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AAA Resource Panel for External Tenure and Promotion Review and External Program Review

On this page you will find a list of individuals with the expertise and knowledge to evaluate the accomplishments and contributions of practicing, applied, and public interest anthropological scholarship, and of the academic programs in applied, practicing, and publically engaged departments. These individuals have volunteered their services to the AAA. AAA provides this information as a service to its members and does not recommend any particular reviewer. The biographical information and statements of expertise are provided by the reviewers. AAA bears no responsibility for the content.

Resource Panel Reviewers are listed below in alphabetical order, complete with their CV and statement of expertise. Their availability to serve as external reviewers for tenure and promotion (T&P) applicants and/or external review of program is also indicated. Please contact reviewers directly by email.

Please feel free to contact Daniel Ginsberg, AAA Manager of Education, Research and Professional Development, with any suggestions or questions. 


Marietta L. Baba

Marietta L. Baba
Michigan State University, College of Social Science
Available for consultation on program review
Marietta L. Baba is Dean of the College of Social Science, Professor of Anthropology, and Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Her most recent publication is “Language Policy in Practice: Re-bordering the Nation,” in International Migration, 2013, with Carla Dahl-Jorgensen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr. Baba’s research interests include the anthropology of work, organizations and institutions; the anthropology of policy; and the history and theory of applied and practicing anthropology. She is Co-President Elect of the Association for the Anthropology of Policy, a section of the American Anthropological Association. View CV.


Alex W. Barker Alex Barker
Director, Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Alex Barker is Director of the University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, an AAM-accredited, university-based museum.  Barker has served as Treasurer of the Society for American Archaeology, President of the Council for Museum Anthropology, and Convenor of the 40 professional societies comprising the AAA.  He has chaired numerous museum accreditation and Museum Assessment Program visiting teams, and received awards from the AAM for his work in museum assessment and the SAA for his work in promoting archaeological ethics.  His museum work has been supported by grants from the NEH and IMLS and his research (southeastern US and Bronze Age Eastern Europe) by grants from NSF, Wenner-Gren, National Geographic and American Philosophical Society, among others.  Recent publications include the 2012 volume All The Kings Horses: Essays on the Impact of Looting and the Illicit Antiquities Trade on our Knowledge of the Past from the SAA Press, "Provenience, Provenance and Context" in The Future of Our Pasts from the School for Advanced Research, and "Exhibiting Archaeology: Archaeology in Museums" for Annual Reviews in Anthropology. View CV.


Elizabeth Briody Elizabeth K. Briody
Founder and Principal, Cultural Keys, LLC
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Elizabeth K. Briody, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist and founder of the consulting firm Cultural Keys LLC which focuses on improving organizational effectiveness and understanding and reaching customers.Recent publications include The Cultural Dimension of Global Business (with Gary P. Ferraro – Pearson, 2013), and Transforming Culture (with Robert T. Trotter, II and Tracy L. Meerwarth – Palgrave, 2010).She is Past President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology and an adjunct professor at several universities. View CV.


Chip Colwell Chip Colwell
Curator of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Denver
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
My applied work is in the realm of heritage management, museum curation, collaborative methods, and research ethics. I currently serve as Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and have held fellowships with the Center for Desert Archaeology, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and U.S. Fulbright Program. I have published nearly 50 articles and book chapters, and 9 books, many of which have received honors, including the National Council on Public History Book Award and the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association. I was recently elected to the Committee on Public Policy (American Anthropological Association) and Board of Directors (Society for American Archaeology). View CV.


TJ Ferguson T. J. Ferguson
Professor, University of Arizona
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I currently have a .50 FTE tenured appointment as a professor of anthropology in the School of Anthropology of the University of Arizona. I dedicate the rest of my time to running Anthropological Research, LLC, a research company that specializes in historic preservation, repatriation, and land and water rights research. I apply archaeological and ethnographic methods in my research. I will bring my experience in applied anthropology within and outside the academy to bear in assisting this new AAA panel. View CV.


