AAA Board Member Expectations

Members of the American Association for Anatomy Board of Directors must be fully committed and dedicated to the association's vision, mission, and values.


The American Association for Anatomy is dedicated to inspiring scientific curiosity and discovery.  


The American Association for Anatomy is dedicated to advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development. 


The American Association for Anatomy values community, respect, inclusion, integrity, and discovery.  


  • Above all, AAA is a community of peers – educators, researchers, and students of the anatomical sciences and anatomy-related fields – that offers support and collaboration to fellow members, future members, as well as healthcare and allied professions.
  • Our international community respects differences, acts with professionalism, and upholds the vision, mission, values, and policies of the Association.
  • We are firmly committed to welcoming, developing, and maintaining members by embracing individuals with diverse life experiences.
  • Rooted in the scientific method, we support rigor in all aspects of anatomy research and education. We deeply respect the human body and honor those who entrust us with the ultimate gift.
  • Science binds us to a common purpose. Excellence guides our work. Inspiration fuels our curiosity. We approach our research, educational, and clinical practices as opportunities to advance science and medicine.


Non-Officer Directors shall serve a three-year term.
*Unless you are filling an unexpired term, which may mean a shorter duration.

2023/24 Meeting Dates

  • December 1-2, 2023 – Board Meeting, Rockville, MD, in-person only
  • March 21-22, 2024 – Board Meeting, Toronto, ON, CA, in-person only
  • March 22-25, 2024 – Anatomy Connected, Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, CA 
  • June TBD, 2024 – Half-day Board Strategy Meeting, virtual 
  • Fall Board Meeting at AAA Headquarters in Rockville, MD, in-person only


  • Board members are expected to attend the AAA Annual Meeting, Anatomy Connected.
  • Board members are expected to attend and be fully prepared for at least two out of three annual Board meetings and, in years that apply, strategic planning sessions.  Dates of the meetings are planned well in advance for scheduling and travel purposes.  
    Travel Expenses - As a Board member, AAA will reimburse you for the cost of your travel expenses to the Board meeting within our reimbursement policy. (link to the policy)  The fall Board meeting includes airfare/transportation and up to 2 nights hotel.  The spring Board meeting, held at the annual meeting, includes airfare/transportation and up to 2 nights hotel only.  Registration and accommodation for the duration of the annual meeting are to be covered by the Board member. Estimated expense is $1,200 USD.
  • Board members are expected to be responsive to AAA business.  Communications among the AAA Board and Staff continue throughout the year.  Timely replies are expected for all calls for Board input or vote.
  • Each Board member is expected to personally recruit at least one new member for AAA each fiscal year (January 1 – December 31).
  • Building the Board is a continual process. Directors are expected to help AAA find new directors who support the Association’s mission, who will work well with other members of the Board, and who will contribute time and talent generously. New directors are nominated by the Nominating Committee but helping to build the Board is everyone’s responsibility.
  • Each member’s dues must be paid, and their membership be in good standing to be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.
  • If a Board member is unable to meet these obligations, it is expected that they will resign their position.