Ethics Committee

Ethics Committee

Committee Charge

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:

  • to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating;
  • to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members, and
  • to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas.

Duration of Committee:
Permanent; The AAA Association Operations Committee will review each committee advisory to the Board at least once in five years. The next five year report is due in 2015.

Committee Reports to:
The Executive Board


  • Work with the 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
  • Continually assess members' ethics education needs and interests
  • Provide advice to AAA members who are facing/raising ethical dilemmas
  • Assess progress toward attaining ethics education program vision and goals
  • Develop policy recommendations for the ethics education program
  • 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
  • Sponsor an ethics-related session at the AAA annual meeting
  • Administer and award Ethics Small Grant Program

Membership and Appointment:
10 member committee including the Ex-Officio, 3 year terms

Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:

  • Applied anthropology
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • As well as 3 undesignated seats, and two appointed seats
  • The AN Column Editor, President and President-elect serve ex-officio
  • The Committee members select a chair from among its members.

The COE submits recommendations to the AAA Executive Board in the form of motions passed at its meetings. The Chair of the COE submits an annual program report to the Executive Board.

Meetings and Schedule:
The COE meets annually at the AAA annual meeting (November/December), and periodically via teleconference calls.

Staff Liaison and Contact Information: Damon Dozier, Director of Public Affairs, American Anthropological Association, 2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201, 703/528-1902 ext. 1163, fax 703/528-3546,

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