To better represent the interests of Psychology students in Canada, the Section Executive has decided on a new set of Executive positions for the 2012-2013 year.

Chair

  • Responsible for general and specific organization of Section goals and activities
  • Regularly communicates with Section Executive and CPA Head Office
  • Works to advance Section mission of increasing the voice of psychology students in Canadian universities
  • Coordinates Section program at annual convention, including organizing the review of section submissions, coordinating planning of section presentations, attaining an invited speaker, and managing the business meeting
  • Writes articles for Psynopsis/Mind Pad as necessary or appropriate
  • Expected to attend the annual convention

Chair-Elect

  • Assists in decision-making and organization of Section activities
  • Participates in convention preparation
  • Works with Chair over the course of the year
  • Manages student submissions to Psynopsis with an aim at having student submissions in each issue; includes calls for submissions
  • Every third year, the Chair-Elect will sit concurrently as the Student Member on the CPA Board of Directors and will continue to hold the position during their time in the Chair and Past-Chair positions
  • Expected to attend the annual convention

Past-Chair

  • Helps transition Chair into his/her new role
  • Available for consultation and feedback
  • Help facilitate transitions in working relationships between Chair and CPA representatives
  • Appoints Editor-in-Chief of Mind Pad; may appoint him or herself

Administration and Finance Officer

  • Maintains Section budget, including coordinating reimbursements and ongoing communication with the CPA Finance Coordinator
  • Reviews budget to determine if there are budgetary shortfalls for Section activities
  • Responsible for keeping track of all incoming and outgoing monetary transactions
  • Prepares minutes of all Executive meetings; circulates minutes to Executive for review before deeming them final
  • Maintains all internal Section documents, including Executive contact list and historical records (e.g., agendas, minutes, reports, by-laws)
  • Schedules meetings of the Executive as directed by the Chair
  • Works with Chair to ensure that the Section meets all necessary deadlines
  • Assists Graduate Student Affairs Officer and Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer with Student Representative program, as needed

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

  • Along with the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer, maintains the Student Representative program
  • Responsible for management of graduate Student Representatives and faculty Representatives
  • Management of Representatives includes:
    • Recruitment of new Representatives
    • Ongoing communication with current Representatives
    • Ensuring that current Representatives are active
    • Handling inquiries from graduate students or faculty interested in become a representative
    • Distribute and collect bi-annual representative reports from Representatives (sent out in October and April each year)
    • Review concerns/issues/suggestions mentioned in bi-annual reports and addressing them in a timely manner, including contacting Student Representatives that have asked to be responded to individually
    • Along with the Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer, tabulates responses and circulates common questions/concerns among Representatives, and ensures that questions/concerns are discussed by the Section Executive as appropriate
    • Assists Representatives with ideas of how to increase exposure of CPA at their home institutions
    • Collaborates with Communications Officer to ensure that the Representative list on the website is up-to-date
    • May seek assistance of the Administration and Finance Officer for any of the above duties

Undergraduate Student Affairs Officer

  • Along with the Graduate Student Affairs Officer, maintains the Student Representative program
  • Responsible for management of undergraduate Student Representatives
  • Management of Representatives includes:
    • Recruitment of new Representatives
    • Ongoing communication with current Representatives
    • Ensuring that current Representatives are active
    • Handling inquiries from graduate students or faculty interested in become a representative
    • Distribute and collect bi-annual representative reports from Representatives (sent out in October and April each year)
    • Review concerns/issues/suggestions mentioned in bi-annual reports and addressing them in a timely manner, including contacting Student Representatives that have asked to be responded to individually
    • Along with the Graduate Student Affairs Officer, tabulates responses and circulates common questions/concerns among Representatives, and ensures that questions/concerns are discussed by the Section Executive as appropriate
    • Assists Representatives with ideas of how to increase exposure of CPA at their home institutions
    • Collaborates with Communications Officer to ensure that the Representative list on the website is up-to-date
    • May seek assistance of the Administration and Finance Officer for any of the above duties
    • Should ideally be a first or second year graduate student or senior undergraduate student in order to be in touch with undergraduate student needs and current issues

Communications Officer

  • Main contact point for students in, or interested in, psychology
  • Coordinates and sends Section News to Section members, on at least a bi-monthly basis
  • Maintains the annual Convention package
  • Proofreads official Section documents and communications
  • Coordinates sending materials via the Section listserv
  • Maintains the Section website, including all sections of the website
  • Maintains any electronic forums hosted by the Section
  • Maintains online voting system

Francophone Affairs Officer

  • Must be fully bilingual (spoken and written) in French and English
  • Engages in outreach activities to Francophone students and psychology programs in Canada
  • Advises Executive on issues pertaining to the Francophone psychological community, and on issues of sensitivity to Francophone members
  • Responsible for prompt and accurate translations (English-French and French-English) of Section materials (e.g., Sections News, listserv postings, website pages, voting applicant profiles)
  • Representative on the Executive on behalf of all francophone communities across Canada