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APA Elections Now Open!

9/20/2017-

by SIOP Administrative Office

APA Elections Now Open!

SIOP Formally Endorses Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President

The election for the American Psychological Association (APA) President began September 15 and will close October 30, 2017. President-elect ballots were sent to all APA Fellows, Members, and Voting Associates September 15.

APA members nominated five candidates to appear on the 2017 president-elect ballot. Members who have an email address on file with APA were sent the ballot by email. Those members who do not have an email address will be sent a paper ballot and have the option to vote online or by mail.

SIOP President Fred Oswald sent all candidates for APA President three questions that are directly related to SIOP interests. Three of the five candidates responded and their full answers appear on the SIOP website.

Read the candidates' answers here!

The SIOP Executive Board’s Emergency Action Committee unanimously approved a motion from the four APA Council Representatives representing SIOP/Division 14 (Georgia T. Chao, Deirdre Knapp, Gary Latham, and Stephen Stark), to formally endorse Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President.

This endorsement is based on the following information:

  1. On August 2, 2017, two of the five candidates for APA President made presentations to Council Representatives. Rosie Phillips Bingham was the only candidate that specifically mentioned I-O psychology, advocating for more I-O psychology in general psychology textbooks. A second candidate, Steven Hollon, was focused on only one issue – establishing guidelines for mental health practices.
  2. President Oswald invited all candidates to respond to questions related to SIOP interests. Only three candidates submitted responses (Bingham, Hollon, and Ray DiGiuseppe). Rosie Bingham’s responses were received first and viewed as comments specific for SIOP. All responses received can be found here.
  3. Council Representative Georgia Chao met with Rosie Bingham and was impressed with Rosie’s interest in Division 14 and her commitment to be inclusive. It was also observed that Rosie Bingham attended caucus meetings related to General Applied Psychology and the Caucus for Academic, Scientific, and Applied-Research Psychology.
  4. Of all five candidates, Rosie Bingham has, by far, the most experience in various aspects of APA Governance. She is highly respected in APA.

SIOP generally does not endorse a candidate for APA President. However, in 2004, SIOP’s Executive Committee formally endorsed Sharon Brehm, so there is a precedent for this action. A formal endorsement of a non-Division 14 member sends a clear signal to APA that Division 14 can play a visible role in APA governance. Although the general voting participation rate in APA elections hovers around 15%, last year over 600 of the 1400 eligible SIOP/APA voting members voted, making Division 14’s voting participation rate closer to 42%. Thus, formal endorsement of an APA Presidential candidate can raise Division 14’s influence in APA governance. Finally, formal endorsement may guide more Division 14 members to vote in APA elections, further increasing our clout.

FAQs for APA Presidential Election

1. When do we vote for APA President?

Voting begins on September 15 and closes on October 30. Most ballots will be sent via e-mail, but some paper ballots are still available.

2. What are the election rules?

Just like the voting process for SIOP President, you vote by ranking candidates from most preferred to least preferred. This process allows for instant-runoff voting when no candidate has a majority of votes in a round of vote counting. A subsequent round of vote counts is made when the last-placed candidate is eliminated and his/her votes are redistributed across remaining candidates, based on those voters’ rank-order.

For more information about the voting process, visit the APA website.

3. How many rounds of voting are typical in an APA election?

Historical data indicate that in 6 of the past 11 years, the winner was not determined until the 5th and final round. Since 1996, no election went less than 3 rounds. Thus, it is important to rank-order as many candidates as you can.

4. Are there any SIOP members running for APA President this year?

No.

5. Is SIOP endorsing any candidate this year?

YES! SIOP has formally endorsed Rosie Phillips Bingham for APA President. She has the most experience of all candidates in APA governance and believes APA must include a strong I-O presence. She has interests in applied psychology and is viewed by all four of SIOP’s APA Council Representatives as the best qualified candidate who would listen and respond to I-O concerns. More information regarding this endorsement can be found at the end of this FAQ and on the SIOP website.

6. What if I like one candidate best? Should I just rank that person #1 and leave the rest unranked?

No! You should rank order the others in order for your vote to influence subsequent rounds.

7. What happens if I don’t rank all candidates?

Not ranking a candidate guarantees that person will never receive your vote. However, not ranking two or more candidates will exhaust your ballot should vote counts go to late rounds with your unranked candidates. Thus, if the last rounds only consist of your unranked candidates, you would not have any influence over the final outcomes.

8. Any last words of advice?

Yes – VOTE! APA has more than 71,000 voting members, but it only took 9,553 to elect Jessica Henderson Daniel to APA President last year. There are over 1,400 SIOP members who are also eligible to vote in APA elections. Although the overall voter participation rate is around 15%, last year the SIOP/APA voter participation rate was about 42%! We can make an impact on APA Presidential elections. Please vote your conscience before the October 30 deadline!

For information about all candidates, you can read an article in the recent issue of the APA Monitor or  visit the APA elections page. You can also view video statements from the candidates on APA’s website.