Volunteering Opportunities

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to offer students attending the SfAA 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia opportunities to volunteer. This is a great way to interact with other attendees, network and see the interworking of of a meeting. With every 4 hours worked you will receive one year’s free membership. Please sign up online at https://www.sfaa.net/annual-meeting/forms/volunteer-sign-form/.


J. Thomas May
June 7, 1936 - February 14, 2018

Tom Headshot.jpgJude Thomas May (Tom), retired David Ross Boyd Professor of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and former Executive Director of the Society for Applied Anthropology passed away on February 14, 2018 in his home in Oklahoma City. Born in Grand Forks, N.D., he was the son of James A. May and Frances Temple May. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anita Rasi May, children, Rose Marie May and Thomas Garvey May, daughter-in-law, Michele Taluba May, son-in-law, Kelly Qandil, and three grandchildren, Tyler, Michael, and Mikayla May. Tom was raised in Beeville, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, a master’s degree in social history from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in medical history from Tulane University. He joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1968, teaching in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Behavior and later in the Department of Public Health Administration at the College of Public Health. He served as Associate Dean of the College from 1990 to 1993. A much beloved teacher, Tom was named David Ross Boyd Professor in 1994, the position from which he retired in 2004. His research and writing focused on neighborhood health centers, recruitment of minorities to the health professions, participation of disadvantaged populations in health care delivery and policy, and the history of medicine. His interests drew him to devoted service to the Society for Applied Anthropology, first as a volunteer and later as its Executive Director.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 24th at Corpus Christi Catholic Church 1616 N. Kelly Avenue, Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Society for Applied Anthropology General Fund. Donations may be made at:


If you prefer to write a check, please make the check payable to the Society for Applied Anthropology. Checks should be mailed to:

P.O. Box 2436
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-2436

SfAA 2018 Annual Meeting

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The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) was founded in 1941 to promote the investigation of the principles of human behavior and the application of these principles to contemporary issues and problems.  The Society is unique among professional associations in membership and purpose, representing the interests of professionals in a wide range of settings - academia, business, law, health and medicine, government, etc. The unifying factor is a commitment to making an impact on the quality of life in the world.

The Society for Applied Anthropology hosts an annual meeting each year for its membership. The 78th annual meeting will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from April 3-7, 2018. The theme for this meeting will be Sustainable Futures. Go to Annual Meeting for more information. 

The Society for Applied Anthropology proudly sponsors prestigious awards including the Malinowski Award, the Peter K. New Award, and the Sol Tax Award. Additionally, the SfAA co-sponsors the Margaret Mead Award with the American Anthropological Association.