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Webinar Wednesdays: Engaging Anthropology

Save the date for Webinar Wednesdays!

In 2014, the American Anthropological Association will host a monthly webinar series on the third Wednesday of the month on a variety of topics to engage anthropologists.

Rosemary-Joyce_150On February 19, 2014 at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar event with Dr Rosemary Joyce on the topic of Best Practices:Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs. The webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology students, faculty, department chairs and administrators. The program will cover topics such as:

•Developing a pipeline—reaching out to minority students through strategic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and professional organizations

•Inclusive admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen out applicants and looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of academic merit

•Mentoring for retention and completion– clearly defined benchmarks of progress, and formal required consultation of students and faculty to communicate progress and benchmarks


Rosemary Joyce
, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, received the PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1985. Currently Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at Berkeley, she oversees graduate admissions, academic careers, and professional development that annually produce the largest number of doctorates granted to students from under-represented populations. As a member of the anthropological archaeology program at Berkeley, she was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service from the Committee on Student Diversity and Academic Development of Berkeley’s Academic Senate in recognition of the success of the program in increasing diversity. She has been a mentor of undergraduates in the McNair and Mellon-Mays programs and in the UC Presidential Postdoctoral program intended to increase diversity among faculty in academia.

This webinar is free but registration is required. You’ll need the password – anthropology.

AAA Seeks Professional Fellow

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is seeking to bring a post doc anthropologist on staff to lead its academic and practicing relations program.    This is a two-year fellowship that will provide an opportunity for an anthropologist to work with AAA leadership and staff to conduct research, identify and develop new programs and services for members.  Candidates should have a Ph.D. in anthropology. The fellow will work at the offices of AAA located in the DC metropolitan area.  Start date is August 5, 2104.   Stipend is $50,000 per year plus benefits.  For more information on this fellowship opportunity, click here.  The deadline to apply is March 15. Apply online or send a cover letter and CV/resume to aaajobs@aaanet.org.

Omnibus Funding Bill Is Good News For Anthropology

On Friday of last week, President Obama gave his signature to the  Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, which provides fiscal year 2014 appropriations for the projects and activities of the federal government. While the bill was signed more than three months into the fiscal year, it is the first time in several years that Congress has competed work on appropriations legislation, and not resorted to keeping the government running through a series of long term “continuing resolutions.”

The agreement sets an overall discretionary spending cap over over $1.01 trillion and the measure is especially kind, given the current funding and fiscal climates, to the interests of anthropologists and others who seek research funding from the federal government. For example, overall funding for both the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), actually increased, respectively, by over four and three percent. These two funding agencies, according to AAA research, are actually responsible for most of the Federal funding allocated to anthropologists.

The NSF received over $7 billion in the omnibus bill,  and the so-called “policy riders” that have, in the past, restricted political science funding at the agency have been eliminated, and draft legislative language that would have threatened peer review were not included in the final legislative package. The NIH, by far the larger agency, received almost $30 billion in funding, with the expectation, according to the Senate Appropriations Committee that the monies would go to support “as many scientifically meritorious new and competing research grants as possible, at a reasonable award level.”

The protection of social and behavioral science funding and  the elimination of policy riders mark a huge legislative victory for the AAA and the coalitions that  we work with. AAA staff devoted a lot of time and resources on Capitol Hill over the past several months not only meeting with personal office staff, but with staff from the authorizing and appropriation committees as well. There was a lot of talk in Congress both last session and in the current legislative session last year and this year about potential cuts for social and behavioral science funding, and our lobbying efforts has a lot to do with changing conversations about the importance of funding this portfolio of research.

If you would like more information about either AAA lobbying efforts or the omnibus appropriations legislation, please contact Damon Dozier, Director of Public Affairs at ddozier@aaanet.org.

New Podcast Features Dr. Kristen Ghodsee

ghodsee head shotListen to the latest podcast, featuring Anthropology News contributing editor, Dr. Kristen Ghodsee (Bowdoin College).

Kristen Ghodsee earned her Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley and is the Director and John S. Osterweis Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College.  She is currently the President-elect of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology.  She is the author of The Red Riviera: Gender, Tourism and Postsocialism on the Black Sea (Duke University Press, 2005), Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria (Princeton University Press, 2009), Lost In Transition: Ethnographies of Everyday Life After Socialism (Duke University Press, 2011), and numerous articles on gender, nostalgia, and Eastern Europe.  She is also the co-author of Professor Mommy: Finding Work/Family Balance in Academia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011).  Her fifth book, The Left Side of History: Communism, Idealism and Remembering World War II, is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2015.

