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Minitues of the Division 3 Executive Committee Meeting
Division 3, Secretary-Treasurer
Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Boardroom
Thursday August 6, 2009
5:00 - 6:50 p.m.
Present: Nelson Cowan (President), Ralph Miller (President-Elect), Veronica Dark (Secretary-Treasurer), Manny Donchin (APA Council Rep), Angela AuBuchon (Graduate Student Representative), Karen Hollis (at-Large), Mark Bouton (at-Large), David Washburn (at-Large), Jeremy Wolfe (at-Large), Mike Young (Fellows Chair), Michael Beran (Awards Chair), Emily Elliott (Program Chair).
Guests: John Wixted (incoming Program Chair), Lisa Savage (incoming Fellows Chair), Nancy Dess (incoming at-Large), Tom Zentall, Sangeeta Panicker (Director, Research Ethics Office), Howard Kurtzman (Deputy Executive Director for Science).
I. President’s Announcements (Nelson Cowan)
The meeting was called to order at 5 pm. Cowan described the view that Division 3's participation in the APA Convention was not so much for the Division 3 membership as it was to have a vibrant program showcasing the central role of Experimental Psychology in Psychology. He also mentioned the availability of the Newsletter on the Web as helping to publicize the Division's contributions. For the first time in recent history, Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be available for some Division sessions.
A total of 186 ballots were cast in the Division 3 Elections. Those elected
were: President-elect: Jeremy Wolfe; Representative to APA Council: Randy
Engle; Members-at-Large: Bob Cook and Nancy Dess. Cowan thanked the
following people who also were on the ballot: Mark Bouton, Tom Zentall,
Angelo Santi, and Peter Urcuioli.
Committee Chairs for 2009-2010: The new Fellows Chair is Lisa Savage; the new Awards Chair is Janet Duchek, and the new Program Chair is John Wixted.
Graduate Student Representative. Angela AuBuchon, who officially begins her term the day after the convention will act as Graduate Student Representative during the convention.
II. Secretary-Treasurer’s Report: Membership and Finances (Veronica Dark)
The following written report was distributed.
SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Secretary-Treasurer’s Report
APA Annual Convention
1.Membership. The following table summarizes the membership in Division 3 for the past 8 years. Since 2002, the number of dues paying Members has declined. The number of dues paying Fellows first increased, but then also began to decrease. The drop in dues paying membership during the last year is larger than in the previous years.
The new Secretary-Treasurer has not fully explored the reasons behind the membership decline nor taken advantage of APA resources to increase membership.
The number of student affiliate members, based on available annual reports, is shown in the following table. The numbers reported for 2006-2009 only include the student affiliates who joined the Division in the 7 years prior to the reporting year (i.e., 2002 for 2009). It isn’t clear what criteria were used in reporting numbers for the years 2002-2005. Of the 74 in the data base, only 59 have current email addresses.
Between August 2008 and July 2009, 5 new members and 4 student members were accepted into the Division.
2. Finances. Division 3’s income is derived primarily from annual membership dues as well as interest and dividends on investments. The interest for 2009, however, is about 0.6% on long-term investments. Membership dues for 2009 were $17 for members, fellows and associates. No dues are charged to student affiliates. The dues were raised to $15 at the August 2008 meeting of the Executive Committee, however, because of a mistake at APA, members were charged $17. When APA made the Division Secretary-Treasurer aware of this mistake, the Executive Committee decided after email discussion to let the error stand and to keep the dues assessment for 2010 at $17. The following table summarizes the financial data from January 2003 to June 2009. The Division continues to be in good financial health. Overall, the net assets at the end of December increased by about $8574 from 2003 to 2008.
*to end of June 2009
In 2007, $1000 for travel expenses for a graduate student representative was added to the budget. In 2008, the budget for APA expenses for the Secretary-Treasurer were increased to $1000. APA registration has also increased to $275. The following table shows that the estimated expenses for 2009 are over $8500. This amount is greater than our net income for 2009. However, the actual expenses incurred tend to be lower than the potential total amount because not all eligible expenses are fully claimed. However, we do have three award recipients attending this year's convention, which substantially increases the expenses. In addition, we have more than the "budgeted" 15 speakers. If expenses actually exceed income for 2009, action to increase income may be needed.
*for each recipient
Veronica J. Dark
The continuing decline in membership was discussed. Among the points raised were that all the science divisions are losing members, that we might do a better job recruiting members among other science divisions, that we consider targeting fellows in other divisions, that we might more actively recruit among Psychonomics members by pointing out that APA is powerful and that Division 3 lobbies APA to keep Science issues in mind when APA lobbies Washington, DC.
III. Approval of Dues Assessment for 2010
The Executive Committee formally approved its email discussion setting dues at $17.
