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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for the Nominations Committee Biological Seat: Janice Hutchinson and Katherine MacKinnon
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.
As a member of the nomination committee I will work to ensure inclusiveness and diversity in the recruitment of candidates for AAA committees and boards. The goal will always be to not only have representation in terms of diverse areas of research and regional location, but to recruit anthropologists who will bring a broad range of perspectives and understanding of AAA’s mission and plans for achieving ethnic, gender, and regional diversity in the pool of candidates, among other goals. Potential candidates should be able to work collaboratively with other sections, bring ideas to promote our activities and contribute to ongoing issues within the AAA. One issue is the paucity of participation in AAA elections; another is the limited visibility of the AAA in dealing with societal issues that are really at the core of anthropology. I will reach out to sections and individuals on an ongoing basis to identify strong potential candidates.
As an active member in the AAA, I am pleased to run for the biological seat on the Nominations Committee. I currently serve as Program Chair of the Biological Anthropology Section (BAS), and as such, have experience that aligns well with the responsibilities of the Nominations Committee. In the past I have served on the AAA Committee on Ethics (2005-2008), and was a member of the Task Force for Comprehensive Ethics Review (2008-2012), charged with overhauling the AAA Code of Ethics. I conduct fieldwork in Central and South America, and more recently Zambia, and since receiving my PhD in 2002 I have held a faculty position at the second-oldest Jesuit research university in the country, Saint Louis University. Although I am a biological anthropologist specializing in primatology, I consider myself first and foremost an anthropologist. My professional self-identity is in large part due to holistic undergraduate and graduate training at the University of California at Berkeley, and also reflects my commitment to an anthropology that employs integrative methodologies and theory to cut across traditional boundaries. As a member of the Nominations Committee, I would bring my experience serving within the AAA organization, and work hard to see that a broad and representative selection of candidates for offices is well-vetted and supported.
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