CoPAPIA

CoPAPIA Annual Section Summit

AAA has worked to envision a community of practice to provide a professional home for practitioners. We need concrete ways to build infrastructure to support this effort. Held each year at the AAA Annual Meeting, the CoPAPIA Annual Section Summit brings together representatives from sections and practicing anthropologists from academic and non-academic settings to formulate ways to support anthropological practice. The Summit is open to anthropologists in all stages of their careers, including students and recent graduates.

2013 (forthcoming)
What's New in Applied Careers?
Organizer: Cheryl Rodriguez

A recent study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that employers value broadly educated graduates whose academic training applies to real world issues.In most anthropology programs, students are grounded in theories of culture that can prepare them for diverse experiences in the world of work. Further, anthropology students are also offered methodological training that can facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary for successful careers in a range of areas. Anthropology majors are very likely to have broad intellectual perspectives as well as field-specific knowledge. What new, exciting and challenging careers are emerging in the workforce to engage these graduates in the creation of innovative futures? The Committee on Practicing Applied and Public Interest Anthropology would like to facilitate a discussion between section leaders and professionals whose anthropological training informs their work in industry, business, and technology in a broad range of geographic and cultural locations. What are these careers and how do we prepare students for them? What have these professionals learned about the role of anthropological training in non-traditional careers? How do we encourage students to seek new, innovative engagements that will transform their futures? This Section Summit will be of interest to faculty, practitioners and students.

2012
Towards An Infrastructure For Anthropological Practice: How Can AAA Help?
Organizers: Mary O Butler, Wendy Bartlo and Crysta Metcalf

Many anthropologists in practice are no longer AAA members because they feel that the association does not provide them with the professional support that they need to succeed. Some of them even "de-anthropologize" so that the role of anthropology in their successes becomes invisible in the wider world. In the past few years, AAA and CoPAPIA have worked to envision a community of practice within AAA to provide a professional home for practitioners. We now need concrete ways to move ahead to build practice infrastructure within AAA.What do practitioners need? Peer support and mentoring? Training and technical assistance in developing business skills? A professional forum for anthropologists to share their experiences as practitioners? Mentoring of beginning practitioners as well as anthropologists making career changes towards practice? This Section Summit brings together representatives from AAA sections and practicing anthropologists from academic and non-academic settings to brainstorm ways to support anthropological practice. Additionally we will explore how AAA might effectively focus efforts to attract and retain practitioners in the association and motivate them to take an active role in an emerging practice community. The discussion will converge on the desirability and feasibility of putting together a Center in which practicing anthropologists can provide and receive peer support using social media and/or face-to-face events at AAA meetings.

Participants:
Association of Black Anthropologists - Raymond Codrington
Association of Feminist Anthropology - Sue Hyatt
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology - Madelaine Adelman
Association for the Anthropology of Policy - Bethe Hagens
Association for Queer Anthropology - William Leap, Michelle Marzullo
Association of Senior Anthropologists - J. Anthony Paredes
Biological Anthropology Section - Sarah Livengood
Central States Anthropological Society - Rick Feinberg
General Anthropology Division - Jennifer Cool
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Tim Wallace
National Association of Student Anthropologists - Nicole Ryan, Alexander J. Orona
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges - Mark Lewine
Society for Medical Anthropology - Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, Mary Read-Walkhidi
Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology - Mary Odell Butler, Wendy Bartlo, Keri Brondo
AAA Staff - Courtney Dowdall
Ana Paula Pimental Walker
Bianca Torres

Related Links:
What Comes Next for Practice? by Mary Odell Butler - Anthropology News March 2013

Section Summit 2012 Summary

2011
Section Summit on the Changing Job Market and Student Training: Linking Anthropology Departments and Practice
Organizers: Keri Vacanti Brondo, Wendy Bartlo, and Mary Odell Butler

