Regional Board Member Positions
Annual Board elections are held each year during the business meeting on the final day of the regional conference. Most positions are multiple-year terms, so they will not be open for election each year. The position of Vice President-Elect is open for election each year. It is part of the presidential line, which transitions from Vice President to President to Past President, resulting in a four-year commitment. It is important to note that candidates must be able to secure a free host institution for the AARWR annual conference during their year as President. Further details on the positions and election process are available in our Operating Agreement.
Results from the March 2020 Election
For job descriptions of any open position, please see the AAR/WR Operating Agreement.
Unit Chair Positions
Unit Chairs are filled on an as-needed basis. Each Unit can have two co-chairs. Members interested in an open Unit Chair position must submit their CV to the current Vice President, who will bring it to the Executive Committee for a decision. Unit Chair positions are 3-year terms, with the possibility of renewal. Please see the "Units" section of the website for more information on chair responsibilities.
If you would like to serve as a unit chair, please contact Anna Hennessey with a CV, letter of interest, and willingness to serve for three years.
Units with one or two Chair Positions openings in Spring 2020:
American Asian Religious Studies
Ecology and Religion
Latina, Latino, and Latin American Religion
Queer Studies in Religion
Religion in America
Religions of Asia
Women and Religion
On March 20, 2015, at the Regional Board Meeting at Santa Clara University, the Board voted that candidates interested in running for leadership positions are not required to be present at the Business Meeting to stand for election, but candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the general meeting at the annual regional conference, to demonstrate the seriousness of their commitment.