2020 AAPA Election
Ballot closes on February 28
You are voting to fill four Executive Committee positions: President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, and Executive Board Member with responsibility for Career Development.
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Candidate for AAPA President-Elect
Current Positions: Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder; Faculty Affiliate, Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Education: B.A. (1980) Anthropology, Northwestern University; M.A. (1985) Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Ph.D. (1992) Anthropology, Northwestern University.
Research Areas: Evolution of growth and development, ontogeny and phylogeny, primate microbiome evolution, human anatomy and evolution.
Professional Service: AAPA: Member, (1982-present); AAAS: Fellow (2008-present); elected Member-at-Large Section H - Anthropology (2016-2020); NSF: Panelist, Senior Research Proposals, 2007-2009; Panelist, HOMINID program, 2011. Editorships: Co-editor, Journal of Human Evolution (2008-2012); Book review editor, American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2002-2006). Editorial Boards: Associate editor, Journal of Human Evolution (2000-2002, 2005-2007, 2012-present); Associate editor, Physical Anthropology Newsletter (1999-2002). University Leadership: Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder (2012-2017); Associate Dean for Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois (2010-2012); Department head, Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, (2006-2010). Advisory Boards: College Board Advanced Placement Higher Education Advisory Committee. National Center for Professional Research Ethics, Confronting Challenges in Academic Units, Executive Committee (2015-present).
Statement: The AAPA plays a central, international role in advancing the science of human evolutionary biology, providing essential support to our scientific community for career development, research, and teaching. Leadership of the AAPA should prioritize this mission, and seek ways to advance the discipline further through engagement within and beyond academia. I bring a deep understanding of our academic mission based on the variety of university leadership, editorial, and advisory board roles, and would focus on advancing our mission with this knowledge as a baseline. This primarily includes working to communicate the importance of our research and teaching both effectively and broadly. Supporting the association’s established efforts in career development, diversity, and in challenging harassment are also critically important, and should be pursued with focus and intensity. Following the work of previous AAPA presidents to address harassment and provide safe and inclusive meetings is critical. Collectively, these actions will increase our research impact internationally, contribute fundamental knowledge about the human condition, and help promote a strong, effective, and healthy scientific discipline.
Candidate for President-Elect
Current Position: Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon; Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Research and Distinguished Scholarships, University of Oregon (until 9/2020).
Education: BA Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1995); MA Anthropology, University of Florida (1998); PhD Anthropology, Northwestern University (2004); National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, The University of Chicago (2004-2005).
Research Areas: Human Biology; Biomarkers of Physiology & Health; Human Evolution; Human/Primate Energetics & Ecology; Evolutionary Medicine; Growth & Development; Human Skeletal Biology.
Professional Service (selected): AAPA: Vice President & Scientific Chair (2016-2018, New Orleans & Austin meetings), Executive Committee & Membership Chair (2013-2016), Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair (for Portland 2012 meeting; 2008-2012), AJPA Editor Search Committee (2012-2013), Nominations Committee (2009-2011), Auction Committee (2012-2018), New Funding Initiatives Committee (2015-2016), Management Services Selection Committee (2014), Advance Planning Committee (2014-2015), Contingent Faculty Committee (2013-2014), Program Committee (2010-2011); American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Electorate Nominating Committee (Anthropology section; 2016-2019); Human Biology Association (HBA): Local Arrangements Committee Chair (for Portland 2012 meeting; 2009-2012), Publications Committee (2009-2013 & 2015-2019); March for Science 2017 New Orleans March Co-Organizer; Annual Review of Anthropology Editorial Board (2019-2023); American Journal of Human Biology Editorial Board (2013-2016 & 2018-present) & Book Review Editor (2013-2016); Journal of Physiological Anthropology (Editor; 2018-present); Grant Proposal Screener, Wenner-Gren Foundation (2010-2013); NSF Panelist (Biological Anthropology & GRFP).
