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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 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 2013 Elections

It’s time to vote in the 2013 elections. Log-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 President-Elect: Deborah Nichols and Alisse Waterston

The responsibilities of the President-Elect include:

  1. Serves as Chair of the Long Range Planning committee.
  2. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  3. In the absence of the President, fulfills those duties as noted in the President’s job description.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

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Deb NicholsDeborah Nichols

My work as an anthropologist and engagement with the AAA has been shaped by being part of a four-field anthropology department throughout my career that began doing contract archaeology. Being an anthropologist extends the intellectual breadth of my archaeological research on political economy, early states, and urbanism. The breadth of anthropology is both its greatest strength and greatest challenge. The AAA publication program provides an umbrella for anthropology’s rich variety. It should be the foremost vehicle to engage and present new anthropological understandings and knowledge and to speak to broader audiences within and beyond our discipline. If we see change as an opportunity, digital technology offers possibilities to enrich our publications, sustain their diversity and expand access as we address financial challenges. I would bring to the Presidency a broad and international engagement with anthropology, first-hand knowledge of the association, and leadership experience. I have been elected as section president and 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 editorial boards including for American Anthropologist, the Annual Review of Anthropology, the Society for Economic Anthropology, and Ancient Mesoamerica.

Alisse WaterstonAlisse Waterston

I would welcome the responsibility to lead AAA through the next period as it engages new possibilities in scholarly publishing, faces labor and funding crises in higher education, and more fully participates in public and policy discussions.  My leadership roles—Executive Board, ACC Chair, CFPEP Chair, Editor/Open Anthropology, Annual Meeting Program Chair, SANA Board—have provided me deep understanding of the association, and the concerns and aspirations of members and sections.  My various roles as an academic, applied, and activist anthropologist have prepared me for the challenges ahead. I consider the following issues key: 1) the future of scholarly publishing; 2) relationships and communication—internal to the association and external to AAA; 3) the labor market for anthropologists, contingent labor practices, graduate student opportunities, and prospects for applied, practicing anthropologists; 4) the future of the annual meeting, including principles to guide decisions related to it; and 5) anthropology’s role in the political, economic and social crises of our times, including militarism, poverty, and inequality. I will build on the achievements of past leadership to further the discipline’s global and local ties, and foster anthropology as an intellectual, creative and innovative discipline inside and outside the academy. I would be honored to lead the effort on these important issues, and would do so with great energy and enthusiasm.

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