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  • 28 Sep 2023 1:57 PM | Cortney Hughes Rinker (Administrator)

    Submit an abstract for the 2024 Education & Health Research Hub Conference! This virtual conference, held Feb. 1 & 2, 2024 is a multi-institutional event, hosted by George Mason University's Center for Social Science Research and Institute for Immigration Research, but open beyond the university to all presenters and participants, including faculty, students, practitioners, and community partners.

    The conference theme is College Students of Immigrant Origin: Research, Practice, & Community Engagement, and sessions will feature scholarly papers, sessions on policy and practice, and work-in-progress roundtables. Deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2023. https://cssr.gmu.edu/events/15025

  • 20 Sep 2023 4:21 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    WAPA's new casebook features chapters from the 22 winners and honorable mentions of the Praxis Award between 2009 and 2019. Click here for information on Profiles of Anthropological Praxis: an International Casebook.

  • 28 Jun 2023 11:14 AM | Cortney Hughes Rinker (Administrator)

    The Global Affairs Program at George Mason University is seeking an instructor for GLOA 605: Interdisciplinary Research Methods for Fall 2023. This course meets face-to-face in Fairfax on Thursday evenings from 7:20-10:00pm. The semester starts on Monday August 21, 2023. Two anthropologists have long taught the course. Sample syllabi can be provided and the instructor is welcome to adapt what they would like from them for their version of the course. Global Affairs faculty would be more than happy to answer questions and provide any assistance. This is a required course for our Master’s students in Global Affairs and is considered a stepping stone for their Capstone Research Project given the final product is a proposal. It can also be taken by students in a few other programs to fulfill their methods requirement. Pay is based upon the university scale and is commensurate with experience. A PhD is required in a discipline related to Global Affairs (e.g., anthropology, sociology, political science, communication, policy, global studies, etc.). Must be comfortable teaching qualitative and some quantitative methods. If you would be interested, please send a CV to Cortney Hughes Rinker at chughe13@gmu.edu (preferably by July 15, 2023).

  • 18 Mar 2023 3:28 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Click here to download a list of NAPA-Sponsored Sessions SfAA 2023.pdf.

  • 05 Dec 2022 11:14 AM | Laurie Krieger

    The USAID Clean Cities Blue Ocean program announces the following consultancy opening.  Please apply on the website of the prime contractor (Tetra Tech):

    Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher for Clean Cities Blue Ocean (US-Based Remote) - Careers at Tetra Tech International Development (tetratechintdev.com).


    The SBC and Gender Director mentioned in the ad is a WAPA member.


    Location(s): Remote, USA

    Duration: Consultant

    Classification: Project

    Hire Type(s): US-Based Applicant

    Experience: 6-9 Years

    The USAID-funded Clean Cities Blue Ocean project in the USA, implemented by Tetra Tech International Development, is currently accepting expressions of interest for Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher. The assignment will be completed between 01 Jan 2023 to 31 July 2023. The assignment does not require a full-time or even half-time commitment.

    The Vector-borne Disease and Community Researcher will develop a policy paper on health risks associated with used tires storage and recycling and will conduct desk research on the topic of vector-borne diseases endemic or epidemic.

    * Meet with the CCBO Director of Social and Behavior Change and Gender, CCBO Chief of Party, and other CCBO staff to discuss the scope of work and CCBO expectations. (Probably remotely)
    * Conduct desk research on the topic of vector -borne diseases endemic or epidemic to southeast Asia, especially Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam; Sri Lanka, Maldives; Latin America and the Caribbean, especially Peru and the Dominican Republic, and Melanesia, Micronesia, and their relation to mosquito vectors breeding in tires and other waste plastic.
    * Meet with the CCBO SBC and Gender Director remotely bi-weekly or as needed to discuss progress and preliminary findings, as applicable.
    * Attend meetings and debrief with USAID remotely, as requested by CCBO.
    * Hold discussions with organizations and experts working in vector-borne diseases and mosquito and other relevant vector breeding behavior and plastic waste, especially tires, accompanied by CCBO staff, as requested by CCBO.
    * Write a white paper summarizing the literature on the subject, an analysis of the findings, and practical recommendations for tire and waste plastic storage, disposal, and treatment to avoid acting as vector breeding grounds—format and further content of the report will be agreed upon with CCBO.
    * Vet the white paper with designated CCBO staff; CCBO staff may ask for outside review.
    * Revise paper, as needed, based on first and subsequent round(s) of comments.

