It’s a great time to be a practicing anthropologist. The opportunities
for us to contribute to the significant changes occurring in the US and
around the world have never been greater. As we approach the
AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, it’s time for all of us to think
of where NAPA has been, where we want to go in the coming year
and how we can begin to prepare for it. I really hope that you will
join us for all of the things that NAPA will be doing in Philadelphia.
NAPA has moved forward with some of the things that are part of
the NAPA Strategic Plan completed last year. One of the first things
we have addressed is the lack of guidance for anthropologists who
wish to build careers in practice—either at the entry level or at midcareer.
During 2009, Tom Greaves assembled a Task Force on
Mentoring to help improve services to anthropologists seeking to
enter practice. The Mentoring Task Force will tell us about what it
has found at the NAPA Governing Council meeting on December 3
and the NAPA Annual Business meeting on December 4.
The development of an ethics code for the future is a critically
important issue for NAPA and for practitioners generally. At the
2009 AAA Business meeting, the AAA Ethics Committee will present
the results of the comprehensive review of the Code of Ethics.
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of a big practitioner presence at this meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30pm (Program # 1-182). The position taken by the Association is crucial to the future of practitioners within AAA.