2016 Mentoring Workshops at AAA Meetings in Minneapolis


Join us on Thursday November 17th for five flash interactive workshops led by committed anthropologists to support community and career development. Workshops will take up the interest and questions brought by participants.

Registration is required for these free workshops.

 The Academic Life Course Workshops

6:15-7:10 (Hilton Directors Row 2) From Assistant Professor to Tenure and Promotion to Full Professor

Led by Carla Freeman, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University

Getting a tenure-track job is only the beginning of a successful academic career, and getting tenure is one juncture in the life-course of a faculty member.  In this workshop, Professor Carla Freeman will discuss the components that make a successful tenure case, the challenges candidates may face leading up to tenure as well as in the post-tenure years, and a view of the full trajectory of the academic career. What decisions about publishing, teaching and service can faculty make in order to maintain momentum and pleasure at all stages of academic life?

7:15-8:10 (Hilton Directors Row 2) Work-Life Balance: challenges and choices in the academic track

Led by Riche’ Barnes, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Urban Studies and Women’s Studies, Smith College

Rhetoric on work-life balance is ubiquitous in professional settings, yet truly balancing family and career remain elusive. In this workshop, Dr. Riche’ Barnes will explore issues related to the creation, limitations, or absence of policies allowing faculty and/or students to balance the needs of work, family, and life outside the academy. This workshop will also serve as a space to share experiences and strategies for effectively managing work-family balance in academia. Topics will include: starting a family (when), setting realistic goals (writing/job search/productivity), strategies to handle super-productivity pressure, finding time for writing, pros and cons of conference trips with kids, prioritizing multiple demands, including partners and parents. What specific skills can academics bring to particular choices, small and large, to achieve balance? Participants at any stage of their academic career and life course are welcome as we are aiming to construct a workshop where members have diverse experiences.

Preparing for a Career in Higher Education Mentoring Workshops

6:15- 6:50 (Hilton Board Room 1) Preparing for the Job Market

Led by Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

How does one stand out in a crowded job market? How can graduate students develop the skills to craft compelling job letters, CVs and supporting materials? Although getting a tenure-track job can seem to be a mysterious process, this workshop will focus on the components of the application dossier that are within the applicant’s control, and strategies for surviving the process successfully.

6:55-7:30 (Hilton Board Room 1) Career Strategies for Contingent Faculty

Led by Paule Cruz Takash, Director of Business Development & Financial Integration at SF Global

With heavy teaching loads, contingent faculty understandably find it difficult to research and publish at rates necessary to find secure employment. In this workshop, Professor Cruz Takash will share professional strategies for navigating the job placement landscape. What kinds of scholarship (traditional, public, a mix) can position oneself as a visible scholar? Involvement in AAA sections and other forms of engagement will be part of the discussion.

7:35-8:10 (Hilton Board Room 1) The Teacher Scholar: Preparing for a Career in Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Led by M. Gabriela Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College, MA

A central contradiction rests at the heart of our discipline’s training. Doctoral degree granting programs are designed to train students to work in similar programs, where research is the central and most rewarded feature of the job description. However, graduates are more likely to be employed in teaching-intensive institutions where a 4-4 teaching load is the norm. As a result, graduates are often ill prepared for the challenges and pleasures of working in a teaching-focused setting.  What formal and informal skills should graduate students acquire early in their careers, while on the job market and in the first years of a tenure-track job? How can faculty better prepare their graduate students for these work expectations, so that they adjust smoothly as new faculty?

Space is limited so please register at:

The Academic Life Course Workshops


Preparing for a Career in Higher Education Mentoring Workshops



About k. nyerere ture 7 Articles
K. Nyerere Ture` is a practicing cultural anthropologist/criminologist and an educator, who teaches Anthropology, Criminology/Criminal Justice and Sociology at Morgan State University, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Ture` earned a BA in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a MA in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Building on his undergraduate and master level graduate research focus that explored the relationship between community crime and urban development, Ture's current dissertation research examines the lived experiences of African American public housing residents in the throws of an urban renewal that examples the continued perpetuation of structural violence against marginal communities of color. The particular site of Ture’s doctoral research (research completed in spring 2013) is one of the most historical African American neighborhoods within Washington, DC and the largest and currently the most ill-reputed public housing community in the nation’s capitol. This public housing community is called Barry Farm Public Dwellings by city officials and outsiders, but referred locally as the “Farms.” The Farms is located east of the Anacostia River (EoR) - a river that forms an expansive separation between the majority African American community from the District of Columbia’s main land. The Farms' represents an intentional place built by the federal government as an antithetical place - an African American Urban Ghetto (AAUG) and its current redevelopment represents a re-articulation of both place and identity whereby the privilege enjoys an underemphasis on race and an emphasis on disposable income vis-a-vis the increased emphasis and salience of race for the poor and their further assault by structural violence. The Farms' community serve as a metaphor for the continued devalued treatment of people of color in the United States of America (USA).