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
Click the link to read the latest NAPA Profile on the NAPA LinkedIn page! AAA Executive Director and past NAPA President Ed Liebow talks about his history with NAPA, and shares some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges in practicing anthropology today.
Click here: http://lnkd.in/bQcSr4h
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
Note: This post was originally published in the NAPA section of Anthropology News, which is run by the American Anthropological Association.
– Claude Lévi-Strauss , Le Cru et le Cuit: Mythologiques, 1964
We are, in a manner that might be most clear to the late Claude Lévi-Strauss and to his disciples, a discipline filled with seeming binary oppositions. We speak often of practicing anthropologists as categorically different from anthropologists in academia. Students of anthropology are often seen as… Continue reading
Governing Council Today: Nancy Gillis: The Fine Line Between Building Rapport and Maintaining Neutrality
As I write this blog post, I am not sure if there is an answer to this conundrum.
I am currently conducting fieldwork for the North Texas Food Bank. They have developed The Hunger Center, a think tank for understanding food insecurity and poverty while developing innovative strategies to combat the root causes of the issues.
My part in this research is to gather the emic perspective of low-income north Texans in relation to their experiences struggling with food insecurity and managing chronic health conditions or a disability. I do this by visiting north Texans in their homes and discussing… Continue reading
Click on the link below to see the latest NAPA Careers Expo profile! This post features Melissa Cefkin, President of EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference).