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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for the cultural seat of the Nominations Committee. Responsibilities of the Nomination Committee include:
- To organize information regarding candidates that have been nominated for any AAA elected position (nominees can be self-nominated or by an individual or group of members of the AAA)
- To make sure that all necessary information has been received by the committee in time for the meeting (especially proof that the nominee has agreed to run and, should s/he win, accept the position)
- To meet annually to discuss nominations
- To make recommendations to the Executive Board regarding the candidates for each position
- To utilize the specific guidelines established by the Executive Board when making recommendation
Click here to learn more about the Nominations Committee.
If elected to the Nominations Committee (Cultural Seat) I would make every effort to encourage members from small anthropology programs and from underrepresented backgrounds to become involved in AAA governance. I believe it is particularly important to draw in sociocultural anthropologists who have significant four+ field knowledge and experience with both scholarly and publicly engaged interactions so that the association may become better connected internally. Because I have three decades of college teaching and faculty governance experience in areas of internal and external peer evaluation, scholarly collaboration, and interaction with colleagues both within and outside the Americas, my network of colleagues and experience is broad and centripetal. I have served several times on the Fulbright national undergraduate review committee and currently evaluate grant proposals for Wenner Gren. I am or have recently been a member of several AAA sections (e.g., ABA, AES, AFA, AIA, CMA, SCA, SLACA, SUNTA, SVA, and GAD/FOSAP), and have organized and delivered five AAA panels. For these and other reasons I believe I have a broad enough vision of the cultural anthropological wing of the AAA and the ways it intersects with the other subfields to serve well as a member of the NC.
I feel that I am qualified to serve on the Nominations Committee’s Cultural Seat for the following reasons: I have served on numerous university wide committees, as well as promotion and tenure review panels. I have organized sessions at the AAAs in 2009, 2005, and in 2003.
I am fully supportive of the AAA’s efforts at promoting anthropological perspectives and the autonomy of native peoples. As a result of such concerns, in 1995, I founded the non-profit “Alto Corrientes Health Care Fund” in order to help Amazonian Achuar peoples meet their health care needs. Since, 2009 to the present, I serve on the Board of Directors overseeing the International Center of York County (ICYC) which provides immigrants with the tools needed for becoming independent and productive members of the community. I also organize events for the “No Room for Racism Taskforce” designed to promote mutual respect and understanding among all community residents. Additionally, since 2004, I serve as Project Anthropologist the “The Catawba Nation Research Project” which supports efforts promoting tribal autonomy. Lastly, I bring years of dedication as a field anthropologist working with indigenous communities along with a steadfast commitment to the AAA as our flagship organization.
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