Elected officers of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) serve as one method for students' voices to be heard in APA on a variety of graduate student issues such as financing and market-sensitivity of education and training, and increasing diversity within programs.
For that reason, getting to know your officers is important, says Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, former APAGS associate executive director. "They are students like you, dealing with the day-to-day issues of graduate student life," she says. "If you think APA or APAGS needs to hear a certain perspective, contacting your elected APAGS committee member is one way to communicate your ideas."
Each winter, openings on the nine-member elected committee —chair-elect and member-at-large positions— are posted on the APAGS Web site and email lists. Openings for the four chair positions of APAGS subcommittees, on the other hand, are appointed by the APAGS executive committee each fall because the work requires more specialized knowledge of, for example, diversity or advocacy issues.
Open positions in 2013
Check out the APAGS Election Information to submit an application and run for one of the following positions:
Member-at-large, Communications Focus
Member-at-large, Education Focus