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AAA Nominations Open Until October 2nd

The NAPA Nominations Committee invites any NAPA members to nominate themselves for the upcoming AAA elections for various open seats, see below. The deadline for nominations is October 2. All of the information you need is located on the AAA website: http://www.aaanet.org/about/Elections/OverviewofProcess.cfm. If you would like one of us on the nominations committee to write a support letter for you, please let us know, and also send along a brief bio and position statement to me, the current Chair. Thanks very much. Tim Wallace. tmwallace@mindspring.com.

AAA Executive Board-Practicing/Professional Seat (3-year term)

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The Developement Of The 2009 MA Survey

A major initiative in 2009 for CoPAPIA (Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology), a new standing committee of the AAA, is to undertake an MA alumni online survey across all major fields, from archaeology/CRM to cultural and applied anthropology. This will be the first AAA-sponsored survey on MAs; there are few data on MA alumni aside from a pathfinding survey done by Bob Harman (California State University/Long Beach) and colleagues in the late 1990s.

The overall purpose of the survey is to better understand MA career trajectories and how MAs have applied the knowledge and skills acquired in… Continue reading

Special MA Career Survey

Dear NAPA Member:

You may already know that the AAA has launched a major online survey of MA anthropologists in order to better understand the career trajectories of Masters degree holders. The survey will soon close, so the time has come to make sure your voice is heard if you have not already taken the survey.

Departments of anthropology nationwide graduate over 1,000 Masters students per year and yet we know very little about their careers, their educational experience, and their needs for organizational affiliation.  The survey will, it is hoped, help us all understand what happens to… Continue reading

July/August 2009 Newsletter

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Over the last two years, many active NAPA members have been working to create a more active and inclusive section within the context of the American Anthropological Association. Both NAPA and the AAA need to hear your voices and your concerns in order to better understand the importance of where we have been, what is most interesting to us, and who we want to become. After all, our identifications will always be a continuous negotiation.

Although we seek to more actively engage the AAA as well as our many diverse… Continue reading

Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) 2009

ALL NAPA MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNTED REGISTRATION!  Full program details can be found on our website,http://www.epic2009.com, but here are a few highlights:


We are thrilled to announce that Gillian Tett has agreed to be our closing keynote. As some of you might know, Gillian is an award winning journalist and editor at the Financial Times in London.  She warned about the looming credit crisis over two years ago, her background as a social anthropologist having alerted her to the danger. In March 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year at the British Press… Continue reading

2009 MA Alumni Survey

You may have already received word about the 2009 MA Alumni Survey being undertaken by AAA/CoPAPIA since it was launched last month.

We in NAPA are making a special effort to help network the survey because NAPA has more Masters alumni (probably) than any other Section other than (perhaps) Archaeology.  And, it’s the right thing to do – we know very little about where Masters grads end up, their career trajectories, their experiences and reflections on their degree programs, and any organizational affiliation needs they may have.  The anonymous survey takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.… Continue reading

April/May 2009 eNewsletter

In this April/May 2009 Newsletter:

  1. Welcome  (Elizabeth Nanas)
  2. On Mary’s Mind (Mary Odell Butler)
  3. NAPA Occupational Therapy Special Interest Group Update (Amy Paul-Ward, Gelya Frank)
  4. Designing an Anthropology Career (Sherylyn H. Briller, Amy Goldmacher)
  5. Volunteer Opportunities
  6. News from the Program Chair (Carol Hafford)
  7. Conference Announcements
  8. NAPA Student Achievement Award
  9. WAPA 2009 Praxis Award CFP

This issue marks the beginning of a newly designed Newsletter that includes regular features and also provides fresh opportunities for NAPA members to engage in conversations that contribute not only to professional development, but that also cross boundaries to challenge the borders of… Continue reading

AAA Voting Is Now Open

AAA Elections are now open for people to take office in November 2009.

I cannot overstate how important it is for all of us to vote. This is one of our best opportunities to strengthen our voice in the Association and to support our NAPA officers.

Please vote both for AAA officers and for NAPA officers.


Recongnizing Excellence In Professional Aanthropology


Since 1981, the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) biennial Praxis Award has recognized outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a single project. WAPA interprets anthropological knowledge in its broadest meaning, encompassing theory, methods and data. Nominations should demonstrate anthropology’s relevance and effectiveness in addressing contemporary human problems.


WAPA encourages the nomination of anyone holding an M.A. or Ph.D. degree in any subfield of anthropology for this prestigious award. Individuals, groups or organizations wherein at least one anthropologist worked on the designated project may nominate themselves or… Continue reading

2009 Student Achievement Award

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology is offering the Sixth Annual Student Achievement Award to recognize student contributions in the area of practicing and applied anthropology. The Award recognizes students who have excelled in these fields and provides opportunities, particularly for students who have worked on team projects and in applied contexts, to be recognized during the AAA annual meeting and see their work published.

NAPA Student Achievement Award CFP 2009 (pdf)


1. Three cash prizes: $300 1st Place; $100 1st Runner Up; $50 Second Runner Up

2. All three papers will be published in a special… Continue reading