Long Range Planning Committee

Long-Range Planning Committee (Inactive)

Long-Range Plan

Committee Description


The principal purposes of long-range planning for the Association are: to reaffirm the Association's central role in advancing anthropology; to determine which activities in pursuit of its mission are best carried out as Association-wide activities; to encourage the Sections of the Association to develop long-range goals and plans; to provide a basis for setting priorities in the face of legitimate but competing claims for limited AAA resources, leading to a coherent approach to helping advance anthropology as a discipline and a profession, within higher education and society at-large; and to rekindle and strengthen the sense of common purpose among AAA members through an open and inclusive planning process. The Committee on Long-Range Planning stresses the importance of strengthening the sense of common purpose among Association members.

Duration of Committee:

Permanent committee

Committee Reports to:

The Executive Board


The AAA Long-Range Planning Committee is responsible for developing and recommending long-range goals and three-year objectives to help guide governance, program, budget and fund-raising priorities for the Association.

Each year, the Long-Range Planning Committee will evaluate the Association's progress toward achieving goals and three-year objectives. Based on this evaluation, the long-range budget, and on new information and changes in the discipline's needs, the Committee will review the goals and objectives and recommend a set of new third-year tasks.

Membership and Appointment:

10 member committee including the Chair
3 year terms

Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:

  • cultural anthropology
  • linguistic anthropology
  • archaeology
  • biological anthropology
  • practicing-professional anthropology, and
  • a minority anthropologist
  • as well as 3 undesignated seat

This committee is Chaired by the President-Elect of the Association


A long range plan for the Association will be prepared and continuously updated on an annual basis. Notice of changes in the plan will be published annually in the Anthropology News, following adoption of the plan by the Executive Board. Sections and individual members are encouraged to review and comment on the plan. The Committee will consider these comments when it meets each spring to review progress and update recommended objectives and tasks.

Meetings and Schedule:

The committee meets 2 times a year: once in the spring and once in the Fall at the Annual Meeting of the AAA.

Long-Range Planning Committee Members

Chair - Ex-officio
Setha M Low (E 05-07)
46 Landfall Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937
(o) 212/ 817-8725
(f) 718/ 768-6806

Carla M. Sinopoli (E 03-06)
Museum of Anthropology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(o) (734) 764-0484
(f) (734) 763-7783

Jonathan Marks (04-07)
Department of Anthropology & Sociology
University of North Carolina
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(o) 704/ 687-2519
(f) 704/ 687-3091

E. Paul Durrenberger (04-07)
Department of Anthropology
Pennsylvania State University
409 Carpenter Bldg
University Park, PA
(o) 814/ 863-2694
(f) 814/ 863-1474

Bonnie Urciuoli
(E 05-08)
8279 Brimfield St
Clinton, NY 13323
(o) 315/ 859-4449
(f) (315) 859-4632

Melvin D. Williams (E 05-08)
Dept of Anthropology
222B West Hall
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(o) 734/ 764-7154
(f) 734/ 763-6077

Melissa Cefkin (E 03-06)
1152 Brace Ave #13
San Jose, CA 95120
(o) (408) 927-1912

Undesignated #1
John Haviland(E 03-06)
Linguistics Department
3203 SE Woodstock
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202
(o) 503/ 771-1112
(f) 503/ 777-7769

Undesignated #2
Barbara J. Mills (04-07)
Department of Anthropology
Bldg 30
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0001
(o) 520/ 621-9671
(f) 520/ 621-2088

Undesignated Seat #3
Maria D. Vesperi (E 05-08)
950 Bay St NE
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
(o) 941/ 359-4380
(f) 941/ 359-4475

Alan Goodman (E 05-07)
Natural Science
Hampshire College
Amherst, MA 01002
(o) 413/ 559-5372
(f) 413/ 559-5448