Leadership

AAA Leadership Job Descriptions

Officer Job Descriptions

Executive Board Job Descriptions

Committee Charges with Elected Members


PRESIDENT

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: Serves as the presiding officer of the association and exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office except as limited by the AAA bylaws. The President represents the association in all matters. All actions of the President are the actions of the organization as a whole. In addition to specific responsibilities and qualifications noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities and requirements specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Calls the meetings of the Executive Board.
  2. Establishes the agenda for, and preside at all meetings of the Executive Board.
  3. Appoints members to special committees, commissions, taskforces, and working groups.
  4. Calls and presides over the annual business meeting of the membership.
  5. Participates in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the association.
  6. Serves as a principal spokesperson for the organization.
  7. Serves as AAA representative at any section meetings and/or other relevant association or external organization meetings.
  8. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

Selection: The President is elected by the membership at large

Term of Office: Two-year term as president.

Requirements:

  • Serve as president-elect/vice president for a two-year term
  • Same as Executive Board member

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member.


PRESIDENT-ELECT/VICE PRESIDENT 

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: Assumes duties in the event of absence, death, resignation or incapacity of the President. Exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office. In addition to specific responsibilities noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Serves as Chair of the  Executive Board Long Range Planning committee.
  2. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  3. In the absence of the President, fulfills those duties as noted in the President’s job description.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

Selection: The President-Elect/Vice President is elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Two-year term.

Requirements: Same as Executive Board member.

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member.


SECRETARY

Reports to: Executive Board

Overall Responsibility: The secretary is the corporate secretary and as such exercises all duties and responsibilities commonly associated with this office. In addition to specific responsibilities noted in the Executive Board member job description, additional responsibilities specific to this office are noted below.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for minutes of Executive Board meetings. AAA practice is to assign staff to take the minutes at Executive Board meetings, assisted by the secretary as needed.
  2. Certifies results of all Association-wide elections.
  3. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee.

Selection: The Secretary is elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Three-year term.

Requirements: Same as Executive Board member.

Qualifications: Same as Executive Board member


EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Reports to: N/A

Overall Responsibility: A member of the AAA Executive Board (EB) helps to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. (All authority contained in this job description should be understood to be those as part of the Executive Board as a unit and no individual authority is inferred.)

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Maintain knowledge of the American Anthropological Association bylaws, structure, activities, and processes.
  2. Maintain a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  3. Meet at least once annually and at such other times as may be deemed necessary.
  4. Serve as a member of the Association Operations Committee or the Association Operations Committee.
  5. Appoint, set objectives and parameters, and evaluate the Executive Director.
  6. Appoint the Association Treasurer, and the Editors of the American Anthropologist and other association special publications and monographs.
  7. Authorize committees, define their duties, receive their reports, and take action as required.
  8. Authorize the establishment of new AAA Sections and Interest Groups, and create the policies and procedures for their continued maintenance.
  9. Appoint representatives to other bodies, define their duties, and receive their reports.
  10. Establish association public policy positions.
  11. Establish association governing policies.
  12. Authorize revenues and expenditures of Association funds through the annual budget process or as needed during other times of the year.
  13. Establish appropriate fiscal policies and controls.

Selection: Executive Board members are elected by the membership at large.

Term of Office: Three-year term.

Requirements: Executive Board members will abide by the association's Conflict of Interest Policies and will annually sign the conflict of interest statement.

Qualifications:

  • Candidates for election to the board must be voting AAA members.
  • Previous leadership experience, in AAA and/or its Sections, either appointed or elected.
  • Evidence of leadership (e.g., in a Department, College or University, or in a non-AAA organization.)

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

Objectives: To organize materials and recommend candidates for all open, elected AAA positions.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
  2. To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
  3. To meet annually to discuss nominations
  4. To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
  5. To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendations

Membership and Appointment:

  • 9 member committee including the Chair, which is the AAA Secretary
  • 3 year terms
  • Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:
    • Cultural anthropology
    • Linguistic anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Biological anthropology
    • Practicing/professional anthropology, and
    • A minority anthropologist
    • As well as 2 undesignated seats

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: The committee meets once a year in the fall; prior to the EB meeting at the Annual Meeting

Staff Liaison and contact information: Kim Baker, Manager, Organizational Governance


COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC POLICY

Objectives: The primary charge of the Committee on Public Policy is to enhance the participation of AAA entitites and members in the area of public policy and the visibility of contributions by anthropologists.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. To encourage sections and interest groups to develop policy-related activities that focus on particular areas of interest to their members, such as by interacting with section leadership and visiting business meetings, without infringing on the autonomy of these units;
  2. To enhance communication and cooperation between sections, interest groups, other elected committees, task forces, the AAA Public Affairs Office, and other parts of the AAA on policy issues that cross-cut particular domains, thereby encouraging links among their individual efforts. A key mechanism for realizing this goal is working with sections, interest groups, task forces, other AAA committees, and the AAA staff in organizing events for the AAA Annual Meeting, such as policy forums, particularly those that highlight issues that cross-cut specific policy domains;
  3. To enhance the visibility of anthropological contributions to public policy to audiences outside the AAA, including by creating opportunities for AAA members to enter into policy debates as well as to bring policy makers to AAA annual meetings and other sites in which they can interact with anthropologists;
  4. To provide models for AAA members and units of effective participation in public policy, such as by placing examples of effective policy interventions on the COPP Web site and in contributions to Anthropology News and helping organize AAA sessions in which members reflect on their policy interventions and sponsor workshops and other events in which AAA members can gain relevant skills

Membership and Appointment:

  • 7 member committee including the Chair
  • 4 members are elected by AAA membership at-large
  • 3 members are appointed by AAA President onf a staggared basis
  • Chair is elected by Committee members
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio

  • 3 year terms

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: One formal meeting at the AAA Annual Meeting and by teleconference as needed

Staff Liaison and contact information: Damon Dozier, Director, Public Policy


COMMITTEE ON ETHICS

Objectives: The Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association's ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are (1) to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating; (2) to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; (3) to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas, and (4) to provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. Work with the Executive Board Long-Range Planning Committee and others, formulates visions and goals for the AAA ethics education and advisory program, consistent with the Association's long-range goals
  2. Continually assess members' ethics education needs and interests
  3. Provide advice to AAA members who are facing/raising ethical dilemmas
  4. Assess progress toward attaining ethics education program vision and goals
  5. Develop policy recommendations for the ethics education program
  6. With the Ethics Contributing Editor of the Anthropology Newsletter, develop ideas for the Ethics column and materials for the AAA Ethics Page on the website
  7. Sponsor an ethics-related session at the AAA annual meeting
  8. To provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines

Membership and Appointment:

  • 9 member committee including the Chair
  • 7 Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:
    • Practicing/Applied anthropology
    • Linguistic anthropology
    • Archaeology
    • Biological anthropology
    • As well as 3 undesignated seats
  • 2 Committee Members are appointed by AAA President
  • The Committee members select a Chair from among its members
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio
  • 3 year terms

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: One formal meeting at the AAA Annual Meeting and by email and confernce calls if needed.

Staff Liaison and contact information: Damon Dozier, Director of Public Affairs


COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

Objectives: To promote and protect human rights; to expand the definition of human rights within an anthropological perspective; to work internally with the membership of the AAA, to educate anthropologists, and to mobilize their support for human rights; to work externally with foreign colleagues, the people and groups with whom anthropologists work, and other human rights organizations to develop an anthropological perspective on human rights and consult with them on human rights violations and the appropriate actions to be taken; to influence and educate the media, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and decision makers in the private sector; to encourage research on all aspects of human rights from conceptual to applied

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. To assist in organizing human rights forum, sessions, workshops or other events at AAA Annual Meeting;
  2. To consider and respond to cases of alleged human rights abuse;
  3. To educate anthropologists on human rights;
  4. To educate policy makers and others outside of anthropology on anthropology's perspective and contributions to human rights;
  5. To work in coalition with other professional and human rights organizations to promote human rights.

Membership and Appointment:

  • 8 member committee including the Chair
  • members elected by AAA membership at-large
  • Chair is elected by committee members
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio

  • 3 year terms

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule:  One formal meeting at the Annual Meeting and by email and conference calls if needed.

