Once again, it is time for Psi Chi's National Elections. Psi Chi holds elections every year for its National Council, whose members together govern our organization. The Psi Chi National Council consists of a National President, a Past-President, a President-Elect, and six Regional Vice-Presidents. For a listing of the current members of Psi Chi's National Council, please go HERE. Each position has different responsibilities, and together they are responsible for such things as making policy for the organization, approving new Psi Chi chapters, implementing new programs, and programming at the annual conferences of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and seven regional psychological associations. For a complete listing of each national position and its responsibilities, please visit HERE.
|Make Your Chapter's Vote Count |
|Paula Miller, Psi Chi Executive Officer/Chief Operations Officer |
Every year a new Psi Chi President-Elect is elected to office. The President- Elect serves a one-year term as President-Elect, followed by a one-year term as National President, and a one-year term as Past-President. Also elected each year are Regional Vice Presidents. In odd-numbered years, Eastern, Rocky Mountain, and Western Regional Vice-Presidents are elected. In even-numbered years, Midwestern, Southeastern, and Southwestern Regional Vice-Presidents are elected. Each Regional Vice-President is elected to a two-year term of service. This is where your vote counts. All active Psi Chi chapters elect the incoming President-Elect of Psi Chi and the Regional Vice-Presidents for that year.
Each year on November 1, the Psi Chi National Office mails out a Call for Nominations to each chapter. On November 15, the chapter selects a candidate and mails the Nomination Form to that person. Take some time to think about all the potential candidates you have interacted with in the past. It might be your own faculty advisor, a professor that you heard lecture during a regional conference, or someone you had as a research advisor in previous years. Send that candidate the Call for Nominations. Even if the candidate decides not to run for office, your nomination provides an opportunity to thank the person for his or her encouragement to your chapter.
Once the candidate receives the nomination, he/she signs it and returns the form by December 6 to the chapter with a biographical statement and position statement. Then on December 15, the chapter mails the signed forms with the statements to Psi Chi's CPA firm, Rubino & McGeehin. Once all the nominations are in, the Psi Chi Nomination/ Election Committee considers the qualifications of all the candidates for office and proposes at least one nominee for each office.
Election Ballots are mailed to the chapters on or before February 1 with a summary of information regarding the candidates, including their biographical statement and position statement. By March 15, all Psi Chi chapters must send in their completed ballot in order to be counted. Plan to organize a chapter meeting where all members can be present when the candidates for office are announced. Use the meeting time to read the candidates' biographical information, their position statement, and their goals for their term of office. Have your chapter make an informed decision about which candidate you feel would benefit your chapter. But most of all—vote! Shortly after this issue of Eye on Psi Chi arrives at your chapter, your chapter's official ballot will follow. I would like all chapter officers and faculty advisors to encourage their members to vote in this election. Because, in the end, it is the chapters who are responsible for the elected officials of Psi Chi!
Additionally, once the Psi Chi President-Elect and Regional Vice-Presidents have been elected, do not hesitate to contact them via telephone, mail, or email. Let your elected National Council Member know of any suggestions, questions, or concerns that you or your chapter may have about the organization. The Psi Chi National Council contact information can be obtained from the Psi Chi National website HERE. These officers want to hear from you! In addition to electing the future Council Members of Psi Chi, voting in the elections helps your chapter fill one of the requirements to becoming a Psi Chi Model Chapter. The Psi Chi Model Chapter Awards of $100 each are presented annually to recognize and reward Psi Chi Chapters that consistently maintain outstanding records of membership inductions, chapter correspondence, service projects, and other criteria associated with being an outstanding chapter. Criteria 3 states: "Chapter voted in national elections." By voting in the upcoming Psi Chi election, you fulfill this criteria and are one step closer to being recognized as a Psi Chi Model Chapter. For more information on the Psi Chi Model Chapter Award, please go HERE.
Please vote in the Psi Chi National Election for President-Elect, Midwestern Regional Vice-President, Southeastern Regional Vice-President, and Southwestern Regional Vice-President. Make your chapter's vote count!
Copyright 2006 (Volume 10, Issue 2) by Psi Chi, the
International Honor Society in Psychology
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