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APPAM Committees

APPAM has several committees through which it accomplishes 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.


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. Chairs of the committees may appoint Non-Council members to their committees, if they so choose.

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.

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. The committee of institutional representatives also have their own set of committees that address issues that affect institutional representative members. These committees include the Institutional Reps Committee (comprised of all four institutional reps on the Policy Council and the Chair of the Institutional Reps), a biennial Spring Conference Committee, a Teaching and Pedagogy Committee and Doctoral Education and Employment Committee.

Communications Committee

This committee helps determine the most appropriate vehicles and methods for the Association to communicate with its membership. They also oversee the operation of the APPAM website, assists with the creation of newsletters and content for communicating with the public policy community at large, as well as investigates other ways to improve digital communications.

Dissertation Review Committee

This committee reviews all the submissions for the PhD dissertation award, picks a winner and two runners up for the annual award, presented at the Fall Conference.

Diversity Committee

This 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.

Executive Committee

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

The Executive Committee has the power to act on behalf of the Policy Council. The Executive Committee oversees the implementation of the strategic plan, creates 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 quarterly financial statements, working with the Executive Director to create the budget and ensure the financial health of the Association.

Meetings/Conferences Committee

The 1st Vice President chairs the committee. This committee advises the operations, logistics, agendas, sites and all other details for all APPAM meetings and conferences.

Membership Committee

This committee helps develop membership recruitment plans and priorities, develops new membership benefits as appropriate, reaches out to underserved members, assesses renewal strategies and member satisfaction for professional, student, and institutional members.

Nominating Committee

The Immdiate Past President chairs this committee and the President-elect is a member. This committee prepares a slate of candidates for the annual election to the APPAM leadership and APPAM Policy Council. They work with the Diversity Committee to ensure that the slate of candidates for election to leadership is as diverse as possible. This committee works with the Diversity Committee to ensure that the slate of candidates for election to leadership is as diverse as possible.

Policy Relevance Committee

This committee is responsible for determining how best to increase the exposure of APPAM members' research to policymakers and program operators. They also look for ways to connect member research to the policymaking process.

Professional Development Committee

This committee considers 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 how to strengthen the position of APPAM at the Fall Conference to ensure that students and employers have the opportunity to meet. 

Program Committee

The President-elect chairs 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 is responsible for appointing members to this committee.

Publications Committee

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

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