COSWA Workshop: Pathways to Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist
Please distribute the following Workshop announcement. Note that this
"special event" is NOT included on the AAA preliminary program's workshop
Apologies for cross-postings.
Tara L. Hefferan, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
614 W. Superior St.
Alma, MI 48801
Email: hefferan at alma.edu
Pathways To Becoming A Practicing Anthropologist
Sponsored by AAA Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology
DATE: 11/17/2006 (Friday)
TIME: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
ROOM: Meeting Room B4-Concourse-San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Do you have an interest in working outside the academy? Have you had
trouble finding practical resources within your department? Would you like
the opportunity to connect with like-minded students and professionals? The
Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology (COSWA) is sponsoring a
special Workshop, where practicing anthropologists will discuss, and address
questions from participants, regarding training, opportunities, and
experiences of women in numerous realms of practitioner anthropology,
including human rights work, forensic anthropology, archaeology and the
corporate world. Discussion among participants is encouraged. Both
students and professionals with interests in practitioner anthropology are
invited to attend. No pre-registration is necessary.
Rita Denny (Practica Group, LLC) specializes in American consumer culture,
focusing on culturally based meanings of products and services in everyday
life, applying these findings to advertising positioning, new product and
brand development, and corporate communication strategies. Her projects have
included a focus on dogs and their owners, book and music lovers, the
integration of hi-tech into home life, the metaphors of computing, the
culture of drugs, meanings of health and the culture of corporate giving.
She, often with Patricia Sunderland, has written about ethnographic methods
and the challenges of doing anthropology in consumer research for audiences
as diverse as commercial practice, academic marketing and anthropology.
Teresita Majewski, Ph.D., RPA is chief operating officer of Statistical
Research, Inc., a cultural resources consulting firm with offices throughout
the western United States and Canada. She is also an associate research
professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona,
where she teaches classes in historical archaeology. For many years, she has
been active in working with graduate students and young professionals to
help them learn the skills necessary to bridge the gap between academic
training in anthropology and careers as practicing anthropologists.
Victoria Sanford is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Lehman College,
City University of New York. She is the author of Buried Secrets: Truth
and Human Rights in Guatemala (2003), Violencia y Genocidio en Guatemala
(2003), and La Masacre de Panzós (2006) as well as co-editor (with Asale
Angel-Ajani) of Engaged Observer: Anthropology, Advocacy and Activism
(2006). She has conducted field research on human rights, displacement,
women's human rights, and child soldiers in Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador,
Nicaragua, El Salvador and South Africa.
In this workshop, Dr. Sanford will draw on her experience as an engaged
observer conducting human rights research with national and international
NGOs to discuss career pathways available to anthropologists outside of
Heather Walsh-Haney is a forensic anthropologist and visiting instructor at
Florida Gulf Coast University, in the College of Professional Studies,
Department of Justice Studies and full member of the American Academy of
Forensic Sciences. As a DMORT (Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team)
member, she participated in the recovery of victims from the World Trade
Center attacks and Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, she is the consulting
anthropologist for the Bermuda Special Crimes Task Force and Florida Medical
Examiner Districts 3, 4, 5, 20 and 21, as well as a Mummy Investigator with
Discovery Channels show Mummy Autopsy. As a mummy investigator, she has
examined ancient remains from Egypt, Scotland and the Wild West. Lastly, she
helped to create and has taught short courses entitle Bugs, Bones, and
Botany© for forensic practitioners, students, and teachers for nearly 10
years. She has co-authored the edited volume, The Forensic Anthropology
Laboratory with Michael W. Warren for CRC Press.
For additional information please contact co-organizers Patricia Wattenmaker
(paw3u@...) or Tara Hefferan (heffera2@...).