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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Undesignated Seat #1: Maxine Oland and Sarah Surface Evans.

Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
  • Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
    a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
    b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association’s members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
    c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
  • Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
  • Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association’s long range planning process on issues of gender parity.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Gender Equality in Anthropology.

Maxine Oland

Oland_MaxineWhile our discipline claims some expertise in understanding the role of gender in cultures and institutions around the world, many anthropologists continue to face inequities in our own professional settings. My interest in serving on CoGEA is inspired by my personal experience–as an academic, an adjunct professor, and a mother–and by my conversations with young colleagues, who tell me stories of sexual harassment, and gender and sexuality-based discrimination across all subfields. My work with the Committee On The Status of Women in Archaeology (Society for American Archaeology) has brought attention to issues of motherhood and mentorship within the sub-discipline of archaeology. I seek a position on CoGEA to increase gender parity across anthropology more broadly. I am particularly interested in the ways that gender inequality intersects with class, race, ethnic identification, age, and sexuality, with life choices/ realities such as parenthood and marriage status, and with structural factors in our academic and professional institutions. Inequalities can be experienced at any level of career, but are of particular concern for young scholars and recent graduates, whose lack of professional power and mentorship puts them at the greatest risk of exploitation.

Sarah Surface Evans

Surface-Evans_SarahAs a female archaeologist, who has worked in the private sector, government, and academia, I have encountered many situations that underscore the immense work that remains to be done to ensure gender equity in our discipline. In 2011, I organized a round table (LEGACIES, SHIFTING REALITIES, AND (RE)INVENTING ROLES FOR WOMEN IN ARCHAEOLOGY) with Misty Jackson for the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association to initiate a frank and open discussion of gender bias and discrimination in archaeology. One of the outcomes of the round table was the creation of the Feminist Voices in Archaeology Blog, which is an online forum for sharing stories, creating a community, and building mentorship. While the blog has been somewhat successful, participation has been much less than we hoped for. It is all too clear to me that even anonymous digital spaces are not safe enough for this discussion. Consequently, I wish to serve on CoGEA in order to be able to foster a safe environment within the discipline and promote positive change in the anthropological community. To start, I would like to see the development of an AAA-sanctioned online forum and to use social media to increase mentorship and communication.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button. The deadline to vote is May 31st at 5pm ET.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Student Seat: Holly Okonkwo and Tony Pomales.

Responsibilities of the committee members include:

  • Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
  • Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
    a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
    b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association’s members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
    c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
  • Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
  • Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association’s long range planning process on issues of gender parity.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Gender Equality in Anthropology.

Holly Okonkwo

Okonkwo_HollyIt is my pleasure to be selected as a candidate to run on the 2014 spring ballot for the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Student Seat. I am running on the grounds of my intellectual and pedagogical commitment to foster diversity and more inclusive environments within the discipline and academy. Anthropology helped make the connections between the personal and the political by giving me the tools to not only understand my own positionality but also to question power relations, knowledge production and to confront discrimination. The field has allowed me to develop a voice when I often felt silenced and invisible. I am firmly committed to a career dedicated to exploring the experiences of women from diverse backgrounds and understanding how those experiences may better inform the discourse on institutions and diversity. As a member of the committee, I will utilize that same passion and commitment in supporting the mission of the American Anthropological Association in its pursuit of greater gender equity in the discipline and beyond.

Tony Pomales

Pomales_TonyThe AAA Committee on Gender Equity represents anthropology’s continued efforts toward collectively building an equitable research and work environment for all anthropologists, and also its commitment to creating and fostering equitable gender relations beyond the academy. This commitment requires a vision of gender as intersectional, so that accounts of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other sites of difference-making factor into how gender is understood to be socially constructed and lived; thus making the committee more sensitive and alert to various forms of gender violence. My education in transnational feminism and critical race theory has prepared me to meet the responsibilities of this student seat. My graduate certification in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies also has prepared and challenged me to formulate pedagogies for addressing issues of gender inequity in the classroom and in other settings. My dissertation research and work with aging sex worker-identified women in Costa Rica has also challenged me to develop a more critical understanding and awareness of gender discrimination and sexual abuse and the workings of power and violence, more broadly. Closer to home, my personal commitment to gender equity and social justice has also informed my work with students at a local high school who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance.

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AAA Collaborates in Support of Egypt/U.S. Memorandum of Understanding

In collaboration with the American Schools for Oriental Research, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society of American Archaeology, AAA President Monica Heller expresses support for the proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and the Arab Republic of Egypt that will be considered by CPAC at its upcoming public meeting on June 2 of this year.

