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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for Executive Board Practicing/Professional Seat: Elizabeth Briody and Teresita Majewski.
Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.
One issue AAA faces is attracting and retaining practitioners. More needs to be done to understand and implement offerings and membership benefits of interest to them – particularly career development. AAA practitioners could serve as liaisons between the AAA and specific graduate programs, extending an invitation for AAA membership, providing introductions to members, and getting students and recent graduates involved in section committees and association initiatives. We also could learn why practitioners leave the AAA by asking them. I have extensive experience in linking practitioners to academia and to AAA. I am an adjunct professor at four universities. Since 2009, I have served on the AAA’s Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) where I worked on improving the preparation of anthropology graduates for the non-academic job market. In addition, I have been actively involved in addressing practitioner needs within the AAA for 25 years, including serving as NAPA President, co-founding the NAPA Mentor Program, and creating the awards-winning AAA video Anthropologists at Work: Careers Making a Difference. These experiences would help navigate the complexities of the AAA’s practitioner challenge. I would like to bring my energy, perspective, and creativity to the AAA Executive Board’s Practicing/Professional seat.
I have been a member of AAA since graduate school and have spent my entire career as a practicing professional. My service to the AD and other organizations has provided me with relevant experience and the skills to be an effective board member. As president of the American Cultural Resources Association (ACRA), which represents 150 U.S. firms and more than 3,000 employees, and in private sector heritage management, I have dealt with the full range of issues that affect practicing professionals in business environments, including best practices, ethics, human resources, client relations, finances, and professional development. Under my leadership, ACRA has increased membership, developed an effective government relations program, provided continuing education opportunities for members, and strengthened ties with sister professional organizations. I have been active in NAPA initiatives, including the Career Expo, and taught a stress-management workshop for students and young professionals. If elected, I am committed to representing practicing professional anthropologists wherever they are working and to encouraging the AAA to endorse academic and other programs and opportunities for young professionals and students who want to become practicing professionals. By doing so, the AAA can further expand the reach and relevance of anthropology to its members and beyond.
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