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AAEA Committees

AAEA has a number of standing committees. Descriptions of each committee and their current members can be found below. The committees fall into two different types-committees with a narrowly defined charge and those with a broadly defined charge.

Committees with a narrow charge have a specific set of activities that they are responsible for each year while those with a broadly defined charge undertake activities that vary from year to year. The AAEA Board has made it a priority to ensure that the limited time and resources that are being provided by volunteers are used effectively. Each year, the AAEA Board will evaluate the needs of the organization and provide specific charges to the committees that have a broadly defined charge. This approach aims to ensure that the committee is serving its purpose and to ensure volunteers have the opportunity to participate in the work of the Association.

*Committees with narrowly defined charges: Awards Committee, Case Study Invited Paper Committee, Fellows Selection Committee, Finance Committee, Galbraith Forum and Award Committee, Nominating Committee, and Selected Presentations Committee.

Committees with broadly defined charges:  AAEA Trust Committee, Communications Committee, Employment Services Committee, Government Relations Committee, Membership Committee, Mentorship Program Committee, and Publications Committee.

(To view the committee charge, chair, and committee members, select the committee of choice in the below options)

*Awards Committee

Coordinate the selection of award winners according to the purpose of each award. Annually evaluate the AAEA awards program to be certain it is aligned with the current activities of AAEA members, recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession, and recognizes contributions that benefit the users of the information produced by the profession. Make recommendations to the Executive Board on changes to the awards given or instances where special recognition(s) is (are) appropriate.

Committee Chair: Alessandro Bonanno
Committee Members:  Rodolfo Nayga (Board Liaision), Alessandro Bonanno, and Conner Mullaly

Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis

Chair: John Crespi
Members: Cathy Kling, Jon Yoder, William Masters, and Dustin Pendell

Distinguished Extension/Outreach

Chair: Rebecca Dudensing
Members: Frayne Olson, Mykel Taylor, Scott Irwin, Brady Brewer, and Ellizabeth Canales

Distinguished Teaching

Chair: Jim White
Members: James Sterns, Jason Bergtold, Andrew McKenzie, and Jeta Rudi

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

Chair: Mindy Mallory
Members: Wuyang Hu, Valentina Hartarska, Brian Roe, Jerry Shively, and Tim Park

Outstanding Master's Thesis

Chair: Amanda Countryman
Members: Wendong Zhang, Anton Bekkerman, Hikaru Peterson, Emilia Tjernström, and Joyce Chen

Publication of Enduring Quality

Chair: Julian Alston
Members: Sathya Gopalakrishnan, Bruce McCarl, Rob King, Tom Hertel, and Steve Hamilton

Quality of Communication

Chair: James MacDonald
Members: Brent Ross, Andrew Barkley, Becca B.R. Jablonski, Damona Doye, and Holly Wang

Quality of Research Discovery

Chair: Allen Featherstone
Members:Madhu Khanna, Greg Colson, Metin Cakir, Greg Traxler, and Chris McIntosh

*Case Study Invited Paper Committee

Collect and organize the review of case studies to be formed into an Invited Paper session at the Annual Meeting.

Committee Chair: Maria Bowman
Committee Members: Titus Awokuse (Board Liaison), Maria Bowman, Jason Bergtold, Jaclyn Kropp and Yuliya Bolotova

*Fellows Selection Committee

Identify individuals worthy of designation as Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association. The committee shall accept nominations as well as identify other members of the Association worthy of consideration. The committee should consider the diversity that exists within the profession—areas of interest, scope of work, constituencies, and audiences as well as contributions to the profession and the Association—in the pool of candidates they select to forward to the Executive Board.

Committee Chair: Laurian Unnevehr
Committee Members: Dawn Thilmany (Board Liaison), David Hennessy, Chris Barrett, Junjie Wu, Julie Caswell, Bruce McCarl, Edward Taylor, Laurian Unnevehr, Jayson Lusk, Damona Doye, Jill McCluskey, Dermot Hayes, Mary Bohman, Kathy Segerson, and Awudu Abdulai

*Finance Committee

Evaluate the immediate and long-term financial position of the Association. Provide continuous oversight of the organization’s finances throughout the year. Present a financial report to the Executive Board and Association membership annually.

Committee Chair: Ani Katchova
Committee Members: Norbert Wilson (Board Liaison), Brad Lubben, Sam Funk, and Xudong Rao

*Galbraith Forum and Award Committee

To plan and help carry out the Galbraith Event each year, subject to Executive Board approval and within the budget limits set by the AAEA.

Committee Chair: TBD
Committee Members:  Madhu Khanna (Board Liaison), Dawn Thilmany,  James Galbraith, John Newton, Gulcan Onel, Marco Palma, William Nganje, Justus Wessler, Levan Elbakidze, and Evert Van det Sluis

*Nominating Committee

Annually present to the President and to the Executive Director, the names of two nominees for each elected office to be filled including the President-Elect and each Director position of the Executive Board. The nominating committee should keep in mind the need for geographical, functional, and organizational representation on the Executive Board, and the essential qualities and characteristics of effective Board members.

