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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.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

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 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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