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APPENDIX

APPENDIX 1 
AFEE Officers, Directors, and Committees
2022
Board of Directors

Officers
President, Mary.V. Wrenn, U. of the West of England
President-Elect, Gary Dymski, U. of Leeds
Secretary-Treasurer, Eric R. Hake, Catawba College
Past President, John Watkins, Westminster College

Directors
Lynne Chester, U. of Sydney (through meetings of 2025) 
Wolfram Elsner, U. of Bremen (through meetings of 2025) 
Thomas Kemp, U. of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire (through meetings of 2024) 
Anna Klimina, St. Thomas More College, U. of Saskatchewan, (through meetings of 2024) 
Felipe Almedia, University of Paraná (through Jan. 5, 2023)
Rojhat Avsar, Columbia College (through Jan. 5, 2023)
Alexandra Bernasek, Colorado State University (through Jan. 5, 2023)

Committees

Committee chairs are asked to keep the officers informed as your committees carry out their work. Specific charges for the 2022 committees are included below. 

Awards Committee                                                                                                               

Bylaws Information

(Article X, Section 3) Awards. The President shall appoint a five (5) member Awards Committee each year. This Committee shall recommend nominations for four (4) awards, the Veblen - Commons Award, the Clarence E. Ayres Award, the James H. Street Scholar, and the AFEE Service Award, to the Board of Directors, which shall have final responsibility for naming recipients of the awards.

(a) Veblen-Commons Award. The Veblen-Commons Award is given annually in recognition of scholarly contributions in the field of evolutionary institutional economics. Nominations for this award will be sought from the membership of AFEE.

(b) Clarence E. Ayres Award. In consultation with the President of AFEE, the Awards Committee will recommend a promising international scholar to be named the Ayres Scholar. Candidates for this award will be asked to submit a paper proposal and an explanation of how attendance at the annual meeting would enhance her/his work in evolutionary-institutional economics. Receipt of this award does not preclude later receipt of the Veblen-Commons Award.

(c) James H. Street Latin American Scholar. Each year the Association shall attempt to bring to the United States a Latin American scholar to present a paper at the annual program of the Association. The scholar shall be designated as the “James H. Street Latin American Scholar,” and AFEE will defray his or her expenses.

(d ) AFEE Service Award. The AFEE Service Award is given annually in recognition of service activities in aid of organizations and programs that enhance evolutionary institutional economics. Such activities might include but are not intended to be limited to (i) active mentoring, whether directly or by service as a referee for journals or as discussant at meetings; (ii) contributions to the reform of economic education and participation in innovative interdisciplinary projects; (iii) governmental or NGO service in pursuit of evolutionary social control of economies. Receipt of this award does not preclude receipt of the Veblen-Commons Award.

Committee charge for 2022

  • Issue a call for nominations to solicit nominations from AFEE members for the four annual AFEE awards. The committee should begin its work immediately, and nominations should be sent to the committee by April 1, 2022 (or earlier if possible). Each nomination should include a candidate bio and a vita, along with supporting documents, such as letters of support.
  • Ensure that the call for nominations conforms with AFEE bylaws and Journal of Economic Issues guidelines for the June proceedings issue. Awardees’ papers should be written and presented in English.
  • Make a recommendation to the AFEE Board of Directors for the recipient of each award. The committee chair should submit its recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval through the AFEE President and Secretary-Treasurer by May 1, 2022. 
  • The Chair of the Awards Committee should inform those who were nominated but did not receive an award by email after the Board has approved the Award Committee’s recommendations and after the President has had sufficient time to notify the winners.
  • The Board passed a resolution at the January 2019 meeting to give the Ayres award to a young scholar from Asia or Africa.

Awards Committee Members (all terms end January 2023)

Bill Waller, chair
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Felipe Alemeida
Federal University of Parana, Brazil
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Kalpáná Khánál
Policy Research Institute, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Wesley Marshall
Universidad Metropolitana Autónoma
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Ellen Mutari
Stockton College
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Nominating Committee

Bylaws Information

(Article XI, Section 7) 7.1 The President of the Association shall appoint a Nominating Committee of five (5) members. In appointing a Nominating Committee, the President shall bear in mind the desirability of appointing members diversified by geographical location, field of specialization, gender, and race-ethnicity. The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to nominate persons for all elective offices, including the office of Secretary-Treasurer. The names of the members of the Nominating Committee shall be made known to the membership in a timely manner.

