PAEA has temporarily paused new applications for volunteer positions on our councils and committees.
Given the amount of change that the association is undergoing — including the Board’s updated planning process, significant growth in the number of member programs and their needs, and a shift toward higher-level strategic work at the council level — appointing new volunteers to our current councils and committees would pose a challenge. How can we bring new members onto our councils and committees when we’re not sure what our work will look like in 2017?
Pausing the volunteer appointment process for one year allows us to take a comprehensive look into the most effective way to align our volunteers and staff – and to allow the Board to consider the most impactful volunteer work to support our emerging strategy.
There are a few exceptions to this pause: first, chairs and members that are up for reappointment for a second term will still be brought forward for approval; second, the Journal of Physician Assistant Education Editorial Advisory Board and feature editors, and members of the Conference Council are exempt from this pause, as their work will be unchanged by any strategic planning developments.
We know that volunteer service is an important component of promotion and tenure — as well as your way to contribute to PAEA’s educational mission. We’ll certainly need your involvement in the coming year to help us address emergent challenges and opportunities. As these arise, we’ll appoint focused workgroups and task forces, announce these openings over the course of 2017, and encourage you to apply.
Questions? Email us at leadership@PAEAonline.org.