Statement: AAPA has been my professional home for 25 years. I have served in numerous leadership roles, helping guide us through major changes such as restructuring membership and meetings, expanding student programming and support, addressing meeting harassment issues, changing our association’s name, and introducing discounted rates for postdocs and contingent faculty. It would be a privilege to serve as President-Elect. I see the need for attention to expanding diversity/equity efforts, better supporting members’ teaching and community outreach, reevaluating our publishing model, and deepening connections with sister organizations. I am a uniquely positioned candidate. My research is international (in >10 countries) and wide-ranging, spanning the discipline with publications in human biology, paleoanthropology, human skeletal biology, and primate biology. Furthermore, although I am a privileged senior white male at a major research university, my views are shaped by growing up in a low-income family with challenging early life experiences (ACE score=6) and having a severely disabled parent, as well as attending community college and working before enrolling at a 4-year institution. This personal history underpins my strong moral compass, unwavering commitment to mentorship and creation of opportunities for underrepresented students and scientists, and emphasis on public outreach.
Candidate for Vice President
Leslea J. Hlusko
Current Position: Full Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley
Education: BA University of Virginia (1992, Anthropology), MA Pennsylvania State University (1996, Anthropology), PhD Pennsylvania State University (2000, Anthropology)
Research Areas: Human evolutionary biology, adaptation, genotype:phenotype mapping, paleontology, paleoanthropology, quantitative genetics, dental development, mammary gland physiology
Professional Service: American Association of Physical/Biological Anthropology: 2015-2018: Chair of the Student Programs Committee, Executive Committee; 2007-2011: Student awards judge. American Association for the Advancement of Science: 2012-2015: Elections Committee for Section H (Anthropology), 2020 candidate for Member-at-Large position. American Association of Anthropological Genetics: 2006-2009: Vice-President, President, and Past-President; 2005-2012: Outreach Committee. Editorial service: 2019-current, Associate Editor for Journal of Human Evolution. 2017-current, Managing Board for Peer Community in Paleontology (PCI Paleo). 2016-2020: Editorial Board for American Anthropologist. 2016-current: Editorial Board for Dental Anthropology Journal. Other: 2019-current: member of the ICTS-CENIEH Access Committee; 2013-current: Board of Directors for the Human Origins Research and Scholarship Fund
Statement: I would be honored to bring my scientific breadth and organizational skills to the role of Vice President, overseeing the programs for our next two annual meetings. My research career has taken me from paleoanthropological fieldwork in eastern Africa and Turkey, to quantitative and developmental genetics, dental anthropology, and most recently into modern human physiological adaptation. Through my experience as the Chair of the Student Programs Committee (2015-2018), I learned a significant amount about our professional organization and how good leadership willing to develop and adhere to policies and procedures aimed at equity and inclusion can foster an ideal setting for excellent 21st century science. I have significant organizational and administrative experience, successfully leading several multifaceted, long-term international research projects alongside my leadership roles in Berkeley’s Academic Senate. Serving as the Chair of Student Programs and on AABA’s Executive Committee was highly rewarding, as it provided an opportunity for me to help build and improve this organization that has been so essential to my professional development and sense of professional community. I would love to continue these efforts by serving as VP.
Candidate for Vice President
Amy L. Rector
Current Position: Associate Professor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Education: BA Archaeology, University of Virginia (2000), MA Physical Anthropology, Arizona State University (2005), PhD Physical Anthropology, Arizona State University (2010).
Research Areas: Paleoanthropology, Paleoecology, Mammal Community Evolution, African Plio-Pleistocene
Professional Service: AAPA: Scientific Program Committee (2014-2017); speaker on the 2017 Presidential Panel “How can the AAPA promote a positive environment for science?” in New Orleans, LA; Invited member of the Science Policy Committee (2017- ), Biological Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network, Steering Committee (2011-2015), Biological Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network, Treasurer (2011-2013), Biological Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network, President (2012-2013). Ford Foundation: Reviewer, Anthropology Panel (2016-2017), Co-Chair, Anthropology Panel (2018-2020). Mid-Atlantic Bioanthropology Interest Group (MABIG): Co-founded the group and co-hosted the first annual meeting in 2014, and have organized and hosted the annual meeting every year since. MABIG is an annual regional meeting of faculty, professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students in all fields of biological anthropology, from all types of research and learning institutions, designed to foster communication and interaction across the Mid-Atlantic region. MABIG is regularly attended by 50-80 students and professionals and grows in size and scope each year.
