APA’s Board of Directors as the At-Large Member

Craig Parks, Ph.D.

Craig Parks, Ph.D.

APA’s Board of Directors as the At-Large Member

After much discussion with colleagues within the division, as well as with some key people at APA, I have decided to put my name in for nomination to sit on APA’s Board of Directors as the at-large member representing mid-career psychologists and the science/research community.  In my brief (300-word) nomination statement, I have emphasized not only my leadership of a division that spans the therapy and non-therapy worlds, but also my position as assistant vice provost at my university, the duties of which require me to develop solutions across a variety of constituent groups that don’t usually begin on the same page.  (My nomination statement is not privileged, so if for some reason you want to see the full text, just email me.)  My stated motivation for wanting to sit on the Board is to continue the work initiated by the past president, Susan McDaniel, to weld back together the research and practice sides of APA.  You simply cannot have one without the other.  I think both my division and professional experiences position me to help with this.  Also, as you know from my past listserv postings, the groups point of view is nonexistent in Association committees.  APA has rightfully pointed out to me that we have not done a good job of putting forth candidates for them to consider.  This year I am working hard to rectify this, and if I’m going to ask others to stand for consideration, I need to do so too.  

The Board of Directors consists of six officers and six at-large members, all elected by the general membership.  It supervises APA affairs as well as the lobbying arm of the Association, drafts a budget for member approval, and works with Sally and her colleagues on the Council of Representatives to steer the professional ship.  It’s a big job that APA equates to a quarter-time assignment.  Happily, my boss expects all of his vice provosts to remain scholarly engaged, and he supports my pursuit of this.  

I have no expectation that I will be selected as a candidate, if for no other reason than I think APA’s definition of me as mid-career is generous (though it did make my day).  But, as a means of continuing to push for APA to bring our point of view into decision-making, this is minimal effort and high gain.

As always, feel free to email me with questions, concerns, or if you want to know more.

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