Membership Volunteer & Engagement Opportunities

Types of Leadership Opportunities

AACN’s member volunteers are one of our communities’ greatest strengths in advancing academic nursing to transform health care to improve health and achieve health equity. AACN offers a variety of ways for members to get involved in the work of the organization, from short-term projects such as award and abstract reviewer to longer opportunities outlined below. We invite you to deepen your engagement with AACN and volunteer today!

Engagement Opportunities at a Glance

Responsibilities and Time Commitment

Committees: Committees, including the Foundation for Academic Nursing Advisory Committee, Membership Committee, Government Affairs Committee, Program Committee, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, support the ongoing strategic work of the association. Appointments are made for up to two years, and committees generally meet during the Deans Annual Meeting and Academic Nursing Leadership Conference and have regular virtual meetings.

Program Subcommittees: Program Subcommittees, such as the Doctoral Education Conference Subcommittee and Transform Subcommittee, focus on one of AACN's conferences. Appointments are made for 1-2 years, and the subcommittees have regular virtual meetings.

Task Forces: The Board of Directors may establish task forces to focus on priority projects and initiatives. Appointments are time-limited, and task forces hold regular virtual meetings.

Advisory Groups: Advisory Groups may be established based on the priorities of AACN. Appointments are typically 1-2 years, and the groups meet virtually.

Steering Committees: Steering Committees may be established based on the priorities of AACN. Appointments are typically 2-3 years, and the committee meets virtually. 

Abstract and Awards Reviewers: Abstract and Awards Reviewers are a one-time volunteer opportunity to review a specific conference’s abstract submissions or award application submissions. The time commitment is generally 2-4 hours to review and evaluate the submissions. 

Board of Directors: The Board of Directors is the governing body for the association. Selected through an annual election process, AACN’s 14-member Board includes 11 dean representatives, two practice representatives, and the AACN President/CEO. The Call for Nominations for the Board is issued each spring.

Nominating Committee: This elected committee assesses member interest in serving on the Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee and prepares the slate of candidates for the annual election. The Nominating Committee meets regularly via virtual meetings.


For more information on any of the opportunities described above, please contact Gene Throwe at (202) 463-6930, ext. 237 or