7.2 The announcement of the composition of the committee shall be accompanied by a statement inviting suggestions from the membership for names of suitable candidates for office, and by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws. Nominations for each elective office shall be submitted by the Nominating Committee to the Secretary-Treasurer. The Board of Directors shall have authority to approve final nominations of the Nominating Committee.

7.3 The Nominating Committee shall submit to the Board of Directors for approval one (1) name for President-Elect; four (4) names for the two (2) positions to be filled annually on the Board; and two (2) names for the one (1) position of a member who is not a citizen of the United States, must reside outside the United States, and is to be filled every third year on the Board. Members of the Nominating Committee may not be nominated by the same Committee.

7.4 The Secretary-Treasurer shall announce agreed-upon nominations no later than August 15 to the general membership. The announcement shall be accompanied by the quotation of this section of the Bylaws. Additional nominations may be made by any member of the Association for any office if supported by a petition signed by twenty-five (25) members of the Association and received by the Secretary-Treasurer on or before September 15.

7.5 On or before November 1, the Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare a ballot for all members bearing the names agreed upon by the Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors, as well as the names of those nominated by petition, all to be accompanied by brief biographical sketches of the nominees. All votes returned by members of the Association shall be counted and tallied no later than December 1, on which date elections shall be deemed closed.

Committee charge for 2022

  • Recommend nominees for President-Elect and for candidates to run for Director positions expiring next year. These recommendations should be distributed to the President and Secretary-Treasurer by August 15 (flexible) after which they will be forwarded to the AFEE Board of Directors. Nominations should include the candidates’ bios along with supporting documents such as a CVs.
  • Ensure that suggested nominees are aware of their responsibilities as President-Elect or Director and agree to be nominated. Suggested nominees should also indicate their willingness to attend all annual Board meetings during their term prior to the committee forwarding its nominations to the Board.

Nominating Committee Members (all terms end January 2023)

Lynne Chester, chair
U. of Sydney
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Leila Davis
U. of Massachusetts, Boston
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Tom Kemp
U. of Eau-Clair
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Yan Liang
Willamette University
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Ricardo Siu
U. of Macau
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Committee on Publications and Electronic Media

Bylaws Information

(Article XI, Section 8) 8.1 The Committee on Publications and Electronic Media will have the responsibility for working to help promote the Journal of Economic Issues (in consultation with the journal’s publishing team). The Committee shall also promote AFEE through the internet and electronic social media. It also advises the Secretary-Treasurer on any resources it requires to carry out its duties. The Board will determine how to best manage the allocation process for the use of AFEE resources toward the Committee’s objectives.

8.2 When necessary, the Committee on Publications and Electronic Media is to serve as search and screening committee to select a new Editor. The Committee will establish its own procedures, make timely progress reports to the Board of Directors, and establish practical policies for the orderly transition to a new Editor. The Committee shall conduct an extensive and thorough search process. The process should be established on a global basis to invite persons familiar with institutional economics to submit their qualifications if they wish to be considered for the Editorship position. A notice to invite applications shall be sent to all members, and, in addition, shall be placed in the Journal of Economic Issues. Negotiations with universities for the financing of editorships shall be conducted by the nominee or nominees in conjunction with the President of the Association.

8.3 When necessary, the Committee on Publications and Electronic Media is to serve as search and screening committee to select a new Web Content Editor and/or Social Media Coordinator. The Committee will establish its own procedures, make timely progress reports to the Board of Directors, and establish practical policies for an orderly transition. The process should be established on a global basis to invite persons familiar with institutional economics to submit their qualifications if they wish to be considered for a position. A notice to invite applications shall be sent to all members, be posted on the AFEE website and AFEEMAIL, and other relevant electronic venues.

8.4 When appropriate, the Committee on Publications and Electronic Media shall evaluate proposals for publications and projects other than the JEI and propose action to the Board of Directors; evaluate reprint policy and propose action to the Board of Directors; put into operational form any questions about publication or republication that are called to the attention of the Committee, and propose policies to the Board of Directors; act as an advisory group to the Editor of the JEI when the Editor requests advice; and undertake such other duties as it may be charged with by the President.

8.5 The composition of the Committee on Publications shall be: The President, as chair; the President-Elect; the Editor of the JEI; two (2) additional members to be appointed each year by the President from Association members to serve for two years, with one rotating on in an even year and one in an odd year. Serving as ex officio are members appointed to positions related to AFEE’s web and social media presence.