    * Must have a Ph.D. in Entomology, a social science, or public health.
    * Must have 8 years of experience in vector-borne diseases.
    * Must have previous experience writing white papers, reviewing articles or publishing papers.
    * Must have fluent proficiency in English speaking and writing.
    * Must be affiliated with a university or have easy access to a university library as well as academic and other databases that can provide the sources for the white paper.

    * U.S. work authorization required.

    To be considered applicants must submit the following as part of the online application process:

    * Cover Letter

    * CV in reverse chronological format

    * Writing Sample (must be sole authorship and no more than 10 pages)


    Please ensure that your Cover Letter and CV/Resume are uploaded and submit only the requested documentation as part of your application. Incomplete applications and/or corrupt files may delay processing of your application or remove you from consideration. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements listed above will not be considered. No phone calls will be accepted.


    At Tetra Tech, health and safety play a vital role in our success. Tetra Tech’s employees work together to comply with all applicable health & safety practices and protocols, including health orders and regulations related to COVID-19 that are mandated by local, state and federal authorities.


    Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, and technical services worldwide. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees - 21,000 people working together across disciplines and time zones to provide smart, sustainable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in over 450 locations around the world. We offer competitive compensation and benefits and are searching for innovative people to join our teams. We are an equal opportunity employer: EOE AA/M/F/Vets/Disability.

  • 01 Dec 2022 4:14 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Qualitative Data Management and Coding
    Description: LTG Associates is seeking a person with qualitative data management and coding experience for part-time, flexible work.
    Requirements: BA or MA/MS in a social science; experience with current coding software; current certificate of participant protection training (or willingness to take and pass 4-hour training); successful history of qualitative data management for research and/or evaluation purposes.
    Location: Remote
    Salary: Commensurate with experience and skills
    To apply, email resume and cover letter only to: ntashima@ltgassociates.com no later December 3, 2022

  • 01 Oct 2022 7:20 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Please click here for a PDF list of presentations being sponsored by NAPA at the 2022 American Anthropological Association meetings in Seattle in November.

  • 19 Sep 2022 12:05 PM | Cortney Hughes Rinker (Administrator)

    The Global Affairs Program at George Mason is in need of an instructor for its graduate course at the Master's Level, GLOA 615: Globalization in/of Africa in Spring 2023 (January 12-May 18, 2023), scheduled for Wednesday 7:20-10:00pm EST at the Fairfax campus. This is a graduate seminar, and while GLOA 615 (Case Studies in Globalization) has a set of expectations and shared learning outcomes, the instructor can choose how to achieve those through the empirical materials and assignments given that each section has its own topic. (This course was originally to be taught by a cultural anthropologist, but they are now going to be on leave.) PhD in relevant discipline is required. Pay is commensurate with experience and based on the university approved scale. Global Affairs is also able to pay for parking and the part-time faculty member will have access to Mason's resources and campuses. If interested, please send a CV to Cortney Hughes Rinker, chughe13@gmu.edu, the Director of the Global Affairs Program. Preference is to assign an instructor by mid- to late-October. Global Affairs is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with faculty coming from various disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, communication, political science, geography, cultural studies, and literature, and offers a BA and MA. Thank you!

  • 21 May 2022 2:38 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    WAPA is pleased to announce the publication of a new casebook featuring chapters from the 22 winners and honorable mentions of the Praxis Award between 2009 and 2019. The authors (including a few who will be quite familiar to WAPA members!) describe how they applied anthropological knowledge and methods, and most have included personal reflections and updated epilogues to bring their work into current focus.  Click here for information on obtaining a copy of Profiles of Anthropological Praxis: an International Casebook, including a promo code for 50% off the hardcover version (valid through June 30).

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