Judith Freidenberg Judith N. Freidenberg
University of Maryland, Department of Anthropology
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Judith Freidenberg's major interests are in applied and public anthropology.She has conducted research in the United States, Argentina, and with US nationals abroad.  Her topical interests are applied health research, international immigration, ethnography, museum studies and aging.  She serves as a consultant to the national research foundation in Argentina and provides technical assistance to service organizations in immigrant neighborhoods.  She is Director of the Museum Scholarship and Material Culture and Material Culture for the University of Maryland and co-editor of Practicing Anthropology. She wishes to contribute to the assessment of applied and public anthropologists the ability to disseminate and use anthropological findings to different audiences and in different languages. View CV.


Mary L. Gray Mary L. Gray
Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Mary L. Gray is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, an interdisciplinary, basic research lab sponsored by Microsoft Corp. She maintains an appointment as an Associate Professor of The Media School, with adjunct appointments in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, at Indiana University. She also holds an adjunct position at the IIIT-Delhi. She studied anthropology before receiving her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California at San Diego in 2004. She draws on this anthropologically-grounded, interdisciplinary background to study how people use digital and social media in everyday ways to shape their social identities and create spaces for themselves. Her most recent book, "Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America" (NYU Press), examined how lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender young people negotiate and express their identities in rural parts of the United States and the role that digital media play in their lives and political work. She is currently studying the political and economic impact of technological innovation, focusing on the expansion of digital labor and recent shifts to “sharing economies” in global technology markets. She served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association from 2008 until 2010, was appointed to the AAA's Committee on Public Policy in 2012, and chaired the 2014 Executive Program Committee for the AAA’s 113th Annual Meeting. View CV.


William Green William Green
James E. Lockwood Jr. Director, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Beloit College
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I am an archaeologist and museum anthropologist. In addition to directing the AAM-accredited Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College, I teach anthropology and museum studies courses and chair Beloit’s museum studies program. Previously, I served as State Archaeologist of Iowa, directing the University of Iowa’s Office of the State Archaeologist and also teaching anthropology courses. Earlier positions included research and administrative jobs at the Wisconsin Historical Society and Western Illinois University. I have conducted program evaluations for academic museums and research/service units as well as promotion and tenure reviews for anthropologists in a variety of settings. My current research focuses on North American paleoethnobotany and ethnohistory and on North African prehistory and paleoecology, and I am also engaged in NAGPRA-related research and consultations. View CV.


Robert A. Hahn Robert A. Hahn
Coordinating Scientist, Guide to Community Preventive Services, Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services | Epidemiology and Analysis 
Available for consultation on Program Review
Robert A. Hahn has served as an epidemiologist at the CDC since 1986 and is a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service. He received his doctorate in anthropology at Harvard University (1976) and his master of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington (1986).  He has published studies on a variety of topics, including chronic diseases, syphilis, AIDS, obstetrics and internal medicine, perinatal ethics, racial and ethnic classification in public health, poverty and death, blindness and breast cancer, and the nocebo phenomenon. He is the author of Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective (Yale, 1995) and editor of Anthropology and Public Health: Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford, 2009). In 1998 - 1999, he worked as a Capitol Hill fellow in the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans' Affairs and in the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Since 2000, he has led the conduct of systematic reviews on interventions to prevent youth violence and excessive alcohol consumption for the Guide to Community Preventive Services.  He is currently leads systematic reviews interventions to promote health equity. View CV.


Phillip R. Herr Phillip R. Herr
Managing Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
As a practicing anthropologist who has spent a career outside of academia while continuing to work with professors and applied researchers, I believe an external person can provide a useful perspective on promotion and tenure decisions, and also contribute to contextually sophisticated evaluations of anthropology programs.  I believe an external perspective can also provide an opportunity for a department to benefit from a fresh look at how students are being prepared for careers as applied researchers. View CV.


