Mentoring at 2016 AAA


A Co-sponsored Event of Society of Medical Anthropology (SMA) and Society of Psychological Anthropology (SPA)


An Evening SMA-SPA Speed-Mentoring Reception

Thursday, November 17, 7:45pm-10:00pm

Hors d’oeuvres provided, drinks available


Pairing faculty with up to 4 mentees

Mid-career and senior faculty as mentors & grad students, postdocs, recent grads, and junior faculty as mentees

Discuss field-specific research and methodology concerns, grant writing and publishing approaches, career trajectories, and more!


Sign up now!  Limited spaces available.  Any graduate student, recent grad, postdoc, or junior faculty attending the AAA conference may apply to meet with 3-4 mentors.  The mentee will meet with each mentor for 15 minutes at an evening networking reception with the hope of benefiting from sage advice regarding their research and career paths.  Mentees and mentors may also opt to enter into longer-term mentoring.

For mentees: please submit a short paragraph that includes your name, institution, field specialty/interests, mentoring area of interest (e.g. grant writing, publishing), degree/post-doc program/position and SMA and/or SPA affiliation.  Submissions are due to Tawni Tidwell ( by October 1, 2016.

We also need mentors – mid-career and senior faculty, and professional members of SMA and/or SPA.  Please indicate your willingness to be a mentor in a short paragraph to include your name, department and institution, main focus in medical and/or psychological anthropology, mentoring areas of expertise/interest (if different or in addition to field specialties), affiliation with SMA and/or SPA, and willingness to be contacted for continued mentorship by mentees after the event.  Please send your information to Tawni Tidwell ( by October 1, 2016.  We will do our best to match up mentees and mentors with similar interests.