Instructional Materials Commission Nominations Sought

There is currently an opening on the Instructional Materials Commission for a lay citizen member.  Nominees for this position may not be currently  employed as Utah educators, but should possess an interest in evaluating K-12 curriculum materials.

Responsibilities for this position include:

(a) receiving and perusing a wide and extensive variety of instructional materials from publishers,
(b) overseeing the process of review of materials by qualified teachers and curriculum specialists,
(c) attending two commission meetings per year, one in May and the other in November,
(d) recommending appropriate educational materials to the Utah State Board of Education.

Terms for commission members are for four years.  Nomination to this position is open to the public, and final selection will be made by the Utah State Board of Education.  Nominees will be asked to submit a brief bio listing their qualifications and desire to serve.  Commission members serve without compensation as volunteers involved in selecting the highest quality resources to be used in instruction by Utah teachers.

 Nominations should include contact information of the nominees (name, address, phone, email address) and a brief statement of the qualifications of the nominee.  They may be emailed to:

 Alan Griffin
Curriculum Content Specialist
Utah State Board of Education



Name of organization:  Instructional Materials Commission


Date nominations are due:  September 6, 2017


Number vacancies: 1


Specific representation needed for each vacancy and terms of appointment:

Lay Citizen representation from October 2017 – October 2021


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


Person(s) currently in the positions open for vacancy and their representation: Kara Sherman has served in this position as a lay citizen and has resigned from the Commission.




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 Board 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 to Lorraine Austin at




Utah State Board of Education Advisory Committee Application Form

 Please briefly answer the following questions on a separate document and send it, your resume, and any accompanying information to Board Secretary Lorraine Austin at


  1. Name
  1. Contact information
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • Mailing address:
  1. What qualifies you for the advertised position?


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

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