S Homes Hogue S. Homes Hogue
Professor, Ball State University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I have been involved in tenure and promotion deliberations at Mississippi State University (BA/BS Anthropology; MA  Applied Anthropology) and Ball State University (BA/BS Anthropology; MA  Anthropology) and I strongly support the use of external reviewers. My research interests include bioarchaeology and faunal analysis and I have extensive experience in Southeastern archaeology.  As chair, I was responsible for the department's 2008 external review so I understand the importance of having a strong advocate for the department. View CV.


Susan Hyatt Sue Hyatt
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Dr. Susan Hyatt is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). During the 1980s, prior to returning to the University of Massachusetts Amherst to complete her PhD, she spent 8 years working as a community organizer in Southwest Chicago.  As a result of this experience, she became committed to incorporating community collaborative projects into her teaching. After 8 ½ years teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia, in 2005, she moved to the Indianapolis branch of Indiana University, where she founded the state’s first MA program in Applied Anthropology.  In 2010, the Indiana Campus Compact awarded her with the Brian Hiltunen Award for the Outstanding Scholarship of Civic Engagement and in 2012, she received the Chancellor’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. View CV.


Micki Iris Micki Iris
Director Leonard Schanfield Research Institute CJE SeniorLife
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I have worked as an applied anthropologist for over 30 years, in a variety of settings and roles, with a predominant focus on programs and services for older adults. I have served as an independent contractor for evaluation studies of new programs, conducted research studies funded by national organizations, foundations, the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Justice. From 1989 to 2005 I served on the faculty at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, and currently hold an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine, where I teach Qualitative Research Methods in the Masters in Public Health Program.  From 1998 to 2003, I served as Director of the Northwestern University Ethnographic Field School.  I am now retired as the Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute at CJE SeniorLife in Chicago.  The Research Institute conducts independent research studies, evaluation studies, and provides technical support to other organizations regarding evaluation capacity-building and measurement of program outcomes. My research interests continue to focus on protective services for older adults, including those suffering from elder abuse and self-neglect. My work is highly collaborative, and involves direct engagement with numerous community-based organizations and social service programs. View CV.


Ann T. Jordan Ann T. Jordan
Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of North Texas
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I consider the careful consideration of faculty for promotion and tenure as well as the reasoned evaluation of anthropology programs in external review to be two of the significant tasks anthropologists conduct in the academy.  These tasks importantly speak to our preservation of the highest of standards in our academic profession.  I would value an opportunity to participate in the Tenure and Promotion Resource Panel. View CV.


Ann Kakaliouras Ann Kakaliouras
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Whittier College
Available for consultation on T&P External Review
I am a trained bioarchaeologist with specialties in paleopathology, biodistance, and the American South and Midwest. Most of my publication record, however, concerns Native American repatriation. My current work is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection between anthropology and the history and cultural study of science. I am particularly interested in the ways in which Physical Anthropologists, throughout the 20th century, produced their specific disciplinary concept of the 'Indian' (Native American). View CV.


Sunil Khanna Sunil Khanna
Associate Provost for International Programs and Professor of Anthropology, Oregon State University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
In my professional career, I have put into practice my academic training in biological and cultural anthropology, teaching expertise, and research experience to become an applied medical anthropologist. Broadly, my areas of expertise include medical anthropology, biocultural anthropology, qualitative/quantitative research methods, and public anthropology. I have considerable experience in intervention research, organizational capacity building, and policy/program development evaluation. As a member of COPAA, I have worked collaboratively with other COPAA colleagues to promote a comprehensive understanding of the relevance of applied anthropology to anthropological teaching and research. My most recent work as part of COPAA's leadership team involved making a strong case to promote the role of applied scholarship for tenure and promotion in universities across the U.S. As an applied anthropologist working at a major land-grant research university, I am acutely aware of the challenges applied anthropologists face while preparing their t&p dossiers, especially in terms of making a case for the value of applied scholarship to the discipline and beyond. I have also served on numerous t&p committees at various levels within the university and look forward to contributing as member of the Tenure and Promotion Resource Panel. View CV.


