The Midwest Region of the AAR is seeking section chairs for:

        • Theology
        • Ethics and Philosophy of Religion
        • Islam

Section chairs are responsible for evaluating paper proposals (January) for the regional conference (March) and designing section sessions for that meeting and communicating with the paper applicants and the program director; and for supporting the region and attending the annual regional conference.

Section chairs serve a three year term, renewable once. 

Self-nominations are welcome. Nominations of another should be submitted in consultation with the nominee.

HOW TO APPLY: Submit as email attachments [MS Word or PDFs] 1) a letter of interest explaining your interest in and qualifications for the specific section chair position you seek; 2) a short CV; and 3) a letter of support from a colleague who knows your work

Email to the president of the region (syoung@mchenry.edu); and cc the vice president (mstewart@adrian.edu), past president (ar-carr@wiu.edu), and regional elected coordinator (jmbrackett@bsu.edu).


Greetings from the Regional President:

Welcome to the Midwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. The national AAR is the premiere professional organization for the study of religion and is dedicated to fostering excellence in scholarship and teaching. Each year in November thousands gather for the AAR’s annual conference.

Members of the AAR who reside within the Midwest Region are automatically members of the Midwest Region and will receive our email announcements sent to the membership. But you do not need to be a member or reside within the region to attend or present a paper at the regional meeting. 

Annual Conference
One of ten regional groups within the AAR, the Midwest Region holds its annual meeting in late March or early April. Attracting scholars from across the Midwest and other regions, our meeting provides an opportunity to gather in a smaller and less formal setting than that of the national conference. Members come to the regional meeting to present their research, to enter into formal and informal exchanges with other scholars in the field, to learn more about teaching, and to keep current about other concerns in the field of religious studies.

We encourage the support and participation of junior and senior scholars as well as students. Undergraduate students may present papers at the meeting through our Undergraduate Students Section. Graduate students can hone their professional skills through participating with scholars on panels in our fourteen other sections (see Section Chairs).

Spring 2017 Conference and Call for Papers: The next spring conference will be March 3-4, 2017 at the Horizon Convention Center (Muncie, IN), minutes from Ball State University.

Conference Prizes: Each year, the Midwest region issues special conference prizes to the best undergraduate paper, the best graduate paper, and the best paper attending to issues of religion and sustainability. Authors of accepted paper proposals will be informed of the guidelines along with notification of the acceptance of their proposals.


We encourage you to get involved in the leadership of the Midwest region by attending the business meeting (held during lunch each year at our annual meeting), and by sharing any ideas you may have with the officers or section chairs of the region.

I welcome any communications, questions, or suggestions and ideas regarding the business of the Midwest region and our annual conference.

Thank you,

Steve Young
President of Midwest AAR, 2016-2018
McHenry County College