Call for Nominations

2019 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award to recognize the author of an outstanding dissertation recently completed in the field of anthropology and education.  It is named after esteemed educational anthropologist, Frederick Erickson.


Any member of CAE in good standing can nominate a recently completed dissertation for this award.


A nominated dissertation should have been successfully defended no earlier than 3 calendar years (July 1, 2016) prior to the year in which it is nominated.


Nominations should be sent by July 1st, 2019 to Dr. Cindy Cruz, Committee Chair, at [email protected]. 

Nomination Materials

The nomination should include the following:

  1. A completed cover page outlining:
    1. Nominee’s name and contact information, including email address
    2. Nominee’s dissertation title, institution from which nominee received the PhD, and date degree was conferred
    3. Nominator’s name and contact information
  2. A 20-page (5,000 words maximum) abstract of the dissertation written by the nominee; and
  3. A letter, not to exceed three pages, from the nominator summarizing the strengths of the dissertation, including the strength of anthropological theory and method, scholarly excellence, the relevance to educational anthropology, innovative or insightful approaches, and implications for research and practice in the field of educational anthropology;
  4. If the nominator is not a member of the nominee’s dissertation committee, the nomination should be accompanied by a supporting letter from a member of the dissertation committee.

Evaluation Guidelines

The dissertation award committee will be guided by such considerations as:

  1. The issue addressed in the study bridges the theories and practices of anthropology and education;
  2. The author-researcher applies anthropological methods and concepts in handling and reporting data thoroughly and insightfully; and
  3. The study is of high quality and makes an important contribution to the field.


A short list of finalists will be selected over the summer. Finalists will be asked to submit copies of their completed dissertation within 2 weeks of notification. The winner will be selected from among the finalists and selected on the basis of a reading of the completed dissertation by all members of the award committee.

Call for Nominations

The 2019 George and Louise Spindler Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award as a tribute to George and Louise Spindler in recognition of their significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. The purpose of this award is to honor scholars/practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology as researchers or as practitioners have been distinguished, exemplary, and inspirational.

This award will be presented during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Vancouver, British Colombia  (November 20-24, 2019).

To be eligible to receive the Spindler award, a candidate must excel in their contributions to educational anthropology, either as scholars or as practitioners. Their contributions must be widely recognized for having significantly advanced our knowledge of the study of educational processes, or for having significantly improved the quality of the design or delivery of educational services.

Nominations must include:

1) a letter that includes a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions,

2) the nominee’s CV.

These 2 items should be sent to the Committee Chair, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana ([email protected]) by August 10, 2019.

For a list of past recipients, please visit the CAE website, at:

CAE Membership Fee Waiver Program

Council on Anthropology and Education

Membership Fee Waiver Program

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) is pleased to announce the 2019 Membership Fee Waiver Program for new members to CAE.  The one-time fee waiver will be for the CAE section fees only (i.e., $15 for students or $50 for standard membership).  The program applies to all eligible student or professional members.

To receive the membership fee waiver, eligible recipients must be either: 1) new members to the CAE, or 2) members who have let their membership lapse for more than 3 years (i.e., since 2016 or before). Recipients of the fee waiver must also complete the following requirements:

  • Apply for the waiver by sending the CAE Treasurer (Eric Johnson—see below) an email requesting a waiver code that will be used upon registration for the AAA conference and updating membership status.  The waiver code must be obtained prior to registration (i.e., any fees already paid will not be reimbursed).
  • Register for the 2019 AAA conference in Vancouver and use the waiver code for the CAE section membership fee.
  • Attend the AAA conference in Vancouver.
  • Participate in the new member orientation at the CAE Business Meeting event (scheduling information will be sent to all eligible recipients before the conference).

Although this waiver program is for CAE membership fees only, the AAA has a “New & Recent PhD Graduate Program” that provides a free 1 year membership to the AAA.  More information about that program can be found on the AAA

Please feel free to contact the CAE Treasurer, Eric Johnson, if you have any questions:

[email protected]