William Leap William Leap
Professor and former Chair, Department of Anthropology, American University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
My career has integrated work in public anthropology, language and culture studies and queer theory/sexuality studies, to address topics as varied as "minority language" renewal projects, American Indian English, discussions of AIDS in political and personal conversation, and linguistic practices connecting masculinity and same-sex desire in US locations and in the global circulations (including. media, militarism, and tourism.) I served as chair of American University's Department of Anthropology for ten years, during which time our department expanded the MA program 's public anthropology focus and strengthened the doctoral program's commitments to race, gender and social justice studies. I coordinated the university-mandated program review of our graduate program (2010-2011) and I have served on external review panels invited to be part of the program review process for anthropology departments at other universities. View CV.


Jeff Maskovsky
Queens College, Department of Urban Studies
Available for consultation on Program Review
Jeff Maskovsky is Associate Professor and Acting Chair of Urban Studies at Queens College.  He is also a faculty member in Anthropology and in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  His research and writing focus on urban poverty, grassroots activism and political economic change in the United States. His publications include two co-edited volumes, New Poverty Studies: The Ethnography of Power, Politics and Impoverished People in the United States (NYU Press 2001) and Rethinking America: The Imperial Homeland in the 21st Century (Paradigm Press 2009) and a forthcoming monograph, Poverty and the Fight for Life in the New Inner City. Maskovsky has collaborated with community groups, non-profit organizations and health policy experts to found several innovative community health and HIV treatment education programs targeting youth, sexual minorities, low-income people, and people of color. View CV.


Riall W. Nolan Riall W. Nolan
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Purdue University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Throughout my career, I have been interested in two main things: how to use anthropology outside the university (where it is clearly so very useful and so very needed), and, in an obverse sort of way, how to do a better job of training students for the challenges and opportunities which await them, both inside and outside the academy. My main areas of activity – and interest – would include international development, cross-cultural learning and adjustment, and organizational culture. I've made these topics central in many of my writings and presentations. I suppose that overall, I'm basically interested in how we learn about other cultures (in the broadest possible sense) and how we decide what to do with what we learn. View CV.


James N. Nyce James N. Nyce
Ball State Department of Anthropology | Lund University, Sweden
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I am not alone in wanting to see anthropology expand its interests to include more of the issues  that characterize (and perplex) complex, modern Western society.  Nor am I alone in believing that the little attention anthropology has paid to central features of modernity like technology has weakened the discipline empirically and analytically.  Nor am I the only anthropologist who has argued that the discipline’s methods and theory, i.e., what we have written on social life can have value for researchers outside the discipline.  However few anthropologists have spent as much of their career as I have demonstrating how much anthropology can strengthen the scientific work of other disciplines. The anthropological theme that runs through all my work is how is knowledge  can be used to “do things” in everyday life and it is this theme that has allowed me to connect to seemingly disparate issues and problems inside and outside the discipline. View CV.


Jason Pribilsky
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Whitman College
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I am an associate professor in the Anthropology Department at Whitman College (Washington State) and Division Chair of the Social Sciences. I also hold joint appointments in the College's Race and Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies programs. My research interests include: history of anthropology, science studies, transnational migration and indigenous politics. I have carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes, as well as among Ecuadorian migrants in New York City. I have served in various AAA roles as a society councilor, editor, and interest group chair. I am particularly interested in assisting with external reviews of small anthropology and combined sociology-anthropology programs at liberal arts institutions, and have participated in reviews of both. I am particularly attuned to the needs and challenges of departmental relationships with interdisciplinary programs and majors. In my home institution, I have also served on the committee responsible for tenure and promotion and am prepared to help with outside review of faculty. View CV.


