Call for Commissioners

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. Learn more about the submission process in our FAQ

As part of our new strategic plan, the commission is modeling our nomination activities on nonprofit industry trends and best practices, as well as practices among related accreditation organizations. The CAATE Board of Commissioners has approved a transition from the historic programmatic election process to a new board election process. The goal of this transition is to elect Commissioners based on the specific competencies needed to advance the vision and mission of the organization.  

In support of the CAATE’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitments — as defined in our in our DEI statement — the CAATE is explicitly seeking to enhance the diversity of the CAATE Board of Commissioners. We are seeking individuals with the following skills and abilities:

  • Be individuals of the highest integrity and have an inquiring mind, a willingness to ask hard questions and the ability to work well with others. 
  • Be free of any conflict of interest that would violate any applicable ethics of the CAATE. 
  • Have the capacity and desire to represent the best interests of the CAATE stakeholders as a whole. 
  • Have demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Nominees are not required to hold the ATC credential, but those who do must be in good standing with the Board of Certification (BOC) and regulatory bodies (no negative practice sanctions) and have a current NPI number. 

The CAATE DEI & Leadership Development Committee has been tasked with managing the nominations process. The committee is responsible for assessing the existing competencies possessed by the CAATE Board of Commissioners against the ongoing needs of the organization in terms of strategic initiatives, skill needs or gaps, and diversification of thought and experience, and has identified the desired competencies for nominees.    

The DEI & Leadership Development Committee will give preference to individuals who have experience in the areas defined below. Applicants DO NOT need to have experience in all areas to apply.

  • Executive/leadership experience  
  • Critical, strategic and innovative thinking  
  • Experience with international organizations or internationally accredited academic programs 
  • Experience supporting underrepresented persons/populations in either a professional or volunteer capacity  
  • Ability and willingness to devote time and energy to meet the responsibilities and expectations of the CAATE Board of Commissioners  
  • Knowledge of and experience with accreditation standards, or willingness to become knowledgeable 

The CAATE DEI & Leadership Development Committee 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 who 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.  

The change from a programmatic election process to a board election process will help the board maintain a cutting-edge philosophy on governance by assuring we have individuals with the qualifications necessary for service on the CAATE Board of Commissioners. This transition from program election to board election is an important and strategic move intended to benefit the CAATE and our stakeholders now and into the future. CAATE-accredited programs are invited to participate in this process by seeking well-qualified and diverse candidates and encouraging them to apply for the CAATE Board of Commissioners.  

Submissions are due by July 19. Applicants must complete the online form, upload their CV/resume, provide three references and be willing to attend a 20-30 minute interview via Zoom with members of the CAATE DEI & Leadership Development Committee. Interviews will be scheduled after July 15, 2021. Finalists may be asked to meet with the current CAATE Board of Commissioners via Zoom or in person at their September meeting. 

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Learn more about the submission process in our FAQ.  In addition, access the CAATE policy and procedure manual to learn more about the CAATE.