2015 TOPSS Call For Nominations

If you would like to become more involved in APA's Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS), and are interested in gaining leadership experience and positively impacting the teaching of high school psychology, we encourage you to consider serving on the TOPSS Committee.

TOPSS is especially interested in encouraging individuals in all locations and from diverse backgrounds (including diversity in race/ethnicity, gender, ability/disability, sexual orientation, age, and religion) to consider running for TOPSS office. 

Positions open to nomination:
  • Chair-elect (three-year position).

  • Member-at-large (2) (two-year position).

The TOPSS Committee meets twice a year, in spring and fall in Washington, D.C. APA covers travel and accommodation expenses. Please consider nominating a colleague who you feel would make a positive impact. Self-nominations are also welcomed.

Nominations are due by July 1, 2015.

How to Nominate

Nominees for the 2015 TOPSS election are asked to submit the following materials/documents, to be posted to the TOPSS website during the voting period:

  • Vita or resume.

  • Personal statement addressing how the candidate would support and further the mission of TOPSS.

Personal statements must be limited to one page (font size may be 10 point, and margins can be adjusted accordingly) and provide information in three sections: 

  1. Education and professional experience.
  2. Professional activities and honors.
  3. A platform statement.  

Position descriptions and an example of past platform statements (PDF, 32KB) are available for review. Please note that previous platform statements did not ask candidates to address how they would support and further the mission of TOPSS.

Send nominations and materials (electronic submissions accepted) to:

Emily Leary Chesnes
APA Education Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242


The mission of the APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is to:

  1. Promote the highest standards in teaching of psychology both as a science and discipline.
  2. Promote professional development and other means for lifelong learning for high school teachers of psychology.
  3. Increase professional identity and promote leadership for high school teachers of psychology.
  4. Facilitate networking, including the formation of both horizontal and vertical linkages, among teachers from all teaching levels of psychology.
  5. Encourage recruitment and retention of students, particularly minorities, in the field of psychology.
  6. Enhance visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology within the American Psychological Association.
  7. Enhance the visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology with other members of the psychological community.
  8. Recommend the appropriate response advocacy, education policy, and certification issues that impact on the quality or viability of teaching of high school psychology.