Martha W. Rees Martha W. Rees
Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Agnes Scott College
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Experience as adjunct, professor, chair and head in US and Mexican research institutes, universities, and colleges; in four field, cultural and joint departments, including public health and sociology, in MA departments and liberal arts environments. My view is that reviews should be learning and formative opportunities that improve educational institutions. View CV.


Cheryl R. Rodriguez Cheryl R. Rodriguez
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Africana Studies; Director, Institute of Black Life-Center for Africa and the Diaspora. University of South Florida
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez is chair of the Department of Africana Studies and Director of the Institute on Black Life at the University of South Florida.Her research interests include: community ethnography, public housing policy, women and gender in Africa and the Diaspora, and community-based organizations for youth. Trained in applied anthropology, she has participated in a broad range of applied and theoretical research projects in these areas.Since 1994, Dr. Rodriguez has directed several community history projects and is currently collecting oral histories of Black neighborhoods in Tampa. In 2000, Dr. Rodriguez co-directed a project on the impact of the Federal HOPE VI program on women and children in the U. S. public housing system.This project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities.Dr. Rodriguez has conducted extensive research on programs for youth in low-income communities, including research on the Youth Opportunities Movement in Louisiana and Florida. View CV.


Nancy Rosenberger Nancy Rosenberger
Professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Language, Culture, and Society, Oregon State University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Having served on various tenure and promotion committees at departmental and college levels, I realize the difficulties that anthropologists, and particularly applied anthropologists, face in their paths towards tenure and promotion. Because their work often does not fit the general mold of research in the humanities and social sciences, the worthiness of their accomplishments need to be framed in such a way that other scholars can understand them. The Guidelines recently adopted by the AAA are excellent, and I would hope that my work on this Resource Panel would aid in promulgating them effectively. Because I teach in an Applied Anthropology Department with undergraduates, Masters, and PhD programs, I am also interested in participating in site visits where I can be of use in assessing and improving programs around the country. View CV.


Robert Rotenberg Robert Rotenberg
Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, DePaul University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I have been involved in applied research from the time I left graduate school and throughout my tenure as a professor in a liberal arts college. I am a linguistically-oriented ethnographer with experience in both European and North American urban populations. I have conducted several smaller projects for clients and one large, three year, multi-site project. I have worked with community non-profits, national non-profits and museums. I have served on an AAA external program review team and was the lead report writer for that panel. Perhaps more appropriate to the position you are seeking to fill, I have managed a successful undergraduate applied curriculum for ten years, hiring, and eventually tenuring, applied ethnographers and community archaeologists, while graduating over a hundred students with a strong applied orientation. I have served on my college's P&T committee and have seen how applied research is presented and assessed across departments. I am interested in serving in this position because I feel my experience in both program assessment and evaluation of applied scholars seeking tenure and promotion is broad enough to address the range of programs and colleagues the AAA tenure and promotion resource panel. View CV.


Robert Rubenstein Robert Rubenstein
Professor, Anthropology and International Relations, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
My professional career has included work both outside and within the academy. Thus, I have a good understanding of the role of external review in promotion and program development. In my professional career I have worked for and with the Atlanta Public School System, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ford Foundation, and the United Nations, among others.  I've also had considerable experience in academic administration, serving as the assistant to the vice-president for planning at the University of Chicago and directing the Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts, in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where I am now Professor of Anthropology and International Relations. I've served on many program reviews and as an external referee for tenure and promotion cases. I served for a decade on the University-wide Committee on Academic Freedom, Tenure and Professional Ethics (and chaired that committee for 3 years).  I am currently in my third year as chair of the University-wide Committee on Appointment and Promotion.  I was the 2010 recipient of the American Anthropological Association's Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. I've published widely in the areas of peace and conflict studies and in medical anthropology and was the editor in chief of Social Justice: Anthropology, Peace and Human Rights. View CV.


