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Committee Charge


This committee organizes and reviews the nominations for specific AAA Awards and selects a recommended winner for each AAA award

Duration of Committee


Committee Reports to

AAA Executive Board


To organize and review information regarding the nominations and recommend winners for the following AAA awards:  

Coordinates with the SfAA for the Margaret Mead Award to ensure that winner is selected in a timely way 

Approve panel recommendations for the Conrad M. Arensberg Award, Dissertation Fellowship for Historically Underrepresented Persons in Anthropology, Gender Equity Award, AAA Engaged Anthropology Awards, and Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology

Works with AAA liaison in notifying nominators of their requirement to write encomia for their nominee.  Encomia will be used for print publications (AN/Program) and used for awards ceremony 

Review any new proposals for new AAA association level and Section level awards 

Committee members are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony at the AAA Annual Meetings where they will be recognized by the AAA President 

Membership and Appointment

Term of Office

3-year terms


A written report to the Executive Board. Committees will include comments on issues and/or recommendations to the Executive Board in one of their annual reports to the Executive Board. These might be problems in fulfilling group objectives and responsibilities or in fulfilling tasks listed in the SIP, the need for additional resources, recommended changes to the group charge (objectives, responsibilities, products/outcomes), and recommended changes to the committee structure or membership.

Meetings and Schedule

 Committee meets in late January and in April by phone and via phone or email as needed.  


Staff Liaison

Elaine Lynch, Deputy Executive Director/CFO

Contact Information

American Anthropological Association 2300 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 1301, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: (703) 528-1902, Fax: (703) 528-3546

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