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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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Today the featured candidates are for Executive Board Linguistic Seat: Jillian Cavanaugh and Donna Patrick.

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.

Jillian Cavanaugh

Cavanaugh_JillianI would be honored to serve on the AAA Executive Board in the Linguistic Seat, and am well-prepared to undertake such a position. I served 2009-2013 as Member-at-Large for the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, during which I ran the SLA undergraduate and graduate student essay contests, organizing and heading review committees, managing deadlines and submissions, and giving the awards at the SLA business meeting. In an effort to promote and nurture the next generation of linguistic anthropologists, and strengthen the SLA’s role in mentoring and supporting students, in 2011 I spearheaded the transformation of the graduate contest into a yearly AAA panel in which the winner and runners-up present their work. In 2009-2010, I served as Program Chair-elect and Program Chair, respectively, for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, organizing the SAE’s AAA program. I co-founded and from 2006 to 2012 convened the New York Linguistic Anthropology Working Group, a regional network of linguistic anthropologists who meet regularly to discuss their work. As a linguistic anthropologist whose work regularly engages with cultural anthropological issues, I am oriented towards engagement across anthropological subdisciplines, and strive to support students, promote opportunities for collegial discussion, and enhance the AAA’s programming and mission.

Donna Patrick

Patrick_DonnaI am delighted to be nominated for the Linguistic Seat of the AAA Executive and would bring to this position a wide range of interests, skills, and experience. My work as a linguistic anthropologist since 1990 has reflected a broad interest in anthropology and brought home the importance of collaborating with local communities and other academics and of integrating ideas from a range of intellectual sources. My administrative experience includes working as an academic program director at two universities as well as three years on the executive board of the Canadian Anthropology Association, four years on the editorial board of the Society for the Anthropology of North America, and five years on the editorial board of the Canadian Modern Language Review, three as Secretary-Treasurer. My experience collaborating with colleagues locally, regionally, and internationally has involved organizing conferences and conference panels, editing academic volumes, and reviewing for academic journals and presses. All of this work has, I believe, provided skills and experience relevant to the position, and would allow me to be both an effective voice for linguistic anthropologists and a strong advocate for greater inclusiveness in the AAA, including a larger presence for Indigenous students and scholars.

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

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Archaeology Seat: Elizabeth Chilton and Deborah Nichols.

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 Chilton

Chilton_ElizabethI am honored to have been nominated and selected to run as a candidate for the Executive Board. I have been an active member of AAA since 1989 and consider myself a broadly trained and practicing anthropologist. My research specializations include the archaeology of Northeastern North America, cultural resource management, and heritage studies. I have served AAA as a member of the Archaeology Division’s Nominations Committee (2007-10) and Executive Committee (2010-13). As an archaeologist I have worked for state government, private CRM firms, and both private and public colleges and universities. In my current position as Associate Dean for Research, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at UMass, I have become even more keenly aware of the challenges for communicating the value of anthropology to the various publics that fund and support our research, teaching, and outreach. I have held a number of administrative roles (Department Chair, Center Director, Field Director) that prepare me well for the responsibilities of the Executive Board: helping to set the vision and strategic direction, safeguarding the organization’s assets, and ensuring the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. I would be pleased to have the opportunity to contribute more strongly to AAA.

Deborah Nichols

Nichols_DebAAA provides a broad umbrella for anthropology’s rich diversity within and among its subfields. AAA’s large publication program is essential to the discipline to present the breadth of anthropology’s knowledge and insights and to engage wider audiences within and beyond anthropology. To adapt and take advantage of the changing landscape for academic publishing, AAA’s publishing program will become fully digital. The transition will present challenges, but it also affords opportunities to take greater advantage of electronic publishing and ensure that the publishing program is sustainable and able to adapt to future changes. A strong publishing program is important to our current members and to attract future members. I would bring to the Executive Board an international engagement with anthropology, first-hand knowledge of the association, and leadership experience. I have been elected as president of the Archaeology Division and was twice elected Section Assembly Convener, and I have chaired the Association’s Operating Committee and the Committee for the Future and Print and Electronic Publishing. I have served on the Executive Board of the Society for Economic Anthropology and on editorial boards including for American Anthropologist, the Annual Review of Anthropology, and Ancient Mesoamerica.

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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.

Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Biological Seat: Geoff Clark and Lorena Madrigal.

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.

Geoff Clark

Clark_GeoffTo paraphrase the Wenner-Gren Foundation, I take anthropology to be the ‘world sciences of humankind’ and our mandate to be to arrive at a better understanding of our biological and cultural heritage as social primates both in the past and the present. My own field, paleoanthropology, approaches this goal by integrating human paleontology, paleolithic archaeology, molecular biology, primatology and allied disciplines under the overarching conceptual framework of evolutionary biology. Like its founders, I think paleoanthropology has something unique to contribute to a better understanding of the human career and that all its subfields can potentially play a role in doing that. But we must not only tackle the big intellectual issues (e.g., what does it mean, biologically and culturally, to be a ‘modern human’?), but also try to convey this knowledge to an American public famously skeptical of science. If we abdicate our responsibility to take principled stands on controversial public issues central to the very areas of our own expertise, we surrender the stage to those less qualified than we to make informed contributions to the resolution of these issues. If elected, I would emphasize this ‘activist’ aspect of our field – contesting the claims of the various anti- and pseudo-science constituencies arrayed against us.

Lorena Madrigal

Madrigal_LorenaAs an active member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, I am aware of the fact that there are many members of the AAPA who are not members of the AAA. In the past, some of us in the AAPA have felt that biological anthropology has not had a place of importance within the AAA. However, this has changed. In my own experience in a AAA committee, I have been able to see how biological anthropology has been incorporated and welcomed. My hope is that if I am elected in one of the Executive Board Biological Seats, AAPA members will see a familiar name in the AAA board, given that I just stepped down from the presidency of the AAPA. If I am elected to this position, my goal is to represent the interests of biological anthropologists, and therefore, to bring more biological anthropologists into the fold of the AAA. People are more likely to join an association if they see themselves, and their interests represented in it. In sum, I will stand up for biological anthropology in the AAA.

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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

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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

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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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