AAR-SW is the Southwest regional organization of the American Academy of Religion. The AAR-SW membership includes members of the AAR living, working, and/or affiliating with the southwest region of the United States, as well as others in the region with scholarly, professional, and/or personal religious studies interests. Typically but not exclusively these are faculty and students affiliated with the colleges, seminaries, and research universities in the region. Other members are affiliated with secondary schools, religious organizations, and institutes promoting the study of religion.
The AAR-SW is a member organization of the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, which also comprises the southwest regional organizations of the SBL, ASSR, and ASOR. The 40th anniversary of the formation of SWCRS was celebrated in 2014. See www.swcrs-online.org for more information. SWCRS organizes the conference where the members of the AAR-SW meet each year, generally the second weekend in March. The SWCRS Board of Directors comprises AAR-SW representatives, including all of its officers.
The AAR-SW is working to represent in its membership and leadership the diversity of the region and to enhance its support of its membership with innovations to encourage collaborative work among members throughout the year.