Today’s guest blog post is by Dr. Sabrina Nichelle Scott. Dr. Scott is a consumer anthropologist, and she is the Chair of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Workshops Committee.
Workshops registration is now available for the AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. There are forty-three workshops sponsored by various sections of AAA with fifteen of those workshops offered by NAPA. Workshops are scheduled from Thursday, November 21, 2013 through Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Workshop 9842: NAPA Workshop On the Design Process: Design Thinking, Tools, and Methods
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Workshops Abstract: What is ‘design thinking’ and why is it important to anthropologists? Like anthropologists, designers conduct research, collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data. However, the process, methods, and tools used by designers are unique in many ways. The design process is characterized by the intense use of visualization (i.e., mind-mapping, story boarding, diagramming, white boarding, journey-mapping, and conceptual models) and tools ranging from post-its and sharpies to graphic software programs like the Adobe Creative Suite. The design process is nonlinear and iterative, with designers often engaging in multiple rounds of research, sharing initial insights with ‘users’ (study participants) and validating solutions through prototype testing. Learning how designers approach research projects can provide fresh insights for anthropologists as well as new tools and methods for data collection, analysis, and synthesis. This workshop will introduce the design process and the RASP model (research, analysis, synthesis, prototyping) used by many designers. We will discuss how to apply design thinking and demonstrate tools and methods that focus on how data can be used to inform and frame concept space, to generate options and solutions, and to design prototypes.
Organizer: Christine Z Miller (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Workshop 9741: NAPA Workshop On What’s Your PITCH? Who’s In Your Network?
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Workshops Abstract: In this interactive workshop, “What’s Your Pitch? Who’s in Your Network?” you will learn strategies for engaging people and launching yourself professionally. First, the workshop covers the what, who, when, where, and how of networking. It will help you increase the size of your existing professional network and suggest ways of keeping track of those with whom you interact. Second, the focus of the workshop is designed to help you make a compelling case for why a firm, non-profit, government agency, non-governmental organization, or university department should place their bets on you – whether as an employee, contractor, consultant, or student intern. You will create and practice your “elevator pitch,” a brief summary that if done well captures people’s imagination and offers them a window into your potential. You will also develop talking points for a longer narrative that can be used when time is less of an issue. The workshop presenters will provide advice and coaching to help you capitalize on network ties and communicate successfully with your expanding network. This workshop would be useful for students, practitioners, academically-based individuals, and those in career transition.
Organizer: Sabrina Nichelle Scott (Lillian Rosebud)
Workshop 9649: NAPA-NASA Workshop: Applying to Graduate School, Faculty and Student Perspectives
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Workshops Abstract: This workshop addresses the process of application to graduate programs in anthropology. While the main emphasis will be on the preparation of the application package, other topics to be discussed include selecting the right program, visiting departments, following up with programs, and making an informed decision, among others
Organizers: Nancy Y Romero-Daza (University of South Florida)
Presenters: Alexander J Orona (Cambridge University) and Kelli Hayes (University of South Florida)
Workshop 9849: NAPA Workshop On Marketing Oneself As An Anthropologist in a Variety of Interdisciplinary Settings
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Workshops Abstract: This workshop addresses career opportunities in interdisciplinary settings such as government, community-based, corporate, and non anthropology academic departments. Based on the presenter’s work experience and non-traditional career trajectory, she will cover how to interview for these positions and ultimately be successful in them. This interactive workshop is two hours long. In this workshop, the presenter will address how to research these opportunities as well as how to interview effectively once they find them. The presenter will then provide participants with strategies for carving one’s niche in the position. Lastly, the presenter will discuss how to maintain an active role in the world of anthropology while also working to establish one’s identity in another disciplinary realm.
Organizer: Amy Raquel Paul-Ward (Florida International University)
Workshop 9051: NAPA Workshop On Making a Publishable Field-Site Map
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM
Workshops Abstract: Regardless of one’s subject of research, anthropological data are gathered in specific geographic places. When the time comes to publish a manuscript or monograph, or even give a presentation, most anthropologists are without the skills necessary to produce a publishable map, and resort to finding either a more general map from the internet, or requesting permission to use another scholar’s map. This two-hour workshop will introduce anthropologists to 1) the basic design principles of map-making; 2) the data sources needed and how to acquire them; and 3) basic software usage. Following this overview, participants will work through a module to become familiar with the software and design process. Participants will then use these basic skills and the data they bring to the workshop to begin producing a map of their field-site. Participants will need to bring their own laptop computers, and download both freely available software and data sets prior to the workshop. Download instructions and suggestions for obtaining data will be provided ahead of the workshop to registered participants. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to use these introductory skills and software knowledge to gather additional data to enrich their field-site maps, and understand the principles and techniques necessary to produce a publishable field-site map.