Statement: Since I started attending AAPA meetings some twenty years ago, I’ve watched our efforts to diversify and support trainees become more intentional and effective. As a Steering Committee member and later as Treasurer and President of the [Biological] Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network (BAWMN), I saw how critical mentoring relationships are for students and pre-tenure or professional anthropologists to succeed. Having learned that the path to a more welcoming and diverse field must be purposeful, I co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Biological Anthropology Interest Group (MABIG), a regional group that I host annually for members to present research and develop valuable professional relationships across various types of institutions large and small. With my long term goals for organizing meetings and events for both BAWMN and MABIG, I am honored to be nominated for Vice President; as a member of the Executive Committee I hope to continue to promote activities that support the professional success and inclusion of all members of AAPA. I am eager to build on my experience to help take our organization successfully in the exciting direction of the American Association of Biological Anthropologists.
Candidate for Secretary
Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX USA
Education: B.S., 1991 Broadcasting and Film (Documentary), College of Communication, Boston University—Summa cum laude and with Distinction; M.A., 1996 Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., 2003 Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis.
Research Areas: Paleoanthropology (Middle and Late Pleistocene hominin evolution and systematics); Craniofacial biology; History of Colonialism and Race in Biological Anthropology; Southern and Eastern Eurasia
Professional Service: AAPA: Ad-Hoc Committee on the Status of Underrepresented Groups in Physical Anthropology (2007-2011); Committee on Diversity (2011-present); Committee on Diversity--Subcommittee on Transforming Academic and Scientific Knowledge (TASK) (2017-present); Committee on Diversity-International (2018-present); Nominations Committee (2014-2016); Program Committee (2015-2016). Editorships: Associate Editor, Current Anthropology (2019-present); Book Review Editor, Human Biology (2010-2013); Book Review editor, American Anthropologist (1999-2001) Memberships: Paleoanthropology Society; American Anthropological Association; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Graduate Women in Science.
Statement: In my 20 years as a member of the AAPA I have seen the organization, and indeed the field, grow in courage and compassion to create a more welcoming climate for marginalized individuals and groups. I have been a part of that change for over a decade as an initial member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Status of Underrepresented Groups, which later became the Committee on Diversity; and now as a member of the COD’s TASK and International committees. My hope in being a part of the Executive Committee is to continue ensuring that the perspectives and experiences of all members are reflected in the governance of the AAPA. Since the Secretary serves a conduit for communication both within the organization and to the outside world, it is essential for them to be seen as trustworthy. I believe that this is best achieved through transparency, accuracy, and timeliness. If elected, I would bring these values to my role as Secretary of the AAPA.
Candidate for Secretary
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder.
Education: BA Anthropology, Rutgers College (1997), PhD Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2004).
Research Areas: Growth and development, endocrinology, life history, maternal and infant health
Professional Service: AAPA: Committee on Diversity Women's Initiative (COD-WIN, 2013-present), Student Prize Committee (2019-present), Ethics Committee (ad hoc subcommittee - 2015), Childcare Committee (2013-2014); HBA: Student breakout session panelist (2017), Plenary Session co-Organizer (2016); Physical Anthropology Women's Mentoring Network Panelist (2018); Yearbook of Physical Anthropology: Associate Editor (2013-2017).
Statement: I first joined the AAPA as a student member twenty years ago, and was initially involved with the association through presentations at annual conferences; as many of us do I also chaired sessions and organized symposia. I worked on various ad hoc committees for the Association across the years, and as co-Chair of COD-WIN, worked with members of the Committee on Diversity and a number of other talented members of AAPA and outside organizations to bring targeted support to women scholars in our discipline. More recently, we have facilitated discussions with the membership at large regarding mentoring, and in response to those conversations organized a mentor training workshop. It would be an honor to serve as Secretary of AAPA, and to be involved in recording and disseminating the works and plans of the AAPA/AABA at this exciting time in the organization's history.
