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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 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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Section Summit on the Changing Job Market and Student Training: Linking Anthropology Departments and Practice

In recent years, as the academic job market continues to tighten, more and more anthropologists are finding jobs as practicing anthropologists and applying their skills and knowledge in positions outside of academic settings. This shift has important implications for anthropology curricula and student preparation for the changing job market.  This Session Summit, organized by Keri Brondo, Wendy Bartlo, and Mary Odell Butler, brings together leading practitioners of anthropology from a variety of subfields representing AAA sections, faculty from applied and public anthropology departments, and current anthropology students to reflect on strategies to improve the linkages between anthropology departments and non-academic work opportunities.

 Drawing on the conference theme of “traces, tidemarks, and legacies,” participants in this session will share some of the lessons and best practices associated with student training in vibrant applied anthropology programs. What skills do anthropology graduates need to succeed in positions beyond the university?  What changes in the curriculum would be useful for such students?  What strategies can faculty and community members adopt that would enable successful internships, class research projects, and post-graduate employment?  How might anthropology programs evolve to face the changing job market? And how do new anthropologists gain access to that job market? 

The session will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 18:15-20:15. Click here for participating sections and their representatives.

As in past years, the Section Summit cross-cuts the interests of applied and practicing anthropologists in all specialties. This interactive session will be of interest to faculty, practitioners, and students alike.

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