Leadership Positions and Nominations

Leadership Structure and Officer Positions

The APPAM Policy Council is organization's governing board and is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy. The Policy Council includes the Executive Committee and four cohorts serving staggered terms. Standing member committees help conduct APPAM’s business and advise the Policy Council and leadership on decisions. Together, these groups work with staff to implement APPAM's strategic plan. 

Executive Committee

The Executive committee is comprised of five officers serving two-year terms.


The President-Elect is elected each year at the Annual Membership Meeting to be the convener of the next Annual Fall Research Conference. In that capacity, the President-Elect is responsible for selecting the conference theme, recruiting the Program Committee, and coordinating the acceptances and rejections of proposals for the program. The President-Elect serves on the APPAM Executive Committee and Policy Council.

Upon completing the year, the President-Elect subsequently becomes APPAM's President. The President chairs the Executive Committee and the Policy Council, is the senior decision maker for the association and serves as its leading spokesperson and representative. The President also oversees the work of the Executive Director and gives the Presidential Address at the Annual Fall Research Conference.

The Immediate Past-President of APPAM serves for an additional year on the Executive Committee and Policy Council to provide greater continuity in the leadership of the association.

Vice President

APPAM has two vice presidents who serve staggered, two-year terms. Both vice presidents may be called upon to serve in various capacities in the absence of the president or president-elect and both serve on the APPAM Executive Committee and Policy Council. A new junior vice president is elected each year.


The APPAM secretary is responsible for keeping official minutes of the Policy Council meetings. The secretary also represents the association in circumstances requiring official certification of APPAM activities. The secretary is a member of the Executive Committee and the Policy Council. New secretaries are elected every other year and serve a two year term.


The APPAM treasurer is the association's chief financial officer, responsible for monitoring the financial operations of the APPAM office and the executive director. The treasurer makes regular financial reports to the Executive Committee and Policy Council, helps to guide the investment of the Association's financial reserves, and approves all large expenditures of the Association's money. The treasurer is a member of the Executive Committee and the Policy Council. The treasurer serves a two-year term.

Chair of Institutional Representatives

The chair of the APPAM institutional representatives convenes the two meetings of the institutional representatives every year, and acts on their behalf to implement activities of interest to the institutions. The chair of the institutional representatives is a member of the Executive Committee and the Policy Council. The term is for two years, and the new chair is elected in the spring.

Policy Council Members

In addition to the Executive Committee, the Policy Council is comprised of six representative members. Each member serves a four-year term, with exception of the student representative who serves a two-year term.

  • Researcher in an academic setting

  • Researcher in an academic setting, early career (within ten years of earning a terminal degree)

  • Two researchers in non-academic settings

  • Institutional representative

  • Student representative




Committees meet virtually six times each year and committee members attend the quarterly Policy Council meetings. In consultation with the Executive Director, the current President appoints members of the Policy Council to committees following the election every January.

Standing Committees

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee 

This committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the Association’s activities to promote diversity in its membership, at its member schools, and in its leadership.

Dissertation Committee

This committee reviews all the submissions for the PhD dissertation award and picks a winner and two runners up for the annual award, presented at the Annual Fall Research Conference.

Institutional Representatives Committee

This committee is comprised of the four elected institutional representatives on the Policy Council and is charged with ensuring that the interests of the APAPM institutional representative members are well represented on the Policy Council.

Meetings & Conferences Committee 

This committee advises the operations, logistics, agendas, sites and all other details for all APPAM meetings and conferences.

Membership Committee

This committee helps develop membership recruitment plans and priorities, develops new membership benefits as appropriate, evaluates membership trends, assesses renewal strategies and member satisfaction.

Nominating Committee

This committee prepares a slate of candidates for the annual election to the APPAM Executive Committee and Policy Council. They work with the Diversity Committee to ensure that the slate of candidates for election to leadership is as diverse as possible.

Policy Relevance, Development and Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for ensuring that all APPAM activities and events connect policy to practice and helping identify and implement training and educational opportunities for all APPAM members, across all communication channels and platforms.

Student Activities (SAC) Committee

This committee oversees student activities, programs student sessions at the Annual Fall Research Conference and considers ways to strengthen the representation of students in all APPAM activities and events. The committee is comprised entirely of students and includes one of the student members on the Policy Council.


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