Organizer: David D Meek (University of Georgia)
Workshop 9751: NAPA Workshop On Making A Difference: Planning for Your Anthropological Engagement At Various Career Stages
Time/Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Workshops Abstract: This workshop helps students, mid-career, retiring anthropologists and others consider turning points and transitions in their careers. A planning process will help you articulate a strategy for anthropologically addressing issues that you feel passionate about. We will discuss how you can use your anthropological background and skill-set to form an action plan to bring about social change on issues that are important to you. The workshop leader, an author of an anthropological career development book, will frame these topics for you and guide you in starting the planning process. Next you will do some individual planning and writing. You will begin to assess why you have chosen specific issues, the role working on these issues currently has in your life and to what extent you are satisfied with your engagement. Then you can consider how you would potentially like that level of commitment to change over time, what next steps are, and how you will use your anthropological training and experience in future involvement. We will share these reflections and responses together. You will also receive feedback about how to go forward in further planning for your anthropological engagement and achieving your goals. The workshop is two hours long.
Organizer: Sherylyn H Briller (Wayne State University)
Workshop 9415: NAPA Workshop On Effective Negotiating for Anthropologists
Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Workshops Abstract: In all academic negotiations the goal is to gain the best possible compensation package while remaining within an appropriate range of requests and preserving excellent relations with the hiring department and future colleagues. Because even small increases in a job compensation package can yield enormous returns over the course of an individual’s career, negotiating is an invaluable skill to master for any anthropologist on or off the tenure track. Yet negotiating is one of the least understood elements of the job search, and academics are often uncomfortable with the practice, in some cases hesitating to appear grasping in the face of a coveted offer, and in other cases having no idea of the nature and scope of things that may be requested. In this workshop I explain the norms of negotiating the academic job offer. First, I discuss the basic elements of the tenure track offer, including salary, teaching release time, start-up funds, research funding, conference travel funding, spousal hires, summer salary, etc. I explain how to evaluate an offer, the general norms of academic job offers, and the scope for negotiation of offers at different ranks of institutions, for different types of positions. Second, I discuss written and verbal techniques of negotiation and the common pitfalls that beset the inexperienced negotiator. I pay special attention to self-sabotaging habits common to women in particular, and use role play to demonstrate best practices.
Organizer: Karen Kelsky (The Professor Is In)
Workshop 9589: NAPA/NASA Workshop On Undergraduate and Graduate Funding
Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Workshops Abstract: Information on funding for undergraduate and graduate students will be presented. Public and private sources of funding will be discussed along with opportunities for field-based research and field schools. Non-traditional fundraising, crowd funding, and non-academic funding will also be examined. Tips and best practices for successful proposals will be offered.
Organizer: David A Himmelgreen (University of South Florida)
Workshop 8841: NAPA Workshop On Mixed Method Evaluations: Qualitative Or Quantitative Or What?
Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Workshops Abstract: Anthropologists often join evaluations as “qualitative” members of teams in mixed method projects. This workshop will address the technical challenges of participating in interdisciplinary projects that merge qualitative and quantitative methods in mixed method evaluations. But what is the role of the anthropologist on such projects? Ethnographer? Text analyst? “Human factors” expert? Referee? And what do we need to know about quantitative methods to do this work? We will explore the theoretical and methodological concerns that affect the design of mixed-method evaluations, the negotiations that are needed to blend methods to focus on the same issues, and analysis methods that articulate different species of data into a single body of evidence. The workshop will be participatory and will include group work to design a mixed-method project.
Organizer: Mary Odell Butler (Reston)
Workshop 9890: NAPA Workshop On (FREE) Software For Writing and Managing Fieldnotes: Flex DATA Notebook For PCs
Time/Date: Friday, November 22, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM
Workshops Abstract: The FLEx Data Notebook is designed for writing and managing fieldnotes. This workshop is an interactive demonstration of basic features for this free software. The Data Notebook comes with standardized and customizable templates for data input and several ways to search, retrieve, and review data. Multi-language and script technologies allow its use in almost any linguistic environment in the world. In its latest release, the Data Notebook has been embedded in SIL’s FieldWorks Language Explorer – FLEx (Ver 7.2.7). Best of all, FLEx is free! Downloaded are available from the SIL server at: http://fieldworks.sil.org/download/fw-727. System requirements: FLEx is designed for the Windows operating system. A Linux-compatible release is available. A Mac version is not available, but the program is functional on Macs with a Windows partition.
