FW: Table space at the annual meeting.
- I wanted to pass this on, but particularly to Laura. Are we interested?
From: aaasectionpresidents-bounces@... [mailto:aaasectionpresidents-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Kim Baker
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 12:44 PM
To: AAA Section Presidents ListServ
Subject: [AAA_Section_Pres_Listserv] Table space at the annual meeting.
There will be a call to sign up, beginning mid to late summer, for space at the tables in the membership booth at the annual meeting.
If anyone has any questions in the meantime, you can contact Richard Thomas or Sheron Davis in the membership department.
Have a lovely day.
Section Liaison & Governance Associate
American Anthropological Association
Vote online now until May 29th!
From: aaasectionpresidents-bounces@... [mailto:aaasectionpresidents-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Margaret Buckner
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:32 PM
To: AAA Section Presidents ListServ
Subject: Re: [AAA_Section_Pres_Listserv] clarifications and request for final comments on proposals for the EB (due by 5pm May 12)
Thanks very much, Kim.
Is there a way to sign up now for a section table for the upcoming Philly
meetings? Or should we wait until summer.
Margaret Buckner (CSAS)
On 5/12/09 1:14 PM, "Kim Baker" <kbaker@...> wrote:
> Hello All,
> I just wanted to add one small clarification to Mary's email about what needs
> to go the EB as a proposal. The Section tables at the Membership booth are not
> an EB driven activity. This is something the membership department and I
> developed several years ago from what had been a catch as catch can service at
> the annual meeting. The purpose of providing this service was redefined in
> order to let Sections have a set place to display and promote them selves for
> a period of time at the annual meeting. I have forwarded the recommendation
> made earlier to them so we can work to improve the system for next year.
> More will be distributed about this service latter this summer.
> I also wanted to let you all know that Richard Thomas, Manager of Membership,
> will be happy to discuss what is available with regard to reaching out to
> lapsed members. His email is rthomas@...
> Kimberley Baker
> Section Liaison & Governance Associate
> American Anthropological Association
> Vote online now until May 29th!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: aaasectionpresidents-bounces@...
> [mailto:aaasectionpresidents-bounces@...] On Behalf Of Mary L. Gray
> Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 1:09 PM
> To: Section Assembly
> Subject: [AAA_Section_Pres_Listserv] clarifications and request for final
> comments on proposals for the EB (due by 5pm May 12)
> Hello all (I REALLY apologize for the length of this email),
> Again, thank you for participating in the discussion of these
> proposals. I want to offer some clarifications and remind everyone
> that we need comments in by May 12 (TODAY), 5PM in order to prepare
> and submit the SA's proposals to the EB for their May 29-31 meeting.
> First, an apology: I'm sorry about the timing (and curtailed time) for
> discussion on these proposals. The delays in getting these proposals
> to you between the April 26 SAEC meeting and last Friday were entirely
> my fault. I'll make sure we schedule the SA's Executive Committee
> meeting earlier next year so we can have more time to discuss any
> proposals brought forward for the EB's spring meeting.
> 1) The recommendation that sections adopt a range of membership
> categories is not a requirement that will be imposed. It came from the
> SA Membership Task Force's findings that sections using those dues
> structures found them helpful in building their membership base
> (something almost all sections underscored as a concern in their
> annual reports). It is an example of "what's working" in efforts to
> build section membership. If sections feel they already offer enough
> that draws members and these dues enticements are unnecessary or
> redundant, they will not be required to implement them (they are
> optional but encouraged).
> 2) The suggestion that sections contribute to a pooled student travel
> award fund and rally for matching funds from the AAA was also a
> recommendation. It would not be imposed upon any section. It would be
> done on a volunteer basis. One suggestion made by a fellow SA'er: What
> if sections who do NOT currently have a student travel award and/or
> are unable to fund student travel consider pooling their resources and
> we asked the EB to match those funds for awards (distributed by the
> student caucus on the SA's behalf)? This effort would not detract from
> the wonderful work larger sections are able to do for their own
> students. It would augment it. So, to clarify further: the request
> could be the establishment of a fund that pools resources among any
> sections wishing to offer travel funds to students but with limited
> resources to do so. The donation or pledge could be anywhere from $50
> on up.
> Recap of the discussion:
> (I've cut and pasted the SAEC proposals to the end of this email. I've
> divided them up into SA-specific proposals that do not need EB
> approval and proposals for the EB. I've also folded in any
> recommendations for modifying these proposals):
> Of the 38 sections, I've heard (via the list or direct email) from:
> SVA, CSAS, AD, SANA, SEAA, SPA, SAS, SAW, and ASA (this is not
> counting members who took part in formulating these proposals as part
> of the task forces). The majority of concern seems to be about 2
> proposals--1) expanding membership categories at the section level and
> 2) pooling SA funds to create a SA-wide student travel award.
> Unless I hear from more SA members, I would like to move both
> proposals to the EB meeting as 1) a majority of the SA has not
> objected to them 2) neither imposes new rules or requirements on the
> SA as a whole and 3) these proposals come to the SA as outcomes of our
> task forces' polling of the SA and the SAEC's deliberations on them. I
> will report the disagreement expressed by several sections and make
> sure to represent these concerns to the EB in our discussion of these
> matters. I will also make sure we return to both of these items as
> part of the Section Assembly's annual meeting in Philadelphia.