Ghodsee is the recipient of fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, NCEEER, IREX and ACLS, and has been awarded internationally competitive residential research fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC; the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey; the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Study (FRIAS) in Germany.  

In 2012, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Anthropology and Cultural Studies.  

The AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship

Today’s guest blog post is from Shalini ShankarChair of the Committee for Minority Interests in Anthropology (CMIA), Monica Heller, AAA President and AAA CMIA Staff Liaison, Emilia Guevara

We’ve received some excellent questions from our members about the AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. The main question is whether only US citizens are eligible to apply, and if so, why. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to clarify the situation and to provide additional information.

This fellowship was created in 1999 as a concrete expression of AAA’s opposition to institutional racism in the United States. More specifically, the fellowship is part of AAA’s broader aim to address the historical underrepresentation of racialized minority groups within U.S. anthropology. Extensive fundraising over several years resulted many donations from a wide range of sources, allowing us to set up a permanent fund for this fellowship. We take seriously members’ sentiment that these opportunities should be broader, and include both “dreamers” (students who grew up in the US without legal recognition of their status) and racialized minority students from other countries. At the same time, we remain committed to the original intent of the fellowship and, as underrepresentation of racialized minority groups persists in the US, we cannot lose sight of the communities it was originally intended to address. The President has therefore asked the Committee for Minority Issues in Anthropology (CMIA), which oversees the fellowship, to address this complex issue, and to report to the Executive Board by May 2014 on ways to broaden access to financial and other means of support for racialized minorities.

Webinar Wednesdays: Engaging Anthropology

It’s Webinar Wednesday! Today’s webinar will be held at 2pm ET. If you haven’t registered, please do so now at the link below.

In 2014, the American Anthropological Association will host a monthly webinar series on the third Wednesday of the month on a variety of topics to engage anthropologists.

Dr. Riall NolanThe first webinar topic is professional development and career building for anthropologists outside of the academy. Dr. Riall Nolan of Purdue University will lead this first webinar and share tips on CV writing, job searching, interviewing and much more.

This webinar will be of particular interest to advanced graduate students, those who have recently earned their PhD and those seeking practicing anthropology careers.

The webinar is free; however, registration is required at: https://aaanetevents.webex.com/aaanetevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=663078462
Password: anthropology

AAA Office Closed; Webinar Will Take Place

The AAA Office will be closed today due to the impending winter storm; however, the webinar on publishing alternatives will occur as scheduled.

The webinar is free to participate, but you do need to register. Register to join us today, Tuesday, January 21st, at 12:00 pm, Noon, Eastern time zone.

Webinar on Publishing Alternatives

Join us and learn about three very different means of distributing information, creating community, and publishing. This webinar will be moderated by Hugh Jarvis, long-standing member of the publishing future committee and features the following speakers:

  • Matthew Gold, Associate Professor of English & Digital Humanities, and Chris Stein, Director of User Experience for the CUNY Academic Commons, will speak about CBOX, free community engagement software that plugs into WordPress, to support shared spaces for communities like MLA Commons and CUNY Academic Commons.
  • Amy Harper, Associate Professor of Anthropology and co-editor of Voices, whose journal runs at extremely low-costs and is self-published by its section, Association for Feminist Anthropology.
  • Brian Hole of Ubiquity Press, whose author-pays open access platform has converted several journals to this model, including Papers from the Institute of Archaeology.

Register to join us on Tuesday, January 21st at 12:00 pm, Noon, Eastern time zone.

Webinar Wednesdays: Engaging Anthropology

Save the date for Webinar Wednesdays!

In 2014, the American Anthropological Association will host a monthly webinar series on the third Wednesday of the month on a variety of topics to engage anthropologists.

Dr. Riall NolanThe first webinar topic is professional development and career building for anthropologists outside of the academy. Dr. Riall Nolan of Purdue University will lead this first webinar and share tips on CV writing, job searching, interviewing and much more.

This webinar will be of particular interest to advanced graduate students, those who have recently earned their PhD and those seeking practicing anthropology careers.

The webinar is free; however, registration is required at: https://aaanetevents.webex.com/aaanetevents/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=663078462
Password: anthropology

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