Dear Fellow MAs (and a few PhDs, too):
Some of you know I am working
with AAA to run an online survey designed to understand career trajectories
of MAs. It's really a groundbreaking survey and the trick is going to be
getting as many people to take is as possible. So, dear ones, I am sending you
this for two reasons. First, please take the survey. The URL is below.
Second, please forward the message below to as many MAs as you know (PhDs are
OK too, esp. those who may have had a gap between MA and PhD).
This is our big chance to make known what we are doing, if and how grad
school education played a role in our careers, and what associations can do
to meet our needs. If you don't take the survey, don't complain about
A few of you provided beta testing for the survey so you won't be able to
take it again, but please forward it to your contacts.
This will probably be the only message I send you, so please don't make me
beg. It's not pretty. Read below, forward it on, and take the survey!
This is an invitation to take an online survey. But not
just any survey.
Each year there are at least 1,000 anthropology Masters
degree graduates in North America. Most of them vanish, and are never heard
from again, at least in anthropological circles.
Where do they go? What are their career patterns?
We want to find out, and need your help to do so. The AAA
Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest
Anthropology (CoPAPIA) is launching an effort to survey anyone who has
ever received a Masters in anthropology from a North American institution
prior to 2008. As far as we know this is the most comprehensive effort ever
undertaken to get feedback from anthropology Masters graduates and understand
where their degrees have taken them.
Below is a link to the online survey. Please think of at
least one MA you know of who has been “lost” to anthropology (i.e., someone
who earned an anthropology MA, but does not belong to an association, does
not attend annual meetings, does not contribute to anthropological journals
or newsletters, etc.), and forward them this message, asking them to forward
it in turn. This networking is absolutely vital to the success of the survey.
You may also submit this to relevant list serves and other media.
The anonymous survey takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes
to complete. Details and information about the survey can be found on a
CoPAPIA information web page at
http://www.aaanet.org/cmtes/copapia/MAalumnisurvey.cfm. Queries can be
directed to MASurvey2009@....
Those who wish to take the survey can go to the following
Thank you for your crucial assistance in making this
survey a success.