AEA Ombuds Team

As stated in the AEA Code of Professional Conduct, the AEA seeks to create a professional environment with equal opportunity and fair treatment for all economists, regardless of age, sex, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, health condition, marital status, parental status, genetic information, political affiliation, professional status, or personal connections.  Please view the AEA Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Retaliation.

Any AEA member who believes they have suffered or witnessed harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, or has another member concern, is encouraged to contact the Ombuds Team. All communications with the Ombuds Team are strictly confidential.  Communication with the Ombuds Team does not constitute legal notice to the AEA and will not trigger a formal course of action or legal process by the AEA.

The Ombuds Team is an independent, impartial, confidential, and informal third-party resource to help AEA Members obtain information about AEA policies and procedures, develop options for surfacing issues, assist in addressing or resolving conflicts or concerns, and assist in bringing systemic issues to the attention of AEA leadership.

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The Ombuds Team was established under a charter approved by the AEA President. The charter incorporates by reference the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the International Ombuds Association (IOA) and requires adherence by the Ombuds Team. The charter, as well as the IOA Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, contain important information about the Ombuds Team and the manner in which it functions.

Upcoming Workshops Hosted by the Ombuds Team

The new Ombuds Team will provide regular educational sessions throughout the year on topics of interest to our members. 

How to Have a Productive Difficult Conversation at Work?
April 24, 2024 – 2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET

In this workshop, we will explore strategies and techniques to navigate challenging discussions effectively, fostering a culture of open communication and collaboration. Learn practical approaches to address conflicts constructively, mitigate negative impacts, and create pathways for resolution, allowing you to refocus on your meaningful work. Don’t let difficult conversations hinder progress—empower yourself with the skills to manage them confidently and efficiently.


Conflict Management for Leaders (Chairs, Advisors, Directors, etc.)
May 16, 2024 – 4:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET

Designed specifically for leaders, this session delves into advanced strategies and techniques for effectively navigating and resolving conflicts within the institution. Participants will learn how to foster a culture of open communication, trust, and collaboration while mitigating the negative impacts of conflict on productivity and morale. Gain insights into conflict resolution frameworks, mediation skills, and strategies for promoting constructive dialogue.


Skillful Collaboration
June 11, 2024 – Noon ET to 1:00 PM ET

Collaboration, whether on research, writing, presenting, and beyond, can be fraught with tension and conflict. Individuals bring their own styles, needs, and goals, which, if handled well, can lead to a better work product, but if mishandled, can have devastating results. This workshop will lay out some tools and strategies to use when collaborating with others to align expectations and use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to help you understand the best way to engage with others productively.