Application for AAUW Board of Directors

American Association of University Women (AAUW) board members share our passion for advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.

AAUW accepts applications for the board of directors year-round. AAUW’s Nominating Committee reviews all applications and will follow-up with all applicants. Please email with any questions.

Board of Directors Application

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The Board of Directors of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides strategic leadership and fiduciary oversight for the organization. Board members share a passion for AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy.

The work of the board is challenging and invigorating, as it deals with issues central to AAUW’s long-term success. The board makes major decisions, provides direction to the CEO, and exercises strategic leadership, but is not involved in day-to-day management or operations of the organization.

AAUW board members are expected to:

  • Understand and exercise the fiduciary duties of care and loyalty, fully prepare for board and committee meetings, ask questions, make informed decisions, put the mission of the organization first and avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Consistently attend meetings, including:
    • three regularly scheduled full-day board meetings a year, at least two of which are typically held in Washington, D.C. on a Friday[1]; please note that until further notice all board meetings will be held virtually.
    • three to four regularly scheduled 1-2 hour board videoconferences a year.
    • other board and committee meetings, usually by teleconference or videoconference.
    • optional finance videoconferences.
  • Serve as a liaison to two or three AAUW state affiliate presidents, which requires regular email, telephone, or videoconference contact with the assigned state presidents.
  • As requested and within budget capacity, attend and make presentations at state conventions or other AAUW-related meetings.
  • Serve on or assist one or more AAUW national committees, which requires attendance at that committee’s tele- or videoconferences.
  • As requested, serve on special board-level task forces or subcommittees dealing with the work of the board.
  • Stay informed about AAUW programs and activities, as well as affiliate and member issues.
  • Communicate with and be a resource for affiliates and members on AAUW matters, subject, of course, to board-established guidelines on confidentiality.
  • Advocate for the organization within AAUW and in the community, including actively fundraising and promoting programs of the organization.

[1] Travel to board and other meetings is reimbursed by AAUW in accordance with AAUW’s Travel Policy.


AAUW’s Board of Directors is composed of 15 AAUW members, including 12 elected and three appointed board members. Board members serve on staggered terms–each year four members are elected and one member is appointed to the board. Board members serve three-year terms and may serve up to two consecutive terms.