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AAA Appoints Jeff Martin as New Director of Communications and Public Affairs

MartinJeff_325The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has appointed Jeff Martin, a communications veteran with more than 25 years experience in the field, as the Association’s new director, communications and public affairs. Martin will be responsible for directing the Association’s media outreach, public education, and government relations programs.

“Jeff Martin brings a wealth of public relations experience to the table,” said AAA Executive Director Ed Liebow. “The knowledge he has gained working for the non-profit, private, and government sectors as well as community-based groups give him a distinct perspective on the nuances of communicating across our broad spectrum of diverse members and sister organizations. His extensive travel and cross-cultural skills acquired living overseas, from the South Pacific to the Caribbean, will also add a great deal of value to our organization and anthropology as we face global challenges that require collaborative solutions.”

Before joining AAA, Martin has served in public relations capacities for the Council on Foundations, The Nature Conservancy, and Peace Corps. He has also worked with international firms including Bozell, Kenyon & Eckhardt, and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.

A graduate from Arizona State University, he worked as a journalist before going into public affairs and has won awards from the Public Relations Society of America and the New Jersey Press Association. He also has had articles featured in several publications, including Travel & Leisure, Cineaste, American Cowboy, and the Denver Post.

 

CONTACT:

Jeff Martin
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
571-483-1163
Mobile: 240-393-1149
jmartin@aaanet.org

Joslyn Osten,
Marketing and Public Relations Manager,
703-528-1902 x 1171
Mobile: 571-581-8262
josten@aaanet.org

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The American Anthropological Association, dedicated to advancing human understanding and addressing the world’s most pressing problems since its founding in 1902, is the world’s largest professional anthropology organization.

National Anthropology Day: Looking towards 2016

National Anthropology DayWe celebrated the first National Anthropology Day on February 19, 2015. The celebration was a great success, with more than 80 college campuses, organizations, museums, elementary and high schools participating. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced a Congressional Proclamation to publicly recognize the field, and to declare the third Thursday in February as an annual day for celebration.

Anthropologists around the world took to social media to celebrate and document their activities to earmark the day. AAA hosted its first Reddit “ask me anything” (AMA) event, with staff fielding dozens of questions about anthropology and the Association. Several blogs had fun suggesting ways the day could be celebrated. More than 14,000 tweets, posts and blog posts were made with the #NationalAnthropologyDay hashtag. On-campus Anthropology Clubs reached out to nearby high schools, and took part in a selfie social media contest. Students from Minnesota State University Mankato, El Camino College, and Hunter College – CUNY each won $100 for future Anthropology Club activities.

AAA Past President Yolanda Moses celebrated National Anthropology Day with an interview highlighting the RACE: Are We So Different? public education project on the Marin County Public Radio, KWMR. Click here to listen to the interview.

We are already looking forward to next year, expanding our horizons internationally. AAA is in conversation with our sister societies in physical, applied, and archaeology, as well as the World Council of Anthropological Associations and the IUAES. Mark your calendars, next year’s Anthropology Day celebration will take place on February 18, 2016.

CMIA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program deadline extended to March 15th

The CMIA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program deadline has been extended to March 15th.  If you are interested please contact me at arussell@aaanet.org or 703-528-1902.

The Award

The American Anthropological Association invites minority doctoral candidates in anthropology to apply for a dissertation writing fellowship of $10,000. The annual AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship is intended to encourage members of racialized minorities to complete doctoral degrees in anthropology, thereby increasing diversity in the discipline and/or promoting research on issues of concern among minority populations. Dissertation topics in all areas of the discipline are welcome. Doctoral students who require financial assistance to complete the write-up phase of the dissertation are urged to apply.

A nonrenewable dissertation fellowship of $10,000 will be provided annually to one anthropology graduate student.