Below is an excerpt, read the entire letter here:

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our collective support for the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the United States and the Arab Republic of Egypt that will be considered by CPAC at its upcoming public meeting on June 2, 2014. Our organizations represent the primary professional bodies for the fields of archaeology, anthropology, and Egyptology as well as many interested members of the public. Our collective membership of over 230,000 has a strong interest in the long-term research, preservation, presentation, and safeguarding of the heritage of Egypt.

Modern-day Egypt is host to some of the oldest and most significant archaeological remains in the world. The geographic diversity and temporal representation of the archaeological and historical material of Egypt covers fabled monuments, such as those related to the rich Pharaonic past and the Roman and Byzantine periods, as well as places and complexes of the Islamic, Ottoman, and Christian inhabitants, many still in use today. Whether woven into the urban fabric of the cities of Cairo or Alexandria, or situated in the rural areas of the Fayum, Sinai, and Upper Egypt, the cultural landscapes of Egypt represent a palimpsest of time. The proposed MoU imposes import restrictions on archaeological material from the Early Dynastic Period through the New Kingdom period as well as on the more recent Islamic material, ending with the Ottoman conquest of Egypt in 1517.

Our call for action under this MoU recognizes the significant place of history from Egypt in our collective lives, from the plazas of Rome to the halls of U.S. institutions; from the covers of National Geographic, Archaeology magazine, and the New York Times to the stories told by National Public Radio and Fox News. The indelible position of Egypt in our understanding of the ancient history of writing and medicine, as well as the histories of museum practice, the preservation movement, and tourism development, notably in Cairo and at Abu Simbel, all offer sound evidence for the importance of protecting the Egyptian past. An MoU offers further opportunity to expand cultural relationships between the United States and Egypt. The MoU enables and encourages collaborative initiatives that aim to support research, to preserve archaeological and historical places, to promote educational exchange programs, and to quell activities that contribute to the illicit trafficking of Egyptian heritage.

Read the entire letter here.

It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Ethics Committee Biological Seat: Julie Lesnik and Bethany Turner

The objective of the Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association’s ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are (1) to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating; (2) to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; (3) to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas, and (4) to provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Ethics.

 

Julie Lesnik

Lesnik_JulieI have a broad professional history in anthropology, which has furnished me with the experience necessary for a position on the Ethics Committee. I have taught at many different schools in Chicago including small, private establishments, large research-driven public universities, and a minority-serving institute. The student body as well as the faculty at every type of school faces their own challenges. Having worked in many different academic environments, I have an understanding of the challenges that need to be overcome in order to implement ethics training in various anthropology curricula. I have also worked on four field schools on three different continents. I have experience navigating many ethics problems that can present themselves in these settings, such as research team power dynamics, relations with local populations, and ethical treatment of human remains. I am able to advise AAA members who may be currently encountering these issues. Finally, I have been active in the AAA since 2008 and I look forward to contributing more in the years to come. Serving on the Ethics Committee would be a great way to engage with the membership and help promote awareness of the ethical dilemmas we all face in our chosen field.

Bethany Turner

Turner_BethanyI am a social bioarchaeologist working primarily in the Peruvian Andes to study patterns of diet, mobility, health, and identity among indigenous groups who lived in ancient imperial states such as the Wari and Inca, and under Spanish colonialism. I have also collaboratively studied human remains from archaeological contexts in Middle Woodland-Period Florida, Medieval Mongolia, Early-Christian Sudanese Nubia, and Emancipation-Period Georgia. All of these research contexts involved explicit and sustained efforts to engage in context-specific best practices, from excavation to compliance with NAGPRA and museum policies, to engagement with descent communities, to ongoing dialog regarding intrusive analysis and repatriation.

My training involved a strong and consistent focus on skeletal ethics and public engagement, which I now infuse into training and mentoring students in the field and lab. I believe that studying human remains is a privilege, one that imparts a heavy responsibility on the researcher to commit to the nuanced and dynamic nature of ethical practices. Because of this, I have published peer-reviewed book chapters centered on the ongoing negotiation of ethical issues in the study of ancient human remains in the US and abroad. I would translate these experiences and perspectives into productive contributions as a member of the AAA Committee on Ethics.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Ethics Committee Archaeology Seat: Kurt Dongoske and Mary Beth Trubitt

The objective of the Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association’s ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are (1) to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating; (2) to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; (3) to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas, and (4) to provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Ethics.