Andrea P. Sankar Andrea P. Sankar
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Andrea Sankar is a professor in the WSU Department of Anthropology and director of the Medical Anthropology Program. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and in the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. For the last 15 years she has conducted research on community-based care. These were multidisciplinary projects focusing on the de-institutionalization of health care and the increased sophistication of health care delivered at home. Since 1995 her research has focused on the cultural meaning and social impact of HIV on sero-positive African Americans and their families. She is currently the principal investigator in an interdisciplinary study of HIV+ African Americans who are taking anti-retroviral medication that is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. CV forthcoming. 


Jean J. Schensul Jean J. Schensul
Department of Community Medicine and Health Care The Exchange
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I have been involved at the interface of academically and non-academically based anthropology for the past 35 years, in areas that span medical, educational, urban and global anthropology. As an applied anthropologist with a community research base, I am very well aware of the challenges and complexities of conducting rigorous, scholarly applied research, and publishing and otherwise disseminating the results to multiple audiences. Applied faculty must respond to their community, clinical, organizational and policy-regulation related constituencies, the skills and capacities required to build infrastructure for applied work, the types of report and other communications formats that are called for especially when disseminating to multiple publics, and the rigors of interdisciplinary intervention research. I have been involved in efforts especially in public health, to change the approaches to tenure and promotion for applied public health faculty, and to support alternative opportunities for peer reviewed products above and beyond scholarly papers. I would welcome the opportunity to support similar approaches in anthropology. View CV.


Stephen Schensul Stephen Schensul
Professor of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT and Anthropology, University of Connecticut, Storrs.
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
My post-graduate career over the last four decades has focused on the development and implementation of community-based research and the translation of research results into community development in Chicago, Miami and Hartford, CT and in international sites. Since 1991, my focus has been on the prevention of sexual risk and HIV/STI through funded research in Mauritius, Sri Lanka and in the last decade in India. These international projects have been community-based and conducted in collaboration with in-country research and intervention colleagues. I am interested in serving on the Tenure and Promotion Resource Panel because I feel that anthropology and the academy needs to develop a greater understanding of the achievements of applied anthropologists and other researchers and to find a way to evaluate those achievements as a component of the tenure and promotion process. I feel that I can contribute to the development of methods for that evaluation based on my experience as an applied medical anthropologist. View CV.


Paul A. Shackel
Paul A. Shackel
Professor & Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I am a professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland (UM). Prior to coming to UM in 1997 I worked for 7 ½ years for the National Park Service (NPS), combining compliance work with research questions related to class and labor. I continue to work with the NPS as a PI on various research projects in the National Capital Region and the Northeast Region. These projects serve as training opportunities in applied archaeology for undergraduates and graduate students. In 2004, I was awarded a 3-year National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates that allowed me to partner with other institutions to train undergraduates in archaeology and explore issues of race, class and ethnicity on the Illinois western frontier. The development of civic engagement activities became an important part of this archaeological program. I am now developing a project that includes oral histories and archeology of a labor massacre that occurred in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania in 1897. The project explores issues of migration in the past and the present. Since I became a full professor in 2002 I have reviewed an average of two tenure and promotion cases a year. In the past three years I have served as an external reviewer for several anthropology programs. I am interested in evaluating the tenure and promotion of faculty members as well as being an external program reviewer. I believe that my background and experience will be beneficial to the AAA tenure and promotion resource panel. View CV. 


Will Sibley Will Sibley
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, Cleveland State University (OH)
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Throughout my teaching career, I attempted to bridge the frequent intellectual gaps between traditional anthropology and anthropology in the "real world," an environment in which a substantial proportion especially of newly minted anthropologists work. View CV.