> Mary L. Gray
> Section Assembly Convenor, 2008-2010
> The SAEC met the end of April to discuss the TF reports and the
> section annual reports. Your annual reports and the task forces
> identified 3 concerns we share in common: 1) a desire to develop
> strategies for increasing our membership beyond traditional university-
> based anthropology 2) great enthusiasm for and commitment to mentoring
> young scholars and 3) a desire to see changes in the format and
> accessibility of the AAA annual meetings. All the proposals below
> speak to these 3 concerns.
> HOW TO PROCEED: The SAEC would like to bring the proposals below to
> the Executive Board (at its May 29-31 meeting). If the majority of the
> SA (demonstrated through discussion on the list) supports these
> proposals, I will bring these forward as endorsements of the SA. If
> there are significant objections to specific proposals, those
> proposals will become agenda items for the Section Assembly's meeting
> in Philadelphia at the AAA annual conference. Please review these
> items below and respond directly to me or to the list with your
> Part 1: Proposals for the SA's consideration (will be reported to the
> EB but do not require their approval):
> In order to build individual section membership, encourage all
> sections to adopt and set dues for the following
> section-specific membership categories (NOTE: the majority of these
> would coincide with the AAA-wide membership categories giving new
> members a familiar reference point when choosing their membership
> category at the section level):
> *Joint (spouse or partner as defined by the AAA)
> *International A
> *International B
> *Multi-section (formally "courtesy"): sections would agree to give
> members participating in 3 or more other sections a 25% discount off
> their membership rate [multi-section members would have access to only
> 1 print journal from from their multi-section membership but would
> have electronic access to other journals through their AAA membership]
> Make the discussion of mentoring "best practices" a key agenda item at
> the Section Assembly's 2009 meeting in Philadelphia. There are many
> "best practices" to share and it would be helpful to review them and
> see what we could agree to institutionalize and implement as a
> collective deliberative body.
> Part 2: Proposals for the EB on the SA's behalf (require approval of
> the EB):
> Proposal: expansion of the AAA-level Associate Membership category.
> Associate memberships would be defined as: open to individuals who do
> not hold full time employment in university-based anthropology
> departments or work as full-time practicing anthropologists in any of
> anthropology's four fields
> Privileges: Participation in meetings and AAA activities at reduced
> rates, access to electronic publications, membership in sections and
> interest groups
> Limitations: Cannot hold AAA wide or AAA section office positions,
> cannot vote in AAA elections, do not receive hard copies of any AAA
> Proposed fee: $75.00
> Rationale: While many sections are interested in expanding their
> memberships from outside the AAA, all sections by definition
> nonetheless remain AAA-entities, which puts a heavy burden on AAA
> staff and budgets to accommodate new members who are not also members
> of the AAA as a whole. The now-freer AAA-level Associate Category is
> intended as a compromise in that direction.
> Proposal: 1-day AAA annual meetings conference registration rate
> tiered for our membership categories (meaning, regular members would
> have one rate; student members would have another rate, etc)
> Rationale: The annual meetings are a primary benefit of AAA membership
> and the most important "recruiting" venue available to us. It seems an
> important place to make as accessible as fiscally possible if we are
> to grow our membership base (particularly if we move to any new media-
> based annual meeting activities in the future)
> Proposal: more information and planning around the use of sections
> "promotional tables" during the annual meetings
> Transparency around and access to Annual Meeting fee waivers
> Proposal: allocate 1 Annual Meeting conference fee waiver to each
> section to use specifically for an international or community-based
> speaker they would like to bring to the meetings to present as part of
> a section's invited session (applicable only to conference
> participants who would fit the "associate" or "international"
> membership categories)
> Proposal (requires action by both the SA and EB): Support student
> participation in the AAA annual meetings, by asking SA sections
> currently NOT offering student travel awards to donate funds (sliding
> scale between $50-$500) for students presenting at the conference.
> These funds would augment and build on the generous support made
> available by sections able to offer student members travel awards and
> be an expression of the SA's collective sentiment that student
> participation is a critical contribution to the AAA's present and
> future. Funds raised from the sections will be pooled and the AAA will
> be asked to match what the contributing SA member sections provide.
> The funds would be distributed by the newly established Student Caucus
> which would be charged with allocating the funds to students and
> setting clear, transparent parameters for their use, focusing on
> getting funds to student scholars who are 1) presenting; 2) members of
> sections unable to support student travel awards and 3) international
> AAA student members
> Discuss the possibility of a part-time AAA staff position dedicated to
> supporting and growing student membership. This position would be
> charged with coordinating AAA and Section-based initiatives underway
> and assisting with electronic and web-based initiatives that target
> mentoring and student needs (working Sections, the Student Caucus, and
> AAA-wide efforts).
> Proposal: In an effort to support outreach to HBCUs, tribal colleges,
> and other historically marginalized intellectual communities, request
> the creation of a task force to address and actively work on
> recruitment from these constituencies constituted by leadership from
> the permanent sections, GAD, and others, and appointed by the AAA
> President in consultation with the Section Assembly Convenor
> Proposal: Add a section or index in the AAA annual meeting program on
> mentoring and create space on the top level of the AAA website
> (perhaps as a tab called "for students" highlighting AAA-wide and
> section-specific mentoring activities)
> Mary L. Gray
> Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture
> Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies
> Adjunct Faculty, American Studies and Anthropology
> Indiana University
> 800 E. 3rd Street
> Bloomington, IN 47405
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