Project Committees (PC)
Student Assembly Project Committees (PC) are established by the Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD) for the purpose of supporting the SABoD annual goals. Each PC is comprised of 1 or 2 chairs and 5 to 7 members who are appointed through an annual application process.
Each PC regularly collaborates with an assigned member of the SABoD and APTA staff. The assigned SABoD member will assist the PC Chair(s) and Members in establishing and accomplishing their goals for the year. While the weekly commitments differ for each PC according to tasks and time of year, Chairs can expect to devote between 3-7 hours/week and members between 1-5 hours/week performing committee-related activities. Each PC should present their achievements to the Student Assembly prior to the National Student Conclave (NSC). It is the responsibility of all Project Committees to collaborate with the Director of Communications to create and coordinate social media posts for Student Assembly social media pages.
Student Assembly Liaisons
Student Assembly Liaisons are also appointed by the SABoD through an annual application process and serve as a direct link between the Student Assembly and a specific component of APTA. Liaisons can expect to devote between 2-6 hours/week performing position-related activities.
Participating in a Project Committee or Becoming a Liaison
The 2017 application process is now closed.
Contact information for appointed project committee chairs will be posted here later this year.
2016-2017 Project Committees
Download the roster (.xlsx) of current project committee members. Read about the project committees below.
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to promote the advancement of the physical therapy profession to better serve the needs of society by promoting APTA's consumer-centricity and developing cultural competency within the Student Assembly. This committee should foster student opportunities in community service, public health awareness, and engagement with minority and underserved populations by working with APTA staff to further the profession's commitment to improving health and wellness within the community.
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to promote the advancement of the physical therapy profession to better serve the needs of society through promotion of APTA's consumer-centricity and development of cultural competency within the Student Assembly. This committee should promote awareness of global affairs concerning physical therapy and various opportunities available for students abroad. The committee should establish connections with the World Confederation of Physical Therapy and the Global Health Special Interest Group under the APTA Health Policy and Administration Section. This committee should promote international service learning opportunities for students and connect with international physical therapy programs and associations to increase global networking.
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to improve communication across the spectrum of all students and professionals. This committee should promote collaboration, education, and networking between students and professionals across various healthcare disciplines and specialties. While anticipating health care transformations, this committee could advance PT and PTA student understanding of and experience with providing patient-centered care as part of an interprofessional team.
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to strengthen the APTA by increasing student membership. This committee should work with APTA staff to develop and maintain initiatives focused on creating and retaining student membership. This committee should create materials and resources for students that guide them through their specific year in school. Methods for membership promotion, retention, and value should be explored. This committee should also help inspire the next generation of physical therapists by promoting ways for students to mentor and educate today's youth who are interested in health care careers.
National Student Conclave (NSC)
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to increase student involvement within APTA through increased involvement at National Student Conclave. This committee will collaborate with APTA staff to develop a student-centered conference that enables attendees to experience the opportunities, support, and community that exists within the physical therapy profession. Partner with other Project Committees to compile the ultimate student experience.
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to promote advancement of the physical therapy profession to better serve the needs of society by facilitating student involvement with advocacy efforts. This committee should work with APTA staff to promote current advocacy strategies that directly impact the relationship between therapist and client/patient. The committee should promote efforts from APTA to educate students on public policy issues impacting the physical therapy profession, and, when necessary, demonstrate this as a committee through legislative action.
Student Special Interest Group (SSIG) and Core Ambassadors
Mission: The work of this committee should align with the Student Assembly's goal to improve communication across the spectrum of all students and professionals. This committee should aim to keep PT and PTA students aware of, interested in, and involved with APTA opportunities through utilization of the Core Ambassadors (CAs) and Student Special Interest Groups (SSIGs). This committee should promote communication between CAs and SSIGs while ensuring they have optimal resources to serve students in their states effectively. The committee should foster growth of the Loop Connection Network (LCN) initiatives and develop innovative ways to increase engagement and streamline communication by utilizing the LCN. This committee could assist sections and chapters on starting new SSIGs and work with the vice president to connect CAs and SSIG leaders to encourage collaboration and optimize student involvement in their state. It is encourage that this project committee be chaired by a current or previous Core Ambassador.
Student Assembly Liaisons
Mission: This liaison should represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), which promotes excellence in education, scholarship, research, practice, and service to improve the health and wellness of society. The ACAPT liaison should collaborate with ACAPT to address student issues while also promoting awareness of and involvement with ACAPT’s role in student education.
Foundation for Physical Therapy Liaison:
Mission: This liaison should represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with the Foundation for Physical Therapy, which funds and publicizes physical therapy research, determines the scientific basis and value of services intended to optimize physical functioning, and develops the next generation of researchers. The Foundation for PT Liaison should assist the Foundation in promoting and organizing the Marquette Challenge as well as overall Foundation fundraising while promoting awareness of the Foundation’s vital role in the physical therapy profession.
Mission: This liaison should represent the Student Assembly in collaboration with APTA staff on PTNow, APTA's evidence-based practice website, which translates physical therapy knowledge into action, and helps clinicians and students improve their clinical decision making. The student PTNow Liaison should represent the Student Assembly’s needs to PTNow as well as support PTNow initiatives that involve student input and assistance. In addition to one PTNow enhancement project performed throughout the term, the student liaison may receive funding to attend National Student Conclave to assist with demonstrating PTNow to other students in the exhibit hall or during educational programming.
Mission: This liaison should represent the Student Assembly to raise awareness about the PT-PAC through education and engagement. The PT-PAC is APTA's political grassroots funding network that provides members access to legislators to champion physical therapy legislative interests at the federal level. The PT-PAC liaison should assist the APTA PT-PAC staff in educating students about the purpose of the PT-PAC and promoting student engagement with the PT-PAC. The PT-PAC liaison should set the example in PT advocacy and giving to the PT-PAC.
Disclaimer: It is recommended that all PC Chairs, members, and Liaisons serve a one-year term beginning in January. All PC Committee and Liaison positions and descriptions are approved by each Student Assembly Board of Directors (SABoD). The 2016-2017 SABoD has the right to change, add or remove any and all of the positions and descriptions noted above. You will be notified of any changes prior to being placed in position.