email it to Dr. I. M Nick (mavi.yaz@web.de). The application deadline has been extended until October 1st, 2016.

Member-at-large (2017-2020)

The person elected to this position will serve as a voting member of the Executive Council (EC) and is expected to participate actively in the legislative decision-making involved in resolutions and motions placed before the EC.  In addition to these duties, members-at-large serve on various auxiliary sub-committees to, for example, help with the nomination of new officers, coordination of the annual conference, and organization of allied conferences.  Officers in this position can renew their term of service twice.


Information Officer (2017-2020)

The person elected to this position will be responsible for maintaining the ANS internet presence via our website as well as Facebook and Twitter. The main duties for this position include the following: updating the news page of the ANS website on a weekly basis; posting special alerts (e.g. conference announcements, calls for papers, ANS newsletters); responding to requests made via the Facebook and twitter accounts; and adding books that are reviewed in NAMES to the ANS Amazon Wishlist.  The person chosen for this position must not only be highly computer literate, but also an avid user of social media.  Experience in using wordpress is desirable but not mandatory.  Training will be provided. The new Information Officer must also have excellent writing and time-management skills as well as a high level of creativity.  The Information Officer will work very closely with the ANS President and Vice President throughout the year.