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Chapter Officers
 

The most active and successful chapters are those in which all members participate. Although all chapters are unique, the following categories illustrate the types of offices and/or committees that many chapters have found useful. Which officer positions below would you be best suited to fulfill?


Primary Officers (required for your chapter)

PRESIDENT

  • Be a role model.
  • Lead membership by defining and pursuing the goals and objectives of the chapter.
  • Delegate responsibilities to other officers and members so that all members are involved in committees and/or activities.
  • Find out what resources are available locally and Society-wide.
  • Keep a list of objectives with dates and deadlines.
  • Establish regular meeting times for the entire chapter, and officers and advisors.
  • Plan fund-raising functions.

VICE-PRESIDENT

  • Serve as program chair for the chapter by introducing speakers at local events and ensuring that all local events are properly publicized.
  • Support chairs of chapter committees as needed.
  • Assist the secretary in preparing a brief report of chapter activities to send to the Central Office each year.

SECRETARY

  • Take and record the minutes of each meeting.
  • Keep a list of all committees of the chapter.
  • Maintain all records of the chapter.
  • Compile a list of email addresses of all chapter members.
  • Notify all members and advisors of the place and time of meetings, elections, inductions, and other chapter activities.

TREASURER

  • Verify information concerning Psi Chi funds, deposits, and accounts.
  • Establish a working budget with your chapter.
  • Pay all bills promptly.
  • Report to the chapter on a regular basis, including an end-of-the-year report.


Additional Officers and Committees


MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR

  • Organize membership drives.
  • Make promotional materials available across campus.
  • Offer to help new members complete online registration if needed.

NEWSLETTER/JOURNAL EDITOR

  • Responsible for regularly releasing local publication(s).
  • Promote member accomplishments and upcoming events.

ELECTIONS COORDINATOR

  • Organize the nomination and election of chapter officers, preferably allowing ample time for the new officers to work with incumbent officers and become familiar with their duties of office.
  • Inform members of Society elections, and help them become familiar with the candidates.

DIVERSITY OFFICER

  • Encourage inclusivity of all types of people in your chapter and community.
  • SHARE Psi Chi’s Diversity Resources and activities to be used in meetings, classrooms, and events.
  • EDUCATE members about opportunities for diversity-related financial assistance and multicultural research.

CAMPUS/SGA LIAISON

  • Serve as liaison between Psi Chi and other campus organizations.
  • Promote interaction and cosponsorship with other campus organizations.

WEBMASTER

  • Maintain a chapter website.
  • Share chapter information and announcements.

AMBASSADOR/SOCIAL MEDIA VOICE

  • Promote awareness of Psi Chi to the chapter and the campus community at large.
  • Publicize all Psi Chi events, programs, and activities.

INDUCTION OFFICER

  • Assist the advisor with planning at least one induction ceremony per year to remain an active chapter.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR/COMMITTEE

This category often is broken into the following types of programs and activities:

  • Speakers/Symposia/Colloquia/Workshops/Field Trips
  • Service Projects/Philanthropies/Tutoring/Advising
  • Fund-raising
  • Social events

ALUMNI COORDINATOR

  • Serve as liaison with chapter and area alumni.
  • Establish and maintain a mailing list of chapter alumni.
  • Incorporate alumni into current chapter programs as speakers, workshop leaders, etc.

HISTORIAN

  • See that photographs are taken at Psi Chi events.
  • Promote awareness of anniversaries, past events, and successes.
  • Ensure that the chapter's historical records are properly preserved.
STUDENT/FACULTY LIAISON
  • Serve as a liaison between members/psychology students and faculty members.
  • Assist faculty members with student advising.

Successful Transitions

The most important officer duty is to preserve the continuity of the chapter. Before you take office, be sure to ask the outgoing officer to provide you with all information and materials necessary for you to do your very best!

Supporting Our Officers

Once your advisor updates you as an officer in the online system, please visit your Officer Admin page to download our Officer Guidelines document. This file contains tools and advice specific to performing your unique officer role. Officers recognized in the online system will also receive special e-mails with further advice.

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