2022 CAATE Commissioner Election Process FAQ

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) announces the launch of the 2022 Call for Nominations for Commissioners.

The CAATE Board of Commissioners takes pride in leading the organization to achieve our mission of serving the public and profession by establishing and ensuring compliance with accreditation standards that facilitate quality outcomes, continuous improvement, innovation and diversity to enhance athletic training education.  Review the questions and answers below to learn more about the application process.  

What is the composition of the CAATE Board of Commissioners for this year’s nomination process?   

In September 2020, the CAATE Board of Commissioners voted to add three new members to the board for the specific goal of increasing the diversity of the board. One of these positions was allocated to ensure that the chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Leadership Development Committee would be added as a full voting member of the board. Therefore, additional board members are being sought to achieve the CAATE’s stated goal of enhancing board diversity.

In December 2020, the CAATE Board of Commissioners modified the bylaws of the organization related to the composition of the board. There is no longer a predetermined limit on the number of Board of Certification Inc. (“BOC”) certified athletic trainers who may serve on the commission at any one time, but, at all times, the board must contain a majority of BOC certified athletic trainers. In addition, there are no longer specific representatives from sponsoring organizations; rather, the board composition requires at least one public member, one physician member and one AT program administrative member, in addition to the majority of BOC-certified athletic trainers.

The bylaws have always contained a provision that the exact number of board members shall be determined by the board from time to time, and a provision that the board shall set forth procedures for selecting board members in the CAATE Policy & Procedure Manual.

How has the process changed for electing CAATE Board of Commissioners?

This year, the election process is changing from a programmatic election process to a board election process. The CAATE DEI & Leadership Development Committee, a volunteer committee made up entirely of BOC-certified athletic trainers from CAATE stakeholder programs, will review all applications received and will conduct interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be assessed based on the current and future needs of the commission. The committee will subsequently prepare a slate of candidates to be presented to the current CAATE Board of Commissioners, which will elect the new commissioner(s) at the CAATE Board of Commissioners meeting in September 2021.

Why did the process change?

As part of the CAATE’s new strategic plan, the commission is modeling nomination activities on nonprofit industry trends and best practices, as well as practices among accreditation and other nonprofit organizations. While not all accreditation agencies use this practice, the CAATE is looking to elect commissioners based on the specific competencies needed to advance the vision and mission of the organization. Specifically, we are seeking to enhance the diversity of the CAATE Board of Commissioners.

This change will help to create a diverse board maintaining a cutting-edge philosophy on governance by assuring that there are individuals with the qualifications necessary for service on the CAATE Board of Commissioners. This modification enabled the board to become much less prescriptive and empowered to actively recruit nominees who can meet the needs of the CAATE moving forward. This transition is an important and strategic move intended to benefit the CAATE and our stakeholders now and into the future.

How will this change benefit the CAATE? 

The nominations process has been expanded to include opportunities for anyone who is interested in service as a commissioner to submit an application. The requirement for serving as a peer reviewer has been removed so the field is no longer limited to just those who have participated in that process. In addition, this process has been modified to expand options for greater diversity of thought, experience and expertise.

What skills, abilities and experience does an applicant need to have?

The DEI & Leadership Development Committee is looking for applicants with high integrity, an inquiring mind, a willingness to ask hard questions and the ability to work well with others. Applicants must be free of any real or perceived conflicts of interest that would raise ethical concerns for the CAATE. Applicants should have the capacity and desire to represent the best interests of the CAATE stakeholders as a whole and have demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Applicants who are athletic trainers must also be in good standing with the Board of Certification Inc. (BOC) and regulatory bodies and have a current NPI number.

Additionally, the committee will give preference to individuals who have experience in the areas defined below, but applicants DO NOT need to have experience in all areas to apply.

  • Executive/leadership experience
  • Experience with internationally accredited academic programs
  • Experience in a leadership role with a nonprofit organization or academic program representing underrepresented industries and/or organizations
  • Experience supporting underrepresented persons/populations in either a professional or volunteer capacity
  • Knowledge of and experience with accreditation standards

Volunteer opportunities with the CAATE  

The CAATE is a volunteer organization comprised almost exclusively of volunteers from CAATE accredited AT programs. Any AT program faculty member or preceptor who is interested in participation on the CAATE Board of Commissioners is welcome to apply and should do so. ATs, clinicians and others who are not currently program faculty are also welcome to apply. In addition to service on the commission, individuals can apply to participate in any of the volunteer options that are available via the CAATE committees, task forces or as peer reviewers.

When are applications due? What is the process after that? 

Submissions are due by July 19, 2021. The CAATE DEI & Leadership Committee will review all applications, then conduct interviews with selected candidates. Candidates will be assessed based on the current and future needs of the commission. The committee will subsequently prepare a slate of candidates to be presented to the current CAATE Board of Commissioners, which will elect the new commissioner(s) at the CAATE Board of Commissioners meeting in September 2021.

New commissioners will begin their term as of Jan. 1, 2022. 

Where can I apply?  

You can apply here.