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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for the Section Assembly Executive Board Seat: Deborah Pellow and Ramona Perez.
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.
My work is specifically socio-cultural but I am strongly committed to the interconnectivity of anthropology’s sub-fields and interdisciplinary studies. Three approaches predominate in my research: gender, ethnicity and space/place studies, cross-cut by politics. Early in my career, I worked as an applied anthropologist in Chicago, but my primary geographic area is Ghana. Currently my focus is the bridge generation of Dagomba educated elite relocated to Accra, their attachment to the hometown area and its consequences. The AAA faces enormous challenges ahead as the interests of new academic and lay publics become more consequential to anthropological inquiry. Robust section assembly participation in AAA governance, to which I am committed, will help reposition the discipline. As president of SUNTA, I enjoyed working with other section leaders. The new role for a representative of the Section Assembly on the Executive Board will be very useful in bringing issues under discussion in the Section Assembly directly to the EB and vice versa. It will strengthen the section organization in general and facilitate the robust exercise of governance for the entire organization. I work well with others – I was successful as the Program Chair and then President of SUNTA – and would enjoy the opportunity to engage with the Executive Board on behalf of the Section Assembly.
I have served on the SLACA board for the last 15 years, most recently (2008-2013) in the roles of President (elect – past). I consider my greatest accomplishments to be shared governance between the Board and its members, collaborations with other Societies and Associations, and in creating new avenues for recognition of our emerging scholars. I have served on the Labor Commission for the EB (2008-2012) and in the Presidents’ Working Group that redefined governance for the SA. A key outcome of the Working Group was transparency and shared governance through active participation in the EB; this seat is one of two that resulted from our work. I have a strong background in governance, ethics, and collaboration as evidenced through my research agenda, service to the AAA and in my roles as Chair of the IRB for SDSU, Chair of the University Graduate Curriculum Cmtee, and in my administrative roles as director of two academic programs. If elected to represent the SA, I will continue to strive for shared governance, fair and equitable representation of the SA and its constituencies through collaboration, and in closing the communication gap over differing needs between the EB, SA, and our shared constituencies.
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