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ACEND Board Dietetic Student Representative Application


ACEND seeks student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with strong leadership skills to apply to be nominated for the Dietetics Student Representative position on the ACEND board. This volunteer position is an excellent way to gain leadership experience and skills in accreditation, education, communication, collaboration and more. The dietetics student member is elected by the ACEND board and serves a two-year term, the first year as student rep-elect and the second year as the the dietetics student voting member.

General Qualifications

  • Dietetics student is a student enrolled in an ACEND®-accredited program during the first year of the appointed term (2023-2024)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership preferred. Not a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? Visit the student membership page.
  • Second Career students taking DPD courses to obtain a verification statement from a DPD program during the first year of the two year Student Representative term, qualify to apply to this position.

Responsibilities, Workload and Training

The ACEND Student Representative will:

  • Travel to and participate in two Board meetings a year (6 days annually)
  • Participate in teams to review accreditation reports for all program types in preparation for the Board meeting. (about 20-30 annually)
  • Participate in monthly Board teleconference call meetings (approximately 6-8 times per year – 1 1/2 hours per call)
  • Receive voting privileges in the term's second term year
  • Attend Program Reviewer workshop as part of accreditation training (one time per appointment)
  • Serve as a member on one of the ACEND board's Standing Committees
  • Represent ACEND as an ex-officio member on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member and Student Advisory Committee in the first year of service.
  • Participate on an accreditation site visit (3 days)

How to Apply

  • The deadline to submit an application has passed for the 2023-2024 board. Please check back after March 1, 2023 for the 2024-2025 application.

Selection Process

  • The ACEND Nominating Committee reviews all Student Representative applications, interviews qualified applicants and may contact their references. The applicants are notified of the Board's decision one month after the January ACEND® Board meeting.

Please email ACEND with any questions.

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