To promote the participation of its student members in the association, the Executive Committee has established an opportunity for a senior graduate student liaison to the Executive Committee. The position is for a one-year appointment, including attendance at two Executive Committee meetings, which provides a transition between the past and newly appointed student liaisons. The Committee hopes that increasing student participation will encourage a desire to serve the association in future years.


Eligibility and Term: The successful candidate must be a graduate student and a registered student member (in good standing) of the AABA at the time of application and for the duration of her/his appointment. The position is for a single year and runs from the start of one annual meeting to the start of the next. To check your membership status, logon at https://burkclients.com/AAPA/membership.php and go to the directory of members.


Role: The role of the student liaison will be to: 1) share with the Executive Committee their ideas for increasing student participation in the AABA and encouraging attendance at the business meeting; 2) Co-Chair the ad hoc student committee; 3) bring to the AABA Executive Committee issues of interest and concern to the student members; and, 4) assist the Chair of the Career Development Committee and the Auction Committee in their planning and implementation. The successful candidate will attend portions of the Executive Committee meeting in the year elected and will give the Executive Committee a brief report at the Executive Committee meeting and at the Business Meeting at the end of her/his term.


Support: The successful candidate will receive a complementary hotel room on the Tuesday night of the AABA meetings to allow their attendance at the Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday. They will also receive $250 toward travel costs each year.


Application Process: Please provide the following:

  • A CV
  • A letter of reference from your main adviser regarding leadership potential, 
  • A cover letter providing details concerning your status in your degree program (e.g., years in program and requirements completed such as ABD), 
  • A short essay (of 500 words or fewer) indicating what you value as a student member of the AABA and how you would promote student membership and involvement.
  • A completed Professional Conduct Disclosure form.

Applications must be received no later than October 15, 2021. E-mail your Cover letter, CV and essay as a SINGLE pdf to: Dr. Steven Leigh. Your advisor's letter should be e-mailed directly to Dr. Leigh.


Evaluation and Decisions: Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a subcommittee of the AABA Executive Committee members that includes the current student liaison, providing no conflict of interest exists. Decisions of the committee will be confirmed by the AABA Executive Committee. Recipients will be notified by December 1, 2021. The successful applicant will be recognized at the AABA Business Meeting. 

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