Anthropology Education Committee

(formerly the Anthropology Education Commission)

Objectives: The AEC (Anthropology Education Committee) is charged with promoting the high quality, effective, and equitable teaching of anthropology at all levels as a means of increasing public understanding of anthropology.

Duration of Committee: Permanent committee.

Committee Reports to: The Executive Board.

Responsibilities: The AEC will choose a focus for its work from among the following responsibilities:

Committee Membership and Method of Appointment:
6 members, including the Chair.
3 year terms
Committee members are appointed by the AAA President in consultation with the Council on Anthropology & Education and the current Chair of the AEC.
President and President-elect serve ex-officio.
Chair is elected by the Committee from within the Committee.

Product: Annual report to the Executive Board and the Long-Range Planning Committee.

Meetings and Schedule: One formal meeting, at the AAA Annual Meeting. Additional meetings may be scheduled depending on needs and funding.

Staff Liaison and contact information:
Richard Thomas, Director of Membership Services, American Anthropological Association, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201-3324, (o) 703/528-1902, ext 3030,

Adopted by AAA Executive Board
May 22, 2004

To read an article about the AEC, click here.

To read a history of what anthropologists have done to improve the teaching of anthropology in K-12 and community college education. Paul Erickson has written a summary of many such efforts entitled “Past Efforts by AAA to Promote Anthropology Education” (in the September 2000 issue of the Anthropology News). This article provides valuable grounding and awareness of past efforts so that we don’t "reinvent the wheel" as well as insights into what has not been well covered. To read this article, click here.

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