 

Kurt Dongoske

Dongoske_KurtMy professional ethics are grounded and shaped by my past 24 years of working with descendant Native American tribal communities (Zuni and Hopi) on a day to day basis. I am currently the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Zuni, where I also run the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise. This experience has instilled in me a deep professional ethical responsibility to both the science of archaeology and the involvement of indigenous people in the research and narratives that archaeologists and other anthropologists construct about the past. To this end, I served as the chair of the Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Native American Relations for 6 years (1997-2003) during which time I implemented efforts to sensitize the Society’s membership to the varied issues involved in the relations between Native Americans and archaeologists. In 1994 I co-authored an article entitled, “Ethics of Field Research for the Hopi Tribe,” that was published in the Anthropology Newsletter. I believe my past experience and current understanding of the ethical issues associated with working for and with indigenous communities has prepared me to productively contribute to the Committee on Ethics.

Mary Beth Trubitt

Trubitt_MaryBethAs an archaeologist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey, I conduct research, teach and mentor university students, and engage members of the public in preservation. My research centers on American Indian history in Arkansas and the eastern United States. Communicating the results and significance of anthropological research is part of my day-to-day work. Ethical issues arise when addressing various constituencies and balancing their various interests with site protection. I try to emphasize the importance of anthropology, of archaeology, of historic preservation, and of cultural heritage as I interact with students, colleagues, volunteers, descendants, property owners, and community members. I have served on several committees for the Society for American Archaeology, and I am past president of the Caddo Conference Organization. I have been a member of the American Anthropological Association since 1991. I welcome the opportunity to bring my experience to serve the AAA and represent the membership on the Committee on Ethics. I hope to work with the committee to develop new ways to foster ethics education in the profession, to promote ethics discussions in person, in print, and via internet, and to encourage awareness of anthropological ethics issues in the public sphere.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Nominations Committee Undesignated Seat#1: Teresita Majewski and Pamela Putenney

Responsibilities of the Nomination Committee include:

  • To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
  • To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
  • To meet annually to discuss nominations
  • To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
  • To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendation

Click here to learn more about the Nominations Committee.

Teresita Majewski

Majewski_TeresitaA member of the AAA since graduate school, I served as a member-at-large of the Archaeology Division (AD) Executive Committee and as a member and then chair of the AD Nominations Committee. The committee received high praise from AAA staff who commented that the AD had one of the most active and effective nominating processes of the AAA divisions and sections. I can bring this experience to the AAA Nominations Committee and contribute to its success. My connections cross-cut the association and include practicing anthropologists, academics, museum anthropologists, and those in government service. As current co-chair of the newly established AAA Task Force on Cultural Heritage, I am working with AAA members from a wide range of constituencies. I also have extensive international connections, both in Latin America, Canada, and overseas. I have maintained my professional connections by presenting at various national, international, and regional meetings; by publishing regularly; and through professional service to the discipline. If elected, I am committed to working with my fellow committee members to provide the highest-quality nominees to carry out the AAA’s work and to encourage younger generations of anthropologists to contribute to the association’s success through service and innovation.

Pamela Puntenney

Putenney_PammelaThe current AAA agenda is far-reaching and significant reflecting the vitality and intelligence we bring to anthropology, be it academic or practitioners working in diverse settings. The leadership required to implement our goals hinges upon recruiting talent that has the ability to engage a complex range of audiences whether addressing the importance of science in anthropology, managing publications, jobs, or locating better meeting sites. Four goals I have for nominations include: 1) Encourage people to step forward that can work to bridge AAA’s initiatives; 2) strengthen the nomination pool through public outreach and communications activities; 3) further develop a responsive capacity in terms of strong nominations; 4) strategically support efforts to sustain recruiting over the long term. If elected, I will remain committed to the kind of activities this statement of advocacy entails: support of initiatives and activities to identify a pool of potential candidates; encouragement of continuing to build recruiting efforts within AAA; seek out enthusiastic colleagues eager to bring their talent and leadership skills to the tasks at hand and of course the support and encouragement of students and young professionals. I would enjoy the opportunity to serve you as a member of AAA’s Nominations Committee.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Nominations Committee Biological Seat: Janice Hutchinson and Katherine MacKinnon

Responsibilities of the Nomination Committee include:

  • To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
  • To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
  • To meet annually to discuss nominations
  • To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
  • To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendation

Click here to learn more about the Nominations Committee.

Janice Hutchinson

Hutchinson_JaniceAs a member of the nomination committee I will work to ensure inclusiveness and diversity in the recruitment of candidates for AAA committees and boards. The goal will always be to not only have representation in terms of diverse areas of research and regional location, but to recruit anthropologists who will bring a broad range of perspectives and understanding of AAA’s mission and plans for achieving ethnic, gender, and regional diversity in the pool of candidates, among other goals. Potential candidates should be able to work collaboratively with other sections, bring ideas to promote our activities and contribute to ongoing issues within the AAA. One issue is the paucity of participation in AAA elections; another is the limited visibility of the AAA in dealing with societal issues that are really at the core of anthropology. I will reach out to sections and individuals on an ongoing basis to identify strong potential candidates.

