2020 Regional Meetings

Open Registration:

All remaining regional meetings for 2020 have been canceled

Status of Racial & Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee

Charge:  The Status of Racial & Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee recommends policies and good practices to assure the full access and academic freedom of racial/ethnic minority persons within the Academy and develops programs to enhance their status in the profession.

Composition:  Up to six members.

Terms of Office:  Four years, non-renewable.

Member Position Term Start Term End
Swasti Bhattacharyya 2019 2022
Munir Jiwa Chair 2019 2021
Arun W. Jones 2019 2022
Elias Ortega 2017 2020
Angela Parker 2019 2022
C. Vanessa White 2019 2022

Staff Liaison Job Title Phone Number
Elizabeth Hardcastle 404-712-6654

Committee Activities:

Annual Meeting:

Mentoring Roundtable
Each year, the Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee organizes a Women's Mentoring luncheon during the Annual Meeting. Several mid-career and senior AAR scholars gather with newer and emerging scholars in the field to discuss pertinent issues like choosing an adviser, getting published, contract negotiation, and the challenge of balancing work and personal commitments. The lunch is cosponsored with the Status of Women in the Profession Committee and the Women's Caucus. Pre-registration is required and the lunch costs $13. Click here for more information on the Mentoring Lunch, including registration.

Special Topics Forums
The Status of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession Committee holds at least one special topics forum on a subject of concern to racial and ethnic minorities in religion. You can search the current year’s program in the online Program Book. The 2016 Special Topics Forum is Religious and Racial Identity Politics in the Media Coverage of the 2016 US National ElectionWhat is the place of the scholar of religion in disrupting or perpetuating the prevailing discourse in American political culture? A panel of leading scholars and journalists will engage the media-driven political narratives about religious and racial identities that emerged in the 2016 US national election. The panel will pay particular attention to the subtexts and lacunae in these narratives and media choices in reporting.

Career Guide:

The Committee has produced the AAR Career Guide for Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession, published in 2006.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Editor

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Graduate School

Chapter 3 Job Search

Chapter 4 Working Toward Tenure

Chapter 5 Post Tenure

Chapter 6 Alternative Career Options

Chapter 7 Dealing with Difficult Issues

Chapter 8 Are You Considering the Hire

Chapter 9 Suggested Resources

Past Annual Meeting Activities:

2007 Diversifying Faculty Workshop

Also of Interest:

Forum for Theological Education
Hispanic Theological Initiative
Pacific, Asian, North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM)
Society of Race