In the latest NAPA Linked In profile, Mary Odell Butler discusses the
challenges she faced while building a career outside academia, as well as
the work she has been doing since to ensure that emerging professionals are
Be sure to check the interview with Mary as well as past interviews in the series!
The AAA annual meeting in Chicago last week was a lot of fun and a bundle of activity.
The NAPA Governing Council gathers during the meeting to discuss NAPA business and activities. To prepare for the discussion, committee chairs submit reports on committee activities and anticipated issues moving forward. These reports will be made public soon in the archives section of this website. It is planned that committee reports, which are produced twice annually (prior to the AAA and SfAA meetings), will be archived on this site, on an ongoing basis.
NAPA sponsored a number of activities, such as the… Continue reading
NAPA is well-represented on the AAA meeting program this year in Chicago, with three invited sessions and eleven additional sessions or roundtables. There are also 15 NAPA-sponsored workshops, covering a variety of topics from data sanitization to stress management to funding graduate school. The NAPA website has a listing by day of all the NAPA activities; navigate over using the “About” link on the dropdown menu above, or simply go to
You can also use the AAA website to search for particular days or sessions at:
There still may be time to register for a NAPA… Continue reading
Note: Niel Tashima is Chair of the NAPA Mentoring Committee. To navigate to the pages described below, hover over the “Careers” tab on the top right of the navigation bar above, and select the “Mentoring” or “Mentoring FAQs” drop-down link.
The NAPA Mentor Committee is pleased to announce that a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about mentoring and a career in professional or applied anthropology has recently been posted to the NAPA website.
The FAQs are divided into several areas of focus to assist students and new professionals as they access the information.
The FAQ webpage begins… Continue reading
NAPA has a great slate of workshops again for the AAA annual meeting. But be sure to register soon to get into the session of your choice. And remember: Students Pay Half Price for Workshop Admission. Registration is through the AAA website:
Scheduled workshops are as follows:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
08:00 AM-10:00 AM. NAPA Workshop On the Design Process: Design Thinking, Tools, and Methods – Christine Miller
10:15 AM-12:15 PM. NAPA Workshop On What’s Your PITCH? Who’s In Your Network? – Sabrina Nichelle Scott and Elizabeth Briody
12:30 PM-02:30 PM. NAPA-NASA Workshop: Applying to… Continue reading
What do NAPA members want? What do NAPA members need? These are questions that NAPA leaders would like to address. However, with a diverse set of member practitioners employed in a broad spectrum of workplaces, with a range of wants and needs, divining the proper answers is challenging.
As noted two weeks ago by NAPA President Leni Bohren, one way NAPA hopes to address these questions is by being more proactively open and public about what NAPA is actually doing. That is one reason why we have launched this bi-weekly blog series featuring members of the Governing Council (aka the… Continue reading
The bi-weekly NAPA interview series on our LinkedIn page this week features a brief interview with Patricia Sunderland of Practica Group LLC. Patricia highlights some points about anthropology and consumer research, and tips out how to get there.
To see the interview go to the LinkedIn page and look for the “NAPA Career Expo Profiles” headline, or follow the link below:
Interviews will also be archived on this site. Feel free to give us your feedback!
NAPA has launched an informative new interview series on the NAPA Linked In site. This bi-weekly series will feature brief interviews with prominent anthropological practitioners. The goal is to highlight what NAPA and its members are doing, and to showcase the diverse lines of work in which practitioners are engaged.
The first interview in the series, appearing July 2, 2013, can be found at: http://lnkd.in/_S3vzf.
Interviews are conducted by two NAPA Communications Committee volunteers, Kristin Keller and Nicole Conand (brief bios on both appear below). Interviews will also be archived on the NAPA website, http://practicinganthropology.org/about/archive/.
The first set of interviews… Continue reading
From Wall Street to Wardrobe:
Your complete guide to the spring collection of the JBA
· The latest opinions on the anthropology of finance by Aihwa Ong, Benjamin Lee, Daromir Rudnyckyj, Hirokazu Miyazaki, and Melissa Fisher
· Organizational ethnographers in the age of financialization, by Galit Ailon
· The anthropology of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia, by Michiel Verver and Heidi Dahles
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Help Us To Understand the Careers of Practicing And Professional Anthropologists as they relate to Academic Institutions.
Are you a practicing or professional anthropologist working outside of an academic organization? If so, are you collaborating in any way with an academic institution as part of your professional life? We are aware from anecdotes that many practicing and professional anthropologists participate in the academic community in one way or another. But we know little about what this participation is like, how academic responsibilities figure in their careers, and how practitioners are compensated for their academic commitments.
The American Anthropological Association’s… Continue reading