Thanks for writing. I agree with your comments. I think we can find
a number of opportunities for cooperation and am copying your message
to the SACC Board and general membership.
On Jul 13, 2007, at 1:11 PM, Mike Coggeshall wrote:
> Hello, Lloyd:
> My name is Mike Coggeshall, and I'm chair of the Committee on
> Teaching Anthropology (COTA) for the General Anthropology Division
> (GAD), AAA. I'm just now getting caught up in my AAA newsletters,
> and read in the February 2007 issue (p.46) where, at your annual
> business meeting in 2006, you-all wanted to take more of a lead in
> developing AAA sessions on teaching. That's great, but -- that's
> our mandate, too. I'd like to eliminate competition and to better
> coordinate cooperation between our organizations.
> Thus, what I'd request from you-all is that we try to
> coordinate any future plans to do anything related to teaching at
> the AAA's. For example, I'm obligated (as chair of a GAD-sponsored
> committee) to hold an annual meeting, and typically I do so at the
> AAA's. However, attendance has been low (that's putting it mildly)
> in the past, and so I'd greatly appreciate it if you-all could
> watch for our COTA teaching meeting and attend! In turn, we can
> cooperate with your organization and co-sponsor whatever you'd like
> to do at the AAA's regarding teaching.
> For the past several years, we've offered a Round-Table at the
> AAA's on teaching strategies, and would greatly appreciate your
> support (attendance/participation) with that endeavor, too. We
> plan to offer the round-tables again in 2008, so please watch the
> GAD column for more information, or come to the COTA meeting this
> As you probably know, Pat Rice and David McCurdy have also
> offered their "Teaching Tricks" session at the AAA's, and will be
> doing so again this fall. They would appreciate your support there
> as well.
> I've also tried to contact NASA, but they really don't seem
> all that interested in teaching (right now) in their careers. That
> of course will change as they begin to find a niche in the academic
> If there are any other ways we can cooperate, please keep in
> touch. I look forward to seeing your members at our meeting this
> fall -- we need your input!
> Mike Coggeshall
> Clemson University