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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today the featured candidates are for Executive Board Linguistic Seat: Jillian Cavanaugh and Donna Patrick.
Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.
I would be honored to serve on the AAA Executive Board in the Linguistic Seat, and am well-prepared to undertake such a position. I served 2009-2013 as Member-at-Large for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, during which I ran the SLA undergraduate and graduate student essay contests, organizing and heading review committees, managing deadlines and submissions, and giving the awards at the SLA business meeting. In an effort to promote and nurture the next generation of linguistic anthropologists, and strengthen the SLA’s role in mentoring and supporting students, in 2011 I spearheaded the transformation of the graduate contest into a yearly AAA panel in which the winner and runners-up present their work. In 2009-2010, I served as Program Chair-elect and Program Chair, respectively, for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, organizing the SAE’s AAA program. I co-founded and from 2006 to 2012 convened the New York Linguistic Anthropology Working Group, a regional network of linguistic anthropologists who meet regularly to discuss their work. As a linguistic anthropologist whose work regularly engages with cultural anthropological issues, I am oriented towards engagement across anthropological subdisciplines, and strive to support students, promote opportunities for collegial discussion, and enhance the AAA’s programming and mission.
I am delighted to be nominated for the Linguistic Seat of the AAA Executive and would bring to this position a wide range of interests, skills, and experience. My work as a linguistic anthropologist since 1990 has reflected a broad interest in anthropology and brought home the importance of collaborating with local communities and other academics and of integrating ideas from a range of intellectual sources. My administrative experience includes working as an academic program director at two universities as well as three years on the executive board of the Canadian Anthropology Association, four years on the editorial board of the Society for the Anthropology of North America, and five years on the editorial board of the Canadian Modern Language Review, three as Secretary-Treasurer. My experience collaborating with colleagues locally, regionally, and internationally has involved organizing conferences and conference panels, editing academic volumes, and reviewing for academic journals and presses. All of this work has, I believe, provided skills and experience relevant to the position, and would allow me to be both an effective voice for linguistic anthropologists and a strong advocate for greater inclusiveness in the AAA, including a larger presence for Indigenous students and scholars.
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