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Governance: Board of Officers
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The board of officers is the national governing body of the American Philosophical Association. The current members of the board are listed at right.

As of 2013, the board meets four times per year, in February, May, August, and November. The November meeting is held in person over the course of a weekend and is the primary opportunity for the board to review the activities of the association and its divisions and committees over the last year and consider new initiatives and programs. The three other meetings are held via teleconference to handle routine matters throughout the year.

Permanent Committees of the Board

The board of officers has several committees, consisting of board members, that handle routine matters outside of the quarterly board meetings. See the committees of the board.

Current Initiatives and Task Forces

Current initiatives of the board of officers include the following:

  • Ad hoc committee on sexual harassment — Chaired by Laurie Shrage, this committee was created to study the phenomenon of sexual harassment in the profession and identify best practices for combating it.
  • Diversity institute advisory panel - Chaired by Louise Antony, this panel advises the APA on activities related to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant.
  • Task force on a best practices scheme - Chaired by Peter Railton, this task force is authorized to create a best practices scheme modeled on that offered by the BPA and SWIP UK, expanded to address additional audiences and types of diversity.
  • Task force on a code of conductChaired by Nancy Holland, this task force is authorized to explore whether a code of conduct for professional philosophers is warranted and, if so, to develop one for board approval.
  • Task force on diversity and inclusion — Chaired by Elizabeth Anderson, this task force aims to identify problems faced by the discipline in advancing inclusion and equitable treatment of historically underrepresented groups and to suggest policies that can effectively address these problems.The task force will also look in particular at the APA’s seven diversity committees.
  • Strategic planning task force — Chaired by Julia Driver, this task force proposed a strategic plan consisting of three to six goals that will guide the APA over the next several years (through 2018).
  • Succession and crisis planning task force — Chaired by Executive Director Amy Ferrer, this task force is drafting plans that will assist the APA in responding to potential crisis such as unexpected changes in association leadership and natural disasters affecting APA meetings.

For more information on the board's activities, review the minutes of recent board meetings.

Representatives to Affiliated Organizations

The board also appoints individuals to represent the association and the membership to certain affiliated organizations. See partner and affiliated organizations.

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Upcoming Events
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Thursday, June 02, 2016
Proposal submission deadline for Small Grant funding and for Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Pacific Division paper submission deadline
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Nominations open for APA leadership positions
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Deadline to submit reports for the fall board meeting
Friday, September 30, 2016


Chair (2017)
Cheshire Calhoun
Comm. on Academic Career Opportunities (2017)
Krista Lawlor
Comm. on Inclusiveness in the Profession (2016)
Teresa Blankmeyer Burke
Comm. on International Cooperation (2016)
Sven Bernecker
Comm. on Lectures, Publications, & Research (2017)
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Comm. on Status & Future of the Profession (2018)
Sally Scholz
Comm. on the Teaching of Philosophy (2018)
Alexandra E. Bradner
Div. Officer: Central Past President (2016)
Elizabeth S. Anderson
Div. Officer: Central President (2016)
Linda T. Zagzebski
Div. Officer: Central Representative (2018)
Andrea C. Westlund
Div. Officer: Central Secretary-Treasurer (2016)
Robin Smith
Div. Officer: Central Vice President (2016)
Valerie Tiberius
Div. Officer: Eastern Past President (2016)
Thomas Hill Jr.
Div. Officer: Eastern President (2016)
Louise Antony
Div. Officer: Eastern Representative (2016)
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Div. Officer: Eastern Secretary-Treasurer (2017)
Andrew M. Cullison
Div. Officer: Eastern Vice President (2016)
Eva F. Kittay
Div. Officer: Pacific Past President (2016)
David Copp
Div. Officer: Pacific President (2016)
Leslie P. Francis
Div. Officer: Pacific Representative (2017)
Amy Kind
Div. Officer: Pacific Secretary-Treasurer (2016)
Dominic M. Lopes
Div. Officer: Pacific Vice President (2016)
Kenneth Taylor
Executive Director (2017)
Amy E. Ferrer
Member-at-Large (2016)
Sara J. Bernstein
Member-at-Large (2017)
Jennifer Lackey
Member-at-Large (2018)
David B. Wong
Treasurer (2018)
Matthew B. O'Brien
Vice Chair (2016)
Richard Bett

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