Council on Practice Advancement Chair

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Signup Deadline: 10-06-2023
Starts: 07-01-2024
Ends: 06-30-2028


The Council on Practice Advancement (COPA) is currently seeking applications for a representative to serve as the Council Chair. 

COPA is a settings based council comprised of members who represent a variety of settings within our ten committees housed under the Council on Practice Advancement. These ten committees include: Armed Forces, Rehabilitation Clinic, Health Care Administration, Occupational, Performing Arts, Physician Practice, Private and Emerging Practice, Public Safety, Community Outreach and Analytics and Outcomes.

The mission of COPA is to represent the professional practice settings of athletic training by increasing awareness, demonstrating value and assisting in efforts to expand and advance the profession.

It is recommended the Chair of COPA have recently served on one of COPA’s committees within the last five years. Previous Committee Chairs of COPA’s Committees are highly encouraged to apply.

If selected, this position is a two-year term beginning June 2024, renewable once through June 2028. Upon appointment, the individual would immediately begin a shadowing process with the outgoing chair.

In addition to general expectations of all NATA committee members, all volunteers must be certified or certified-retired NATA members in good standing with an NPI number.


Additional Scope of Work

  1. Define and communicate clear goals for the committee and set a plan for achieving those goals.
  2. Plan for and lead regular on-line meetings, conference calls and the annual in-person meeting in conjunction with the NATA Clinical Symposia and AT Expo and the Joint Committee Meeting, if applicable.
  3. Communicate regularly with my members, board liaison and staff liaison.
  4. Distribute agenda and support materials for all meetings at least two weeks in advance.
  5. Lead the discussions at scheduled meetings, having read the agenda and all background support materials relevant to the meeting. Display and promote open communication and courteous conduct at all meetings.
  6. Openly debate issues with respect and rapport without making personal attacks.
  7. Promote what is best for the entire committee and for the profession, not my personal agenda.
  8. Serve as the tie-breaking vote when the committee is divided in its decision.
  9. Submit reports at least once annually for the board meeting, plus additional reports if requested, detailing committee activities including, but not limited to, progress on projects and board recommendations.
  10. Participate in the annual Volunteer Experience survey and Committee Member Evaluation process.
  11. Follow the timeline and procedure for the annual committee member appointment/renewal process.
  12. Represent the NATA and my committee in a positive and supportive manner at all times.
  13. Avoid conflicts of interest between my position as an NATA volunteer and my personal and professional life. When necessary, I shall declare a conflict of interest and abstain from both the discussion and voting of any matter in which I have a personal or business interest. A conflict of interest is defined as any social, professional or economic relationship with individuals or the matter at hand that could affect my judgment and result in an outcome that might not reflect the best interests of the NATA and/or my committee.
  14. Support in a positive manner all actions taken by the committee and association, even when I disagree with such actions.
  15. Uphold the NATA Code of Ethics
  16. Cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment
  17. Contribute towards providing programming, research and resources to support cultural competency and ensure athletic trainers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to better serve diverse populations.
  18. Ensure that the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and access are embedded in continuing education, conferences, communications, and the work of the association.
  19. Examine processes, policies, practices, communications, structures and barriers with an equity lens to promote authentic engagement, access, and inclusion of diverse individuals.
  20. Increase transparency and accountability on diversity, equity, inclusion and access by sharing data and information about the committee’s journey and commitments.
  21. Support and intentionally promote a diverse athletic training profession.

By accepting this position, you commit to fulfilling these responsibilities to the best of your ability and resign your position if you find you are no longer able to.

Intellectual Property

Work and materials developed, created or written—as a committee, work group, or board member, or in any other volunteer capacity for NATA—shall be deemed work-for-hire under copyright, intellectual property, and other laws. NATA is granted sole and exclusive ownership of all such work. Committee members waive all claims and/or so-called “moral rights” to the work, and assign these rights to NATA.

NATA and its committees, councils and commissions are committed to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers. To advance the mission and promote unparalleled delivery of athletic training services amid ever-growing global and diverse populations, NATA and its committees, councils and commissions embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and access as a leadership imperative for our association. All NATA members are welcomed and encouraged to serve on the association’s committees, councils, commissions, etc., as diverse backgrounds, experiences and knowledge help advance the profession and work of NATA.

Qualifications (District, Setting, etc.):


Volunteers Needed:

1 (0 open slots)

Experience Required:

No Experience Necessary