Election and Appointments

Terms Lengths and Limits

The Director is elected by vote of all PSA members to a 5-year term with no term limits.

Associate Directors are elected by all PSA members to a 4-year term with no term limits.

Assistant Directors are elected by vote of the Director and Associate Directors to a 3-year term with no term limits. 

All Directors can resign from their position at any time if they can no longer fulfill their duties for any reason. Appointment or Election of a replacement will be initiated within 1 month of their resignation.

Committee members are appointed to two-year terms with no term limits by Assistant Directors.

Any PSA member can nominate another PSA member, be nominated by another PSA member, or self-nominate for any of the above-listed positions.

Election Procedures 

All nominated candidates will be given the opportunity to share up to 1,000 words on their policy positions and how they would intend to lead in the PSA. The PSA will use a rank order voting procedure with instant-runoffs (IRV). For all elections, voters will rank order as many nominated candidates as they choose to, with a 1 indicating their most preferred candidate, a 2 indicating their second, and so on. Winner selection will then follow the IRV decision process depicted in the figure below. Each Associate Director election will be overseen by the Associate Director furthest from reelection. The Associate Directors will collectively oversee the election for the Director (Associate Directors running for Director will recuse themselves from the election process). Assistant directors from the same committee are elected in two slates to avoid the possibility that all directors from a single committee rotate out of their positions at the same time.

Elections Schedule

Currently

Assistant Director of Funding: Thuy-vy Nguyen’s seat (if the committee continues)

Assistant Director of Ethics: Marietta Papadatou-Pastou’s seat

Assistant Director of Community Building and Network Expansion: Crystal Steltenpohl’s seat

January 2021

Associate Director of Project Monitoring, Data and Methods, Training: Hans IJzerman’s seat

Assistant Director of Data and Methods: Jessica Flake’s seat

Assistant Director of Training: Sau-Chin Chen’s seat

Assistant Director of Translation and Cultural Diversity: Chuan-Peng Hu’s seat

July 2021

Associate Director of Study Selection, TCDC, Data and Methods: Heather Urry’s seat

Assistant Director of Project Monitoring: Hannah Moshontz’s seat

Assistant Director of Study Selection: Kathleen Schmidt’s seat

January 2022

Associate Director of Ethics, CBNEC, Funding: Dana Basnight-Brown’s seat

Assistant Director of Community Building and Network Expansion: Natalia Dutra’s seat

Assistant Director of Funding: Neil Lewis, Jr.’s seat (if the committee continues)

July 2022

Associate Director of Project Monitoring, Study Selection: Charlie Ebersole’s seat

Assistant Director of Data and Methods: Patrick Forscher’s seat

Assistant Director of Training: Erin Buchanan’s seat

Assistant Director of Translation and Cultural Diversity: Ilker Dalger’s seat

January 2023

Director: Chris Chartier’s seat

Assistant Director of Project Monitoring: Jordan Wagge

Assistant Director of Study Selection: Peter Jonason’s seat