AAPA Vice President/Speaker of the House
AAPA Director/First Vice Speaker of the House
AAPA Director/Second Vice Speaker of the House
What is the House of Delegates?
AAPA Bylaws Article VI, Section 1
Duties and Responsibilities. The Academy shall have a House of Delegates, which shall represent the interests of the membership. The House of Delegates shall exercise the sole authority on behalf of the Academy to enact policies establishing the collective values, philosophies, and principles of the PA profession. The House of Delegates may make recommendations to the Board for granting charters to Chapters and for granting official recognition to specialty organizations. The House of Delegates may make recommendations to the Board for the establishment of Academy commissions and work groups, and shall establish such committees of the House of Delegates as necessary to fulfill its duties. The House of Delegates shall be entitled to vote on amendments to these Bylaws on behalf of the members in accordance with Article XIII of these Bylaws. The House of Delegates shall be solely responsible for establishing such rules of procedure, which are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation, or existing law, as may be necessary for carrying out the activities of the House (i.e. House of Delegates Standing Rules).
Open Terms & Position Descriptions
- AAPA Vice President/Speaker of the House: one-year term
- First Vice Speaker: one-year term
- Second Vice Speaker: one-year term
House of Delegates Officers also serve on AAPA’s Board of Directors in addition to their duties in the House of Delegates. See the Board of Directors General Election information for additional duties/responsibilities.
AAPA Board of Directors Manual, Section V
With regard to the BOD, the vice president shall:
- Conduct the duties of the vice president as articulated in the AAPA Bylaws.
- Preside at BOD meetings in the absence of the president/BOD chair.
- Communicate to the BOD the views and interests of the HOD on matters under consideration by the BOD.
- Communicate to the BOD and record for AAPA’s records, all HOD actions.
- Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of BOD committee, work group or task force members and chairs. Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of AAPA commission, work group, task force members and chairs.
- Provide consultation to the president in the appointment of the Graduate Advisor to the AAPA Student Academy Board of Directors and the BOD Representatives to the Nominating Work Group (in the event the outgoing immediate past president refuses or resigns the position).
- Serve on the following BOD committees:
- Executive Committee
- Finance Committee
- Internal Affairs Committee or External Affairs Committee
- Executive Compensation Committee
- Communicate to the president those referrals and requests from the HOD that fall under the purview of the BOD or are joint responsibilities of the BOD and the HOD.
- Bring as action items to the BOD those Bylaws changes initiated by the HOD and those Bylaws changes initiated by the BOD and amended by the HOD.
- Perform other duties as requested by the president/chair.
AAPA Bylaws, Article VI, Section 3
- Duties of House Officers.
- The Speaker shall preside at all meetings of the House of Delegates.
- The First Vice Speaker shall assume the duties of the Speaker in the event of the absence of the Speaker, or in the event of vacancy in the position of Speaker.
- The Second Vice Speaker will assume the duties of the First Vice Speaker in the absence of the First Vice Speaker, or in the event of vacancy in the position of First Vice Speaker.
- The Second Vice Speaker shall be responsible for verification of the credentials of the delegates, for compiling the records of all general meetings of the House of Delegates, and for submitting such records to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Academy for filing with the Academy’s books and records.
Eligibility and Qualifications
AAPA Bylaws, Article XIII, Section 3
- A candidate must be a fellow of AAPA.
- A candidate must be a member of an AAPA Chapter.
- A candidate must have been an AAPA fellow and/or student member for the last three years.
- A candidate must have accumulated at least three distinct years of experience in the past five years in at least two of the following major areas of professional involvement. This experience requirement will be waived for currently sitting AAPA Board members who choose to run for a subsequent term of office.
- An AAPA or constituent organization officer, board member, committee, council, commission, work group, task force chair.
- A delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates or a representative to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Assembly of Representatives.
- A board member, trustee, or committee chair of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, PA Foundation, Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History, American Academy of Physician Assistants Political Action Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association or National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
- AAPA Board appointee.
House Officer candidates must also be credentialed delegates to the 2020 HOD meeting.
2020 House of Delegates Election Timeline
|March 2||Candidate application available on website
House Officer candidates have a two-step application process. Once Part I has been received and eligibility has been verified, candidates will be emailed Part II of the application, which consists of a series of short answer questions.
|April 19||Deadline for candidate application submission|
|April 20-24||Candidate interviews conducted by the Nominating Work Group|
|May 1||Announcement of the 2020 HOD election slate of candidates (endorsed and self-declared)/candidate webpages live|
|May 18||Date eligible voters (delegates) in the House of Delegates Election need to have current Fellow or Student membership.
Those delegations who have not submitted a delegate list by this date risk being ineligible to vote in the House of Delegates Election.
|June 2 9:00 a.m. EDT||House Officer Election voting opens|
|June 15 5:00 p.m. EDT||House Officer Election voting closes|
|June 16||House Officer Election results announced|
|July 1||2020-2021 Leadership Year begins|
BOD/HOD Meetings Schedule
House Officers MeetingTBD – March 2021Alexandria, VA
|BOD Orientation & Summer Meeting (First Quarter)||July 17-20, 2020||Alexandria, VA|
|House Officers Meeting||TBD – July 2020||Alexandria, VA|
|House Officers Meeting||TBD – Late Sept/Early Oct 2020||Alexandria, VA|
|Fall BOD Meeting (Second Quarter)||November 19, 2020||TBD|
|House of Delegates Meeting||November 20-22, 2020||TBD|
|Winter BOD Meeting (Third Quarter)||TBD – Feb/March 2021 (coincides with AAPA’s Leadership and Advocacy Summit)||Alexandria, VA|
|Leadership and Advocacy Summit||TBD – Feb/March 2021||TBD|
|AAPA Conference BOD Meeting (Fourth Quarter)||May 20, 2021||Philadelphia, PA|
|House of Delegates Meeting||May 21-23, 2021||Philadelphia, PA|
Who is Eligible to Vote?
Per Article XIII, Section 5:
Eligible voters for House Officers and for elected members of Nominating Work Group are voting members of the House of Delegates who are present at the time of the election.
For all positions, eligible voters must be current members in good standing (fellow or student) as of the date that is fifteen (15) days before the respective election.
HOD Standing Rules
Per SR-2625, “The voting membership of the House of Delegates shall consist of delegates present at the time of elections who are apportioned and eligible to vote.”
Without an HOD Meeting in May, how will the House Officer Elections take place?
Board leadership continuity is critical to the business of AAPA. Due to the cancellation of AAPA 2020, the HOD Election must still occur in order to seat a full AAPA Board of Directors when the 2020-21 leadership year begins on July 1.
Voting in the HOD Election was already going to be conducted via an electronic ballot through AAPA’s third-party, independent election vendor. Rather than receiving your voting login information onsite at the HOD meeting, credentialed HOD delegates will receive a secure email containing their unique login information with a link to the ballot.
To learn more, see the 2020 House of Delegates Election Frequently Asked Questions.