Board of Directors Approved Minutes: August 12 & 16, 2008

Approved Minutes

Present: Alan E. Kazdin, PhD; James H. Bray, PhD; Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD; Barry S. Anton, PhD; Paul L. Craig, PhD; Norman B. Anderson, PhD; Armand R. Cerbone, PhD; Lisa Grossman, JD, PhD; Douglas C. Haldeman, PhD; Nadia T. Hasan, MA; Suzanne Bennett Johnson, PhD; Melba J. T. Vasquez, PhD; Michael Wertheimer, PhD; and Rosie Phillips Bingham, PhD, and Jean Carter, PhD (incoming Board members).

Absent: None.

I. Minutes of Meeting

A.(1) The Board voted to approve the minutes of the June 5-7, 2008, Board of Directors Meeting.

II. Elections, Awards, Membership and Human Resources

A.(2) The Board discussed the item "Proposals for Changing the Dues Structure" and voted to recommend the model 3 proposal (a dues reduction for all APA members currently paying the full dues rate; discontinuation of the current dual membership discount for APA members who are also members of specified scientific organizations) at an amount not to exceed $25. Council will be provided a revised information item at its August 2008 meeting that includes the new recommendation from the Board. The item will be forwarded to boards and committees in the fall for review and comment and brought back to the Board for action at its December 2008 meeting and to Council for action at its February 2009 meeting.

B. In executive session, the Board voted to recommend that Council elect 128 members to initial Fellows status, on the nomination of the indicated divisions and on the recommendation of the Fellows Committee and Board of Directors.

III. Ethics

No items.

IV. Board of Directors

No items.

V. Divisions and State and Provincial Associations

No items.

VI. Organization of the APA

No items.

VII. Publications and Communications

No items.

VIII. Convention Affairs

A.(3) The Board voted to request that the Convention Office research the availability of alternative cities for APA's preferred dates in 2012. The Board asked that CFO work with the Convention Office to negotiate additional savings with Chicago in 2012 for the August 16-19 meeting dates if alternative sites are not available.

B. In executive session, the Board discussed and expressed support for Dr. Bray's proposal for the Convention Within the Convention at the 2009 Convention contingent on the success of his request of divisions to donate some of their program hours for this proposal.

IX. Educational Affairs

A.(4) The Board voted to recommend that the Council of Representatives approve amending Association Rule 120-2 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

120-2. Committee on Education and Training Awards

120-2.1 There shall be a Committee on Education and Training Awards consisting of six members, [two] three to be elected annually for terms of [three] two years.

The committee shall announce the recipients of the awards [at the annual convention] after final approval is given by the APA Board of Directors, and it shall report other matters to Council through the Board of Educational Affairs.

120-2.2 The APA shall award annually (up to) two awards, one for $1,000 for short or long term Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training in psychology and a second award of up to $1,000 for Distinguished Contributions for Applications of Psychology in Education. The intent of the Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award is to recognize psychologists who make traditional contributions, who provide innovations, or who are involved in developmental phases of programs that influence education and training in psychology. The intent of the Distinguished Contribution for Applications of Psychology to Education and Training is to recognize psychologists who contribute to new teaching methods or the solution of learning problems through the use of research findings or evidence-based practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of psychological knowledge to improve learning in educational settings, including pre-kindergarten to 12, or communities.

120-2.3 Ineligible for the awards are members serving currently on the committee, former recipients of the awards, and the current APA President and President-elect.

120-2.4 Nominations for these awards shall be solicited in the broadest possible manner, including through announcements in appropriate publications. The committee may also nominate candidates as well as specify which nominees will be carried over to the following year. Additionally, the Committee shall systematically review promising nominations from previous years. Deadlines for receipt of nominations shall be established by the committee each year.

120-2.5 Award recipients shall be invited to the annual convention to receive the awards and to address annual convention attendees in the year following the [receipt of the award] committee's decision.

B.(5) The Board voted to recommend that Council receive the report of the Presidential Task Force on Mathematics and Science.

C.(7) The Board received as information the revised Petition for the Recognition of a Proficiency in Professional Psychology.

X. Professional Affairs

No items.

XI. Scientific Affairs

No items.

XII. Public Interest

No items.

XIII. Ethnic Minority Affairs

No items.

XIV. International Affairs

No items.

XV. Central Office

No Items.

XVI. Financial Affairs

A.(6) The Board voted to recommend that Council approve amending Association Rule 210-1.1 as follows (bracketed material to be deleted; underlined material to be added):

"210-1.1 The Finance Committee shall be composed of seven voting members and up to three non-voting members. Of the voting members, two shall be elected each year for terms of three years; one slate shall be limited to first-year and/or second-year members of Council and the second slate shall be limited to first-year and/or second year Council members or former or outgoing members of the Finance Committee. No member may serve more than two consecutive terms. The seventh voting member of the Committee is the APA Treasurer, who shall serve as its Chair. The non-voting members shall be representatives from the investment community and are not necessarily psychologists. The non-voting members will be recommended by the Finance Committee and appointed by the Board of Directors for terms of three years [not to exceed three consecutive terms] which may be renewed at the discretion of the Board."