For Departments

Unique Opportunity for Graduate Methods Courses

Over the summer of 2009, the AAA Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) conducted an anonymous, online survey to gather data on the education and careers of those holding a Masters of Arts in anthropology. Over four months, 883 respondents, including Masters and Doctorate students and recipients, took the online survey. AAA intends to make available to qualified applicants the quantitative and some qualitative data responses from the entire pool of 883 respondents.

It is hoped that departments will apply for data of their choice from the response database, to be used for special analysis projects in statistics, methods, and related classes. Applicants will be expected to review the data, conduct analyses, and write a brief report of findings. The analysis report will be provided to AAA for review and publication on the AAA website.

This is a unique learning opportunity for graduate students to work with data provided by their peers. In addition, the analyses performed will help the field at large through a better understanding of the perspectives of graduate students on their education, careers, and associations. There is no charge for these data. However, applicants will be expected to follow deadlines and plans as outlined in their applications. Applicants are free to create proposals that best meet the needs and interests of their students.

We hope you will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to educate students and advance the understanding of graduate student experiences. Deadlines and other relevant information are found on the application form found here: AAA Data Project Application. For more information on the survey, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact:

Academic Tenure and Promotion Guidelines

Links to AAA's Guidelines for Evaluating Scholarship for Academic Promotion and Tenure, Evaluating Ethnographic Visual Media, and AAA's Statement on Electronic Publishing, as well as a resource panel of potential external tenure and promotion and program reviewers with the expertise and knowledge to evaluate practicing, applied, and public interest anthropological scholarship is available are all available on the Academic Tenure and Promotion Guidelines webpage

The AAA Resource Panel for External Tenure and Promotion Review and External Program Review provides names of individuals available to serve as Academic Program Reviewers for applied, practicing, and publically engaged departments.

What is Happening with Anthropology? Recent Trends Regarding Faculty, Enrollment, Degrees Granted and Departments

At the 2011 AAA Annual Meeting in Montreal, the Department of Academic Programs presented data on what is happening within the discipline regarding recent trends concerning faculty, enrollment and degrees granted. Comparative data on salaries, enrollments, degrees granted is included, as well as information on the general state of anthropology departments. To see the power point presentation, please go to: What is Happening with Anthropology?

Ready to teach?

Become the most effective teacher you can by using the American Anthropological Association's Teaching Materials Exchange. To give back and help others by submitting your materials to the exchange, please visit our website.

Thanks to the AAA Resource Development Committee, the donors and members who contributed to the Teaching Materials Exchange.

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

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) recognizes the growing number of anthropologists who identify as practicing, applied, public interest, or engaged anthropologists. Departments of anthropology and their home colleges are thus challenged with documenting and evaluating the scholarly nature of this type of work in faculty promotion and tenure decisions. Accordingly, the AAA offers the following guidelines developed for departmental and college T&P committees for the evaluation of scholarship in the realm of practicing, applied, public interest, and engaged anthropology for consideration in tenure cases and promotion to associate and full professor. Read the full statement here>> 

For more information and to refer to some examples, please click here.

Program Assessment In Anthropology Departments

A committee of current and former Anthropology Department chairs suggests the following resources as useful to those designing assessment processes for their departments:

If you know of other assessment materials and information that would be helpful, please send an email to

AAA Department Services Program

  • Receive up to 44% discount when placing job ads online and in Anthropology News, and a free interviewing booth at the Annual Meeting
  • An invitation to the Department Chairs Breakfast and Topic Session at the Annual Meeting.
  • A copy of the AAA Guide and a subscription to Anthropology News.
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Tenure and Promotion Recommendations for Applied Anthropology Programs

The Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPRA) has developed a set of recommendations on (1) how to develop meaningful ways of defining, documenting, evaluating, and promoting diverse forms of applied scholarship; and (2) how to raise awareness and recognition for applied work among department chairs, deans, and members of tenure and promotion committees. Learn more >> (PDF)

AAA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Ethnographic Visual Media. Learn more >>

Coalition on the Academic Workforce
On this website, you will find information and resources on contingent faculty in the U.S. Contingent faculty are those employed in part- or full-time, non-tenure-track positions that often lack adequate pay and benefits, access to professional support, and support for scholarship and keeping current in the field. Learn more >>

AAA AnthroGuide and eAnthroGuide

The AnthroGuide is the most comprehensive and highly used reference source in anthropology, providing information about your department or program to a wide audience. This resource is used by agencies and researchers to identify anthropologists with particular backgrounds and competence, by professionals seeking to locate colleagues, and by students to select schools. Learn more »

The online version, eAnthroGuide, gives access to more than 800 academic departments; museums; government agencies; nonprofits, NGOs, and foundations; research and consulting firms. Search the eAnthroGuide »

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AAA Career DVDs

careers_brochure_cover120x1Anthropology: Real People, Real Careers
This DVD is comprised of interviews with individuals working in 10 different fields in applied anthropology.

AAA-FullSizeDisc_120x121Beyond Ethnography: Corporate and Design Anthropology draws on ethnographic research projects conducted at General Motors Corporation. It offers a successful model for the use of anthropology in corporate settings. Learn more >>

What Can You Do With a Degree in Anthropology
Anthropology Careers Brochure (PDF)

Academic Surveys and Reports

Academic Surveys
Identify trends in the field and monitor the academic fitness of anthropology departments. Access surveys >>

Read Reports on topics ranging from Who's Teaching in US Classrooms to Race, Gender & Mentoring. Access reports >>