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It’s time to vote in the 2013 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.

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Undesignated Seat: Mark Aldenderfer and Helena Wulff.

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.

Mark AldenderferMark Aldenderfer

I am delighted to be nominated to serve on the Executive Committee of the AAA. I believe that the discipline is a “big tent” and that a diversity of members as well as intellectual perspectives are critical to maintaining a vibrant, relevant field of inquiry that serves not only professional ends, but those of society at large. My present role of editor of Current Anthropology and my close association with the Wenner-Gren Foundation has only strengthened this conviction. I have a deep interest in publishing, having served as the co-editor of Latin American Antiquity and the SAA-Archaeological Record/SAA Bulletin, and have been involved in the development and evaluation of innovative financial models for scholarly publication. Creating a viable publishing plan is one of the critical challenges for AAA, and I hope to contribute to future conversations about it.  My role as dean as well as a member of the Executive Board of the SAA has taught me much about leadership, working with colleagues in a respectful and positive manner, project management, fiscal responsibility, and strategic planning. I’m ready to work with the Board, sections, and membership to maintain the strength of the AAA as we move into the future.

Helena WulffHelena Wulff

As the AAA internationalizes, I am seeking to serve on the Executive Board as a European anthropologist with a longstanding engagement in the AAA. I have participated in AAA meetings since 1984, presenting papers and co-organizing sessions, as well as taking part in Roundtables. I was an executive board member of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (2010-2012). As one aspect of my involvement with American anthropology, I was visiting professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in October 2011. As I also have an anthropological interest in the Unites States as a contemporary society in the world, I have done field work in New York twice: first on youth and globalization, and second on dance as a transnational occupation. Other field studies have been conducted in Stockholm, London, Frankfurt-am-Main, and Ireland (mostly Dublin). My current research centers on writing and literature as cultural process and form in Ireland.  I was elected twice to the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA). I have been editor-in-chief of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, the journal of EASA (2007-2010).  Presently, I am chair of the Swedish Association of Social Anthropologists.

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Seeking Nominations for the Open Positions on the 2013 AAA ballot

Today’s guest post is by Debra L. Martin, AAA Secretary and Chair, Nominations Committee.

Greetings to all,

We have continued to streamline the online nomination process for the AAA positions that will be open. As with last year, we are working hard to develop a culture of “nominate yourself”. I know that this goes against some who feel that they would rather be nominated by a colleague. The truth is, you still are, since there needs to be two colleagues who weigh in and provide an online letter of recommendation.

Remember that we no longer use the roll-over of candidates from year to year. We really want people to think about the positions available for each year and to nominate themselves for those that play to their strengths. Since our organization continues to grow, it is certain that most of the candidates will be people you do not know – that is why the short bio, the platform statement and the photo are so important once the slate of candidates is set by the Executive Board. None of those materials are due until after the AAA meetings when candidates are named, two for each open position.

The AAA Nominations Committee is now seeking nominations for the open positions on the 2013 AAA ballot. AAA members should nominate themselves. This year there will be elections for 19 AAA board and committee positions including a AAA President-Elect/Vice President. (For a complete list of the open positions, click here; for a description of AAA leadership positions, click here.) All nominations must be completed by Monday, October 1, 2012.

I encourage you to look carefully at all of the vacancies, and to nominate yourself for one or more of the open positions. The Nominations Committee always seeks to bring in governance members who have not previously participated, and the AAA committees (other than the Executive Board and the Nominations Committee) provide good opportunities for this.

I am very aware that some people feel disappointed when they are not used in a given year to formulate a slate. I want to urge people to not take this personally! It simply means that the Nominations Committee had a large pool of candidates to work with and was not able to include all candidates. Every year a significant proportion of the nominations committee cycles off, and new members cycle on, representing all of the subdisciplines and varied backgrounds. In reviewing candidates, the Committee members draw on their diverse experience and the materials submitted by each potential candidate to determine the slates.

Among scientific and scholarly associations, the AAA is unusual in having such an extensive system of elected committees and offices. For this degree of participatory self-governance to work well, it requires that AAA members be willing to stand as candidates and give generously of their time and energies. Please check out the vacancies, and if you feel moved to do so, please nominate yourself or write a letter of recommendation for someone you think would be terrific for the spot.

If you have questions or need assistance with the nominations process please contact Kim Baker, the AAA staff professional who supports the Nominations Committee.

