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Notice of Vacancy/Call for Nominations: Instructional Materials Commission


Name of organization:  Instructional Materials Commission

Date Posted:  January 27, 2016 (UPDATED APRIL 13, 2016)

Date nominations are due to Board Secretary:  May 4, 2016 (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

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.

Enabling statute and rule: Utah Code 53A -14, R277-469

Who the group advises:  The Utah State Board of Education

Number vacancies:  3

Specific representation needed for each vacancy and terms of appointment: Three lay citizens.  Four-year term from date of appointment.

Person(s) currently in the positions open for vacancy and their representation: Jared Carman, Pamela Smith, Josh Vorwaller

Meetings (specific dates or how often the group meets, where, and for how long): The Commission meets twice yearly, in May and November, from 9:30 – 3:00.  There is also an expectation that commissioners will 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 by May 4 a brief bio or resume with contact information to Lorraine Austin at

Utah State Board of Education
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