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Registration Now Open for the AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute

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May 22, 2018


The AAA is pleased to announce the first Summer Institute for department chairs, and also directors of graduate/undergraduate studies. It will be held Wednesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 21, 2018 on the campus of the George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

The aim is to create opportunities for chairs to take part in face-to-face conversations about the various challenges that department leaders face in administering their departments and share successful practices for dealing with these challenges.

We have received special funding for this inaugural event, so there is no fee to register this year. Participants will be responsible for covering their own travel and lodging expenses. AAA will provide ample meals, including an opening reception and dinner on the evening of Tuesday, June 19, and throughout the 1.5-day event on Wednesday and Thursday.

Topics that will be covered include:

We hope this will become a bi-annual event, with free or reduced registration fee as a benefit of Department Services Program membership. In the spirit of a pilot project, we hope that participants will help make this productive, no matter whether you are just stepping into your role or have been there for a while.

Click here to register. You will first be sent to a login page at the AAA website, and then directly to a page describing the preliminary program. The registration deadline is May 22, 2018. 
The George Washington University campus is easily accessible by Metro. 

AAA has not secured a room block for the Summer Institute. You should make your own lodging arrangements. There are many options in the Foggy Bottom area, close to George Washington University or near a metro stop for easy access. We cannot guarantee availability at any of the options provided. Listed below are a few options with rates, according to

  • Tabard Inn - $180/night
  • Joud Residence - $185/night
  • Hotel Hive - $219/night
  • ARC The Hotel - $266/night
  • Hotel Lombardy - $274/night
Please direct any questions you may have to Daniel Ginsberg.
Special Program Highlights 
Anthropologists in Academic Leadership: An Ethnographic Approach to Management in Colleges and Universities
Medical anthropologist Susan Scrimshaw will give an address titled "Anthropologists in Academic Leadership: An Ethnographic Approach to Management in Colleges and Universities."
Dr. Scrimshaw is a former associate director of the Latin American Center and associate dean of public health at UCLA, and a former dean of the School of Public Health at UIC, as well as a past president of Simmons College and The Sage Colleges. She is a AAA and AAAS Fellow, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1993.

Guest Speaker Susan Mazur-Stommen

Susan Mazur-Stommen is an anthropologist who has researched culture, behavior, and sustainability for over twenty years. Dr. Mazur-Stommen founded Indicia Consulting LLC in 2006 to bring ethnography to a wider audience. Indicia Consulting defines its primary purpose as an increase in sustainability by using proven social science insights and methods. Dr. Mazur-Stommen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. She received both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She is a Fulbright recipient and a former Smithsonian Institution fellow. She was the co-chair for the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference from 2011-2014, and serves as Vice President for the national board EcoWomen, as well as one of the Practitioner Seats on the AAA’s MPAAC.


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