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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 the Section Assembly Executive Board  Seat: Deborah Pellow and Ramona Perez.

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.

Deborah PellowDeborah Pellow

My work is specifically socio-cultural but I am strongly committed to the interconnectivity of anthropology’s sub-fields and interdisciplinary studies. Three approaches predominate in my research: gender, ethnicity and space/place studies, cross-cut by politics. Early in my career, I worked as an applied anthropologist in Chicago, but my primary geographic area is Ghana. Currently my focus is the bridge generation of Dagomba educated elite relocated to Accra, their attachment to the hometown area and its consequences. The AAA faces enormous challenges ahead as the interests of new academic and lay publics become more consequential to anthropological inquiry. Robust section assembly participation in AAA governance, to which I am committed, will help reposition the discipline. As president of SUNTA, I enjoyed working with other section leaders. The new role for a representative of the Section Assembly on the Executive Board will be very useful in bringing issues under discussion in the Section Assembly directly to the EB and vice versa. It will strengthen the section organization in general and facilitate the robust exercise of governance for the entire organization. I work well with others – I was successful as the Program Chair and then President of SUNTA – and would enjoy the opportunity to engage with the Executive Board on behalf of the Section Assembly.

DP, Nidia and Nadia at Magdalena's Quincenera 2008Ramona Perez

I have served on the SLACA board for the last 15 years, most recently (2008-2013) in the roles of President (elect – past).  I consider my greatest accomplishments to be shared governance between the Board and its members, collaborations with other Societies and Associations, and in creating new avenues for recognition of our emerging scholars.  I have served on the Labor Commission for the EB (2008-2012) and in the Presidents’ Working Group that redefined governance for the SA.  A key outcome of the Working Group was transparency and shared governance through active participation in the EB; this seat is one of two that resulted from our work.  I have a strong background in governance, ethics, and collaboration as evidenced through my research agenda, service to the AAA and in my roles as Chair of the IRB for SDSU, Chair of the University Graduate Curriculum Cmtee, and in my administrative roles as director of two academic programs.  If elected to represent the SA, I will continue to strive for shared governance, fair and equitable representation of the SA and its constituencies through collaboration, and in closing the communication gap over differing needs between the EB, SA, and our shared constituencies.

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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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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 Practicing/Professional Seat: Elizabeth Briody and Teresita Majewski.

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.

Elizabeth BriodyElizabeth Briody

One issue AAA faces is attracting and retaining practitioners.  More needs to be done to understand and implement offerings and membership benefits of interest to them – particularly career development.  AAA practitioners could serve as liaisons between the AAA and specific graduate programs, extending an invitation for AAA membership, providing introductions to members, and getting students and recent graduates involved in section committees and association initiatives. We also could learn why practitioners leave the AAA by asking them.  I have extensive experience in linking practitioners to academia and to AAA.  I am an adjunct professor at four universities.  Since 2009, I have served on the AAA’s Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) where I worked on improving the preparation of anthropology graduates for the non-academic job market.  In addition, I have been actively involved in addressing practitioner needs within the AAA for 25 years, including serving as NAPA President, co-founding the NAPA Mentor Program, and creating the awards-winning AAA video Anthropologists at Work: Careers Making a Difference. These experiences would help navigate the complexities of the AAA’s practitioner challenge.  I would like to bring my energy, perspective, and creativity to the AAA Executive Board’s Practicing/Professional seat.

Teresita_MajewskiTeresita Majewski

I have been a member of AAA since graduate school and have spent my entire career as a practicing professional. My service to the AD and other organizations has provided me with relevant experience and the skills to be an effective board member. As president of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), which represents 150 U.S. firms and more than 3,000 employees, and in private sector heritage management, I have dealt with the full range of issues that affect practicing professionals in business environments, including best practices, ethics, human resources, client relations, finances, and professional development. Under my leadership, ACRA has increased membership, developed an effective government relations program, provided continuing education opportunities for members, and strengthened ties with sister professional organizations. I have been active in NAPA initiatives, including the Career Expo, and taught a stress-management workshop for students and young professionals. If elected, I am committed to representing practicing professional anthropologists wherever they are working and to encouraging the AAA to endorse academic and other programs and opportunities for young professionals and students who want to become practicing professionals. By doing so, the AAA can further expand the reach and relevance of anthropology to its members and beyond.

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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 Minority Seat: Sonya Atalay and Bernard Perley.

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.

Sonya_AtalaySonya Atalay

Like many of us, perhaps, two things drew me to anthropology: intellectual curiosity about human behavior and a deep-rooted concern about the problems and injustices apparent in our world. As a Native American, I walked through the door of anthropology with a healthy dose of skepticism about the disciplines’ ability to achieve its aims of understanding all aspects of human society in ways that ‘do no harm’ while at the same time increasing public understanding; putting knowledge to work to solve real world problems; and even addressing injustices. Within the AAA we set high goals for our profession, and I think it’s important to maintain a critical gaze about what anthropology is, where the discipline’s headed, and where work remains. Some of the challenges I see for anthropology are internal, others require us to reframe and reassert our relevance to multiple external audiences. I will bring to the Executive Board leadership experiences as a member of the AAA Committee on Minority Issues as well as in chairing and as a member of Society for American Archaeology committees. I have familiarity with public policy as a member of the National NAGPRA Review Committee, and a commitment to engaged research crossing two sub-fields, both cultural anthropology and archaeology.

Bernard PerleyBernard Perley

I, Bernard Perley, am asking for your vote to become your Minority Seat representative on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association.  As a Native American and an anthropologist I am committed to making the American Anthropological Association a professional organization that welcomes and encourages minority participation at all levels.  Having served as an officer for SANA and AIA I am aware of the need to address issues of race and racism in anthropology.  As your representative for the Minority Seat I promise to work toward increasing the presence and participation of minority voices and visions in Anthropology.  I promise to work closely with current Executive Board members and I promise to take a leadership role as we help all our minority scholars find their professional voices in anthropology. I also promise to serve all my fellow anthropologists as we collectively identify productive and promising paths toward greater minority representation and professional development. This is an exciting time for our organization as increasing numbers of young minority scholars seek professional careers in anthropology and I look forward to welcoming them into an inclusive professional community.   I hope to do so by serving as your Minority Seat representative.  Thank you.

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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.

American Anthropological Association Position on Dissemination of Research

The AAA’s role is to be vigilant when it comes to proposed legislation that aims to limit dissemination of research, and that may disproportionately protect private over public interests. At the same time, AAA’s role is to protect the sustainability of our publications program, for anthropology as a whole and for individual authors.  We continue to investigate models that both support broad dissemination of knowledge and a sustainable publishing program.

To this end, the Executive Board has adopted the following motion:

Acknowledging the Association’s commitment to “a publications program that disseminates the most current anthropological research, expertise, and interpretation to its members, the discipline, and the broader society,” but also the need for a sustainable publication strategy, and building on the Association’s support for a variety of publishing models, the AAA opposes any Congressional legislation which, if it were enacted, imposes a blanket prohibition against open access publishing policies by all federal agencies.

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