In recent years, as the academic job market continues to tighten, more and more anthropologists are finding jobs as practicing anthropologists and applying their skills and knowledge in positions outside of academic settings. This shift has important implications for anthropology curricula and student preparation for the changing job market. This Session Summit, organized by Keri Brondo, Wendy Bartlo, and Mary Odell Butler, brings together leading practitioners of anthropology from a variety of subfields representing AAA sections, faculty from applied and public anthropology departments, and current anthropology students to reflect on strategies to improve the linkages between anthropology departments and non-academic work opportunities. Drawing on the conference theme of "traces, tidemarks, and legacies," participants in this session will share some of the lessons and best practices associated with student training in vibrant applied anthropology programs. What skills do anthropology graduates need to succeed in positions beyond the university? What changes in the curriculum would be useful for such students? What strategies can faculty and community members adopt that would enable successful internships, class research projects, and post-graduate employment? How might anthropology programs evolve to face the changing job market? And how do new anthropologists gain access to that job market? We would like to engage Sections in a discussion on this topic as it cross-cuts the interests of applied and practicing anthropologists in all specialties. This interactive "Ask a Panelist" session will be of interest to faculty, practitioners, and students alike. 

Participants:
Anthropology and the Environment - Katja Neves, Dana E. Powell
Archaeology Division - Jeff Altschul, Cathy Costin, Carrie Todd, Christian Wells
Association of Black Anthropologists - Robert Adams, Raymond Codrington, Tony Whitehead
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists - Miguel Diaz
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology - Susan Coutin
Association of Senior Anthropologists - J. Anthony Paredes
Biological Anthropology Section - Sarah Livengood
Council on Museum Anthropology - Jennifer Shannon, Jennifer Kramer, Diana Marsh, Teresa Montoya, Steve Nash
General Anthropology Division - Jenny Cool
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Tim Wallace
National Association of Student Anthropologists - Heidi Nicholls, Sarah Taylor
Society for the Anthropology of North America - Arlene Davila, Micah Gilmer, Mahri Irvine, Cheryl B. Mwaria
Society for Medical Anthropology - Jim McKenna, Rebecca Read, Jean Schensul

Related Links:
Linking Anthropology Graduates to the Job Market

Crossing Boundaries: The Future of Anthropology Graduates and the Non-Academic Job Market by Wendy Bartlo - Anthropology News February 2012

Masters Alumni Survey

Student Perspectives of the Viability of an Applied Master's Degree by Linda Bennett and Shirley Fiske - Anthropology News September 2008  

2010
Evaluating Applied, Practicing and Public Interest Anthropology: Reflections on Tenure and Promotion Guidelines
Organizers: Keri Vacanti Brondo, Linda Bennett, and Niel Tashima
Chair
: Keri Vacanti Brondo

In recent years, the number of anthropologists who identity as applied, engaged, practicing or public anthropologists has increased. Concomitantly, we have seen a growing recognition of the significance of their work within our professional associations. This is evidenced by the creation of the Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) and the addition of a Reviews in Public Anthropology section within the American Anthropologist (among other advancements). Applied, practicing, and public anthropologists often produce reports, media, or other products in addition to traditional peer-reviewed journal and book publications. While the discipline has expanded to acknowledge the scholarly value of such 'nontraditional' scholarly products, university tenure and promotion committees do not necessarily recognize and credit this work. This session brings together broad section leadership, members of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Program (COPAA) Tenure and Promotion Initiative, and non-university based practicing anthropologists to discuss the development of AAA guidelines for the evaluation of applied and practicing anthropology for tenure and promotion decisions. Drawing upon their experience within both the academic and non-academic sectors, participants will share the unique "nontraditional" scholarly products. Information garnered through this interactive discussion will inform the production of a CoPAPIA proposal to the Executive Board on Tenure and Promotion guidelines to evaluate applied, practicing, and public interest ethnographic products. Audience participation will be highly welcomed.