All the best,

Debra L. Martin

AAA Secretary and Chair, Nominations Committee

Seeking Nominations for the Open Positions on the 2013 AAA ballot

Today’s guest post is by Debra L. Martin, AAA Secretary and Chair, Nominations Committee.

Greetings to all,

We have continued to streamline the online nomination process for the AAA positions that will be open. As with last year, we are working hard to develop a culture of “nominate yourself”. I know that this goes against some who feel that they would rather be nominated by a colleague. The truth is, you still are, since there needs to be two colleagues who weigh in and provide an online letter of recommendation.

Remember that we no longer use the roll-over of candidates from year to year. We really want people to think about the positions available for each year and to nominate themselves for those that play to their strengths. Since our organization continues to grow, it is certain that most of the candidates will be people you do not know – that is why the short bio, the platform statement and the photo are so important once the slate of candidates is set by the Executive Board. None of those materials are due until after the AAA meetings when candidates are named, two for each open position.

The AAA Nominations Committee is now seeking nominations for the open positions on the 2013 AAA ballot. AAA members should nominate themselves. This year there will be elections for 19 AAA board and committee positions including a AAA President-Elect/Vice President. (For a complete list of the open positions, click here; for a description of AAA leadership positions, click here.) All nominations must be completed by Monday, October 1, 2012.

I encourage you to look carefully at all of the vacancies, and to nominate yourself for one or more of the open positions. The Nominations Committee always seeks to bring in governance members who have not previously participated, and the AAA committees (other than the Executive Board and the Nominations Committee) provide good opportunities for this.

I am very aware that some people feel disappointed when they are not used in a given year to formulate a slate. I want to urge people to not take this personally! It simply means that the Nominations Committee had a large pool of candidates to work with and was not able to include all candidates. Every year a significant proportion of the nominations committee cycles off, and new members cycle on, representing all of the subdisciplines and varied backgrounds. In reviewing candidates, the Committee members draw on their diverse experience and the materials submitted by each potential candidate to determine the slates.

Among scientific and scholarly associations, the AAA is unusual in having such an extensive system of elected committees and offices. For this degree of participatory self-governance to work well, it requires that AAA members be willing to stand as candidates and give generously of their time and energies. Please check out the vacancies, and if you feel moved to do so, please nominate yourself or write a letter of recommendation for someone you think would be terrific for the spot.

If you have questions or need assistance with the nominations process please contact Kim Baker, the AAA staff professional who supports the Nominations Committee.

All the best,

Debra L. Martin

AAA Secretary and Chair, Nominations Committee

AAA Members, Last Chance To Cast Your Vote

The ballot will close Thursday, May 31st at 5:oopm EST. Today’s guest post is by AAA Secretary, Debra Martin.

Greetings Members,

The on-line voting system we implemented last year worked really well and AAA staff has continued to make improvements so that it is super easy for you to see the candidates (along with their compelling photos), read their scintillating statements, and vote for the ones of your choice.  Follow the link from the main page, or you can log-in directly through AnthroGateway: https://avectra.aaanet.org/eweb/ and once you have selected AAA candidates through that ballot, you will go on to the section candidates on those ballots (for those you belong to) where you will be asked to vote on any issues specific to your sections.

As you know, because we have told you every year, it is perplexing that so few members vote (about 17% over the years).  Even if you don’t know all of the candidates (why should you? We are 11,000-plus members), you can read their statements and make a judgment about the commitment and talent that they will bring to AAA leadership.

Please cast your votes if only so that you can marvel at the new system in all its ease and esthetic qualities.  We have Kim Baker, Lisa Myers to thank for these modernizations and as always, if you have any questions or issues with voting, please contact Kim  elections@aaanet.org.  Any fresh ideas or feedback about the nominations and voting process can be directed to me (debra.martin@unlv.edu).

So get started by clicking https://avectra.aaanet.org/eweb/

Best,
Debra Martin
AAA Secretary

AAA Members – There Is Still Time To Cast Your Vote

Today’s blog post is a special message from your AAA Secretary, Deb Martin.

What Do 10,000+ Members of AAA Have In Common?

Beyond having DNA in each of their cells and being smarter than the average scholar, what possibly could 11,000+ active members of AAA have in common?  Well, for one thing, 10,000+ active members have not yet voted in the AAA elections.

Why is that? 

I know there are some members who feel that their vote doesn’t matter. Here is the thing: Last year, for many of the candidates the vote was very, very close.  Literally, some people won their seat by a few votes.  More often than not, the votes were very close, like 52% to 48%.   So there is empirical data to suggest that this is NOT a good reason for not voting since one vote can make a difference.

