On behalf of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association, it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2015 PSA Election.

Peter Godfrey-Smith of CUNY Graduate Center and University of Sydney and Laura Ruetsche of the University of Michigan havebeen elected to the Governing Board of the PSA, each to serve a four year term ending 12/31/2019.The Officers of the PSA congratulate and welcome Professors Godfrey-Smith and Ruetsche to the PSA Governing Board and offer their gratitude to all the candidates who ran for election. The Officers also express their appreciation to Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh) and Christian Wüthrich (University of Geneva), who have stepped down from the Governing Board after completing their four year terms. The full list of the Governing Board members can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/governance.

Holly Andersen of Simon Fraser University, Mathias Frisch of the University of Hannover,and Anya Plutynski of Washington University have been elected to the PSA Nominating Committee, each to serve a two year term ending 12/31/2017. Again, the Officers congratulate and welcome Professors Andersen, Frisch, and Plutynski to the PSA Nominating Committee and thank all those who ran for election to the PSA Nominating Committee. The Officers also offer their gratitude to the out-going PSA Nominating Committee, consisting of Alisa Bokulich (Boston University), as chair, Katherine Brading (University of Notre Dame), and Hasok Chang(University of Cambridge). In accord with PSA By-Laws, the chair of the in-coming PSA Nominating Committee will be selected by the PSA President, C. Kenneth Waters.

The amendments to the PSA By-Laws passed. Amendment 1 passed by a vote of 270 (99.3%) to 2 (0.7%); Amendment 2 passed by a vote of 281 (98.9%) to 3 (1.1%); Amendment 3 passed by a vote of 281 (98.9%) to 3 (1.1%); Amendment 4 passed by a vote of 275 (98.6%) to 4 (1.4%); and Amendment 5 passed by a vote of 264 (98.5%) to 4 (1.5%).The newly revised By-Laws, as well as the wording of the motions, can be found at http://philsci.org/about-the-psa/bylaws-of-the-association.

The 2015 PSA Election was conducted electronically using www.simplyvoting.com. PSA members were solicited to vote via email. Of 675 voters eligible to vote in the 2015 PSA election, 346 (51.26%) cast votes. The absolute number of voters in the 2015 election increased 37.3% over the absolute number of voters in the 2014 election. Turnout in 2015 increased 17.07% as compared to 2014.

Finally, I thank those Full and Retired PSA members who took the time to vote in this election. This is the first time in recent history that the turnout has exceeded 50%.  Thank you for helping to shape the future of the PSA! If you are a Full or Retired Member of the PSA and you encountered problems in voting electronically, or if you have any other comments, questions, or concerns about the 2015 PSA Election, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Jessica Pfeifer