Board Position Descriptions


The Convenor is the head of ATIG, responsible for coordinating board meetings, the annual member meeting at the AAA conference, and the board’s work throughout the year. Per the AAA’s 2009 Protocol Governing Interest Groups (IGs), the Convenor is the official representative of ATIG to the AAA, responsible for providing information about the interest group (including the annual submission of an annual report to the Sections Committee), contacting AAA headquarters, coordinating elections, and requesting the renewal of the IG every three years (effectively once every term). The Convenor, therefore, serves as an active advocate for the Interest Group to the AAA.


The secretary is to attend the AAA meetings and take minutes, organize and coordinate the book prize, and help any other initiatives that are happening.

Member-at-Large and Member-at-Large (Student)

The member at large is a voting member of the board but does not have any standing, assigned duties. Rather, he/she serves in whatever capacity is needed and to which he/she is suited. Past duties have included organizing and analyzing the membership needs assessment survey and assisting with the ATIG book prize competition.

Communications Chair

The Communications Chair is responsible for managing ATIG’s website (, Facebook group, and other communications. Duties are fairly continuous throughout the year, including the summer. The Communications Chair plays a vital role in the organization by disseminating information to the ATIG membership and maintaining communication with the AAA.

Routine duties include:

• Moderating ATIG communications
• Managing the Facebook group and Twitter account
• Updating the ATIG website as needed and working with ATIG members who are developing original content related to the anthropology of tourism