APA Executive Director for Education Cynthia Belar, PhD, to retire in June

Senior psychologist sought to lead APA Education Directorate as executive director.

Cynthia Belar, PhD, APA’s executive director for education, announced in December 2013 that she will retire from her position in June.

“Cynthia’s contributions to psychology education and training and to health psychology over her four-decade psychology career are immeasurable. Dr. Belar is simply one of the most outstanding psychologists with whom I have had the pleasure to work. Her vision and passion for quality and innovation in education and training programs have helped strengthen our discipline, and she is also one of the architects of modern-day health psychology. I’ve been fortunate to have been her colleague, friend and admirer. APA and all psychologists owe her a debt of gratitude, and I’m sure join me in thanking her for her years of service to our profession,” said APA CEO Norman B. Anderson, PhD. 

To replace Belar, APA is seeking a senior-level psychologist for the Education Directorate executive director position. The directorate is one of the four key content-area components of the APA central office (along with the Science, Practice and Public Interest directorates), and its executive director is a member of the APA Executive Management Group, reporting to the CEO. 

The executive director supervises and oversees the Education Directorate and is responsible for major APA program areas related to education, from precollege through postgraduate levels, including accreditation, continuing education and sponsor approval system, the application of psychology to K-12 education and federal education advocacy. The position also includes responsibility for the Education Advocacy Trust, which is part of APA’s companion organization, the APA Practice Organization. In collaboration with APA boards and committees, the executive director plans and implements policy and program development in all matters related to education and training. The executive director acts as liaison to the other APA directorates, the Board of Directors and to major APA boards, committees, programs and divisions on all education and training initiatives. The executive director develops and maintains contact with senior-level officials in professional organizations and associations related to education and training.

Requirements include a doctoral degree in psychology and a minimum of 12 years of postdoctoral experience in teaching, academic administration, public policy or other fields related to psychology and education. In addition, executive director candidates must be competent in administration, strategy development and fiscal management, and should possess strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills. Benefits and salary are commensurate with experience.

Interested individuals can apply online. All applications must include a cover letter and resume/CV. All inquiries in reference to this position should be emailed to L. Michael Honaker, PhD. Applications will be accepted until position is filled; however, those interested are strongly encouraged to apply prior to March 12, 2014.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, ethnic minorities and other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.