The Nomination and Selection Committee of the NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation is inviting nominations for Commissioners to serve one term January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2017, with the possibility of a second term January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2020.
Any member of the public may make nominations.
Responsibilities: The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has the primary charge of rendering accreditation decisions. The Commission is a self-managing group, with clear structure, policies, and procedures that support the accreditation decision-making process. Commission members primarily represent early childhood leaders from associate degree programs, along with professionals from four-year and graduate teacher education and other sectors of the early childhood field. Commission members have vested responsibility for the accreditation decision-making process. The Commission also contributes to accreditation policy and procedures, and the revision of professional preparation standards. (2011 Accreditation Handbook p. 6) The Commission is guided by its own founding principles as well as the guidelines for strong higher education accreditation practice as defined by Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and the U.S. Department of Education.
Commission members commit to attend two meetings a year at NAEYC Headquarters (February and June) and to participate in one online meeting (October); to actively serve as a member of at least one working committee; and to participate in accreditation training and orientation sessions. Preparation for Commission meetings includes intensive review and critical assessment of Self-Study Reports, Peer Review Team Reports, and Written Responses to the team report. Please note that the February and June meetings each last three days.
Commissioners serve for three years and are limited to two consecutive terms. The composition of the Commission reflects NAEYC’s commitment to being a high-performing, inclusive organization. The Commission is committed to assuring that its composition (1) reflects the diversity of its constituency with specific attention to culture and ethnicity, language, geographic location, and gender; and (2) reflects a range of experience that supports the mission and responsibilities of the Commission and the Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation process. Qualifications include the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to make high-stakes accreditation decisions including the following:
Professional Criteria: Demonstrated commitment to the aims of early childhood teacher education at the associate degree level; understanding of the nature of program accreditation systems, policy and procedures; respect for the confidential, fair, and impartial nature of accreditation decisions; prior or current professional experience related to early childhood professional preparation at the associate degree level; prior service on a community, state or national board; and familiarity with the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs.
Personal Criteria: Demonstrated ability to: work and make decisions in a close collegial relationship; strive for consensus within a group but take responsibility for actions based on a vote by the quorum; express individual questions and concerns and hear the perspectives and opinions of others; consider information and data impartially and make rational and timely decisions; and communicate decisions effectively in written decision reports. In addition, candidates must be willing and able to serve a three-year term. (2011 Accreditation Handbook p. 6)
Priority Areas: Priority will be given to qualified applicants from states west of the Mississippi, as well as those who are familiar with NAEYC Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation.
How to submit:
► If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, please complete this Nomination Form and return as an attached file to email@example.com. Please include “Commission nomination” in the subject line.
► If you are interested in directly applying for the role, you may skip the nomination form and instead complete this Application Form and return as an attached file along with a copy of your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Commission application” in the subject line.
Nomination Forms are due by midnight January 31, 2014. Application Forms are due by midnight March 1, 2014.