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APPAM Committees


APPAM has several committees, of which many are open for members to participate. The goals of these committees is to help Policy Council members engage with members and to accomplish the work of the association, as laid out in the 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan.

In consultation with the Executive Director, the current President appoints members of the Policy Council to committees soon after the election every January. New chairs are also appointed at this time.


Non-Council members can be appointed to open committees if there is a vacancy. Committee positions are available to non-student APPAM members who have been a member in good standing of the Association for at least two years.

Committees meet throughout the year by phone and the chairs of each committee report on the activities of their committees at each of the two annual Policy Council Meetings. The committees work in conjunction with APPAM staff throughout the year to achieve goals set out in the Strategic Plan.

Members who participate in a committee must be committed to attend all committee meetings. Typically, a committee meets once a quarter via a phone conference call, lasting between 30 minutes and an hour. Committee members are expected to participate in the committee's work and with APPAM staff on accomplishing both Policy Council and committee goals for the year.

Active APPAM Committees

APPAM’s standing required committees, according to the bylaws, are: the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, the Fall Conference Program Committee, the Ph.D. Dissertation Award Committee, and the Committee of Institutional Representatives. These are considered "closed," where only Policy Council members may sit on the committee.

Executive Committee

This committee consists of the President, President–elect, Immediate Past President, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chair of the Institutional Representatives. Three additional positions are ex-officio: the Executive Director, the Editor of JPAM, and the International Conference Convener. The President serves as the chair of this committee.

The Executive Committee has the power to act on behalf of the Policy Council. New functions of the Executive Committee is to oversee the implementation of the strategic plan, create procedures to track and evaluate APPAM’s position relative to other organizations, pursue collaborations as appropriate, and oversee APPAM’s relationships with current and future collaborators. The Executive Committee provides updates to the Policy Council on the implementation of the strategic plan at each meeting of the Policy Council.

Finance Committee

Chaired by the Treasurer, this committee is responsible for reviewing monthly financial statements, working with the Executive Director to create the budget and ensure the financial health of the Association.

Membership Committee

This committee will develop membership recruitment plans and priorities, develop new membership benefits as appropriate, reach out to underserved members, assess renewal strategies and member satisfaction for professional, student, and institutional members. (Student members welcome.)

Program Committee

The President-elect will chair this committee. This committee is responsible for creating the theme of the conference, vetting the proposals for the Fall Research Conference and creating the program. The members of this committee may include members of the Policy Council but are not limited to that group. The President-elect will solely be responsible for appointing members to this committee.

Meetings/Conferences Committee (Fall Conference Committee)

The 1st Vice President chairs the committee, and the 2nd Vice President serves on the committee. The committee advises on matters pertaining to changes in the format of the Fall Research Conference, future site selections, and operations for international conferences and the Spring Conference. This committee also ensures that operations and logistics for the Fall Research Conference are handled properly. (Student members welcome.)

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing the Association’s activities to promote diversity in its membership, at its member schools, and in its leadership. The committee's activities include, but are not limited to, working with the Nominations Committee to ensure the diversity of the slate of nominees for Policy Council, working with the Institutional Representatives Chair to create strategies for outreach to students with diverse backgrounds to become involved in APPAM, and working with the Executive Committee and Executive Director to create fellowships for diverse students and members to join APPAM and travel to the Fall Research Conference. (Student members welcome.)

Communications Committee

Members of this committee are responsible for working with the Executive Director to determine the most appropriate vehicles and methods the Association communicates with its membership. The committee is also responsible for the operation of the APPAM website, assists with the creation of newsletters and content for communicating with the public policy community at large, and investigating other ways to improve digital communications. (Student members welcome.)

International Committee (Ad-hoc)

The International Committee is a temporary committee tasked with reviewing the 2016 APPAM International Conference and determining whether APPAM should hold future international conferences.  This committee is also tasked with creating specific tactics for attracting non-US participation in APPAM acitivities. 

Policy Relevance Committee

Responsible for determining how best to increase the exposure of APPAM members' research to policymakers and program operators, this committee looks to expand member knowledge about research topics that policymakers find important.

Professional Development Committee

This newly created committee (in 2016) is tasked with considering ways to create virtual and face-to-face professional development workshop opportunities, invest APPAM resources in doctoral professional development and communication about career options in the field, and to strengthen the position of APPAM at the Fall Conference to ensure that students and employers have the opportunity to meet.   

Publications Committee

This committee is tasked with analyzing options for a second APPAM peer-reviewed journal that would contain a clear vision distinct from that of JPAM and top management journals.

Nominating Committee

This committee prepares a slate of candidates for the annual election to the APPAM leadership and APPAM Policy Council. The President appoints the chair, and the Immediate Past President is a member of the committee. This committee works with the Diversity Committee to ensure that the slate of candidates for election to leadership is as diverse as possible.

Committee of Institutional Representatives

The chair, vice chair, and secretary of this committee is determined by election by all current institutional APPAM members. The purpose of this committee is to represent the interests of the institutional members.

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