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Carework in the Academy Initiative: SfAA Focus Group invitation

Dear Fellow Anthropologists,

Are you or have you been a primary caregiver while in the academy? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in a focus group at the 2019 Society for Applied Anthropology meeting as part of a research project to understand the impacts of caregiving on academic career trajectories. We are seeking anthropologists in all career phases (student, adjunct, pre-tenure, tenured, administrative, retired) and domains in the academy (e.g. academic, applied and practicing).

 The Carework in the Academy Initiative met at the 2015 & 2016 AAAs with concerns and questions about how career trajectories are impacted by policies and practices that affect us as caregivers of children, parents, partners, and other special people in our lives. We followed with an online survey to gather academic caregivers’ stories. Over 400 anthropologists responded; see our initial findings in Anthropology News. Our next step was focus groups. The focus groups are intended to confirm, refine, and otherwise expand these topics relative to anthropologists currently in the academy. Our first set of focus groups occurred at the 2018 American Anthropological Association meetings. Both the survey and focus groups address caregiving experiences in academia across institutions as they relate to advancement barriers and strategies for negotiating with institutions.

At the SfAA’s in Portland in March, we will have six focus groups, broken down by current position relative to the academy:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate students: 3/22/2019, 10am-11:30am PST. Facilitated by Sallie Han.
  2. NTT/adjunct/postdoctoral fellows: 3/22/2019, 1:30pm-3:00pm PST. Facilitated by Rebecca Galemba.
  3. Tenure-track (Pre-Tenure): 3/21/2019, 12:00pm-1:30pm PST. Facilitated by Rebecca Galemba.
  4. Tenured faculty and senior administrators: 3/21/2019, 10am-11:30am PST. Facilitated by Sallie Han.
  5. Applied and practicing anthropologists: 3/21/2019, 10am-11:30am PST. Facilitated by Jill Fleuriet.
  6. Retired anthropologists: 3/22/2019, 10am-11:30am PST. Facilitated by Jill Fleuriet.

If you are able to participate, thank you! The link for the sign-up is: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4caea82fa1fd0-sfaa ;


For people who cannot attend or are in categories other than our focus groups but might be interested in participating, we do hope you would consider participating in our survey and interviews.


1) Surveyhttps://academiccarework.wordpress.com/survey/


2) Skype interviews in the spring. If you would like to share your caregiving in the academy experiences, please email any of us on the team to be added to the list of potential interviews.


Thank you!

 The Academic Carework & Carework in the Academy Initiative

Jill Fleuriet (jill.fleuriet@utsa.edu), Rebecca Galemba (rebecca.galemba@gmail.com), Nikky Greer (nikky.greer@gmail.com) & Sallie Han (sallie.han@oneonta.edu)

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