IV. APA Council Representative's report (Manny Donchin)
Cost cutting measures are a main discussion item. Nothing is considered sacred. For example, doing away with early career discounts in dues is on the table. Also on the table is cutting the $60,000 that APA gives to U of Akron to maintain the Archives of Psychology down to $20,000. Science conferences will not be funded. APA is creating a strategic plan with a mission statement. Discussion suggested that the role of the scientific method as the only path to knowledge should be the main focus of such a document.
V. Visit from APA Science Directorate
Sangeeta Panneker and Howard Kurtzman of the Science directorate arrived at 5:30 and the floor was given to them. Among the issues they discussed were that President Bray had appointed a task force to determine why Psychology sometimes is and sometimes is not included among STEM discipline programs in Washington. The directorate has established a Committee on Human Research and is seeking nominations. Because of budget cuts, some people have been laid off and some programs are being cut. The Task Force Report on Psychology and Global Climate Change emphasizes psychology's role as a basic applied science. There is an indication that the new NIH chair would like to have a basic behavioral research program. Cowan noted that Division 3 hoped to use CE credits to disseminate information to other fields but that these credits were not part of the CE advertising and that some of the Science Directorate pamphlets/advertisements limited the number of Division 3 sessions that could be included. Kurtzman stated that he will contact both the CE and Convention offices. The visitors left at 6.
VI. Program Chair’s Report (Emily Elliott)
Elliot noted that attendance at the first day sessions was very good. Several commented on the strength of the program. Elliot noted that if the CE credits turn out to be a success, then the Division will need to be more proactive about completing the paperwork to get the credits authorized for its sessions.
VII. Newsletter Editors’ Report (Kristi Multhaup & Mark Faust)
The written report was distributed.
Newsletter Editors' Report to Division 3 Executive Committee
August 3, 2009
There are 2 issues, each with action items for the Divisions leadership.
Steve replied that "APA is keenly aware of the
need and value in keeping current email addressess for our members, and we
share those with Divisions. The problem is the one facing everyone -- we
remind members, we plea with them, and still many either don't provide email
addresses or fail to keep them current. One approach that we can certainly
use with Div 3 is to provide mailing labels for all Div 3 members, or a
subset of them for whom we do not have email addresses, so that an
old-fashioned postcard can be sent asking them to update their membership
records with APA. If they do that, then better emails will be available for
you. But please know that our Division Services Office is always happy to
share your own members' email addresses with you (as we have them on
Steve passed along our concern to Keith Cooke
in Division Services who offered the same advice. He will (a) be speaking
with Nancy Moore, Executive Director of the Governance Directorate, about
strategies for APA to more efficiently collect and update e-mails from APA
members, and (b) send Division 3s secretary and newsletter editor updated
e-mail lists quarterly at no charge.
(2) TRANSFER OF NEWSLETTER EDITOR AND WEB SITE
The board expressed much appreciation for the service of the current Editors. Miller will write a piece for the September newsletter asking for nominations for replacements.
VIII.. Graduate Student Representative’s Report (Angela AuBuchon)
A Division 3 Facebook Page has been created. Everyone is invited to join. AuBuchon noted that there are a number of mentoring events for students at APA but that much of the programming is geared toward professional issues. She noted that students often are hesitant to approach faculty and presenters at conference and she encouraged all members of the Executive Committee to talk to students when they see them.
IX. Fellows Chair's Report (Mike Young)
Division 3 forwarded six names to APA Council, who will decide on Sunday.
X. Awards Chair Report (Michael Beran)
The Awards Chair Report was inadvertently skipped. The award winners were approved by the Executive Committee in March and notified by the Awards Chair. The Awards will be presented at the Business Meeting on Saturday.
XI. Other Business
Support for CARE mentoring (Nancy Dess). Dess urged continued Division support for the CARE mentoring programs. There was general agreement. No specific action was taken.
Electronic Voting (Veronica Dark). APA has introduced electronic voting for the presidential elections and will allow Divisions to have electronic voting in the future. Dark passed out proposed changes to the by-laws to allow Division 3 voting on the APA website. The Executive Committee approved the changes. Mail ballots regarding the changes will be sent out to the membership for approval.
Recognizing 50 Years. (Nelson Cowan) The Executive Committee authorized a donation of $100 to Psychonomic Society to help fund its 50th anniversary celebration.
APA Speaker's List. (Manny Donchin) The Executive Committee authorized posting of the list on the Division website. Fellows of the Division may want to be added to the list.
Good of the Order. Hollis noted that Bruce Overmeier's invited address at 10 on Friday was not on the Division 3 & 6 program summary. Given Bruce's contributions to the Division, she encouraged attendance.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50.
Veronica J. Dark
Secretary-Treasurer, Division 3