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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.
  • Data task force — Chaired by Carrie Figdor, this task force was created to assess the feasibility of the data collection projects identified as top priorities by the committee on the status and future of the profession.
  • Subcommittee on membership — Chaired by David Wong, this subcommittee is charged with recommending measures to promote membership.

View past initiatives and task forces.

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
Nomination deadline for the 2017 Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Danto/ASA Prize
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Submission deadline for the 2017 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought
Monday, June 5, 2017
Application deadline for Small Grant and Diversity & Inclusiveness funding
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nomination Deadline for the 2017 Prize for Excellence in Philosophy Teaching
Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Chair (2020)
Cheshire Calhoun
Comm. on Academic Career Opportunities (2017)
Krista Lawlor
Comm. on Inclusiveness in the Profession (2019)
Kenneth Taylor
Comm. on International Cooperation (2019)
Peter J. Graham
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 (2017)
Linda T. Zagzebski
Div. Officer: Central President (2017)
Valerie Tiberius
Div. Officer: Central Representative (2018)
Andrea C. Westlund
Div. Officer: Central Secretary-Treasurer (2021)
Elizabeth B. Purcell
Div. Officer: Central Vice President (2017)
Charles W. Mills
Div. Officer: Eastern Past President (2017)
Louise Antony
Div. Officer: Eastern President (2017)
Eva F. Kittay
Div. Officer: Eastern Representative (2019)
Jennifer Whiting
Div. Officer: Eastern Secretary-Treasurer (2020)
Jeffrey S. Dunn
Div. Officer: Eastern Vice President (2017)
Nancy Fraser
Div. Officer: Pacific Past President (2017)
Leslie P. Francis
Div. Officer: Pacific President (2017)
Kenneth Taylor
Div. Officer: Pacific Representative (2017)
Amy Kind
Div. Officer: Pacific Secretary-Treasurer (2019)
Rebecca E. Copenhaver
Div. Officer: Pacific Vice President (2017)
Kwong-loi Shun
Executive Director (2022)
Amy E. Ferrer
Member-at-Large (2017)
Jennifer Lackey
Member-at-Large (2018)
David B. Wong
Member-at-Large (2019)
Marina Oshana
Treasurer (2018)
Matthew B. O'Brien
Vice Chair (2017)
Richard Bett