Read About Past Minority Dissertation Fellowship Winners

Eligibility

An applicant must be:  (1) a member of an historically underrepresented U.S. racialized minority group such as African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians or Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino/as, Chicano/as, or Pacific Islanders; (2) graduated from a U.S. high school or completed a GED certificate in the U.S.; (3) enrolled in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in anthropology at the time of application (4) admitted to degree candidacy before the dissertation fellowship is awarded; and (5) a member of the American Anthropological Association. The dissertation proposal must be approved by the applicant’s committee prior to application. Students of any subfield or specialty in anthropology will receive equal consideration.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must have a record of outstanding academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be members of the American Anthropological Association at least one month prior to submitting materials for the AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program.
  • Applicants must have had their dissertation proposals approved by their dissertation committees prior to application.
  • The dissertation research must be in an area of anthropological research.
  • The recipient of the fellowship must be in need of a fellowship to complete the dissertation. The applicant will be required to provide information regarding their current financial and funding situation.

Award

Decisions will be based upon the quality of the submitted information and the likelihood that the recipient will have a good chance at completing the dissertation. The AAA Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology will serve as the selection panel. The award recipient will be notified by telephone and mail as soon as the decision is made, no later than the 1st week of July. The award will also be announced in the October or November Anthropology News.

After completion of the dissertation, by June 15th, the award recipient must submit a 1-page report specifying the status of the degree and the dissertation’s defense, along with a copy of the dissertation abstract, to the Executive Director of the AAA. The dissertation committee chair or head of the department should cosign this report. Highlights of this report may be published in AN.

Payment of Award

Fellowship funds will be paid directly to the awardee (rather than the institution) in three installments: one by September 10th and the second by January 10th. The third installment will be received upon receipt of final report. Award will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

The online application will be extended until March 15th.

Questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Russell at arussell@aaanet.org or 703-528-1902.

2015 AAA Leadership Fellows Program

The AAA Leadership Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists early in their careers to learn about leadership opportunities within the association. Each year a group of three to five fellows will be paired with a mentor chosen from among AAA leadership. Mentors are available to fellows throughout the year to answer questions related to AAA. Fellows shadow their mentors at the AAA Annual Meeting in meetings of the Executive Board, Association Committees, and Section Committees. In addition, fellows are invited to attend the AAA Donors Reception and a Leadership Fellows Social bringing together past and present cohorts of fellows.

Eligibility

At the time of application, the applicant must be:
• a current member of the American Anthropological Association
• within three to five years of having completed their terminal degree in anthropology or an allied field. *
* Applicants not holding a terminal degree in anthropology should have a strong presence in the discipline at the time the application is submitted.
 
The online application is open in early March. Applications must be submitted by April 6. Awardees are notified in May and announced in Anthropology News. Fellows are required to attend the AAA Annual Meeting of their award year. As a result, Fellows receive up to $500 reimbursement for costs of travel.

To learn more and apply, click here.

AAA Backs National Adjunct Walkout and Awareness Day

Written by American Anthropological Association President, Dr. Monica Heller and Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow

Today, February 25, 2015 is “National Adjunct Walkout and Awareness Day,” a day when adjunct and contingent faculty at American colleges and universities are being encouraged to remain away from their teaching responsibilities or otherwise call attention to the unfair conditions of employment that many adjunct faculty face.

Across the academy, many adjuncts do not have professional careers beyond the academy, and are paid by the course at a fraction of the rate their full-time faculty counterparts are compensated. Adjuncts are often not eligible for employer-provided health care insurance coverage or retirement benefits. Adjuncts often do not get paid time off. Adjuncts have little employment security, are often told only days ahead of the start of the academic term whether their courses will be offered. At institutions that rely heavily on adjunct instructors, the quality of instruction may suffer, not because of the adjuncts’ qualifications, but because they lack private office space in which to meet with students, are so poorly compensated for their time that they may not be able to make themselves available for student consultations.

What is true for institutions of higher education in general is certainly the case in anthropology. The AAA is a member of the Coalition on the Academic Workforce, which has a significant repository of data on working conditions, including a large sub-sample of anthropologists. The AAA’s Committee on Labor Relations has been tasked with providing advice regarding best practices in the employment of adjunct and contingent faculty. More broadly, we are trying to understand the contours of the labor market for anthropologists, and how the Association can best support our members and the discipline under these conditions.

Today is a day for heightening public awareness, and the AAA salutes those courageous anthropologists who are taking a stand for working conditions deserving of the level of academic preparation and commitment to quality education that adjunct faculty share.

The American Anthropological Association, dedicated to advancing human understanding and addressing the world’s most pressing problems since its found in 1902, is the world’s largest professional anthropology organization.

