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Cheers from the NAPA Secretary!
Hi all – my name is Lisa Henry and I’m serving my 2nd term as NAPA Secretary. Yep, that’s right…my 2nd term. I am also an associate professor and chair of the anthropology department at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.
When I joined NAPA about 7 or 8 years ago, I had many goals. I wanted to network with practicing anthropologists so I could talk to my students about the work practitioners do. I also wanted to guide my students in using the NAPA mentoring… Continue reading
Hi, I’m Kevin Preister and I’m the new treasurer for NAPA. My goal during my tenure is to do as well as outgoing treasurer John Massad; John did tremendous work to develop protocols for budget development and reimbursements that will make my job so much easier.
I want to either thank or blame Leni Bohren for soliciting my involvement in NAPA’s Governing Council. Seriously, it truly is an honor. As a practicing anthropologist for over 30 years, my interest is to give back to my work community and to “grow the field” for younger professionals.
I direct a nonprofit called… Continue reading
The most recent interview in the NAPA LinkedIn interview series has been posted. This week’s inteviewee is past president of NAPA Susan Squires. Read all about it at http://lnkd.in/bFDZq-g.
What “What” Was: Musings of your retired Treasurer (John Massad)
Be Treasurer of NAPA? You want me to do what? But, I had no idea what “what” was.
What was it to be Treasurer? What does one actually do? So, I blithely turned my head 5 years ago and got myself elected to see if I could find out. This past November, at the close of gavel of our annual business meeting, I retired. And as I look at my fine Certificate of Appreciation hanging in my home office, I find myself… Continue reading
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