PhillySfAA2018.jpgThe Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, April 3-7, 2018. The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2017

For more information click on the Annual Meeting tab at the top of the page.

SfAA Call For Nominations 

In December 2017 the SfAA membership will be invited to elect members to the following positions:

  • President Elect (1)
  • Board of Directors Member, Regular (2)
  • Board of Directors Member, Student (1)
  • Nominations and Elections Committee Member (1)

To facilitate the development of a diverse and representative slate, the SfAA Nominations & Elections Committee is encouraging all SfAA members to nominate themselves or colleagues as potential candidates. Potential candidates must be current SfAA members and willing to accept nomination should they be selected for the ballot. If they are not already, at the time of election nominees must be Fellows of SfAA.  Candidates for the Student Member of the Board must be enrolled students at the time of the election. This nomination process can be accomplished with the guidance of the Nominations and Elections Committee

To nominate oneself or a colleague please provide: 1) a brief statement indicating the candidate's suitability for the position; 2) current contact information; and 3) a current resume or CV. Nominations may be submitted via email through July 17, 2017.

A brief description of each position is provided here for reference and you can find additional information in the SfAA bylaws. SfAA leadership can only reflect our myriad interests and needs through participation of its members. The Nominations & Elections Committee strongly encourages nomination of members in early to mid-career stage; with different orientations to professional, practicing, and applied anthropology; and those residing outside of the continental United States.

The Nominations and Elections Committee will review nominations, evaluate potential candidates’ materials with an eye towards equitable representation of employment type, professional focus, nation of residence, and career stage, and recommend candidates for placement on the slate. Final selections among the candidates will be determined by a vote of the membership in December 2017.

Please direct any questions regarding the nominations process to the SfAA office.

SfAA Nominations and Elections Committee

  • Samantha Solimeo, Chair
  • Adam Koons
  • Juliana McDonald
  • Sera Young


Welcome to SfAA.Net!

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.