A Global Celebration of Anthropology

National Anthropology DayOn Thursday, February 19, 2015 anthropologists worldwide will celebrate the inaugural National Anthropology Day. This inaugural event, created by the American Anthropological Association, calls public attention to the important work that anthropologists contribute to our daily lives.

Anthropologists are innovators and creative thinkers who contribute to every sector of society. On National Anthropology Day there will be more than 75 schools, museums and organizations worldwide hosting public events to highlight how anthropologists study, discover and tackle the world’s most pressing issues.

“This grassroots effort is a first for the American Anthropological Association,” said Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow, in a recent statement, “In a time when we hear great skepticism about science in general, and about social science findings in particular, it is important for our members to showcase their contributions.”

AAA Staff

AAA staff celebrate National Anthropology Day

 

AAA Summer Internship Applications Available Feb. 6

The American Anthropological Association is pleased to offer two internship opportunities funded by member donations.

Internships are six weeks in length during the summer of 2015. Internships are unpaid however; interns will be provided housing and a meal/travel stipend.
Interns will spend approximately 40 percent of their time working onsite at the AAA offices in Arlington, VA, and the other 60 percent of their time working on-site at one of two locations described below.

Eligibility:
• Undergraduate students in their junior or senior year
• First Year Graduate students (completing the first year of graduate work by June 2014)

Applications will be accepted beginning on February 6, 2015.

Visit the AAA Summer Internship Program webpage for the application. Applications will be available on February 6, 2015. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.

Click here to support this Internship Program through a financial contribution.

Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC) Internship
The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), the official history program of the Department of the Navy, is located at Washington’s historical Navy Yard. The office serves four main functions:

• Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation & Policy Development – Resource management involves implementing an overall cultural heritage policy, ensuring Navy remains in compliance with federal laws and regulations, forming a sunken military craft inventory, crafting individual site management plans, coordinating violation enforcement, coordinating human remains issues, and extensive collaboration with federal, state, local agencies, international counterparts, the non-profit sector, the private sector and the public to best manage sunken military craft.

• Archaeological & Historical Research – Intrinsically tied to the management of sunken military craft are the inventory, survey, assessment, documentation, research and monitoring of these ship and aircraft wrecks. NHHC undertakes archaeological research as a lead agency, as a collaborator, as a guide, and as a monitor and permit-issuer in the case of external archaeological surveys and/or actions that disturb sunken military craft.

• Artifact Conservation & Curation – All historic artifacts recovered from an underwater environment require some form of conservation and a proper curation environment to remain in a stable condition. NHHC, via its Archaeology & Conservation Laboratory, is directly responsible for nearly 14,000 artifacts originating from sunken military craft.

• Education, Public Relations & Information Dissemination – Public education and outreach is a fundamental mission component of NHHC as it helps promote the Navy’s heritage and preserve its sunken military craft from disturbance. Information dissemination occurs through channels such as publications, presentations, lectures, a web and social media presence, and press coverage is pursued on a regular basis.

Interns can expect to work on a variety of tasks depending on their research interests and office priorities, such as: preparing, undertaking, or following up on field investigations; conducting archaeological and historical research; reviewing, editing or preparing reports; synthesizing information and preparing policy or case study briefings; conserving artifacts; assisting with the UAB artifact inventory, management, and loan programs; coordinating partner and inter-agency correspondence; and participating in public outreach and education initiatives such as tours, lectures, presentations, and web presence.

National Museum of African Art Internship
The National Museum of African Art has the largest publicly held collection of traditional and contemporary African art in the United States. This collection includes more than 9,000 objects representing nearly every country in Africa dating from ancient to contemporary times, and includes sculpture, textiles, pottery, jewelry, photography, paintings, works on paper, and video art.

The museum’s mission is to foster the discovery and appreciation of the visual arts of Africa, the cradle of humanity.

The selected intern would be placed in the museum’s curatorial department, and their assignment would include object-based work related to a future exhibition.

An interest in African culture and art is required for this internship, as well as a background in curatorial practice and procedures.

AAA On-Site Activities
AAA activities will include the following:
• Research membership trends in the AAA; developing and drafting materials for 2016 National Anthropology Day; drafting text for Anthropology News (AN) newsletter articles and other activities as assigned.

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