Serve on a UAA Committee

Each year in the month of June, the Executive Office sends UAA members an email that solicits volunteers for UAA’s various committees. Using the link provided in this annual email, UAA members may sign-up to be considered for service on one of UAA’s committees:

Standing Committees

  • Bylaws
  • Finance
  • International
  • Membership
  • Nominations
  • Publication

Conference Committees

  • Annual Meeting Program
  • Local (Arrangements) Host

Awards Committees

  • Activist Scholar Award
  • Best Annual Meeting Paper Award
  • Best Book Award
  • Best JUA Paper (published article) Award
  • Emerging Scholar Award

Ad Hoc Committees

(Note: These committees are formed on an as-needed basis and vary from year to year.)
Recent examples:

  • Ad Hoc Committee on Book Award
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Nominations Processes
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Recognitions
  • Ad Hoc Committee on UAA History
  • Ad Hoc Committee on UAA Honor Society
  • Ad Hoc Committee on UAA Personnel

Become a Journal of Urban Affairs (JUA) Reviewer

The Journal of Urban Affairs is a peer-reviewed publication sponsored by UAA. Each manuscript submitted to JUA is subject to review. The JUA Editorial Office welcomes volunteers who wish to serve as manuscript reviewers. Interested? Contact the Editorial Office at, and describe your areas of expertise, and academic/professional background.

Moderate a UAA Conference Session

Each person who submits an abstract for the annual UAA conference is asked whether they are willing to serve as a session moderator. If you did not submit an abstract but wish to be considered for a moderator role, contact UAA at, and describe your areas of expertise, and academic/professional background. Please note that UAA does not issue Letters of Invitation for persons who are serving as moderators only.

Organize a UAA Conference Session

The annual UAA conference provides opportunities to researchers and urban professionals to organize and submit proposals for panels, colloquy, and breakfast roundtable sessions. See the UAA upcoming conference site for participation options and guidelines: UAA Upcoming Conference

Become a UAA Governing Board Member

The UAA Governing Board is comprised of 15 persons who are elected by members of the Association. Persons nominated and elected to the UAA Board must be members in good standing. Each elected Board member serves a 3-year term. An elected Board member may stand for re-election, but may not serve more than 2 consecutive terms (i.e., 6 years maximum). For more information, see the UAA Bylaws.

Each Fall, the elections timetable is posted to the UAA website and sent to all current members. UAA members are encouraged to send suggestions to the Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee deliberates and identifies an initial slate of Board candidates. UAA members are sent this slate and informed of the option to nominate other candidates by petition [i.e., petition signed by any twelve (12) members of the Association representing at least three (3) institutions]. The deadline for nominations by petition is established each year. Voting (by online ballot) in Board elections typically occurs in early Spring.


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