Elisa Sobo Elisa Sobo
Professor, Department of Anthropology, San Diego State University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
A leading medical anthropologist and methodologist, Elisa (EJ) Sobo is President Elect of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), on the Steering Committee of the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG), and a recent past co-chair of the Committee on Public Policy (CoPP). In addition to serving the American Anthropological Association (AAA) through these offices, Dr. Sobo belongs to the editorial boards of Anthropology & Medicine, Medical Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and she has served on the Royal Anthropological Institute's Medical Committee in the UK. EJ publishes extensively in major social science, health care, and medical journals and is author, co-author, or co-editor of twelve books, including The Cultural Context of Health, Illness, and Medicine, 2d ed, (Praeger 2010), Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research (Left Coast 2009), and Child Health Services Research: Applications, Innovations, and Insights (Jossey-Bass 2003). She is currently working on two studies of pediatric vaccine refusal and delay by parents; a third project concerns how ethnomedical understandings about healthy child development affect educational strategies and standards, particularly in the Waldorf or Steiner education system. View CV.


Donald D. Stull Donald D. Stull
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Kansas University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
My professional background as a nonacademic practicing anthropologist, an academic applied anthropologist, and a departmental chair give me the experience to make a substantive contribution to the work of this panel. I have chaired several departmental promotion and tenure committees at the University of Kansas. In addition, I have been an external evaluator for a number of applied anthropologists who were being considered for promotion and tenure, and I have served on external review teams of anthropology departments.  I am a former editor-in-chief of Human Organization and past president of the Society for Applied Anthropology. I am interested in serving on these panels concerned with evaluating scholarship in the realm of Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology because what we do as anthropologists is attempt to make a difference in the world. View CV.


Deborah A. Thomas Deborah A. Thomas
Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Available for consultation on T&P External Review
While our own academic scholarship may do some of this, the much larger majority of our undergraduate students are not going into graduate school, but are using their anthropological knowledge and methodological experiences within other fields, and making a difference in that way.  Within the academy, scholars who work within this rubric are often not recognized as doing cutting-edge work, though they are often the ones making the public interventions that matter most to people on the ground.  I'm happy to be part of a team that will be concerned to guide promotion committees on the sorts of qualities, work, and publications that make a tenure-able dossier for someone working in Practicing, Applied, or Public Interest Anthropology, helping them to think about modes of review and evaluation that are relevant and appropriate. View CV.


MIguel Vasquez Miguel Vasquez
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I am an applied anthropologist who has worked with Latino, Native American, African American, and Southeast Asian refugee communities for more than 30 years in the areas of community-based participatory research, globalization and its impacts, traditional ecological knowledge, multicultural education, agricultural development, and rapid assessment techniques.  I am a past member of the Executive Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Museum of Northern Arizona, and currently a member of the Governing Board of the Flagstaff Unified School District. View CV.


Dennis Wiedman Dennis Wiedman
Associate Professor, Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Being a practicing anthropologist who joined an academic teaching department mid- career, I bring a valuable perspective to evaluating applied anthropology faculty and programs.  With over a decade of University Accreditation Officer experience I am very familiar with program review processes. I am now an Associate Professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University in Miami Florida. I served seven years as the Undergraduate Program Director in this Ph.D. granting interdisciplinary degree program that weaves together anthropology, geography, and sociology. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in anthropological theories, ethnohistorical research methods, medical anthropology and an array of Indigenous Studies courses. A research specialty is Native American health and the increase of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome with the globalization of modernity. Publications include Ethnohistory: A Researcher's Guide, as well as articles in Human Organization, Medical Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, American Indian Culture and Research, and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.  In the 1990s, I worked for thirteen years in various roles in Florida International University's Provost Office where I led strategic planning, academic policy development, university accreditation and program evaluation.  At the professional service level I have been President of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Executive Board member of the American Anthropological Association, Co-General Editor of the NAPA Bulletin book series, and Treasurer of the Society for Applied Anthropology. While in the Professional/Practicing seat on the AAA Executive Board I proposed many initiatives to promote the AAA's recognition of applied anthropologists within the professional organization, in academic departments, companies and organizations. The AAA External Review Panel is a way for the teaching, research and service of applied anthropologist to be fairly evaluated and for Anthropology Departments to draw upon the expertise of external reviewers to enhance the quality of their student's educational experience leading to productive careers. View CV.


