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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, Economic Statistics and Information Resources 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: Joan Fulton
Committee Members:  Rodolfo Nayga (Board Liaision), Ian Sheldon, and Michael Boland

Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis

Chair: Keith Coble
Members: Rodolfo Nayga, Jr., Jon Yoder, Bruce Babcock, Keith Fuglie, and James Richardson

Distinguished Extension/Outreach

Chair: Steven Deller
Members: Todd Davis, Eric Scorsone, Scott Irwin, Joan Fulton, Rebecca Dudensing

Distinguished Teaching

Chair: Kathleen Liang
Members: Michael Gunderson, Christine Wilson, Patricia Duffy, Jason Bergtold, and Andrew McKenzie

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation

Chair: Kelly Cobourn
Members: Michael Carter, Mindy Mallory, Kristi Hansen, Brian Roe, and Tim Park

Outstanding Master's Thesis

Chair: Stephen Devadoss
Members: Steve Boucher, Timothy Richards, Harry de Gorter, Brent Swallow, Brenna Ellison, Lenis Saweda Liverpool-Tasie

Publication of Enduring Quality

Chair: Charles Moss
Members: Walter Thurman, David Willis, Konstantinos Giannakas, Cathy Roheim, and Julian Alston

Quality of Communication

Chair: Josh Woodard
Members: Eric Belasco, Mary Ahearn, Andrew Barkley, Becca B.R. Jablonski, and Damona Doye

Quality of Research Discovery

Chair: Greg Colson
Members: Thomas Sproul, Greg Traxler, Chris McIntosh, Barry Goodwin, and Daniel Phaneuf

*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: Deepayan Debnath
Committee Members: Madhu Khanna (Board Liaison), Matt Salois, and Michael Boland

*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: Rob King
Committee Members: Scott Swinton (Board Liaison),  Laurian Unnevehr, Jeffrey Dorfman, Philip Pardey, Ron Mittelhammer, Cathy Kling, Helen Jensen, James McDonald, Wade Brorsen, David Hennessy, Chris Barrett, Junjie Wu, Julie Caswell, Bruce McCarl, and Edward Taylor.

*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: Joleen Hadrich
Committee Members: Keith Coble (Board Liaison), Eric Belasco, and Calum Turvey

*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: Colin Carter
Committee Members:  David Zilberman (Board Liaison), Scott Swinton, James Galbraith, Robert Young II, Thomas Reardon, Justus Wesseler, David Keiser, Catherine Kling, and Stephen Hamilton

*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: Scott Swinton
Committee Members: Nick Piggot, Ephraim Nkonya, David Ortega, Brenna Ellison, Michael Mucullough, Brandon McFadden, George Norton, Wei Zhang, Chengyan Yue, Alessandro Bonanno, Julian Alston, and Helen Jensen

*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: Levan Elbakidze
Committee Members: Allen Featherstone (Board Liaison), Christiane Schroeter,  Nathan Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Cloe Garnache, Greg Graff, and Tina Saitone

*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: Jeffrey Dorfman
Committee Members: Scott Swinton (Board Liaison), Stephen Wu, and Richard Sexton

AAEA Trust Committee

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

Committee Chair: Scott Swinton
Committee Members: Norbert Wilson (Board Liaison), James MacDonald, Sam Funk, Wen You, Karen Lewis DeLong, Gordon Rausser, and Carl Pray

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: Wally Tyner
Committee Members: Keith Coble (Board Liaison), Allison Scheetz, Victoria Sparkman, Glynn Tonsor, Marc Bellemare, Cynthia Nickerson, Brian Roe, and Matin Qaim

Economic Statistics and Information Resources Committee

Monitor the availability and use of publicly available statistics for economic research. Coordinate information and activities related to improving U.S. data systems. Work with other organizations as needed providing the profession’s perspective on data and information systems. Provide input on statistical use and access on behalf of the Association with the knowledge of the Executive Board. Regularly inform and educate AAEA members about data availability, uses, and needs.

Committee Chair: James Robb
Committee Members: Marc Bellemare (Board Liaison), William Chambers, Jody McDaniel, Jean-Paul Chavas, Alan Ker, Linda Eells, Richard Farnsworth, Caron Gala, July Kelly, Terry Griffin, Tracy Boyer, Peyton Ferrier, Jessie Tack, Kitty Smith Evans, Stephan Goetz, Brent Hueth, Siwa Msangi, Mary Ahearn, and Marcelo Yoon

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: Rod Rejesus
Committee Members: Madhu Khanna (Board Liaison), Ken Foster, Serge Adjognon, and Tara Wade

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: Scott Swinton, David Zilberman, Daniel Sumner, Joseph Glauber, Susan Offutt, and Dawn Thilmany McFadden

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: Stacy Sneeringer
Committee Members: Kathy Baylis (Board Liaison), Carola Grebitus, Aslihan Spaulding, Ronald Rainey, Stephan Tubene, Corinne Valdivia, Scott Downey, Jeffrey Gillespie, Roger Von Haefen, and Xuemei Li

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: Jill McCluskey
Committee Members: Keith Coble (Board Liaison), Mallory Vestal, Trey Malone, Ephraim Leibtag, Kathleen Liang, Carson Reeling, Molly Van Dop, Simanti Banerjee, and Ahsanuzzaman Ahsanuzzaman

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: Jeffrey Dorfman
Committee Members: Jeffrey Dorfman (Board Liaison), Tim Beatty, Travis Lybbert, Tim Richards, Terry Hurley, Kynda Curtis, Alison Davis, Jason Winfree, Craig Gundersen, Chris McIntosh, Dan Petrolia, Frank Lupi, and Will Masters