Call for Nominations: AAR Ombudspersons

Members of the American Academy of Religion are invited to nominate persons for the Ombudspersons positions.  Nominations will be reviewed by the AAR’s Governance and Leadership Development Committee, and the candidates selected will stand for election in fall 2021

Please note: Nominations for Ombudspersons positions to be elected in 2020 closed last year. This current open call cycle is for nominations for Ombudspersons positions to be elected in 2021.

The AAR Ombudspersons are elected AAR members who are charged with representing the interests of the AAR membership by addressing complaints of a violation of AAR policies as specified by the Professional Conduct Procedures.

In keeping with the AAR values of professional responsibility, diversity, inclusion, respect, free inquiry, critical examination, transparency, and academic excellence, the AAR Board of Directors adopted the Professional Conduct Procedures. The procedures build upon the AAR Professional Conduct Policy, setting out specific professional obligations and related processes. 

The AAR Ombudspersons work with the AAR’s Committee on Professional Conduct.  AAR will provide training for the Ombudspersons.

AAR members may submit a self-nomination or a nomination of someone else.

To be considered for any elected position, the following information is required:

  1. A brief biographical sketch of no more than 200 words
  2. A statement on your candidacy for the position, between 450 and 500 words (e.g., what objectives and goals you would bring to the position)
  3. Current curriculum vitae

Please note: If you nominate someone else and do not have the nominee’s supporting material at the time of the nomination, you need to contact your nominee to make sure that person submits the supporting material. Your nominee will need to submit their materials by the deadline via the online submission form. The AAR staff is not able to notify the nominee and/or solicit the nominee for the supporting material.

Nominations must be submitted through the AAR’s Nominations Submission System.

The deadline to submit a nomination is 11:59 pm Eastern Time, on Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Please send any questions to