Association Rules — 120. Educational Affairs

120-1. Board of Educational Affairs

120-1.1 The Board of Educational Affairs shall consist of not fewer than twelve members, four to be elected each year for a term of three years. Each of three seats on BEA shall be filled by nominees from among the constituencies of Science, Practice, and Public Interest, respectively, in a manner that is consistent with APA procedures for the election of standing board members. Nominations for slates will be solicited from appropriate APA governance groups (BSA, CAPP/BPA, BAPPI). These positions shall be for staggered three-year terms, with one of these three positions being filled each year. Each year the constituency group whose seat would be vacated shall be requested to provide a pool of at least five nominees for a three-year term. All other seats shall be filled according to Association Rule 110.15 in a manner to represent the Board of Educational Affairs' commitment to each level of education and training in psychology, from pre-college and undergraduate through postdoctoral. All twelve members are fully participating, voting members of the Board of Educational Affairs.

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,  three to be elected annually for terms of two years.

The committee shall announce the recipients of the awards 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 committee’s decision.

120.3 Commission on Accreditation

120-3.1 There shall be a Commission on Accreditation that shall evaluate doctoral, internship, and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology in accordance with approved accreditation guidelines and procedures. The commission shall consist of not less than thirty-two members, appointed by the Board of Educational Affairs. The structure of the commission, appointment and terms of its members, its functions, authority, and reporting relationship shall conform to the "Policies for Accreditation Governance" adopted by the Council of Representatives.

120-4. Continuing Education Committee

120-4.1 There shall be a Continuing Education Committee consisting of no more than fourteen members appointed by the Board of Educational Affairs for staggered terms of three years. The Committee shall report to Council through the Board of Educational Affairs.

120-4.2 The Continuing Education Committee shall have responsibility for developing policy and program recommendations for the Association's continuing education program and for working collaboratively with the APA Office of Continuing Education to implement these policy and program recommendations. The Committee's tasks shall include, but not be limited to (a) developing and delivering continuing education programs and products; (b) providing educational and technical assistance to APA Directorates, Divisions, State/Provincial/Territorial Psychological Associations, and other sponsors; (c) collaborating with organizations that seek to become approved sponsors of continuing education; (d) providing review of all APA approved sponsors and organizations seeking APA sponsor approval; (e) periodically reviewing the Association's sponsor approval guidelines, and (f) identifying, promoting, implementing and evaluating research, development and innovations in continuing education.

120-4.3 The Chair of the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) shall each year forward to APA's divisions and affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations a general call for nominees to serve on the Committee and shall also direct a formal request for nominee recommendations to the Board of Scientific Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Board of Professional Affairs, and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice. In making its appointments, BEA shall attempt to insure that the membership of the Committee shall represent APA's commitment to honor diversity and as well to ensure the representation of the needs of various groups served by continuing education.

120-5. Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools

120-5.1 There shall be an American Psychological Association of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) Committee whose mission shall be to (a) promote the highest standards in the teaching of Psychology both as a science and discipline; (b) promote professional development and other means for lifelong learning for high school teachers of psychology; (c) increase professional identity and promote leadership for high school teachers of psychology; (d) facilitate networking, including the formation of both horizontal and vertical linkages, among teachers from all teaching levels of psychology; (e) encourage recruitment and retention of students, particularly minorities, in the field of psychology; (f) enhance the visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology within the American Psychological Association; (g) enhance the visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology with other members of the psychological community, (h) recommend the appropriate response advocacy, education policy, and certification issues that impact on the quality or viability of teaching of high school psychology.

The voting members of the TOPSS Committee shall consist of seven members, three of whom serve three-year terms (the chair-elect, chair, and past chair), and four of whom serve two-year terms. The other members of the TOPSS Committee, who shall serve ex-officio without a vote, shall be composed of two college faculty advisors whom serve three-year terms and one liaison from the BEA. All voting members of the Committee must be high school teacher affiliates of the association.

Each year, a call for nominations for the three open positions that will become vacant in the following year shall be broadly disseminated. Following the call, the committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for each position and hold an election in which all TOPSS affiliates are eligible to vote. Following the election, the results of the election shall be forwarded to the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board of Directors for final approval.

The TOPSS Committee shall report to Council through the APA Board of Educational Affairs.

120-6. Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges

120-6.1 There shall be an American Psychological Association Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges whose mission shall be to (a) represent community college psychology teachers; (b) promote, within the 2-year college community, the highest professional standards for teaching of psychology as a scientific discipline with applications to a wide range of human concerns; (c) cultivate a professional identity with the discipline of psychology among psychology teachers at 2-year colleges; (d) develop leadership qualities among psychology teachers at 2-year colleges and increase their participation and representation in professional psychology activities and organizations; (e) establish and maintain communication with all groups involved in the teaching of psychology and with the greater psychological community; (f) encourage psychological research on teaching and learning at 2-year colleges for the purpose of giving students the best possible educational opportunities.

The voting members of the Committee shall consist of 6 members, who serve three-year terms. All voting members of the Committee must be 2-Year College Teachers Affiliates or members of the Association.

Each year, a call for nominations for the two open positions that will become vacant in the following year shall be broadly disseminated. Following the call, the Committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for the vacancies and hold an election in which all 2-Year College Teachers who are Members, Associate members or Affiliates of the Association are eligible to vote. Following the election, the results of the election shall be forwarded to the Board of Educational Affairs and the Board of Directors for final approval.

The Committee shall report to Council through the APA Board of Educational Affairs.