NAPA Committee Descriptions

(Contact committee chairs through the Governing Council page or the Contact Us page)

Member Engagement Group
Member Engagement

Welcome, engage, support, and serve new and continuing members, and their constituent entities. Support the mission of NAPA by providing information about and ideas from the membership to the Governing Council and other committees. Committee Members.


Recruit and coordinate volunteers to serve on NAPA committees and as needed, and serve as a point of contact for those wishing to volunteer.

Solicit nominees for AAA elected positions;  nominate individuals from within the NAPA membership for election to NAPA offices. The Nominations Committee is chaired by the NAPA President-elect.


Communications Group (COM)
Maintain and evaluate the NAPA website, blogs, list serv, and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn);  develop other efforts by NAPA to communicate with its members and with the larger practitioner community. Develop promotional materials as needed.  Committee Members.

Solicit articles and other materials of interest to NAPA members; edit and compile materials; design and produce the NAPA newsletter, “NAPA Notes,” three times a year;  work closely with the Communications Committee on information dissemination.

Oversee the NAPA publications program, including the Annals of Anthropological Practice.


Discipline/Organizational Development Group (DOD):
Develop policy around the ethics of anthropological practice, and consider special cases. Committee Members.

Research and Studies

Evaluation TIG

OT School


Professional Development (PD)
Develop and promote NAPA mentoring programs, assign mentors, and monitor the operation of professional support for NAPA members, both professionals and students.  Committee Members.

Organizational Relations
The Committee hosts the Careers Expo each year at the AAA meeting at which new/young professional anthropologists, students, and the faculty who support them can explore a changing, diverse array of anthropological careers. For over a decade the Expo has brought together professional anthropologists from varied professional pathways to meet with hundreds of young anthropologists to provide career guidance. Committee Members.

Local Practitioner Organizations
Facilitate and assist the national network of LPOs that provide front-line resources and contact with the profession to many practitioners and students.

Program & Workshop:
Solicit and review papers and sessions for NAPA sponsorship at the AAA annual meeting.  Compile and monitor the professional program. Recruit and offer workshops to help students and practitioners to increase knowledge around theoretical, methodological, and substantive practice areas, and to develop “soft/hard” professional skills.  Workshops are made available to members and non-members at AAA and other related conferences. Committee Members.


Strategic Planning Group
Strategic Planning

Welcome To NAPA

NAPA promotes human-centered work applied to practical problems by linking a network of professional anthropologists working across employment sectors.  We support all anthropologists in bringing real solutions to communities, organizations, and policymakers, by offering advocacy, information, networks, mentoring, and continuing education.


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