By Nancy Romero-Daza
University of South Florida
By Lisa Henry
University of North Texas
By Susan Hyatt
The Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA) is accepting applications for the Visiting Fellow Program (VFP). The VFP provides an award of up to $2,000 to a COPAA member department to sponsor a visit by either practitioners or applied faculty who can contribute their skills and knowledge to the department’s existing curriculum. Funds can be used for travel costs and honorarium, and the actual visit can include a variety of activities depending on the needs of the department and the expertise of the visiting fellow. Detailed information about the award and the application process can be found at http://www.copaa.info/resources_for_programs/visiting_fellows_program__2012-2013-1.pdf. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. COPAA will announce the award during its business meeting (Wed. March 28th 6:00-7:30, Mencken) in Baltimore.
For the 2012 SfAA meeting, COPAA is sponsoring a session entitled “Undergraduate Applied Anthropology Program Development: Designing a Bachelor’s Degree for Entry into Job Markets and Graduate Schools”, to be held on Thursday from 12:00 to 1:20 in Poe. The session, chaired by Faith Warner (Bloomsburg U-Penn), Lisa Henry (U N Texas), and Bill Roberts (St. Mary’s College) is one of the first to focus exclusively on applied anthropology training for undergraduates, and should be of interest to many departments seeking to strengthen their bachelor programs. In addition, COPAA would like to recommend the following sessions that emphasize education and training, as well as the work of graduate students from different programs: “Teaching Applied Ethnography: The LOC/GMU Field School” (Wed 8:00-9:50, Preston); “Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist: A Workshop for Students Seeking Non-Academic Careers” (Wed. 10:00-11:50, Calhoun); “Linking Education and Communities” (Thursday 8:00-9:50, Peale); “Anthropological Approaches to Public Policy Teaching and Training” (Thursday 12:00-1:20, Calhoun); “Applying Anthropology as Professional Development: Students’ Perspectives” (Friday 1:30-3:20 Peale); “Super City!: The Impact of the 2012 Super Bowl on Indianapolis’ Residents and Neighborhoods” (Wednesday 3:30-5:20, Pratt A); and “This Is Anthropology: A Public Response to a Public Threat” (Friday 8:00-9:50, Schaefer).
COPAA is seeking a graduate student representative to serve on the leadership team. The student representative will serve for a two year term and will advise all COPAA members on student issues, help guide the development of SfAA sessions relevant to COPAA’s mission and student issues, recruit other students to get involved, and attend the annual SfAA COPAA business meeting. COPAA will provide the student representative $500/year for travel to the SfAAs. Nominations (including a letter from a faculty member and a short statement from the nominee about his/her experience) should be submitted to Lisa Henry firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 2012.
Please visit our website to obtain additional information about COPAA’s activities as well as to find resources for applied programs and for individual faculty and students http://www.copaa.info/programs_in_aa/list.htm#sc13.