Committee charge for 2022

  • Field requests for funding for special projects related to scholarly research (but unrelated to conference funding).  In consultation with the Financial Committee, determine the financial feasibility of large funding requests once approved by the Publications Committee.  Once feasibility is determined for larger projects, the project’s funding should be considered approved.  Those special projects should primarily focus on the following:
    1. Efforts to add to the archives of AFEE including material from scholars whose work falls into the tradition of Original Institutionalism more broadly.
    2. Efforts to fund special projects of graduate students and early career, pre-tenure, or precariously employed academics.

The committee is empowered to craft a call for proposals for funding, but is not specifically charged to do so.  The committee is also empowered to create a draft, standardized application-for-funds form, but is not specifically charged to do so.

  • Work with the Secretary-Treasurer to develop a repository of AFEE documents to help smooth transitions between Presidents and Presidents-Elect and maintain continuity of institutional memory.  
  • Continue to work with Taylor and Francis to:
    1. Press T&F on the recent issues with posting and delivering delays
    2. Press T&F as much as the editor deems reasonable for the expansion of page count in the monthly issue allotment
    3. Continue discussions with T&F with respect to partnering on the physical production of Ayres’ book, The Theory of Economic Progress.
    4. Follow-up to assistance with the marketing of the Commons symposium
  • Continue to serve as AFEE’s liaison to the working group of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) on heterodox journal rankings. Jakob Kapeller and Engelbert Stockhammer head this research project to develop a ranking of journals in the field of political economy.

Publications Committee Members

Mary V. Wrenn, chair (term ends January 2023)
U. of the West of England
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Alex Bernasek (term ends January 2023)
Colorado State University
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Tonia Warnecke (term ends January 2023)
Department of Social Entrepreneurship
Rollins College
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Richard Adkisson (term ends January 5, 2024)
New Mexico State University
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Rojhat Avsar (term ends January 2024)
Columbia College
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Gary Dymski (term ends January 2024)
Leeds University
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William Waller, JEI Editor (will serve as long as he remains editor)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Emily Hvrovat, Colorado State University (ex officio)
Social Media Coordinator
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Web Content Editor (ex officio)

Membership Committee

Bylaws Information

(Article XI, Section 9) Committee on Membership. The President shall appoint a Membership Committee consisting of five (5) members. The purpose of the Committee is to provide ideas and suggestions to the Board of Directors regarding how to increase membership and to carry out Board of Directors approved programs to increase Association membership.

Committee charge for 2022

  • Reach out to scholars in Asia and Africa.  This could include (but is not limited to) inviting these scholars:
    1. To submit an abstract to the annual conference (which will likely take a hybrid approach moving forward)
    2. To submit (or continue submitting) papers for consideration to the JEI
    3. To join AFEE (arrangements for a year of free membership are available)
    4. To recommend other scholars in their region who are interested in OIE that the committee might contact

The committee is not specifically charged but is empowered to begin this process by compiling a list of scholars from these regions who have already published in the JEI, the JoIE, and other OIE-friendly heterodox publications or who have appeared on recent heterodox conference programs.    

  • The committee is not specifically charged but is also empowered to: 
    1. Contact professors in heterodox programs to ask them to encourage grad students to join and participate. 
    2. Contact graduate students in heterodox graduate programs to encourage them to submit abstracts for the annual meeting.  
    3. Connect with AFIT officers to explore collaborative activities and projects, especially with respect to the OIE Workshop.

Membership Committee Members (all terms end January 2023)

Anna Klimina, chair
U. of Saskatchewan
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Hao Cheng
Nancheng University
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Wolfram Elsner
U. of Bremen
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Danielle Guizzo
U. of Bristol
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Brian Lin
National Chengchi University
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Franklin Obeng-Odoom
U. of Helsinki
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Finance Committee

Bylaws Information

(Article XI, Section 10) 10.1 The Finance Committee shall provide advice to the Secretary-Treasurer with regard to management of the Association’s financial portfolio, its annual budget, and other policies related to the Association’s finance.

10.2 The committee will consist of six (6) members who will serve three-year terms. The Secretary-Treasurer shall serve, ex-officio. The members should have technical competence with regard to investment in financial instruments. The Committee will elect its own chair.

10.3 Two members of the Finance Committee will be appointed each year by the President in consultation with the Secretary-Treasurer. Committee members will be eligible to stand for reappointment upon completion of their term.

