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  • 16 Mar 2022 6:05 PM | Cortney Hughes Rinker (Administrator)

    The Global Affairs Program at George Mason University is searching for an instructor to teach GLOA 305: College-to-Career in Fall 2022. This is a one credit course that meets online on Tuesday, 7:20-9:10pm. The fall semester runs August 22 to December 14, 2022. GLOA 305 focuses on career choices and effective self-presentation for soon-to-be graduating students with an undergraduate major in Global Affairs. It explores how the skills and knowledge gained through the humanities and social sciences in particular can be leveraged for a successful transition to post-graduation employment or graduate school. The course is to balance teaching students practical skills that may include interfacing with Career Services (e.g., resume building, interviewing) with offering students opportunities to explore professional fields through networking and research (e.g., informational interviews, guest speakers, networking events in the class). We hope that the instructor will be able to take a lead in providing these opportunities for professionalization to the students enrolled. Global Affairs alumni work in a wide variety of positions in the D.C. region and outside of it (e.g., government, industry, non-profits, think tanks, consulting, academia) and several have secured external grants and fellowships. Pay is commensurate with experience. A minimum of a Master’s Degree is required. You can read more about the Global Affairs program here: https://globalaffairs.gmu.edu/. It is an interdisciplinary program housed in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason and one of the largest programs in terms of number of students in the college. Most of the core full-time faculty are trained as anthropologists. If interested, please send resume to Cortney Hughes Rinker, the Director of the Global Affairs Program, at chughe13@gmu.edu. If possible, we hope to fill the position by mid-April but will consider all inquiries until it is filled. Thank you!

  • 15 Oct 2021 12:34 PM | Robert Winthrop

    Series/Grade/Appointment Type: Social Scientist, 0101, GS 9, Term

    Location: USGS, Fort Collins, Colorado

    Salary: 58,585 to $76,160 per year

    Closing date: 10/27/2021

    The Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in partnership with the USGS Land and Remote Sensing Program are excited to announce a GS9 Social Scientist term position in the Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado. The SEA Branch is responsible for planning and conducting research related to the management of the Nation’s natural resources through the development of knowledge about human interactions with the environment.

    The SEA Branch is seeking a social scientist to be part of our Human Dimensions of Earth Observation team. In addition to qualification requirements stated in the USAJOBS - Job Announcement, Specialized Experience for this position is defined as experience in planning and carrying out social science projects in the context of remote sensing data, satellite imagery, or similar geospatial application that includes: conducting targeted literature reviews; preparing summary technical reports of literature; and communicating scientific and technical information via the internet and presentations.

    DO NOT reply to this message with questions about this position. All questions should be directed to the contact provided in the job announcement.

    APPLY HERE: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/617341700

  • 01 Oct 2021 8:41 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    St. Mary’s College of Maryland is recruiting a Public Humanities Fellow to build on national attention for the College’s recently dedicated Commemorative to Enslaved Peoples of Southern Maryland by leading a one-year grant-funded project. By supporting existing humanities programming and participating in community engagement work with invested people and projects in the campus and local community, the Public Humanities Fellow will take responsibility for two central objectives: 1) creating a long-term plan for activities and public outreach related to this monument for use by the College; and 2) completing scholarly research in the humanities related to the Fellow’s expertise that bears directly on the experiences of the enslaved in the historical and contemporary American landscape. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in any field of the humanities specializing in histories of enslavement, antiracism and social justice, and/or monuments and memory and a commitment to public humanities in museums and heritage work, galleries, libraries, and archives, or other cultural and service organizations. The successful candidate should expect a November 2021 start date with compensation set at $60,000 with health care benefits.

    Review of résumés will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

    Detailed position information is available at: https://www.smcm.edu/hr/smcm-job/public-humanities-fellow-temporary-1-year-contingent-position/

    Apply at: apply.interfolio.com/94989
  • 19 Sep 2021 4:09 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) is pleased to announce our 82nd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2022. For meeting information visit www.appliedanthro.org/annual-meeting

    The SfAA invites abstracts (sessions, papers, posters, and videos) for the program of the 82nd Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT, March 22-26, 2022. The theme of the program is “The Revolutionary Potential of the Social Sciences: Transforming Possibilities.”

    The 2022 SfAA Annual Meeting offers researchers, practitioners, and students from diverse disciplines and organizations the opportunity to discuss their work and consider how it can contribute to a better future. SfAA members come from a host of disciplines -- anthropology, geography, sociology, economics, business, planning, medicine, nursing, law, and more. The annual meeting provides a fertile venue in which to trade ideas, methods, and practical solutions, as well as an opportunity to enter the lifeworlds of other professionals.

    The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2021. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page www.appliedanthro.org  and click on annual meeting.

    Melissa Cope
    Society for Applied Anthropology
    PO Box 2436
    Oklahoma City, OK  73101


    Attend the 82nd Annual Meeting 

    Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22-26, 2022

  • 06 May 2021 2:13 PM | Robert Winthrop

    The Fish & Wildlife Service is filling four permanent environmental social science positions. This is a good opportunity. A BA is required, but this type of position usually goes to candidates with an MA or PhD. Deadline May 21.

    Rob Winthrop


    Hello Colleagues! 

