Introduction and Purpose
The AAPA Ethics Committee has launched an Ethics Fellows Program. The program is intended to serve two central purposes. The first purpose is to raise the level of ethical literacy among the AAPA membership by providing meaningful resources on topics relevant for biological anthropologists. The hope is that these materials will assist members in (1) identifying and addressing the ethical, legal, and social issues and (2) anticipating implications of their research. The second purpose is to provide interested members—particularly those early in their careers—an opportunity to engage actively with the Ethics Committee and gain experience with ethics educational and research projects.
Each year the Ethics Committee may select up to two (2) scholars to serve as Fellows. The role of an AAPA Ethics Fellow is anticipated to vary from year to year to accommodate ongoing and emerging needs and priorities of the Ethics Committee and, to the extent possible, to allow the individual to explore his/her own interests in ethics. The following are examples of how an individual might serve as an Ethics Fellow:
The AAPA Ethics Fellows Program is designed to coincide with a year of service beginning and ending at the AAPA annual meeting. The term duration and dates are subject to change and subject to negotiation for exceptional circumstances as the Ethics Committee determines is appropriate.
Each AAPA Ethics Fellow will have a member of the Ethics Committee designated as his/her mentor for the fellowship. The AAPA Ethics Fellows Program is non-residential. Fellows will be expected to fulfill their responsibilities remotely and will interact with members of the Ethics Committee primarily through email, phone calls, and online meetings. Fellows will be included in Ethics Committee events and meetings.
The primary benefit of the AAPA Ethics Fellows Program is its educational and professional development opportunities. Fellows are not provided a salary or stipend.
To be considered for the AAPA Ethics Fellows Program, the interested individual must:
The deadline for consideration as an AAPA Ethics Fellow for 2019-2020 is November 15, 2018.
Applicants must provide the following materials:
The essay question for 2018-2019 is:.
A serious tension has always existed in Western societies between our foundational democratic values that ascribe equality and inalienable rights to all and our capitalist economic system with its emphasis on competition and its inevitable production of inequality. In spite of significant social and political attention in recent decades to the notion of social equity in society and in our own profession, most contemporary observers would agree that there is more work to be done. Please consider the meanings of social equity as they apply to our social, professional, and academic lives as biological anthropologists. How can biological anthropologists create a fair and just system that is free of bias for all the individuals and groups with whom we collaborate, and all those that we study, train, and mentor?
Applicants should submit all application materials in one email to [email protected] using the subject “AAPA Ethics Fellows Application.”
The Ethics Committee Fellows Program Facilitator will review submitted application materials, conduct phone and/or online interviews of candidates, and select up to two (2) individuals for the AAPA Ethics Fellows Program.
The Ethics Committee is not required to select fellows, and there may be years when no fellows are selected. Individual(s) selected for the AAPA Ethics Fellows Program will be notified in January. Those who accept the opportunity will be expected to attend the AAPA annual meeting and will be welcomed as an incoming Fellow at the Ethics Committee business meeting.
Individuals with questions about the AAPA Ethics Fellows Program may contact the AAPA Ethics Committee Fellows Program Facilitator:
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