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Program Committee

The Program Committee provides educational and networking opportunities for members and physical therapy educators, working collaboratively with all leaders within ACAPT, the Education Section of APTA, and other outside stakeholder groups.

Purpose:  The Program Committee provides educational and networking opportunities for members and physical therapy educators, working collaboratively with all leaders within ACAPT, the Academy of Physical Therapy Education, APTA, and other outside stakeholder groups.

Elected/Appointed
:  Appointed.  Appointee must be an “Individual Member” of an ACAPT member institution, as defined in the ACAPT bylaws.

Term:  The chair of this committee is appointed by the Board of Directors at the beginning to of the term. There is a 3-year term limit for committee members and no committee member may serve more than two consecutive terms without board approval.

Composition:  The suggested composition of the Program Committee is:

  • One program director
  • One  residency/fellowship director
  • One clinical education director
  • One clinician member
  • Two department chairs
  • One faculty member

The board shall appoint one of the above individuals to serve as Chair of this committee.  The committee will also have an ACAPT board member liaison. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Advises the Board of Directors on matters pertaining to ACAPT’s and its members’ educational needs and growth.
  2. Works closely with the Board Liaison and Executive Director to develop plans and timelines.
  3. Interacts with Consortia chairs and other stakeholder groups to facilitate and coordinate programming efforts.
  4. Develops and proposes a budget by date requested by ACAPT’s Treasurer to accomplish goals and objectives.
  5. Makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for appointment of members as needed to assist in planning and on site management of the programs.
  6. Submits written reports regarding programming when requested.
  7. Coordinates advertising and marketing initiatives with ACAPT’s Marketing Specialist.
  8. Works with ACAPT’s Events Coordinator to procure signed speaker agreements.
  9. Communicates on a regular basis with board liaison regarding program issues related to planning, administration and evaluation. 
  10. Conducts an educational needs assessment of membership as appropriate.
  11. Pursues program sponsors and exhibitors.

Qualifications:  The committee chair must be an active or life member in good standing with a particular interest in communications and possess organization skills.  Additional members of the committee are not required to be active members of ACAPT.

Evaluation:  The Board of Directors will have an opportunity to evaluate the committee yearly.  The goal of the evaluation process is to improve function of the office to provide personal and professional development.

Copyright Assignment: Members of the committee will be required to execute an ACAPT Guidelines and Assignment of Copyright to ACAPT before the commencement of the work to be completed as part of the purpose and objectives of this committee.

To apply:  Send an email with your name, CV, an explanation that describes your reason(s) and qualifications to serve in the position  and an executed assignment of copyright to the ACAPT Executive Office at acapt@apta.org by January 22, 2020, to be considered for appointment. 

All applications shall be compiled and retained by the Executive Office and shared with the Board of Directors.  All applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision by early February 2020.

The Program Committee Team

  • Merrill Landers, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS - Chairperson
  • Christine McCallum, PT, PhD
  • Tawna Wilkinson, PT, DPT, PhD
  • Mary Blackinton, PT, EdD, CEEAA, GCS - ACAPT Board Liaison





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