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Establishment of Preservice Division
(formerly Student Chapter)
For more than a year, the NAEA Board of Directors studied a proposal submitted by Student Chapter leaders calling for the establishment of a new Preservice Division. Currently, members are represented on the National Board of Directors through one of four regions headed by elected Regional Vice Presidents; or by one of six divisions, headed by elected Division Directors: Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Supervision/Administration, Higher Education, or Museum Education.
Based upon careful study that included input from state affiliate leaders, review of current governance and fiscal impact, and NAEA policy, the Board recommended action by the 2013 Delegates Assembly. Past President F. Robert Sabol—along with Regional Vice Presidents Linda Popp, Penelope Venola, Debra Pylypiw, and Laura Milas—presented the recommendation to the 2013 Assembly; registered delegates voted unanimously to recommend the establishment of a new Preservice Division to the membership for their consideration and vote.
Members voted yes on the proposed new Preservice Division and related amendment to the NAEA Constitution. The Student Chapter leadership structure will transition over this year and next to align with the NAEA Division structures. According to NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen, “such action clearly indicates the value of engaging preservice art educators [those who spend 51% or more of their time in undergraduate or graduate studies] in leadership conversations that will help shape the future of NAEA.”