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TWIAN: Undergrad Seminar: Why Incompletes Are So Dangerous (Ethnography.com)

[TWIAN (i.e., This Week in Anthropology) focuses on issues of anthropological practice that are of interest to the NAPA Anthro membership.  The following post from Ethnography.com is a timely way to start the year since many of us are involved in academia.

Here we are in the 2nd half of the academic year. If the 1st half got off to a rocky start, maybe this is a good time to talk about time management. Not the “The 7 habits of that smugly overambitious go-getter” variety. This is aimed more at the “How can I squeeze school into my… Continue reading

News: Call for Nominations


Call for Nominations for:

  • President-Elect
  • Treasurer
  • Member-at-Large (or Governing Council Member-at-Large)
  • Student Representative

The National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) is seeking members who are interested in being nominated as candidates for positions that will be open for the 2010 elections. We welcome nominations from all members of NAPA and encourage both undergraduate and graduate students to apply for the Student Representative position. While elected positions must be filled by NAPA members in good standing, if you are not currently a NAPA member we would like to encourage you… Continue reading

Short term ethnographic consultancies for the U.S. Census

Comparative Ethnographic Studies of Census Enumeration Methods and

Coverage in Race/Ethnic Groups

The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking up to 18 ethnographers to do short-term research in nine race/ethnic research sites during Census 2010 field data collection operations as contractors for 4-6 months. Past research has shown that race/ethnic minority subpopulations are differentially miscounted, with implications for possible imbalances in congressional representation and allocation of federal funds. Examples of miscounts include persons not included on the census form who should be counted in the household, persons counted in more than one place or in the wrong place, and missed housing… Continue reading

osea 2010 – Heritage Ethnography Field School

7 WEEK PROGRAM: May 23 – July 10, 2010
Yucatán, Mexico

Based in Pisté and Maya Communities surrounding Chichén Itzá,

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Students do research on an issue they select according to their interests.  Possible areas of work include:

  • Art & Intangible Cultural Heritage
  • Archaeological Heritage
  • Ethnography of Archaeology
  • Tourism Development & Urbanism
  • Community Strategies of Tourism
  • Social History through Life Histories
  • Applied and Action Research
  • Art Exhibitions and Ethnographic Installation
  • Maya Forms of Health & Healing
  • Environmental Heritage

Students enroll in two courses and receive 8 credits in Anthropology:

December 2009 NAPA e-News

[ Download the entire December issue! ]

From Mary Odell Butler:

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… Continue reading

Exciting Times for NAPA

As we approach the AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, it’s time 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.  We hope that you will join us for the many exciting NAPA events that will happen in Philadelphia.  Some of the things that you may want to attend include:

Thursday, December 3

  • NAPA Governing Council Meeting. Mezzanine II, Courtyard Marriott.  2-6 pm.  Snacks and coffee.  You should eat lunch.
  • AAA Business Meeting, Grand Ballroom, Salon H, Philadelphia Marriott. 6:30-7:30.… Continue reading

October 2009 e-Newsletter

We would all like to thank our contributors and our NAPA members for all of your patience while we resolve technical issues regarding our e-Newsletter over the last six months. We are confident that our technical issues have been resolved and that we will be able to post our e-Newsletter in a timely manner from this point forward. Thank you again for your attention and interest!

Click here to download the October 2009 e-Newsletter as a PDF:


Due to requests, we are also offering the October 2009 e-Newsletter in plain text here:

e-Newsletter | October 2009

Welcome to Our… Continue reading

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)

AAA Executive Board-Minority Seat… Continue reading

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