Organizers: James Tim M Wallace (NC State University) and G Tomas Woodward (SIL International)
Workshop 9698: NAPA Workshop On Heritage Tourism: Theory and Praxis
Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 8:00 AM-10:00 AM
Workshops Abstract: This workshop is for graduate students and faculty working on issues of tourism and/or heritage. Participants maybe either initiating research or doing post-fieldwork analysis. The workshop provides a critical understanding of the history of heritage tourism, theoretical framings, and methodological approaches. There is a workshop course “book” with bibliographies, syllabus, handouts, and interactive exercises. Participants have the opportunity to discuss their own projects and raise questions about the application of ideas and strategies developed in the workshop. The goal is for participants to be able to take these tools and apply them directly to their own ongoing research by developing new kinds of research questions and modes of study that correspond to the assessment of this interdisciplinary field presented in this workshop.
Organizers: Quetzil E Castaneda (OSEA Open School Ethn Anth) and James Tim M Wallace (NC State University)
Workshop 9552: NAPA Workshop On Stress Management and Building Self-Esteem for Students and Beginning Professionals
Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM
Workshops Abstract: This workshop will help students and beginning professionals learn how to develop and practice stress management and self-esteem-building skills, which are essential for career development whether one is an academic or practicing anthropologist. The presenter will set the stage by sharing real-life examples that underscore the importance of self-knowledge and maintaining balance in one’s personal and professional lives. The balance of the workshop will involve small-group work and collective sharing of insights. Dr. Teresita Majewski, RPA, FSA, vice president and chief operating officer of Statistical Research, Inc., will lead the workshop. Her experience has spanned more than 25 years in academic and practicing settings, and she has balanced her anthropological career with civic and professional service and a full personal life, often by employing creative and sometimes unconventional (by anthropological standards) strategies. But even the paths of the most-successful professionals are not smooth. The goal of the workshop is to introduce participants to the tools necessary to make the transition from “unsure/”insecure” undergraduate/graduate student to “confident professional,” while weathering the inevitable challenges and setbacks by understanding and managing external and internal stresses.
Organizer: Teresita Majewski (Statistical Research, Inc.)
Workshop 9313: NAPA Workshop On Preparing Undergraduates To Practice Anthropology
Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Workshops Abstract: Preparing undergraduates to use anthropology after graduation requires pedagogy aimed at building the skills most sought after by employers, and helping students to communicate their skills effectively. This workshop will connect desired outcomes for students to classroom exercises and techniques. Attention will be given to ways of intentionally building skills from introductory courses to senior seminars. These techniques can be used in courses on applied anthropology, but can also be integrated into anthropology courses without an applied focus. The workshop will be designed with input from current practicing anthropologists from both the academy and outside, and advice from employers of anthropology undergraduates.
Organizer: Anne Goldberg (Hendrix College)
Workshop 8697: NAPA Workshop On Data Sanitization: Rituals and Responsibilities
Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 2:45 PM-4:45 PM
Workshops Abstract: This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to Data Sanitization – the process of cleaning confidential information from various types of data sets and digital files. Using basic procedures accessible to computer users at all levels of skill, the course will introduce participants to: (1) the risks that unsanitized data can cause to informants and research subjects; (2) the types of private information that can be gleaned from unsanitized data files; (3) basic methods for stripping metadata from digital files; (4) basic methods for masking and substituting sensitive spreadsheet data in Excel; (5) and general best-practices for data security.
Organizer: Isaac J Morrison (Sentimentec)
Workshop 9952: NAPA Workshop On Program Logic Models: A Tool For Evaluators and Project Planners
Time/Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013: 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Workshops Abstract: Program logic models are a frequently used tool in evaluation, and are often required by funders in submitted grant proposals. This workshop is for practicing anthropologists who are new to this tool or somewhat familiar with it, and will include alternate formats for logic models and use with community groups. Appropriate forms of logic models can be used for framing discussions as part of ongoing participatory process evaluation, as part of an “empowerment evaluation” approach, as well as specifying targeted outcomes and supporting more realistic estimates of when these can be expected. The relationship of logic models to program theory and theory of change approaches to evaluation will be discussed. Participants who may be involved with projects where logic models are being developed are encouraged to come with questions to share or materials for feedback. Handouts and references will be provided. This workshop is sponsored by the Evaluation Anthropology Interest Group of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology.
Organizer: Eve C Pinsker (University of Illinois at Chicago)
You can register on-site, but guarantee your seat in advance by registering online. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago!