There are many opportunities for AAR Members to participate in the executive leadership and activities in the Eastern International Region as we move into 2020!

The EIR is calling for nominations of President, Vice-President, and Student Director. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2020, for an election to be held during the Business Meeting at the 2020 EIR Annual Conference at Washington & Jefferson College, April 3-5, 2020. To serve on the Executive Board of the EIR, you must be a member of the AAR and be affiliated with an institution in the EIR Region. Program Unit Chairs (see below) may come from any AAR Region but must hold a Ph.D. or be ABD, be a member of the AAR, and must be able to attend the 2020 EIR Annual Conference.  If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, please submit your name, your CV, and a statement of interest to the EIR Regional Coordinator Cynthia Hogan at chogan@washjeff.edu.

Opportunities on the Executive Board of Directors

President. The EIR President will serve on the Board of Directors for a one-year non-renewable term, May 2020-June 2021. Responsibilities include: promote EIR activities in the Region; preside over the EIR annual conference and EIR business meeting; determine the location and theme of the annual conference; issue the EIR Call for Papers; oversee the EIR Program Units and coordinate with the Program Unit Chairs; nominate the conference planning team; preside over the conference planning team; plan the Presidential Plenary at the EIR Annual
Conference; coordinate with EIR Regional Coordinator on EIR annual conference logistics, and other duties as needed. 

Vice-President. The EIR Vice-President will serve on the Board of Directors for a one-year non-renewable term, May 2020- June 2021, advancing to EIR President in June 2021 for the term of June 2021-May 2022. Please be aware this is a two-year Presidential line and time commitment. Responsibilities include: carry out the powers and duties of the President if the President is absent or unable to act; serve as co-chair of the EIR conference planning committee and assist with organizing panels for the EIR annual conference; provide procedural guidance to the EIR; review the current Policies and Procedures documentation, update the Policies and Procedures as necessary; coordinate with the EIR Regional Coordinator on EIR annual conference logistics; other duties as needed.

Student Director. The EIR Student Director will serve a two-year non-renewable term from May 2020 - June 2022.  Responsibilities include: serve as the EIR graduate students' representative to both the EIR and the AAR; attend the Graduate Student's Committee and Regions Committee meetings held on the Friday before the national AAR conference in November of each year; plan panels at the EIR Annual Conference to benefit graduate students in professionalization; coordinate additional programs to benefit graduate students in the EIR region; coordinate with the Regional Coordinator on EIR annual conference logistics; other duties as needed.

Additional Leadership Opportunities

If you are interested in serving as a Program Unit Chair, please contact Cynthia Hogan at chogan@washjeff.edu by February 15, 2020. 

Program Unit Chairs. This year the EIR annual meeting will be organized by Program Units and we need your help! Program Unit Chairs follow the guidelines and responsibilities established by the AAR (https://www.aarweb.org/node/268) but operate on a smaller scale as required by the Regional Conference. Program Unit Chairs must hold a Ph.D. or be ABD and be AAR members. Responsibilities include vetting proposal abstracts for their Program Unit; notifying proposal submitters of acceptance or rejection for inclusion in the EIR annual conference; organizing panels and presenters; chairing or finding chairs for panels; coordinating with the EIR Board of Directors on the program schedule for the EIR annual conference.  We are seeking Program Unit Chairs for the following Program Units:  Conflict and Peace; Contemporary Theology; Ecology and the Environment; Ethics; Gender, Sexualities, and Power; Material Religion; Migration and Movement; New Religious Movements; Pluralism and Globalization; Texts and their Interpretation; Religious Trauma and Healing; Women in/and Religion.