The discussion on this new task force is just beginning. I would love to solicit input about how we SACC-ers, individually and collectively (at our institutions, and within SACC) mentor (budding) student anthropologists.
What you send me can be free form. Let me know if I may use these ideas, comments, etc. in some condensed form in a report back to the task force. It will be great to have SACC represented in this Section Assembly Task Force, and I look forward to having the usual wonderful SACC responses (maybe no copralites here though, eh?)
] On Behalf Of Mary L. Gray
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:46 AM
Subject: [AaaSA_TFmentoring] welcome and thank you!!!
(I've made a list of who's on this mentoring task force and added it
to the end of this email)
I want to thank you all for 1) volunteering to take part in this SA
task force on mentorship and 2) your patience as we finalized the
charge, timeline, and final participant list for the task force.
The goal of the task force is to collect and critically assess SA's
"best practices" mentoring student anthropologists and nurturing their
participation and leadership in AAA sections. This TF is also called
upon to consider how to creatively improve on these "best practices"
to enhance existing mentoring strategies, particularly support
extended to underrepresented groups in the discipline. I hope you'll
be able to present a brief summary report with your top
recommendations to the SA via the listserv by April with the goal of
presenting a set of recommendations to the AAA EB at their May meeting
and any requests for resources those recommendations might entail.
I'll bring the EB's response back to you and we'll figure out then
whether you all feel the task force needs more time or if we're ready
to present recommendations to the SA at its Fall meeting in
Kim Baker and other AAA staff are available to you to map out current
practices and imagine what we might do differently. You are also
welcome to schedule teleconferences over the next 2 months to
facilitate your work. You are also asked to coordinate your efforts
with other AAA mentoring initiatives, such as the newly-constituted
Student Caucus and the Association Operations Committee's mentoring
project (and Kim can facilitate this as well).
The first request I would like to make of you is: would someone (or a
couple of someones) volunteer to serve as chair (or co-chairs) to lead
the task force or nominate a fellow member to serve as chair? The
chair would serve as the point person charged with coordinating with
Kim and the AAA staff and make sure the draft report includes feedback
and recommendations from all task force members before it is submitted
to the SAEC and SA.
Please feel free to contact me directly or reply to this list if you
have any questions or concerns.
Best and THANKS again!!!!
Mary L. Gray
Section Assembly Convenor, 2008-2010
SA Mentoring Task Force members, 2009-2010
Mary L. Gray
Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture
Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies and American Studies
800 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
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