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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for theundesignated 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.
I would like the opportunity to serve on the nominations committee. My broad interests include a professional AAA membership, and membership in various AAA sections and interest groups (American Ethnological Society, Council on Anthropology and Education, Society for Linguistic Anthropology, Society for the Anthropology of Europe, Society for Visual Anthropology, Anthropology of Children and Childhood Interest Group, Human Sexuality and Anthropology Interest Group, Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy, and Interest Group on NGOs and Nonprofits). My training is in the four-fields (undergraduate and M.A.), with specialization in linguistic anthropology for the PhD, and a post-doctoral fellowship in medical anthropology. I have held several leadership positions, including CSULB Anthropology Department Chair. Previously I served on the COSWA committee, was one of the authors of the “Academic Climate Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology” (2008), and on the advisory committee to the 2010 report, “The Changing Face of Anthropology: Anthropology Masters Reflect on Education, Careers, and Professional Organizations”. I have received federal (NSF) and private funding (e.g., Spencer Foundation), and secured an endowment for our department. In short, I have broad-based academic and non-academy anthropology-related work experiences that may serve well in this position.
From 2007-2011 I was on the board of the New England Maritimes region of the American Academy of Religion, ending as its President, and I realized that true leadership is crucial. Its capacity must be cultivated if an organization is to grow dynamically. My experiences as an AAA member has led me to understand that identifying, assessing and recommending strong, emergent and experienced candidates with character, while giving full consideration to the scholarly diversity, the planning goals, and the leadership needs of the Association is pivotal to the growth and welfare of the organization. I am deeply committed to understanding the solutions, the effective discussions, and workings of the various committees while encouraging diverse voices and skills to best serve on them. I see building an excellent slate of candidates as a subtle exercise in finding harmony of experienced solutions and challenging new ideas simultaneously. Attending to best processes towards the balance of skills, experience, independence and knowledge to support the Nominations Committee towards fulfillment of its goals is fundamental. If elected I will bring this perspective to the Nominations Committee, and I hope to fulfill all my duties and obligations with trust, confidentiality and humour.
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