10.4 The charge of the Finance Committee is as follows: to function as an advisory group to the Secretary-Treasurer on issues for which the Secretary-Treasurer requests advice; to articulate financial investment issues and questions that the committee believes the Board should consider addressing and present those issues and questions to the Board; to work with the Secretary-Treasurer to prepare a draft of an annual budget for presentation to the board for review and approval; to advise the Board on policies and procedures for the expenditure of funds; to advise the Board regarding distribution of funds from the financial investments of the Association; to advise the Board on policies and procedures for the receipt of gifts to the Association and to propose policies to the Board of Directors about financial investment issues upon which the Board of Directors requests advice.

Committee charge for 2022

  • Monitor the performance of AFEE's investment portfolio under the newly-approved investment guidelines approved by the Board in January 2019, and report these results to the Board.
  • Update the AFEE board on the financial dimensions of the contract with Taylor and Francis, including any recommendations for future action.
  • Advise the Secretary-Treasurer on any changes recommended for the investment or annual budgeting process.
  • Advise the Publications Committee on the feasibility of funding for projects with large funding requests.

Finance Committee Members (chair to be elected within the committee)

Scott Carson (term ends 2023) 
University of Texas
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Charles Whalen (term ends January 2024)
368 William Street
Geneva, New York, 14456
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Janet Knoedler (term ends January 2024)
Department of Economics
Bucknell University
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Craig Medlen (term ends January 2025)
PO Box 1918
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
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Laura J. Taylor (term ends January 2025)
Willamette University
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Eric Hake (Officer), Secretary/Treasurer (ex-officio)
Catawba College
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Committee for Regional and International Conferences

Bylaws Information

(Article VI, Section 6) President-Elect. The President-Elect shall have the responsibility for…chairing the Committee for Regional and International Conferences….

(Article X, Section 2) Sessions. The President-Elect shall work with the Committee for

Regional and International Conferences to organize sessions on institutional economics at appropriate regional, national, and international conferences and meetings. The name of the Association shall not be used for any presentation, program, lecture, or session of papers at any meeting that is not planned, approved, or authorized by the President-Elect. The joint sessions with other organizations shall identify the Association as a joint sponsorship.

(Article 11, Section 11) 11.1 The Committee for Regional and International Conferences shall work to organize and sponsor AFEE sessions at regional and international conference across the globe.

11.2 The President - Elect shall appoint members of the committee and/or other AFEE members to organize relevant AFEE - sponsored sessions.

11.3 The Committee shall have an annual budget established by the Board. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: (1) The likelihood that the proposal will lead to long term increases in AFEE membership; and, (2) The likelihood of the proposal promoting institutional economics in a substantive way that would not be possible without AFEE funding. To receive funding, there must be a demonstrated financial need. Proposals will be considered in the order presented until funds are exhausted. Reimbursement for any one individual will be limited to $1,000. Exceptions to such limit require the support of the President and Secretary-Treasurer as well as the Committee for Regional and International Conferences. The President-Elect will consult with the Committee before deciding which proposals to fund. No proposal that is rejected by a majority of the Committee should receive funding.

Committee Charge

  • Work with local, regional and international associations to organize AFEE sessions, with the aim of promoting institutional economics and increasing AFEE membership.
  • Use AFEE listserv and other AFEE communications resources, working with the AFEE coordinator, to distribute calls for papers and conferences announcements as appropriate.
  • Jointly and individually explore ways to introduce the committee's activities into new regions and settings.
  • Work together, with AFEE officers and other committees as appropriate, to explore how the committee can help AFEE better position itself as an international organization.
  • The Board of Directors approved total CRIC funding of $6,000 for 2020.

Committee for Regional and International Conferences Members

Gary Dymski (President-Elect) (term ends January 2022) – Committee Chair
U. of Leeds
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Alicia Girón                                                                (term ends January 2024)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México                                     
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Cristina Fróes de Borja Reis                                 (term ends January 2024)
Universidade Federal do ABC
São Bernardo, Brasil
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Salewa O. Olawoye-Mann                                       (term ends January 2024)
U. of York
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Kota Kitagawa                                                            (term ends January 2023)
Kansai University
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Alexis Stenfors                                                           (term ends January 2023)
University of Portsmouth
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John Hall                                                                     (term ends January 2023)
Portland State University
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Karol Gil-Vasquez                                                      (term ends January 2022)
Nichols College                                                        
Dudley, MA 01571
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Svetlana Kirdina-Chandler                                       (term ends January 2022)
Institute of Economics                        
Russian Academy of Sciences
Moscow, Russian Federation
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Anna Klimina                                                                (term ends January 2022)
St. Thomas More College
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Sk S7N 0W6
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