From Mary Odell Butler:
It’s a great time to be a practicing anthropologist. The opportunities for us to contribute to the significant changes occurring in the US and around the world have never been greater. As we approach the AAA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, it’s time for all of us to think of where NAPA has been, where we want to go in the coming year and how we can begin to prepare for it. I really hope that you will join us for all of the things that NAPA will be doing in Philadelphia.
NAPA has moved forward with some of the things that are part of the NAPA Strategic Plan completed last year. One of the first things we have addressed is the lack of guidance for anthropologists who wish to build careers in practice either at the entry level or at midcareer. During 2009, Tom Greaves assembled a Task Force on Mentoring to help improve services to anthropologists seeking to enter practice. The Mentoring Task Force will tell us about what it has found at the NAPA Governing Council meeting on December 3 and the NAPA Annual Business meeting on December 4.
The development of an ethics code for the future is a critically important issue for NAPA and for practitioners generally. At the 2009 AAA Business meeting, the AAA Ethics Committee will present the results of the comprehensive review of the Code of Ethics.
I cannot over-emphasize the importance of a big practitioner presence at this meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 6:30pm (Program # 1-182). The position taken by the Association is crucial to the future of practitioners within AAA.