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Member Blogs

A category specifically to highlight the blogs of some of our members that write about anthropology on personal or professional blogs.

Governing Council Today: Lisa Henry, NAPA Secretary

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

Governing Council Today: Kevin Preister, Incoming NAPA Treasurer

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

Governing Council Today: John Massad, Outgoing NAPA Treasurer

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

Governing Council Today: Niel Tashima on a New NAPA Mentoring Resource

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.

http://practicinganthropology.org/careers/mentoring/mentoring_FAQ/

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

Governing Council Today – Chad Morris: On Convergence: A Call for Participation

Note: This post was originally published in the NAPA section of Anthropology News, which is run by the American Anthropological Association.

 

The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.

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

Governing Council Today: Communications Committee and You

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

NAPA launches Governing Council Today blog series

Dear Readers:

 

This is Leni Bohren, the President of NAPA. I am excited to announce that, two weeks from now, members of the NAPA Governing Council will begin blogging regularly on this site. The goal is to keep NAPA members better informed and current about what is happening behind the scenes of NAPA, and to solicit your feedback. The Governing Council consists of both elected officials and committee chairs. Blog posts will include committee activities, news, updates, and really anything that is on the mind of the presenters. We will try to keep these on a bi-weekly schedule, appearing… Continue reading

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