The AAR Committee on Professional Conduct is responsible for promoting ethical conduct by scholars in the study of religion at the highest professional level through development and sponsorship of educational activities for AAR members and investigation of formal complaints concerning the ethical conduct of members of the AAR (as described in the Professional Conduct Policy and Professional Conduct Procedures). The Committee on Professional Conduct supervises the work of the Ombudspersons, receives and reviews the Ombudspersons’ annual reports, adjudicates formal complaints under this policy, and reviews and makes recommendations to the AAR Board of Directors about modifications of the Professional Conduct Procedures.
Term of Service: Ex officio in the case of elected Board of Director members; three years for non-board Members (appointed by AAR President)
Committee Composition: President-Elect, Regions Director, Status Committee Director, Student Director, and three Non-Board Members
The AAR Ombudspersons work with the AAR’s Committee on Professional Conduct. The 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.
The AAR Ombudspersons are responsible for receiving reports of professional misconduct and facilitating the investigation, adjudication and informal resolution processes under the Professional Conduct Policy. The Ombudspersons, serve in staggered three-year terms and are elected by the AAR membership.
Term of Service: Three years for Ombudspersons (elected by AAR Membership)