Candidate for Executive Committee (Chair, Career Development Committee)
Current Position: Associate Professor, New York University, Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology and Associated Researcher, The Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
Education: BA Psychology/Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, (1992), MA Biological Anthropology, Arizona State University (1995), PhD Biological Anthropology, Arizona State University (2001).
Research Areas: Paleoanthropology, Dental Anthropology, Evolutionary Anatomy
Professional Service: AAPA Auction Committee (co-chair: 2018-present); Physical Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network (Steering Committee member: 2010-present; Steering Committee: leader 2010-2011); AAPA Women’s Mentoring Workshop (Steering committee: 2013-2014). AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee (member: 2016-2019); Physical Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network (organizing committee: 2011-2013); AAPA Scientific Program Committee (2011-2012); Dental Anthropology Association (Secretary: 1995-1997) Editorships: American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Editorial board: 2019-present); Current Anthropology (Editorial board (2018-present); Paleolithic Archaeology (Editorial board: 2017-present); Yearbook of Physical Anthropology (Editorial board: 2013-2017); Journal of Human Evolution (Associate Editor 2013-2017); Dental Anthropology Association (Assistant Editor: 1993-1996).
Statement: I joined the AAPA as a graduate student in 1993. Over the years I have served the association in many capacities: chairing various symposia, serving on the Scientific Program Committee and as co-chair of the annual auction committee. As a member of BAWMN (formally PAWMN/Physical Anthropology Women’s Mentoring Network) for the past 10 years I have helped coordinate with AAPA to run our mentoring events and networking happy hours at the annual meetings. Most of my outreach efforts have focused on supporting underrepresented scientists, especially women in early stages of their career. Given my interests and experience, I believe I am well suited to fill the open spot on the AAPA Executive Committee, which involves chairing the Professional Development Committee. In the past decade, the AAPA has made great strides in supporting our early career members by offering workshops, career development panels and financial assistance, to name a few. It is important to keep our efforts moving forward by keeping up on our members’ current needs and investigating new ways to support our colleagues. It would be an honor to serve as member of the executive committee.
Candidate for the Executive Committee (Chair, Career Development Committee)
William R. Leonard
Current Position: Abraham Harris Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Global Health Studies Program, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Education: BS Biology, The Pennsylvania State University (1980); MA Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan (1983); PhD Biological Anthropology, University of Michigan (1987).
Research Areas: Human Evolutionary Biology, Human Adaptability, Energetics, Nutritional Ecology, Growth and Development.
Professional Service: AAPA: Student Prize Committee (1997-98); Associate Editor, AJPA (2010-19), Data Access/Sharing Committee (2018-19); Human Biology Association:
President-Elect/President/Past-President (2009-2013), Chair, Nominations Committee (1992-94; 1999-2001; 2004-06), Chair, Publications Committee (1997-99); AAA: Curriculum Chair, Council on Nutritional Anthropology (1990-94); Editorships: American Journal of Human Biology (Editor-in-Chief, 2019-present, Associate Editor, 2017-19; Editorial Board, 2003-17); American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Associate Editor, 2010-19); Economics & Human Biology (Editorial Board, 2002-present); Human Biology (1993-2010); Advisory Roles: Member of various program review committees at the University of Colorado, Denver (Behavioral Science, 1999), SUNY-Binghamton (Anthropology, 2001), University of Washington (Anthropology, 2010), University of Iowa (Committee Chair, Anthropology, 2017).
Statement: I have been an active member of the AAPA since 1983. Over the last few years, I have been impressed with both the growth and increased diversity of the Association, as well as the leadership that it has shown in addressing such issues as sexual harassment, research ethics, and data sharing/access. Great progress has been made, but the AAPA needs to continue to move forward to effectively serve the diverse needs of its membership. In particular, it is critically important for the AAPA to provide programs and initiatives to support career development of young scholars in our field. From my various academic and professional leadership roles, I have had considerable experience in developing programs for training and career advancement for researchers in the fields of biological anthropology, human biology, and global health. I would be honored to serve as the Chair of the Career Development Committee, drawing on my experiences to expand professional opportunities for young scholars in all areas of biological anthropology
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