Katherine MacKinnon

MacKinnon_KatherineAs an active member in the AAA, I am pleased to run for the biological seat on the Nominations Committee. I currently serve as Program Chair of the Biological Anthropology Section (BAS), and as such, have experience that aligns well with the responsibilities of the Nominations Committee. In the past I have served on the AAA Committee on Ethics (2005-2008), and was a member of the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review (2008-2012), charged with overhauling the AAA Code of Ethics. I conduct fieldwork in Central and South America, and more recently Zambia, and since receiving my PhD in 2002 I have held a faculty position at the second-oldest Jesuit research university in the country, Saint Louis University. Although I am a biological anthropologist specializing in primatology, I consider myself first and foremost an anthropologist. My professional self-identity is in large part due to holistic undergraduate and graduate training at the University of California at Berkeley, and also reflects my commitment to an anthropology that employs integrative methodologies and theory to cut across traditional boundaries. As a member of the Nominations Committee, I would bring my experience serving within the AAA organization, and work hard to see that a broad and representative selection of candidates for offices is well-vetted and supported.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for the Nominations Committee Linguistic Seat: Chaise LaDousa and Shonna Trinch

Responsibilities of the Nomination Committee include:

  • To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
  • To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
  • To meet annually to discuss nominations
  • To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
  • To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendation

Click here to learn more about the Nominations Committee.

Chaise LaDousa

LaDousa_ChaiseI enjoyed working with other members of the Nominations Committee of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology from 2009 to 2012. We discussed attributes of potential candidates and put together slates of candidates. I served as chair of the committee during my last two years of membership. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on the Nominations Committee of the AAA in the seat designated for linguistics so that I might extend conversations about viable slates to the larger structure of the AAA.

Shonna Trinch

Trinch_ShonnaI would be honored to serve the AAAs by filling the linguistics seat on the Nominations Committee. I have more than 15 years of experience in the profession as a linguistic who was trained in Hispanic languages and linguistics and has worked in modern languages and anthropology departments. In the different departments in which I have worked, I have led search committees for candidates across several disciplines including linguistics, literature, Latino and Latin American studies, anthropology and gender studies. This experience has trained me to organize and manage candidate materials, to cooperate and work with search committee members and to communicate our recommendations to the faculties involved. As a long-standing Faculty Senate member at John Jay College, I have represented the diverse interests of my department to this College-wide body and I have ensured that my colleagues are informed of its work as well. By helping to select candidates for leadership positions in AAAs, I will work hard to complete the tasks necessary. One goal of mine is to ensure that linguistics is represented in the leadership of the AAAs and another is to encourage the selection of linguists who would be bridge-builders between all the fields of anthropology.

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It’s time to vote in the 2014 Elections

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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Featured today are the candidates for Executive Board Undesignated Seat #3: Keri Brondo and Michael Harkin

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.

Keri Brondo

Brondo_KeriIf elected, I would embrace the opportunity to collaborate with AAA leadership on addressing challenges facing our association and discipline. I bring over a decade of experience working across AAA sections as Chair of CoGEA and CoPAPIA to advance the status of engaged and practicing anthropology within the AAA, and improve work climate conditions for anthropologists of all genders and identities. My roles as an academic, applied, engaged and activist scholar have led to a deep appreciation for the range of concerns and ambitions of our diverse membership. We must confront the following key issues: 1) underrepresentation of minority populations within the AAA and discipline; 2) alarming rates of sexual harassment; 3) changes to the economics and technologies of scholarly publishing; 4) improving our ability to communicate to multiple audiences both internal and external to the association; 5) our discipline’s public engagement with contemporary environmental, economic, and social crises; 6) the instability of adjunct and other contingent labor forms; and, 7) the responsible redesign of anthropological curriculum such that graduates are prepared to engage the varied nature of anthropological careers. I would be honored to have the opportunity to collaborate across committees, task forces, and sections on these important issues.

Michael Harkin

GE DIGITAL CAMERAI am deeply committed to two things: holistic anthropology and the public university. Anthropology remains the most important and prominent discipline to engage in both scientific and humanistic discourse, and thus to address pressing issues in a multi-faceted way. I support forces that bring subfields such as archaeology and sociocultural anthropology together, and oppose those which drive them apart. The public university is under attack from many directions, including state and federal politicians. I strongly support the historic mission of land grant and other public universities, and what I believe to be the central role of anthropology within that mission. Finally, I believe that anthropology as a discipline needs to be more visible and to take public stands on critical issues.

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