Association Rules — 50. Council's Board And Committee Infrastructure

50-1. Board and Committee Chair's Relation to Council

50-1.1 The chair, or another duly appointed representative, of each standing APA board or committee, of each committee of Council, and of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, may, if he or she is not a member of Council, have the right to speak on the floor of Council relative to the work of his or her board or committee and to make any motion relative to that work, but he or she shall not have the right to vote. The chief staff officer shall inform each chair, or his or her representative, through the assigned staff about the agenda for the meeting of Council and of that board's or committee's agenda item(s).

50-2. Equal Opportunity Representation

50-2.1 The APA is enhanced by the full and effective involvement of its members regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability (visible or nonvisible), or sexual/affectional orientation. The APA shall promote diversity on all boards, committees, task forces, and other governance bodies at all levels of responsibility.

50-3. Ad Hoc Groups

50-3.1 The standing boards and committees and continuing committees may, in exceptional circumstances, appoint, for designated time periods, such ad hoc groups  (e.g., task forces, work groups, ad hoc committees, subcommittees) as may be necessary.

If funding is already available for an ad hoc group, the Board of Directors shall be informed at its next meeting of the establishment of the group and provided with a description of the following: purpose; progress to date; membership roster (if available); duration of the group’s appointment; and funding amount. If new funding is needed for the ad hoc group, prior approval must be obtained from the Council of Representatives.

If the appointing body determines that an ad hoc group should continue beyond its initially designated term, the Board of Directors shall be informed at its next meeting and shall be advised of the group’s progress; the new designated time period; and the amount and source of funds. If funding is needed for the group’s continuance, prior approval must be obtained from the Council of Representatives or Board of Directors as appropriate.

The Council of Representatives shall receive a listing annually of all ad hoc groups as an integral part of the budget document.

50-4. Continuing Committees

50-4.1 In addition to the standing boards and committees authorized in the APA Bylaws, there shall be continuing committees of the Association which are selected by and report to Council through the board under which they are listed in the following rule. Unless otherwise stated in these rules, continuing committees that report directly to Council or through the Board of Directors are elected by Council.

50-5. List of Continuing Committees

50-5.1 The list below presents APA continuing committees and their reporting lines.

Reporting directly to Council

  • Structure and Function of Council

Reporting through the Board of Directors

  • Constitutional Issues

  • International Relations in Psychology

  • Advancement of Professional Practice

  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

  • Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology

  • Agenda Planning Group

  • Division/APA Relations

  • Early Career Psychologists

Reporting through the Membership Board

  • Fellows Committee

Reporting through the Publications and Communications Board

  • Council of Editors

Reporting through the Board of Educational Affairs

  • Commission on Accreditation

  • Continuing Education

  • Education and Training Awards

  • Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools

  • Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges

Reporting through the Board of Professional Affairs

  • Professional Practice and Standards

Reporting through the Board of Scientific Affairs

  • Animal Research and Ethics

  • Human Research

  • Psychological Tests and Assessment

  • Scientific Awards

Reporting through the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest

  • Women in Psychology

  • Psychology in the Public Interest Awards

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns

  • Disability Issues in Psychology

  • Children, Youth, and Families

  • Ethnic Minority Affairs

  • Aging

  • Socioeconomic Status

Reporting through the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

  • Committee on Rural Health