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  • 04 Mar 2021 12:52 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    Hi WAPA  Members and Friends.

    I'd like to introduce you to The AAA Task Force  on Anthropology in Practice Settings (TF) , established by the 2019 AAA Executive Board. The Task Force has a three-year term, from 2020-2022. We are in our second year. I'm writing this to let you know what the TF is all about and also to seek your input.

    The TF's charge is “to recommend ways in which the Association can increase engagement on the part of anthropologists working in business, government, and non-profit settings”  (quote from formal charge statement.)

    In summary we are to develop and pilot ways that the AAA can be more useful, relevant, and welcoming to practitioners as well as to recommend changes to current practices. We're especially concerned with those whose primary employment is outside the academy.  We're acting to better engage practitioner members with the AAA and those who are not members.

    Here is the Task Force.

    • Chair:    Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts(UMD  College Park)
    • Staff Lead:   Daniel Ginsberg (AAA-Director, Education & Professional Practice
    • Members: 
    • Elizabeth K. Briody (Cultural Keys LLC)
    • Nazia Hussain (Independent Consultant)
    • Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri (U. of Texas  El Paso)
    • Peter Kurie (Independent Consultant-Creative Industries)
    • Pamela Rao (Kavali Consulting)
    • Samantha Solimeo (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
    • Alayne Unterberger (Fla. Inst. of Community Studies)

    We’ve organized our work within a framework for action.  This includes the following action areas, all relative to practice and practitioners: a Practitioners Study, the  AAA Website, Annual Meeting, Publications, Governance, and Membership Recruitment, Professional Development, Ethics, and Supports for Anthropology Departments to better prepare students for practice careers. We will work to educate non-academic organizations to understand anthropological practice, and to strengthen the job market for practitioners. This is clearly a busy, hard-working group.

    I'll be happy to talk with you about the TF and answer any questions.  I also hope you'll give me your thoughts about the AAA, that is, what we're doing right and what the Association could do better.  I'm also interested in hearing why you are or are not a AAA member and what relationship you think WAPA should have with the AAA.

    You may add a comment by clicking on the button below. To contact me privately, please click on my name at the top of this message.

    Thanks for your interest and help!


  • 18 Jan 2021 12:55 PM | James Stansbury

    Medical Anthropology Quarterly paper journal; Vol 10 - 29 inclusive.  Write to Jim at jstansbu@gmail.com

  • 29 Dec 2020 1:51 PM | Cathleen Crain
    NAPA’s "Toolkit of a Good Professional Anthropologist" is featured in a new book: Designing an Anthropology Career Professional Development Exercises, Second Edition by Sherylyn H. Briller and Amy Goldmacher. From the book: “We hope that this book and its customized exercises will help up-and-coming anthropologists and those further along in their careers to master the anthropological “tools in their own professional toolkit” (Garcia Ruiz 2000) (see Table 2). The toolkit was originally developed by the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) to formally describe and identify the perspectives, methods, skills, attributes, applications, and challenges that anthropology brings when applied to real-world problems (Garcia Ruiz 2000). From our experiences at Wayne State, and more recently at Purdue and out in industry, we have seen that this toolkit is a useful teaching device to help students conceptualize what anthropologists do in their workplaces. Specifically, this tool helps anthropology students and professionals to reflect on their backgrounds, skill sets, and the complementarity of an anthropological approach for other fields. Importantly, this toolkit also gives students a sense of how to talk about their own abilities and educate potential employers as well as others about how anthropologists approach and solve problems and the contributions they can make.”

    For the next 10 days, you can use code HOLIDAY20 for 35% off at rowman.com until Jan. 8, 2021. Beyond that date, the friends and family code is RLFANDF25 for 25% off.  https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538143278/Designing-an-Anthropology-Career-Professional-Development-Exercises-Second-Edition

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:41 AM | Robert Winthrop

    WAPAistas -

    Excellent mid-career position for an environmental anthropologist at the Conservation Science program of Pew Charitable trusts. 10 years' experience required, advanced degree preferred. 

    Rob Winthrop


  • 19 Nov 2020 1:05 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    The Global Affairs program at George Mason University is seeking to hire an instructor for the course “Globalization in/of Europe” for Spring 2021. This is a virtual course with instructor led sessions on Monday 4:30-7:10pm. It is a stacked class (GLOA 400/615), meaning it enrolls both graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty member who was to teach the course, but has received a fellowship for the semester, has about one-third of it developed already, which could be used by the new instructor in the spring. Pay is commensurate with experience. PhD required. The semester runs January 25 to April 30, 2021. Please direct questions to Cortney Hughes Rinker, Director of the Global Affairs Program, at chughe13@gmu.edu, and if interested in the position, please send a CV to her. Do not need to be physically located in the Washington, D.C. region.

  • 09 Nov 2020 6:04 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc. is seeking an executive director to manage a regional tourism program based in the Washington DC area. Applicants must have three to five years of relevant experience, with a focus on those that have government relations experience within the heritage field. Applications can be sent to ATHAEDSearch@gmail.com Full description can be found here: http://www.anacostiatrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/ED-Description.pdf

  • 14 Oct 2020 12:05 PM | Kenneth Erickson

    Call For Submissions:

    Business Anthropology Topical Interest Group: 81st Annual Meeting—Society For Applied Anthropology Hampton Roads, VA and Online. Theme: Linking Social, Cultural, And Physical Ecologies

    How are applied anthropologists engaging with enterprises, large and small, established-resident and new-immigrant? How do enterprises, governments, local communities and physical environments generate new forms of sociability, value, conflict, or accord? How are anthropologists engaged in research and action in and around enterprises, linking theory, action, and local points of view? The deadline is fast approaching (though an extension is likely). Visit https://www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting/abstract-information Please join your colleagues, make new friends, and share in the learning. The virtual option allows Covid-safe participation and eliminates the travel expense, so why not?
  • 10 Jun 2020 1:50 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    The American Anthropological Association is participating i#ShutDownAcademia/#ShutDownSTEM day today, June 10 2020, established by a grassroots movement whose goal is to eradicate  racism and systemic bias in academia and the STEM disciplines. Go to https://www.americananthro.org/ to learn more and reflect on ways to help.   How can we bring diversity, inclusion equity and justice to WAPA?  Let's reflect on where we might be discriminatory and what actions we can take to improve WAPA.  Please use use this blog as a forum to continue the conversation.

  • 03 Jun 2020 9:24 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    How do you feel about silos that exist in our discipline? You are invited to review audio-visual presentations on the NAPA website from a 2019 AAA Presidential Session, and add your thoughts to the discussion forum on how to break down silos in anthropology: 


    Highlights include addressing the separation of theory from practice in anthropology, and creating new collaboration models to bridge silos between academics and practitioners. There are also video remarks by Gillian Tett (Financial Times), who served as the remote discussant. 

    In reviewing the presentations, ponder these questions: 

    • What is anthropology's collective future? 

    • How will we adopt, adapt, and create new models to develop as a collaborative discipline, using both theory and practice and reaching out to “The Other”? 

    • How do we scale up collaboration within the discipline to be more engaged with each other and the world around us? 

    This is a starting point. Add your reflections, thoughts, and ideas in the discussion area, and let’s see what we can break down and rebuild.

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