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Each year, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students elects new officers who represent psychology students and advocate for the profession on a national level.

  • Chair-elect is for a three-year term.

  • Two member-at-large positions, for two-year terms.

The election period usually opens in April closes in May.

How to Vote 

All APAGS members who have provided APA with their email address will be sent an email with a unique link that directs automatically to the elections ballot. 

Problems With Voting? 

If you do not receive an email by the start of April, please check your email spam filters and junk box to see if the email arrived there. If you still do not receive an email, please contact Garnett Coad, the APA director of elections.

This year, three positions were up for election for the 2017 APAGS election cycle.

Chair-elect

The chair-elect serves on the APAGS Executive Committee (EC), which, led by the chair during his/her tenure, works as a unit to advise, guide and consult with the full APAGS Committee. EC acts as a steering committee for APAGS and is responsible for developing priorities and charges to committee members consistent with the goals of APAGS. The executive committee presides over the full APAGS Committee and acts on behalf of the full committee.

Chair-elect Tasks

  • Participates in all EC activity to prepare for chair year.
  • Serves as the EC liaison (for more direct mentoring/oversight) for one-third of the APAGS committee members, subcommittee chairs, task force chairs and work group chairs.
  • Serves in prescribed liaison roles reserved for the APAGS chair-elect.
  • Serves as an official liaison for some of the established APAGS liaisonships; sometimes the chair-elect will take on relatively more of these liaison roles to help acclimate him/her to the work of the subcommittees, task forces and working groups.
  • Reports on chair-elect and official liaison activities to the full APAGS Committee via the committee email list and at APAGS business meeting.
  • Will prepare to serve during chair or past-chair year as the APAGS voting member on the APA Council of Representatives and nonvoting member on the APA Board of Directors. This requires travel to approximately four meetings per year, often in Washington, D.C.

Subcommittees, Task Forces and Working Groups

  • Reports on chair-elect and official liaison activities to the full APAGS Committee via the committee email list and at APAGS business meetings.
  • Will prepare to serve during his/her chair or past-chair year as the APAGS voting member on the APA Council of Representatives and voting member on the APA Board of Directors. This requires attending four to six meetings per year, often in Washington, D.C.
Member-at-large — Education Focus

The member-at-large, education focus has the following specific duties:

  • Represent internship and training needs of students to relevant boards and committees.
  • Monitor the climate of training environments and advocate for advances in the quality of education and experience for graduate students.
  • May serve as a liaison to the Council of Chairs to Training Councils (CCTC), at the discretion of the chair.
Member-at-large — General Focus

The member-at-large, general focus has the following specific duties:

  • Participate in working groups related to APA policy development.
  • Work on projects related to the APAGS Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as a liaison, as assigned, to other groups.
  • Note: this position is still new, so the incoming 2018 members will have a substantial opportunity to shape this position description.