SACC is a network of people who teach anthropology in community colleges, two-year and four-year colleges, universities and pre-collegiate institutions. A section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), SACC was founded in 1978 to encourage dialogue and collaboration among teachers of anthropology across sub-disciplines and institutional settings, and to promote excellence in the teaching of anthropology.

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SACC Annual Meeting in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i March 2-March 5, 2015

The 2015 Annual meeting is sponsored by:

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  • CRC Press
  • University of Toronto Press

At Marriott Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel

Join us in lovely Kailua-Kona Hawai’i for an unforgettable experience. The hotel, located in historic Kailua-Kona, and just a short taxi ride from the Kona International Airport, is located on the site where King Kamehameha once resided. This also used to be the capital of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Hawaii has attracted diverse peoples for generations, creating a unique multicultural experience. The island is ecologically diverse as well. On the island of Hawai’i, 4 of the 5 major climatic zones are present, ranging from rainforest to tundra. Kailua-Kona is located on the drier, leeward side of Hawaii, while the very active Kilauea Volcano is located on the wetter, windward side of the island, closer to the capital city of Hilo. No need to pack a sweatshirt with temperatures ranging between 82-70 degrees in Kailua-Kona in March!

The SACC room rate is: $149 per night (standard room), $169 per night (partial ocean view) or $205 per night (ocean front).  Reservations can be made by:

Calling Hotel Reservations Department direct at (808) 329-2911 or toll free at (800) 367-2111  OR  Emailing

**Be sure to ask for the special group rate for the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges  2015 Conference ** Use code ACCN**

The Deadline for receiving the group rate through the hotel is Sunday February 8, 2015!

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2015 Registration Form


The Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) is holding its 2015 annual meeting in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i March 3-March 5, 2015. The theme of the meeting is “A’o aku. A’o mai.(Teach. Learn. Share.)”. This theme was chosen to tie together our host city and the foundation of our organization and our shared passion for anthropology. Our theme invites attendees to reinvigorate their passion for both the teaching and learning of anthropology while sharing their own successes. While in Hawai’i, the legacy of generosity and willingness to engage will be experienced through activities, field trips and speakers which will demonstrate how this theme is embodied in the Hawaiian way of life and its people.

Proposals for paper presentation topics relating to teaching anthropology, Oceania and Polynesian cultures and research will be given first priority. Proposals will need to fall into at least one of the 5 categories provided:

  • Ideas for Assignments & Student Projects
  • Teaching Resources, Strategies & Tips
  • Teaching &Technology
  • Topical: Hawai’i, Oceania, Polynesia. Culture, archaeology, history, etc.
  • Other (for submissions such as proposals by students, detailed reports back to the group on a topic [i.e. SACC’s student association, Open source textbook, etc], or working with students outside the classroom on projects, mentoring, etc.)

Paper presentations are tentatively scheduled for 15 minutes. However, if planning on giving a demonstration of a teaching methodology, specific assignment, etc, we may be able to allocate more than 15 minutes for a presentation of this nature (Please notify Program Chair AnnMarie Beasley if you are planning on giving a demonstration).  Abstracts should be no longer than 125 words and must be received no later than January 31, 2015. The abstract submission form is completely online this year.  Prospective presenters will complete a short online form and copy and paste their abstract into a textbox. The website for submitting an abstract is

All received submissions will receive a confirmation email within a week of submission.  If you have any difficulties in the process of submitting your abstract, please contact SACC Program Chair, AnnMarie Beasley at . Notification of acceptance or rejection of proposals will be completed by February 8, 2015.  No proposal will be accepted for final inclusion in the program until the program chair receives confirmation from the AAA prior to February 8, 2015, that the conference registration fees have been paid.

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Would you like to be a sponsor for SACC’s conference?

If interested in sponsorship, please contact Amanda Paskey at 

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