2005 COPAA Annual Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico


  • Judith Freidenberg (U Maryland)
  • Kerry Feldman (U Alaska, Anchorage)
  • Susan Hyatt (IUPUI)
  • Ruthbeth Finerman (U of Memphis)
  • Christina Wasson (U North Texas)
  • Karen Quintiliani (Cal State Long Beach)
  • Peg Graham (Santa Clara U)
  • Linda Bennett (U of Memphis)


  1. Review of COPAA activities in 2004-2005
  2. Treasurer’s report
  3. Plans for 2006 meeting sessions
  4. Report on COPAA Website

1. Review of COPAA activities in 2004-05 (Bennett)

  • EIN # was obtained
  • COPAA website move to U North Texas, C. Wasson, webmaster (report later)
  • Two programs organized for this meeting, based upon our annual meeting recommendations in 2004:
    • Practicing and applied collaborations in the training of students: opportunities and challenges. Organized by Judith Freidenberg, Peg Graham, and Karen Quintiliani. (link to website summary)
    • Tenure and promotion in applied anthropology panel. Organized by Linda Bennett and Michael Whiteford. (link to website summary)
  • Plans for future meetings:
    • Try to include students on the program.
    • In 2006 in Vancouver will organize a program focused on the academic departments/programs in COPAA, with each invited to make a brief presentation and then have a lunch business meeting following the program. Plan it for Wednesday.

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2. Treasurer’s report given.

We have 22 member departments, and most have paid dues for 2004-05. The balance as of April 4, 2005 was $4,577.41. As COPAA develops the new and expanded website during 2005, funds will be drawn from the balance to pay for these services. There was some discussion of and support for the idea of lowering dues for the upcoming year, once the website expansion has been completed and we have a clearer sense of the upcoming expenses to maintain the website. Dues notices will be mailed in early September, with a letter from the chair drawing attention to the accomplishments ofCOPAA in the previous year and plans for 2005-06.

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3. Plans for 2006 meeting sessions:

Several ideas were proposed for session for the 2006 SfAA meetings, including (1) a session that focuses on the challenges of getting non-anthropologists committed to working with applied students on their internships and practicum projects; (2) a panel that continues the discussion the tenure and promotion process fin applied and engaged scholarship with a focus on the recent experience of newly tenured and promoted faculty members; and (3) a session that highlights distinctive features of applied programs from among the COPAA member departments.

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4. Christina Wasson distributed a Report on the COPAA Website

  • The move of the website to U North Texas and the planning of website revisions and expansion was initiated in 2004, with research assistant Yvette Justice working with Christina.
  • Based on interviews conducted with faculty, students, and practitioners, regarding strengths of the existing website and opportunities for future development, Christina presented a list of options for programs that COPAAmight want to work on in the short-term and long-term future.
  • COPAA representatives discussed 14 options and designated level of commitment to each option: no, 2 (try to accomplish in the next two years), and 1 (try to accomplish before the 2006 annual meeting). The table with those options and decisions is presented below.
  • The main initiatives that we will be working on in the upcoming year are:
    • Linking COPAA’s website to other websites.
    • Develop a document that will summarize our members’ programs in applied anthropology that will go on the website.
    • Writing a statement that situates COPAA within the applied anthropology community, showing how it is distinguished from other organizations