I know there are some members who feel that the AAA is run by a small inside group who controls all the power.  Here is the thing on that:  Not true.  I am a biological anthropologist and I didn’t know hardly anyone on the board when I got elected to the Secretary position.  Every year, 1/3 or so of the people cycle off the board, and new people cycle on.  There are people in positions from all walks of anthropological life and it would be statistically and scientifically impossible for a small group of people to control who is on the board or in section positions at any given moment.

I know that there are some members who feel that only cultural anthropologists  get on the slates.  This is not true.  The slates are made up from a pool of candidates who put their name in the mix.  Many of the slates are specifically designated and both candidates must represent the designation: cultural, linguistic, biological, archaeology, practicing/professional etc.  At any given time, there is representation by all kinds of anthropologists, and diversity within the subdisciplines as well.

I know that there are some members who do not vote because they don’t personally know any of the candidates.  Whoa! This one really makes me chuckle.  There are almost 12,000 paying members of the AAA!! Of course we don’t personally know many of the candidates running, why should we?  That is why there are platform statements and short bios attached with each candidate.  You do not need to personally know anyone to make an informed decision about who you would rather see hold the position.

So please, go vote.  Once you are in the system, you will see how easy it is to navigate, with photos, short platform statements and bios, everything you need to see who your gut tells you to vote for.

AAA Members, It Is Time To Cast Your Vote

Today’s guest post is by AAA Secretary, Debra Martin.

Greetings Members,

The on-line voting system we implemented last year worked really well and AAA staff has continued to make improvements so that it is super easy for you to see the candidates (along with their compelling photos), read their scintillating statements, and vote for the ones of your choice.  Follow the link from the main page, or you can log-in directly through AnthroGateway: https://avectra.aaanet.org/eweb/ and once you have selected AAA candidates through that ballot, you will go on to the section candidates on those ballots (for those you belong to) where you will be asked to vote on any issues specific to your sections.

As you know, because we have told you every year, it is perplexing that so few members vote (about 17% over the years).  Even if you don’t know all of the candidates (why should you? We are 11,000-plus members), you can read their statements and make a judgment about the commitment and talent that they will bring to AAA leadership.

Please cast your votes if only so that you can marvel at the new system in all its ease and esthetic qualities.  We have Kim Baker, Lisa Myers to thank for these modernizations and as always, if you have any questions or issues with voting, please contact Kim  elections@aaanet.org.  Any fresh ideas or feedback about the nominations and voting process can be directed to me (debra.martin@unlv.edu).

So get started by clicking https://avectra.aaanet.org/eweb/

Best,
Debra Martin
AAA Secretary

AAA Election Candidates Announced

On April 15, the American Anthropological Association’s association-wide elections and section elections will begin.  New to this year, you can view the candidates prior to the opening of the ballot.

Here are the candidates running in the association-wide elections:

AAA Secretary (3-year term)
Rani Alexander and Margaret Buckner

AAA Executive Board (3-year term)
Cultural Seat: A Lynn Bolles and Bill Maurer
Student Seat: Ryan Harrod and Karen G Williams
Undesignated #1: Cheryl Mwaria and Peter Neal Peregrine
Undesignated #4: Kathleen Musante Dewalt and Rayna Rapp

Nominations Committee (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Stephen Edward Nash and Sharon M Stratton
Minority Seat: Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Kimberly Eison Simmons

Committee on Ethics (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Gregory J Borgstede and Neely Myers
Undesignated #1: Christine Hegel-Cantarella and Christopher T Nelson

Committee on the Gender Equity in Anthropology (3-year term)
Practicing/Professional Seat: Carole McDavid and Sarah Ono
Undesignated #5: Heather Levi and Marcia Ochoa

Committee for Human Rights (3-year term)
Undesignated #2: Robert Lewis Clark and Tricia Redeker-Hepner
Undesignated #3: Eva Friedlander and K Anne Pyburn

Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (3-year term)
Undesignated #3:  Elizabeth Chin and Jennifer D Heung
Undesignated #4: Flordeliz T Bugarin and Mayanthi L Fernando

Committee on Public Policy (3-year term)
Undesignated #7: Alexander A Bauer and Susan B Hyatt

Labor Relations Committee (3-year term)
Undesignated #1: Catherine Koehler and John R Roby
Undesignated #2: Brian McKenna and Christine J Walley

There are also 38 section elections that will be occurring during this time. To view the complete list of candidates running in the section elections, click here.

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