Brent R. Weisman Brent R. Weisman
Professor and Chair, Anthropology, University of South Florida
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
I use community-based archaeology to stimulate the public discovery of the past.  I am interested in how the past is created in the present and how people use this created past to build self-identity and cultural capital.  I also research the archaeology of survivance, that is, the material record of how groups of people turn the struggle to survive into the creative process of ethnogenesis.  I have researched and published on the Seminole Indians in Florida for many years and have recently started the Seminole Trail of Tears project to study the archaeology of the post-Removal Seminoles in Oklahoma.  My research is at the intersection of archaeology, ethnography, and history.  I came to the University of South Florida in 1995 to explicitly strengthen the cultural resource management and public archaeology graduate track.  Since then I have been involved in all levels of academic administration, serving several terms as deputy chair, director of graduate programs, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, chairing various task forces and councils, and since 2009 as Chair of the USF Anthropology Department. View CV.


Linda M Whiteford Linda M. Whiteford
Co-Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center
Available for consultation on Program Review
Dr. Whiteford was Vice Provost for Program Development and Review at the University of South Florida, and previous to that was Associate Vice-President for Strategic Initiatives, and also Associate Vice President for Global Strategies and International Affairs. In addition to her roles in the Central Administration/Academic Affairs, she held administrative positions at several other levels: Anthropology Department Chair; President of The Society for Applied Anthropology; Associate Director for the Citizenship Initiative; member of the Provost's T&P Review Team; member of Anthropology Department T&P Review Team; member of the College of Arts and Sciences T&P Review Team. She has also conducted externals reviews for several universities and international programs. She has consulted for USAID, PAHO, WHO, and the World Bank; has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and served as a reviewer for the Boren and Fulbright Fellowships. Dr. Whiteford is an applied medical anthropologist working in disaster research, and infectious/communicable diseases. Her most recent book is: Global Health in Times of Violence (SAR Press) co-edited with Barbara Rylko-Bauer and Paul Farmer. View CV.


Jennifer Wies

Jennifer R. Wies
Anthropology Program Director and Academic Planning and Assessment, Eastern Kentucky University
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Jennifer R. Wies, PhD, is a medical anthropologist with a dedication to applied anthropology.  Her research focuses on structures and experiences of violence in the United States, including response structures to gender-based violence (Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence: Local Practices, Global Responses, 2015 and Anthropology at the Front Lines of Gender-Based Violence, 2011, both with Hillary J. Haldane) and Title IX higher education policy (Title IX and the State of Campus Sexual Violence in the United States: Power, Policy, and Local Bodies, Human Organization, 2015).  She also works with higher education institutions to develop student-centered and transformative assessment practices to assure learning and advance equitable strategic plans. View CV.



Larry Zimmerman Larry Zimmerman
Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies & Public Scholar of Civic Engagement, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Available for consultation on Program Review and T&P External Review
Larry Zimmerman is Professor of Anthropology & Museum Studies and Public Scholar of Civic Engagement (Native American Representation) at IUPUI and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.  He taught at the University of South Dakota from 1974-1996, where he was Distinguished Regents Professor. He became Department Executive Officer of American Indian and Native Studies at the University of Iowa from 1998-2001, then Head of the Archaeology Department at the Minnesota Historical Society before taking his present position in 2004. Although his research has been focused the archaeology of the North American Great Plains and Midwest, he has been active in issues related to cultural heritage, repatriation, and anthropological ethics. He has done ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork on a wide range of projects and site types and worked as a consultant with several Native American nations. He has served on the ethics committees for the AAA and the Society for American Archaeology, as well as the AAA Committee on Public Policy. He is a past Executive Secretary and past Vice President of the World Archaeological Congress. He is now heavily involved in a research project on the archaeology of homelessness in Indianapolis, looking at the application of archaeology to contemporary social problems. View CV.


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