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Mary Odell Butler

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Mary Odell Butler is an anthropologist-evaluator with 35 years of experience in research design, management, and supervision of evaluations and other research projects and 12 years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She has special expertise in program evaluation, evaluation research, and case study methods, and has conducted numerous projects for the CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations.

Currently she is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, pioneering a curriculum in evaluation anthropology.  In this capacity she teaches graduate courses and serves as a Graduate Advisor, including sitting on several dissertation committees.  As an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, she developed and teaches an online course, Evaluation in Anthropological Practice.  She is the current chair of the Committee for Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), a standing committee of the American Anthropological Association charged with responsibility for the interests of practitioners in the association. She is also a Past President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and a former member of the Executive Council for the AAA Section Assembly. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Mary is employed by Westat, a consulting firm in Rockville, Maryland, as a Senior Analyst supporting work in public health program evaluation.  She is retired after twenty years as a Research Leader and Office Director at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation.

She is co-editor of Applying Anthropology in the Global Village, published by Left Coast Press in 2012; she also prepared an article on global responses to tuberculosis control for this volume. She contributed two chapters to A Handbook of Practicing Anthropology (Riall Nolan, ed., Wiley Blackwell, 2013): one chapter on transitioning from the academy to practice, and a second on methods in anthropological practice. She also co-edited and contributed to the volume   Evaluation Anthropology: Creating an Emerging Sub-field,  published in 2005 as a NAPA Bulletin. Mary O Butler 2010


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