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AAA Members, We Need Your Vote In A Special Election

There’s a special AAA election occurring now. The election is for a seat on the AAA Executive Board that represents the Section Assembly. Two years ago the membership elected the first holders of two new positions on the AAA Executive Board. These positions were created to provide two additional Section Assembly representatives on the Executive Board who, along with the Section Assembly Convenor, would increase sections’ voice and participation in AAA governance and decision-making. In order to create staggered positions, we elected one seat for a two-year position. This position now needs to be filled by a new member for a 3-year term.

There are two candidates running for this position. Below are the candidates and their platform statements:

Mary Odell Butler

One of the challenges facing AAA is generating a vision of one anthropology that transcends our current professional differences.  The profession of anthropology is experiencing difficult transitions on many fronts.  The future of publication, retention of membership, tenure and promotion guidelines and support of employment outreach are issues that may have greater or lesser importance to some of us.  Yet we must seek solutions around these questions if we are to remain viable.  Under the leadership of the AAA Executive Board, we can combine the best that we have from the creativity and insight of academics and the skills of practitioners in translating research to real world problems.  Toward this end, the Executive Board must direct strategies to making AAA a comfortable professional home that addresses the needs of both academics and non-academics.  We can build toward the future in a concerted way that wastes as little energy as possible on the dimensions that can divide us  I will bring to the EB many years of experience in both non-academic and academic anthropology and a record of leadership in AAA that gives me a judicious perspective on the many sides of problems that confront AAA and anthropology.

For Butler’s biographical information, please log-in to your Account/Member Profile via the AAA website and click on the “Vote Now” icon.

Karen Nakamura

The newly invigorated Section Assembly represents one of the most positive changes in governance in the AAA in recent history. The AAA is recognizing that many if not most of the membership find their primary affiliation and support in topical, theoretical, and regional sections. In the fifteen years that I’ve been a AAA member, I’ve been proud to have served in numerous capacities both at the section level (co-chair of SOLGA now AQA; and the boards of AQA and SVA) as well as national AAA committees (Long Range Planning; Commission on Minority Affairs in Anthropology; COLGIA liaison to the Ethics Committee; and the editorial board of the American Anthropologist).  From this, I have gained a good sense of the view from both the periphery of the smaller sections as well as from the ‘core’ of the AAA.

By serving as one of the Section Assembly representatives on the Executive Board, I hope to serve as a vital conduit between the EB and the sections, especially the smaller sections that are currently struggling with membership and finance issues. The smaller sections are the site of the most potential growth for the AAA, so I believe that it is critical to pay particular attention to their ideas, concerns, and needs in charting the future of the AAA.

For Nakamura’s biographical information, please log-in to your Account/Member Profile via the AAA website and click on the “Vote Now” icon.

AAA members can cast their vote now by logging-in to their member profile via the AAA website. Once logged-in, click on the “Vote Now” icon to view candidate information and select the candidate you would like to see represent the Section Assembly on the AAA Executive Board. Voting is open to all AAA members within voting privileged membership categories. Members will have the opportunity to vote in this special election until 5pm EST on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Please note that Non-Anthropologist Associate Members do maintain a nonvoting status in the Association.

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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