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In July 2004, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association appointed a Practicing Advisory Work Group (PAWG) to advise the Executive Board on how the Association might better serve the needs of anthropologists working outside the academy and organizations that employ them. PAWG submitted its findings and recommendations to the Executive Board in November 2006, and proposed that the Executive Board establish a standing committee to address the relationship of the AAA and the discipline to practicing and applied anthropologists, and other anthropologists working in the public interest – on a continuing basis. The Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) was launched as a standing committee within the AAA in January 2008. The committee will take an integrative approach across the AAA sections and the subdisciplines of anthropology.

PURPOSE FOR ESTABLISHING THE COMMITTEE:  To explore and engage the range of issues emerging as a result of the increasing numbers of anthropologists in and outside the academy doing practicing, applied, and public interest work, and to help monitor the implementation of PAWG recommendations over time.


DURATION OF COMMITTEE: Permanent Committee

COMMITTEE REPORTS TO:  The Executive Board

RESPONSIBILITIES:  In concert with the AAA Executive Board, Sections, and AAA Staff, will help:

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