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Notice of Vacancy/Call for Nominations: Instructional Materials Commission

Name of organization:  Instructional Materials Commission

Date Posted:  April 13, 2017

Date nominations are due:  May 1, 2017

Brief background of what the organization does and the reference in statute or rule establishing the organization: In 1907 the Utah State Legislature enacted a law creating the Utah State Textbook Commission thereby giving the jurisdiction for the choice of textbooks neither to the Utah State Board of Education nor the Utah State Legislature, but to a separate group of appointed educators and lay citizens. However, when the constitutional revision took place in 1987, the Utah State Textbook Commission was placed under the Utah State Board of Education to more properly align all of those working with education under one governing body. From the outset, making the choice of which instructional materials to use has been a large and arduous task, but has always helped to guarantee quality instructional materials for Utah’s students. In 2001, the name was changed to the Utah State Instructional Materials Commission.

The purpose of state adoption of instructional materials is to provide for the schools of the state recommendations regarding the best available instructional materials and cautions against those of inferior or undesirable quality.

Who the group advises: The Utah State Board of Education

Number vacancies:  1

Specific representation needed for each vacancy and terms of appointment:

District Superintendent representation from July 2017 – June 2021

Person(s) currently in the positions open for vacancy and their representation:

Steve Hirase has served in this position from the Murray District.  He will retire in June 2017.

Meetings (specific dates or how often the group meets, where, and for how long): Twice yearly, in May and November, from 9:30 – 3:00. There is also an expectation that commissioners spend several hours (estimated 5-20) at home or at the samples delivery site reviewing materials sent by publishers for each of the two meetings.

Contact for questions:

Alan Griffin
Curriculum Content Specialist
Utah State Office of Education

Nomination and Bio Submission:  If you are interested in serving on this organization, please submit the attached application and a brief bio or resume by May 1 to Lorraine Austin at


Utah State Board of Education

Advisory Committee Application Form

Please briefly answer the following questions and send the application, your resume or bio, and any accompanying information to Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at Access the following form as a PDF here

1.      Name

2.      Contact information

a.       Phone:

b.      Email:

c.       Mailing address:

3.      What qualifies you for the advertised position?

4.      Why do you want to serve on this committee?

Utah State Board of Education
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