NAPA Committee Descriptions

(Contact committee chairs through the Governing Council page or the Contact Us page)

Communications:
Maintain and evaluate the NAPA website and social media platforms;  develop other efforts by NAPA to communicate with its members and with the larger practitioner community. Develop promotional materials as needed.  Committee Members.

Ethics:
Develop policy around the ethics of anthropological practice, and consider special cases.

Local Practitioner Organizations:
Facilitate and assist the national network of LPOs that provide front-line resources and contact with the profession to many practitioners and students.

Membership:
Develop policies, activities, and initiatives to recruit, retain, renew, and serve NAPA members.  Run the information table at annual AAA meetings, produce needed materials, and generally promote NAPA.

Mentoring:
Develop and promote NAPA mentoring programs, assign mentors, and monitor the operation of professional support for NAPA members, both professionals and students.  Committee Members.

Newsletter:
Solicit articles and other materials of interest to NAPA members; edit and compile materials; design the NAPA newsletter, “NAPA Notes”  (part of the Communications Committee).

Nominations:
Solicit nominees for AAA elected positions;  nominate individuals from within the NAPA membership for election to NAPA offices.

Organizational Relations:
Network with practitioners and work with employers who hire anthropologists to develop the Career Exposition held annually at AAA meetings. Committee Members

Program:

Solicit and review papers and sessions for NAPA sponsorship at the AAA annual meeting.  Compile and monitor the professional program.

Publications:
Oversee the NAPA publications program, including the NAPA Annals of Anthrological Practice.

Volunteer:
Recruit and coordinate volunteers to serve on NAPA committees and as needed, and serve as a point of contact for those wishing to volunteer.

Workshops:
Recruit and offer workshops to help students and practitioners to increase knowledge around theoretical, methodological, and substantive practice areas, and to develop “soft/hard” professional skills.  Workshops are made available to members and non-members at AAA and other related conferences. Committee Members