    It is with great enthusiasm that I share this job announcement with you! Please share widely, including through any listservs you are a part of.  

    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is hiring FOUR GS 12/13 social scientists at multiple locations across the country. This is an unprecedented hiring action that reflects our agency’s commitment to mainstreaming social science to improve our conservation outcomes. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about the social sciences and looking for an opportunity to translate their knowledge into applied practices that will inform and guide the Service's regional and national conservation work. 

    Announcement for any American Citizen 


    Announcement for Current or Former Federal Employees 


    The announcement is open until May 21, 2021. 

    **NOTE: As of December 2020, a new assessment called USA Hire has been incorporated into the Federal job announcement process for this and other job series. After completing their application through the links below, applicants are directed to take a USA Hire assessment, covering competencies such as reasoning skills, interpersonal skills, and writing skills. This assessment is required and may take up to four hours to complete. Applicants must fill out the assessment in its entirety to be considered.  

    Natalie Sexton
    Human Dimensions Branch
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- National Wildlife Refuge System
    Natural Resource Program Center
    1201 Oakridge Drive, Suite 320
    Fort Collins, CO 80525

    970.266.2935 Office

    970.222.3881 Cell


    Questions? Please contact the Human Dimensions Branch at human_dimensions@fws.gov


  • 04 Mar 2021 12:52 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    Hi WAPA  Members and Friends.

    I'd like to introduce you to The AAA Task Force  on Anthropology in Practice Settings (TF) , established by the 2019 AAA Executive Board. The Task Force has a three-year term, from 2020-2022. We are in our second year. I'm writing this to let you know what the TF is all about and also to seek your input.

    The TF's charge is “to recommend ways in which the Association can increase engagement on the part of anthropologists working in business, government, and non-profit settings”  (quote from formal charge statement.)

    In summary we are to develop and pilot ways that the AAA can be more useful, relevant, and welcoming to practitioners as well as to recommend changes to current practices. We're especially concerned with those whose primary employment is outside the academy.  We're acting to better engage practitioner members with the AAA and those who are not members.

    Here is the Task Force.

    • Chair:    Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts(UMD  College Park)
    • Staff Lead:   Daniel Ginsberg (AAA-Director, Education & Professional Practice
    • Members: 
    • Elizabeth K. Briody (Cultural Keys LLC)
    • Nazia Hussain (Independent Consultant)
    • Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri (U. of Texas  El Paso)
    • Peter Kurie (Independent Consultant-Creative Industries)
    • Pamela Rao (Kavali Consulting)
    • Samantha Solimeo (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
    • Alayne Unterberger (Fla. Inst. of Community Studies)

    We’ve organized our work within a framework for action.  This includes the following action areas, all relative to practice and practitioners: a Practitioners Study, the  AAA Website, Annual Meeting, Publications, Governance, and Membership Recruitment, Professional Development, Ethics, and Supports for Anthropology Departments to better prepare students for practice careers. We will work to educate non-academic organizations to understand anthropological practice, and to strengthen the job market for practitioners. This is clearly a busy, hard-working group.

    I'll be happy to talk with you about the TF and answer any questions.  I also hope you'll give me your thoughts about the AAA, that is, what we're doing right and what the Association could do better.  I'm also interested in hearing why you are or are not a AAA member and what relationship you think WAPA should have with the AAA.

    You may add a comment by clicking on the button below. To contact me privately, please click on my name at the top of this message.

    Thanks for your interest and help!


  • 18 Jan 2021 12:55 PM | James Stansbury

    Medical Anthropology Quarterly paper journal; Vol 10 - 29 inclusive.  Write to Jim at jstansbu@gmail.com

  • 29 Dec 2020 1:51 PM | Cathleen Crain
    NAPA’s "Toolkit of a Good Professional Anthropologist" is featured in a new book: Designing an Anthropology Career Professional Development Exercises, Second Edition by Sherylyn H. Briller and Amy Goldmacher. From the book: “We hope that this book and its customized exercises will help up-and-coming anthropologists and those further along in their careers to master the anthropological “tools in their own professional toolkit” (Garcia Ruiz 2000) (see Table 2). The toolkit was originally developed by the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) to formally describe and identify the perspectives, methods, skills, attributes, applications, and challenges that anthropology brings when applied to real-world problems (Garcia Ruiz 2000). From our experiences at Wayne State, and more recently at Purdue and out in industry, we have seen that this toolkit is a useful teaching device to help students conceptualize what anthropologists do in their workplaces. Specifically, this tool helps anthropology students and professionals to reflect on their backgrounds, skill sets, and the complementarity of an anthropological approach for other fields. Importantly, this toolkit also gives students a sense of how to talk about their own abilities and educate potential employers as well as others about how anthropologists approach and solve problems and the contributions they can make.”

    For the next 10 days, you can use code HOLIDAY20 for 35% off at rowman.com until Jan. 8, 2021. Beyond that date, the friends and family code is RLFANDF25 for 25% off.  https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781538143278/Designing-an-Anthropology-Career-Professional-Development-Exercises-Second-Edition

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:41 AM | Robert Winthrop

    WAPAistas -

    Excellent mid-career position for an environmental anthropologist at the Conservation Science program of Pew Charitable trusts. 10 years' experience required, advanced degree preferred. 

    Rob Winthrop


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