Evaluating the Effectiveness of COPAA and CoPAPIA Tenure and Promotion Initiatives on Applied, Practicing, Engaged, and Public Anthropology

Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, 2014


Linda A. Bennett (University of Memphis), Keri Brondo (University of Memphis), and Sunil Khanna (Oregon State University)

Roundtable Participants

Dolores Koenig (American University), Allan Burns (University of Florida), Donald Stull (University of Kansas), and Edward Liebow (American Anthropological Association)


Major issues addressed: (1) applied, engaged, and public interest anthropology viewed as ‘additive” or “subtractive” in the tenure and promotion process? (2) importance of clear expectations at the time of hire and the role of mentoring; (3) what about public interest anthropology: (4) beyond the assistant professor; and (5) visibility and access to AAA resources.


Over the past several years, a number of innovations were made in terms of raising the awareness and recognition of diverse forms of scholarship among department chairs, deans, and members of T & P committees. These included examples of the range of nontraditional scholarly products, guidelines for evaluation, and a panel of external reviewers with knowledge of applied, practicing, and public interest scholarship. While these were major achievements with arguably great value to the discipline, we knew little about the impact these resources were having. Participants in the roundtable shared their experiences and reflections on the effectiveness of these resources within Research I institutions, and within in the discipline at large.