The Scientific Affairs Committee’s of IPS mandate is to advance psychological science by working on matters of importance to the psychological research community, CPA members and groups of researchers.
Amanda O’Brien, student rep.
Mary Lou Smith
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The Scientific Affairs Committee is a Standing Committee of the Board of Directors and reports to the Board through the Director Responsible for Scientific Affairs, who is the Committee Chair.
The Scientific Affairs Committee is composed of the Director Responsible for Scientific Affairs (Committee Chair) and those CPA members who volunteer or who are invited to sit on the Committee by the Chair.
CPA committees are important membership recruitment and retention vehicles. The goal of each committee chair is to recruit a minimum of 10 committee members from a diverse cross section of CPA members. The committee shall be comprised of at least 3 members whose research falls within the mandate of NSERC, 3 members within the SSHRC mandate and 3 members within the mandate of CIHR. The Committee needs to be active, with communications occurring at a frequency of once a month at a minimum. Committee membership is a good training and recruitment tool for senior positions within the Association and Committee members are excellent informed ambassadors for CPA and about CPA’s activities.
Committee members are responsible for pursuing the vision and terms of reference of the Committee. To this effect, members participate in all discussions pertaining to Scientific Affairs addressed by the Committee, and work on projects or issues brought forward by the Committee, the Board of Directors, the sections and/or the members as appropriate.
Committee members are appointed by the Board of Directors through the Board member responsible for the Committee for one year with the intention that members will serve for a three (3) year term. Membership recruitment and retirement is staggered to ensure continuity and Committee institutional memory.
Throughout the year communication will take place primarily through e-mail. Conference calls will be arranged as needed by the Chair. Meetings are minuted. Regular communication of the plans and activities of the Committee will be provided to the membership through the Committee’s Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting, articles in Psynopsis and information on the web site and to the Board of Directors through reports to each Board meeting by the Committee Chair/Co-Chair.