Academy of Religion is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its members as
well as visitors to its website and adheres to the following policies
regarding communications as well as the gathering and dissemination of personal
The AAR website
Collecting Information on Members
the AAR collects contact information on its members, including, but not limited
to, name, address, telephone numbers, fax number, and email address. This
information is requested on various forms and applications.
Collecting Information on Website
The AAR does not
use any technique to collect information on its website visitors beyond that
which they freely provide us. Please be aware, however, that when any website
is visited, the Web browser provides information about the connection and
browsing program. We sometimes read some of this information, especially on
pages with occasional malfunctions that have not yet been fully diagnosed, to
see if we can find ways to make the website more functional and reliable.
membership lists, we request demographic information. This information is used to
help us to plan programs and to assess whether we are making adequate progress
in reaching out to members and prospective members of diverse backgrounds. This
information is optional; withholding it will not in any way affect a member's
standing in the AAR.
Sharing Information on Members with
Addresses: The AAR rents its mailing list—for one-time use—to
advertisers who wish to publicize a product, service, or event of interest to
religion teachers and scholars. AAR only shares the info from members who opt-in
to receiving such rental lists (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information"). We allow agencies renting our mailing list to target members by geographic
area, membership type, and research interest. Solicitations sent to our
members are reviewed by the AAR. We have systems in place to be certain
that advertisers do not use unauthorized lists and do not use lists more than
Information: The AAR does not make other information on its members (such
as telephone numbers, fax numbers, or email addresses) available to outside
Facilitating Communications on behalf of
AAR members in
the US and Canada are, by virtue of geographic location, automatically
associated with a specific AAR regional group. Additionally, members can identify
regions beyond their geographical location for which they wish to receive
information by contacting the AAR office at [email protected] or 1-404-727-3049.
Notices: The AAR forwards email notices on behalf of each regional
group to members associated with that group. Members can instruct us
to withhold routine email notices (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information").
The AAR sends
out a monthly e-Bulletin, as well as other occasional email. AAR only
contacts members who opt-in to this service (see below under "Opt-in/Opt-out Information").
All members receive urgent and procedural emails (such as the balloting
procedures for the fall AAR election).
collected from non-members on submissions forms (e.g., Employment Listings
advertisements) are used only for communication relating to the submission.
The AAR never
provides any outside organization with email addresses, unless required to do
so by law.
maintains an online Membership Directory. Members can elect to withhold
some or all of their contact information from this directory (see below under
default are opted-in for the following preferences:
- AAR News and
Updates: Keep me
updated on grant opportunities, calls for papers, AAR’s public programs,
member news, and Annual Meeting info.
- Annual Meeting
News: Keep me updated on information specific to the Annual Meeting
Student Newsletter: Keep me updated about Graduate Student information
- Regional News:
Keep me updated about information that is specific to my AAR region
- Member Offers
respected publishers and exhibitors send me info on programs, services,
and products related to religious studies. (We will never share your
- Member Offers
respected publishers and exhibitors mail me info on programs, services,
and products related to religious studies.
- Member Directory: Members by default are
included in the member directory.
Members can opt-out
(change or update) their communication preferences and Member Directory
settings on the “Preferences” tab of their member profile. You can also contact
the AAR office at [email protected] or 1-404-727-3049 to update your
settings at any time.
While no other
sort of exclusion is currently available, we are interested in feedback about
how we can better serve our members. Please send an email to [email protected] if there are other ways of withholding
information that you would like us to consider for the future.
Online Credit Card Transactions
As a convenience to members and advertisers, the AAR accepts online credit card transactions. The credit card information provided by users at our site is processed by PayFlow Pro by PayPal, the e-commerce provider with which the AAR has contracted to process the secure electronic transactions. Credit card information is not saved on the AAR website or in AAR databases. (After the payment is processed, we get a transaction code from PayFlow Pro by PayPal, but we only have access to the last four digits of the credit card number.) The payment information collected is not used for any purpose other than to process the single authorized payment. Please note that credit card information should not be submitted by e-mail; it is safe to transmit credit card information only in the following ways:
- Surface mail
(in a sealed envelope),
(only if you initiate the call), or
- Secure website
(see below for information on secure websites).
AAR uses Google
Analytics and demographic data to aggregate web traffic information. This
information allows us to enhance and improve the functionality of the Site.
Google Analytics anonymizes IP addresses before storing and processing data
that have been collected. You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking by
installing the appropriate browser add-on available here for most common web
The AAR website
contains links to other websites. The AAR has no control over, and no
responsibility for, the privacy practices or content of such websites.