Staff Liaison and contact information: Joslyn Osten, Comunications and Marketing Manager


COMMITTEE ON MINORITY ISSUES IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Objectives: Promote participation of underrepresented populations in anthropology by creating a climate where ideas from all individuals are equally considered, rather than viewed through a racialized frame. Foster professional advancement by minorities in anthropology. Promote intellectual awareness within the discipline and Association of issues that face minority anthropologists. Help define anthropology's role in national discourse on cultural diversity.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. Develop pragmatic and measurable indices for examining the discipline's progress toward meeting the above objectives
  2. Promote recruitment of minorities, especially from underrepresented populations
  3. Promote full participation of minorities in the discipline
  4. Sponsor and foster discussions about issues that face minority anthropologists that hinder recognition of their intellectual contributions to the discipline
  5. Develop opportunities to educate colleagues at all levels of the profession about issues which impact anthropologists from underrepresented populations and about their contributions on core anthropological issues
  6. Sponsor and foster debates/presentations on cultural pluralism at Annual Meetings
  7. Develop a public education paper(s) seeking to frame cultural diversity issues for decision- makers and opinion makers
  8. Promote greater understanding of cultural diversity within the discipline and with the general public
  9. Advocate involvement of anthropologists in cultural diversity issues

Membership and Appointment:

  • 11 member committee including the Chair
  • 7  members elected by AAA members at-large
  • 4  members appointed by AAA Presdient in order to achieve balance
  • The Committee selects a Chair from among its members for a period of one year. The Chair is selected at the Annual Meeting for service during the next calendar year.
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio

  • 3 year terms

Product: Recommendations and written reports as appropriate to the Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: Meet during the  AAA Annual Meeting and by email and confernce call as needed.

Staff Liaison and contact information: Emilia Guevara, AN Digital Publishing Asst., American Anthropological Association


COMMITTEE ON GENDER EQUITY IN ANTHROPOLOGY

Objectives: Monitor the status of gender equity in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association. Advise the Executive Board on the status of gender equity in the discipline and the Association to educate members.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
  2. Pursue greater gender equity in the discipline by means of:
    1. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect gender equity in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
    2. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association's members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
    3. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
  3. Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
  4. Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association's long range planning process on issues of gender parity.

Membership and Appointment:

  • 7 member committee including the Chair
  • Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:
    • Practicing/Professional anthropologist
    • A graduate student anthropologist
    • 5 undesignated seats
  • Chair is by the Committee from within the Committee
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio
  • 3 year terms

Product: Recomendations and written reports as appropriate to the AAA Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule: Meeting at the Annual Meeting and by email and teleconfernce as needed.

Staff Liaison and contact information: Suzanne Mattingly, Controller, American Anthropological Association


COMMITTEE ON WORLD ANTHROPOLOGY

Objectives: Identify significant issues that are shared among anthrpologists from different nations. Develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally. Engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic adn applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Duration of the Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  1. Meeting Participation: Participate in meetins of other anthropological association saccross the globe, and streamline the abilit of antopologists from other coutnries to attend the AAA annual meeting through scholarships, fee waivers, adn membeship waivers, as well as organized sessions targeted to this audience.
  2. The CWA AN Column: invite anthripologists from abroasd to submit articles to the column.
  3. Working with editors and putlishers to achieve greater access to publications/scholarship from non-American scholars.

Membership and Appointment:

  • 9 member committee including 2 Co-Chairs
  • Co-Chairs appointed by the President
  • 3 members to be appointed by the President
  • 4 members to be elected by the membership at-large
  • The President and President-elect/Vice President sit as Ex-officio
  • 3-year terms

 Product: Recomendations and written reports as appropriate to the AAA Executive Board

Staff Liaison and contact information: Chelsea Horton, Coordinator, AnthroGuide and Publications

 


LABOR RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Objective: Provide the Executive Board information on labor conditions as specified in the responsibiliteis as noted below.

Duration of Committee: Permanent

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board

Responsibilities:

  • To provide the AAA Executive Board information about labor conditions relevant to the EB's decisions about the scheduling of AAA annual meetings;
  • To provide the AAA Executive Board information about labor conditions relevant to other EB decisions in regard to vendors and subcontractors, to the extent that it is feasible to do so.
  • To seek information exchanges with other scholarly associations in regard to the above.
  • The EB, ACC and AOC shall make it their practice to be in communication with the CLR at the earliest possible stages of decisions they make that involve significant issues relevant to the CLR's charge.
  • The CLR, Anthropological Communicatinos Committee (ACCC), and the Association Operations Committee (AOC) will communicate with each other through their Chairs as appropriate

Membership and Appointment: Eight (8) members, to include

  • 5 members, including the Chair
  • 3 members and the Chair to be appointed by AAA President
  • 2 members to be elected by the membership at-large
  • President and President-Elect/Vice President sit Ex-officio
  • Ex-officio AAA President-elect
  • 3-year term

Product: Provide advice and counsel to the Executive Board or its designated committee as needed and written reports to the Executive Board as appropriate

Meetings: Annually at the AAA annual meeting

Contact information: Jason Watkins, Director Meetings and Conferences


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