Participants:
Archaeology Division - Bill Doelle
Association of Black Anthropologists - Raymond Codrington
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology - Madelaine Adelman
Association of Senior Anthropologists - Tony Paredes
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists - Vilma Santiago-Irizarry
Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs - Sherylyn Briller, Sunil Khanna
Council for Museum Anthropology - Alec Barker
Field Museum - Alaka Wali
General Anthropology Division - Susan Buck Sutton
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Mary Butler
National Association of Student Anthropologists - John Trainor
Society for Medical Anthropology - Roberta Baer

Related Links:
New Resource for Tenure and Promotion Reviews by Linda Bennett and Keri Brondo - Anthropology News March 2011

Guidelines for Evaluating Scholarship in the Realm of Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology for Tenure and Promotion

AAA Resource Panel for External Tenure and Promotion Review and External Program Review  

2009
Advancing Practicing Anthropology: A Forum on Creating Spaces and Places for Practitioners in The AAA
Organizers: Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Linda Bennett, and Nathaniel Tashima
Chair: Linda Bennett

The Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) is one of the AAA's newest committees. A portion of the charge for CoPAPIA includes: fostering the reciprocal relationship between anthropological theory and practice; establishing liaisons with appropriate Sections; making recommendations for education, training, and professional development; and collaborating with a range of AAA Sections. At the 2008 AAA Annual Meeting, CoPAPIA members met with leaders from a focused number of AAA Sections to begin a conversation about how the committee can effectively partner with Sections. This year 10 Section leaders will share results from the "practicing checklist," a self-review conducted by each Section to review its current practices and to see where it can create more "spaces and places" for practicing anthropologists in the future. The session will continue a dialogue about the AAA's short- and long-term agenda to build an organization that is inclusive of all anthropologists.

Participants:
Archaeology Division -
 Janet Levy
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology - Madelaine Adelman
Association of Black Anthropologists -
 Kimberly Simmons
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists -
 Vilma Santiago-Irazarry
Council on Museum Anthropology - Catherine Fowler
Field Museum - Alaka Wali
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Mary Butler
National Association of Student Anthropologists - John Trainor
Society for Medical Anthropology - Lenore Manderson

Related Links:
Places for Practitioners in AAA Sections by Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Linda Bennett, and Niel Tashima - Anthropology News May 2009

2008
Collaboration between AAA Sections in Advancing the Position of Practicing Anthropology within the AAA
Organizers: Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh, Niel Tashima, and Linda Bennett
Chair: Linda Bennett

The Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) is one of the AAA's newest committees, having been established in late 2007. CoPAPIA's charge stipulates that it should help (1) Foster the reciprocal relationship between anthropological theory and practice; (2) Establish liaisons with appropriate Sections; (3) Develop recommendations for training and professional development; (4) Collaborate with a range of 2 AAA sections; and (5) Facilitate the broadened recognition of the value of applied and practicing anthropology beyond the discipline. Recognizing that considerable advances have been made in these directions by Sections within the AAA and other anthropology organizations—including local practitioner organizations—in this forum we aim to engage with a broad array of AAA Sections in conversations about how we can more effectively partner together. This special forum is envisioned as a means to begin such a dialogue across Sections. Presidents and other leaders of 9 AAA Sections will speak briefly on their sections' needs and interests regarding applied and practicing anthropology. In particular, they will articulate how they might work collectively and with CoPAPIA over the short-run (1-2 years) as well as over a longer period (3-5 years) to create partnerships that creatively join Sections in a common agenda. The remainder of the forum will be devoted to questions and answers from the floor and discussion among panelists regarding how a shared set of goals can be established and—hopefully—achieved.

Participants:
Anthropology and the Environment - Janis Alcorn
Archaeology Division - Janet Levy
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology - Madeline Adelman
Association of Black Anthropologists - Kimberly Simmons
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists - Vilma Santiago-Irizarry
Council on Museum Anthropology - Catherine Fowler
General Anthropology Division - Susan Buck Sutton
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology - Dennis Wiedman

Society for Medical Anthropology - Lenore Manderson

Discussants: Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh and Niel Tashima