Committee Chair: Dawn Thilmany
Committee Members: Eluned Jones, Simanti Banerjee, Brenna Ellison, Lisa House, Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, Ron Rainey, Kathryn Boys, Anne Effland, Daniel Scheitrum, Carlos Carpio, Aslihan Spaulding, and Ariun Ishdorj

*Selected Presentations Committee

To administer the peer review process for selected papers and posters, determining which accepted presentations will be presented as papers and which will be presented as posters. Through the chair, the committee will be responsible for making policy recommendations to the Executive Board regarding AAEA selected papers and posters.

Committee Chair: Nathan Hendricks
Committee Members: Elena Irwin (Board Liaison), Kalyn Coatney, Becca Jablonski, Lijun Chen, Seong Do Yun, Christina McGranaghan, and Ruiqing Miao

*T.W. Schultz Committee

Provide general guidance for the organization of the T.W. Schultz event to be held annually at the ASSA winter meetings. Recommend the keynote speaker for the T.W. Schultz Memorial Lecture.

Committee Chair: Hayley Chouinard
Committee Members: Tim Beatty (Board Liaison), David Just, Lori Lynch

AAEA Trust Committee

Make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding solicitation and use of Trust funds.

Committee Chair: Dawn Thilmany
Committee Members: Carola Grebitus (Board Liaison), Michael Gunderson, Joan Fulton, Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, Chris Wolf, Simla Tokgoz, David Zilberman, and Ashok Mishra

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee will provide guidance to AAEA and AAEA staff and ongoing oversight of internal communication and external media and public relations strategies.  The Committee will also develop strategies to enhance AAEA members’ ability to communicate the importance of their professional work.  Its role will be to:

  1. Identify and prioritize types of content for greatest impact
  2. Assist in identifying appropriate experts who can translate the research, if not the author
  3. Identify ways to demonstrate the importance of the content
  4. Identify the audiences who should receive the content
  5. Strategize media channels across types of content strategies
  6. Recommend changes to enhance communications with members
  7. Evaluate the effectiveness of communications strategy and tactics
  8. Recommend ways to strengthen the ability of members to communicate the relevance of their work to external audiences, outside of formal AAEA publications.

Committee Chair: Claudia Schmidt
Committee Members: Norbert Wilson (Board Liaison), Allison Ware, Michael O'Riordan, Glynn Tonsor, Matin Qaim, Anna Josephson, Trey Malone, Claudia Schmidt, Wendong Zhang, and Ranjitsinh Mane

Employment Services Committee

Pro-actively provide guidance and leadership to the range of AAEA employment service offerings and increase the use of services. Responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting, as well as evaluating, programs that make AAEA’s employment service the first choice of employers seeking employees with applied economics skills. AAEA employment services should provide assistance at the Bachelors, Masters, PhD, and post-graduate level.

Committee Chair: Ashok Mishra
Committee Members: Elena Irwin (Board Liaison), Tara Wade, Courtney Cowley, Yizao Liu

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee provides guidance, leadership, and support for the AAEA government relations programs and activities.  It currently accomplishes this purpose by engaging with the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE).  The purpose of the committee is to interact with C-FARE to facilitate communication and opportunities for AAEA members to engage with policymakers, stakeholders, and media in Washington, D.C.  On at least an annual basis, with the approval of the AAEA Executive Board, the committee will develop a scope of work in a Memorandum of Understanding and assess the impact and effectiveness of the work completed in the previous year. The committee will submit a report to the AAEA Executive Board at least annually.

Committee Members: Dawn Thilmany (Board Liaison), Lowell Randel, Robbin Shoemaker, Steve Deller, Rob Johansson, and Sanchari Ghosh

Membership Committee

Assess the composition of, trends in, and factors affecting AAEA membership, and devise policies and procedures for promoting membership in the AAEA.

Committee Chair: Will Secor
Committee Members: Carola Grebitus (Board Liaison), Lila Karki, Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, Anna Josephson, Aleksan Shanoyan, Jerome Dumortier, Mallory Vestal, Steven Wallander, Kishore Luitel, and Sunil Dhoubhadel

Mentorship Program Committee

The Mentorship Program committee will provide guidance, leadership, and support for AAEA professional development and mentoring programs and activities by, assessing the professional development needs of AAEA members on a continuing basis in order to provide guidance on program structure and topic areas, organizing professional development and mentoring programs for AAEA members, facilitating communication among Sections and committees regarding planning, marketing support, and funding for AAEA professional development activities and developing program impact measures and reporting procedures for AAEA professional development activities.

Committee Chair: Kathleen Liang
Committee Members: Titus Awokuse (Board Liaison), Carson Reeling, Michael Gunderson, Kelly Maguire, Madhu Khanna, Yoko Kusunose, David Zilberman, Zoe Plakias, and Jeffrey Alwang

Publications Committee

The purpose of the Publications Committee will be 1) to develop policies and strategies for AAEA publications and to interact with the publishers; 2) monitor and evaluate the portfolio of AAEA publication vehicles; and 3) evaluate new publication proposals and make recommendations to the Executive Board.

Committee Chair: Craig Gundersen
Committee Members: Tim Beatty (Board Liaison), Jesse Tack, Jill McCluskey, Marc Bellemare, Amy Ando, Alison Davis, Maria Marshall, Craig Gundersen, Dan Petrolia, Mindy Mallory, Jason Bergtold, Ariun Ishdorj, Simanti Banerjee