We are now accepting nominations for the following positions on the SIG Board:
Assistant Chair/Chair-Elect (2 years)
Assistant Program Chair (1 year)
Secretary/Treasurer (1 year)
Executive Committee Members (2 open roles; 1 year)
See below for details on duties and responsibilities of officers
To submit a nomination, please send the following to Kate Soules (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Liz Pope (email@example.com) by October 24:
Elections will take place in early 2023.
Section 1. Chair. The Chair is responsible for the general administration of the SIG, for ensuring that the SIG Bylaws are followed, and shall act as liaison between the SIG and AERA and the SIG and the SIG Executive Committee. The Chair shall preside at all meetings of the SIG’s Executive Committee and at the Annual Business Meeting. The Chair shall act as parliamentarian or shall appoint a SIG member to serve in that role for each meeting. The Chair shall appoint ad hoc committees as needed. Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the Chair of the SIG shall appoint persons to assist officers, to chair committees or to carry out other work of the SIG.
Section 2. Secretary/Treasurer: Duties shall include participating in activities if the Executive Committee, corresponding with members and AERA’s central office; ensuring that the SIG’s financial affairs are in good order; preparing an annual financial report for the annual business meeting; maintaining the membership records of non-AERA members of the SIG; taking the minutes and submitting them to the SIG chair promptly after the annual business meeting; and preparing the SIG-sponsored award(s). The Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for managing and reporting on the financial accounts of the SIG and the safe keeping of all financial documents of the SIG.
Section 3 Assistant Chair/Chair Elect: Duties shall include assuming the duties of the chair in the absence of the Chair, participating in decision-making of the Executive Committee, and assuming the duties as assigned by the Chair. At the end of the Chair’s term, the Chair Elect becomes chair.
Section 4. Program Chair: Duties shall include participating in activities of the Executive Committee, and taking all appropriate steps to ensure that an annual program is in place consistent with the rules established by AERA; duties in this regard include responding to authors of proposal, soliciting reviewers, sessions chairs, and discussants, notifying authors of the status of their proposals, and ensuring that a final program is submitted to AERA in a timely manner.
Section 5. Assistant Program Chair/Program Chair Elect: Duties shall include assuming the duties as assigned by the Program Chair and assuming the duties of the Program Chair in his/her absence.
Section 6. Two Additional Executive Committee Members: The duties of these two members shall be as needed by the SIG, include maintaining the SIG website, recruiting new members, compiling and disseminating a newsletter by posting it on the website or other means twice a year, and using the newsletter format approval by the AERA Executive Director.
Section 7. Graduate Student Representative: (Appointed): Duties, as needed by the SIG, may include but not be limited to, contributing to the SIG website and newsletter, communicating with other graduate student members, and other duties as assigned by the Chair.
Section 8. Immediate Past Chair: Duties include, but may not necessarily be limited to, advising the Executive Committee as invited.
Section 4. Length of Term of Office.
Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the term of each officer shall be for one year. The term of office for Chair, Assistant Chair (Chair-Elect), Program Chair, and Assistant Program Chair (Program Chair-Elect) shall be two years. The term of each officer shall begin the day following the close of the AERA Annual Meeting and end on the last day of the AERA Annual Meeting appropriate to their term of office.
Section 6. Automatic Succession of Offices. There shall be an automatic succession of the following offices, from Assistant Chair to Chair, in that order, such that the person elected as Assistant Chair shall automatically assume the office of Chair after completing one term as Assistant Chair; and from Assistant Program Chair to Program Chair, in that order, such that the person elected as Assistant Program Chair shall automatically assume the office of Program Chair after completing one term as Assistant Program Chair.
Section 7. Limit to Length of Service in One Office. No person may serve in the same office for more than three consecutive years. The Chair of the SIG shall be charged with ensuring that this requirement is met.
Dr. Kate E. Soules, Chair (5/1/21 – 4/30/23) — Religion & Education Collaborative, Boston, MA
Dr. Elizabeth Pope, Assistant Chair/Chair-Elect (6/15/21 – 4/30/23) — University of West Georgia, Carrolton, GA
Dr. Joshua Patterson, Program Chair (5/1/22 – 4/30/24) — SoundRocket, Athens, GA
Dr. Heidi Hadley ,Assistant Program Chair (5/1/22-4/30/23) — Missouri State University, Springfield, MO
Dr. Brett Bertucio,Secretary/Treasurer, (5/1/22 – 4/30/23) — Benedictine College, Atchinson, KS
Dr. Gayle Pagnoni, Executive Committee Member (5/1/22 – 4/30/23) — Independent Scholar
Dr. John Shekitka, Executive Committee Member (5/1/22 – 4/30/23) — Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Hisham Qureshi, Graduate Student Representative (5/1/22 – 4/30/22) — University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Luke Walden, Graduate Student Representative (5/1/22 – 4/30/22) — University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
The purpose of the SIG is to report on, disseminate, and engage in academic dialogue about research on the intersections of education with divergent and emerging topics and issues involving religion, worldviews, and/or ethics. All types and levels of schooling, including but not limited to public, independent, faith-based, K-12 and/or higher education will be considered. The SIG encourages the presentation of high quality quantitative and/or qualitative research, as well as other types of academic interdisciplinary inquiry. The SIG welcomes a diversity of views, while not advocating specific positions regarding religion and education beyond respect for human dignity and respect for all persons.