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Get Involved! IPTA Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Be part of a unique and positive community of leaders

Help us advance the practice of physical therapy by becoming an IPTA volunteer. There are many ways you can choose to get involved, from serving on a committee to becoming an IPTA representative to the Assembly or to the House of Delegates.

IPTA Volunteer Opportunities

First, check out all the opportunities to get involved, then complete the interest form below and submit!  You will be contacted to discuss next steps for getting involved.

Committees and Work Groups

Committees and Work Groups are actively engaged in helping the IPTA meet its strategic goals by completing research, developing resources, and providing educational opportunities to members/others.

Current committees include those focusing on various areas of practice, including the expansion of telehealth, health and fitness, and pro bono work within our state. Others include ethics, which works to ensure that members have access to resources to help them make informed decisions that contribute to best practice of physical therapy, and public relations, which works on external messaging to consumers to promote the role of physical therapy in health care.

Our awards committee annually solicits, collects and selects the recipients for recognition within our association. 

Content/Topic Experts

At different times the IPTA seeks consultation from members relating to specific areas of practice - whether to answer a member question or consider the implications of a change in law or payment.

Community Leaders

Community Leaders develop resources, monitor activities and engage in online dialogue with members on specific areas of content. Online communities focus on implementation of direct access in various practice settings, telehealth, and dry needling


Strong advocacy makes things possible - just look at our new direct access laws! Members are encouraged to take an active role in advocating for physical therapy practice both on a state and national level. Members can serve as key contacts for their elected legislators, participate in advocacy events, or be appointed to our political action committee who works to support state lawmakers who work to ensure that health care laws reflect the needs of their constituents.

Professional Development

Our poster review and CE audit committees ensure that content meet our high educational standards.  Our research committee actively supports local researchers through the dissemination about projects, potential funding, and provides opportunities for researchers to share their findings.  The iMAP (Inspire, Mentor, & Participate) provides opportunities for members to form mentor partnerships.

Another component of our professional development initiatives are our monthly educational programs, #THIRDTHURSDAY and Spotlight on Research. Program proposals are accepted year round.

Special Interest Groups

Our students represent the future of physical therapy, and the SSIG is comprised of all student members and led by fellow students elected annually. Students develop their own activities throughout the year, put out email communications, and manage their social media presence.

Other special interest groups are for those who share a common interest in either clinical education and instruction or the field of geriatric practice. Both annually elect their own leadership and develop goals and initiatives relevant to their interests.

Elected Leaders

The IPTA holds annual elections for members to serve in various district, state and even national representation roles.

The IPTA's Board of Directors is comprised of an Executive Committee (elected by the membership to the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chief Delegate, Speaker of the Assembly, and PTA Director) and 8 district chairs (elected by district).

While the responsibilities of the President, Secretary and Treasurer are typical for any non-profit organization, there are some unique factors to the other positions. 

  • The Vice-President has typical responsibilities for that role, but the additional responsibility of being the appointed President of our Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation.
  • The Chief Delegate (CD) leads the Illinois representatives to the APTA's House of Delegates (HOD) held each June. As a member of the Board, the CD is responsible for providing updates on House activities and getting input from the Board on matters that may impact practice, the public, or even our association.
  • The Speaker of the Assembly (Speaker) is assigned the role of facilitating our annual meeting, which is similar in format to the APTA's HOD. The Speaker helps plan the meeting agenda, provides updates to the Board on new business that will come to the Assembly, and then leads the meeting each spring.
  • The PTA Director ensures that our PTA members are representing on the Board as well as in APTA's PTA Caucus, which happens during the HOD.
  • The eight district chairs are primarily responsible for representing the views and perspectives of their regional area at Board meetings, and then helping to disseminate information and collect feedback from their constituents through local meetings and activities.
  • Since these are all elected positions, we have nominating committees that help to build the slates of candidates. This committee solicits nominations, vets candidates and develops the final slates for our ballots each year.

Opportunities to get ENGAGED!

Open volunteer opportunities within the IPTA have been posted on APTA’s comprehensive volunteer portal, Engage.

Explore to find and apply for a wide range of volunteer opportunities —including some “light lift” options.

Find the committee/task force/workgroup that suits your interest!




Interested in an elected position?

Are you looking for an opportunity to become more involved in decisions that could impact the future of not only your professional association, but the future of physical therapy in Illinois? Each year the IPTA votes leaders into office at the district and chapter levels. Click here for more information.

Links to learn more about the volunteer positions:

*elected by Chapter membership


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