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  • 01 Jun 2016 10:55 AM | Jennifer Talken-Spaulding

    The National Park Service - Intermountain Region (IMR) is seeking applicants for the Tribal Liaison position.  The Vacancy Announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens (DEU) and current Federal Employees (Merit Promotion) and closes on June 13.  (Applicants should be certain that they apply through the correct vacancy announcement for their status.)  The IMR Tribal Liaison provides authoritative advice to IMR leadership and park managers on tribal issues, and serves as the region's technical expert on law, policy, and guidance pertaining to tribal consultation and the government-to-government relationship. The position reports to the IMR Deputy Regional Director-Chief of Staff.  The position is located in Lakewood, Colorado. 

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/440314500/  (DEU - U.S. Citizens)

    https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/440304000/  (Merit Promotion - current Federal employees)

    For questions on the application process, please contactRebecca Snavley, 303-969-2630, rebecca_snavley@nps.gov. 

  • 13 May 2016 9:02 AM | Jennifer Talken-Spaulding

    Mojave National Preserve is interested in conducting an Ethnographic Survey for the African American homesteading experience in Lanfair Valley, Mojave National Preserve, CA.  Partners of the National Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network (CESU:  http://www.cesu.psu.edu)  are invited to respond to this request for Letters of Research Interest.  This announcement is open to partners of the Californian, Colorado Plateau, Desert Southwest, Great Basin, Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain CESUs.

    Deadline for responding to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is July 15, 2016, at 23:59 PDT.


    The Mojave National Preserve is seeking a partner to aid in identifying and understanding historic and contemporary  associations of African Americans with the Lanfair Valley community.  The partner will be tasked with completing an ethnographic study that will document the historic relationship and contemporary values and beliefs these people have regarding the area.

    Lanfair Valley, in the Mojave National Preserve, in San Bernardino County, California, USA, preserves a remnant of an African American homesteading community settled and farmed from 1910-1930 with some families remaining into the 1950s. The area provides insights into the life of early 20th century African American homesteading families.

    Funding Opportunity Announcement

    The funding opportunity is available at grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284307).   Application instructions are included in Section III of the FOA.   Applications are to be submitted through grants.gov, and an application package (including all required and optional forms) is available for applicants on the grants.gov page for this FOA.


    Please contact William Nash, Financial Assistance Officer, NPS-PWR, (william_nash@nps.gov or 415-623-2262) or Lilette Baltodano (lilette_baltodano@nps.gov or 415-623-2251) if you have any questions.

  • 26 Apr 2016 11:42 AM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    The National Science Foundation announces an opening for the Deputy Division Director (DDD) in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS).  The DDD serves as a member of the BCS Division leadership team and as a principal spokesperson in the area of behavioral and cognitive sciences. In consultation with the Division Director, he/she provides leadership and direction to the NSF Division responsible for funding research and related activities aimed at better understanding, both nationally and internationally, scientific knowledge about humans spanning areas of inquiry including brain and behavior, language and culture, origins and evolution, and geography and the environment.  This position may be filled as a Career Senior Executive Service (SES) position, on a one-to-three year Senior Executive Service (SES) Limited Term Appointment, or on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment basis.  For further information on duties, qualifications, and the application process, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/436878200?org=BCS.  Position closes June 3, 2016.

    Note: Don't know anything more about this.   This was forwarded to me.


  • 09 Feb 2016 9:59 PM | WAPA Communications (Administrator)

    Long-time WAPA member Ted (Edward C) Green was recently awarded a modest grant from the Wenner-Gren foundation to establish an archive at the Smithsonian Museum's National Anthropological Archives (NAA) of his early 1970s fieldwork in the Suriname rainforest. The NAA has also requested his applied, public health related notes, photos, audiocassette recordings, professional correspondence, etc. from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, and elsewhere, up to the late-2000s. Ted adds "This means my personal fieldnotes, whether handwritten, typed or drawn, will become available to any anthropologist, anywhere--with the typed ones being accessible via internet. I am now going through as many of them as time allows and thinking about what belongs in the public versus private sphere." Ted does not know how long the archives needs to process all these materials (which includes digitization) once he submits them in April, but he guesses about 6 months.

  • 06 Dec 2015 8:18 PM | Terry Redding

    WAPA would like to congratulate the four recipients (co-winners and two honorable mentions) of the 2015 Praxis Award.

    Past WAPA President and longtime member Mari Clarke and her team received the award for their project "Improving Awareness and Technical Skills in Road Maintenance within the Third Rural Transport Project, Vietnam."

    The Praxis Award also went to Stephen Weidlich and the AECOM team  for their entry, "Little Saigon Design Guidelines" in San Diego, CA.

    There were also two Honorable Mentions provided.

    The first is to LTG Associates for "Pastors at Risk: Toward an Improved Culture of Health for United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina." Several members of the team are WAPA members.

    An Honorable Mention also went to Federico Cintrón-Moscoso, working with the Centro Para La Conservación Del Paisaje (Center for Landscape Conservation) in Puerto Rico, for the project “Public Participation in the Revision of El Yunque National Forest Management Plan."

    Information on all the awardees and their projects is found on this website at 


    WAPA would like to express deep appreciation for the tremendous amount of work done by the three 2015 Praxis Award jurors, who thoroughly examined many applications and provided thoughtful comments and ratings:

    Michael Agar established the MAA program at U Maryland, has authored several books, and runs his own consulting firm, Ethnoworks.

    Dominique Desjeux, professor emeritus in the Anthropology Department at the Sarbonne in Paris, founded a French social anthropology professional network called AnthroPik, and runs an international consulting firm, Daize and Co.

    Tracy Meerward Pester, a business anthropologist who worked as a contractor for General Motors for several years, has worked in recent years to modernize anthropological ethics statements to more closely align with the actual work done by practicing anthropologists.

    The 2015 Praxis Committee consists of Shirley Buzzard, Jenny Masur, Stan Yoder, and Terry Redding (chair).

  • 21 Nov 2015 12:24 PM | Deleted user

    8:00 - 9:45am 

    The Varied and Changing Roles of the MA Thesis in Anthropology: A Cross-Sectional Roundtable - 711, Colorado Convention Center

    > Courtney Hughes Rinker

    Do No Harm and Beyond: Considerations for Ethical Practice Across the Anthropological Endeavor - 108, Colorado Convention Center

    > Niel Tashima

    1:45 - 3:30pm 

    Responding to Student Concerns (Part 2): Strategies for Preparing Anthropology Students for the Real Job Market - Mile High 4A, Colorado Convention Center

    > Cathleen Crain

    Into the Fold: Silicon Valley Humanitarian Designers Financially Including Their Low-Income Neighbors - 706, Colorado Convention Center

    > Jeffrey Greger

    Gatekeepers, Guides & Genies: Examining Desires for PEACE in the Gambia, West Africa - 709, Colorado Convention Center

    > Bill Roberts

  • 20 Nov 2015 12:36 PM | Deleted user

    Sorry for the late posting. Big Praxis Award Ceremony tonight!

    8:00 - 9:30am - Using Anthropology at Work: Organization, Design, and Technology - 109, Colorado Convention Center

    > Laurie Krieger

    Anthropologists and the End of AIDS - Hyatt Regency: Capital Ballroom 3

    > Suzanne Leclerc-Madala

    10:30am - 3:30pm - 10th Annual AAA/NAPA Career Expo - Colorado Convention Center: Four Seasons Ballroom

    > Carol J. Ellick, Cathleen Crain (Organizer), Jennifer Talken-Spaulding, Joe Watkins

    1:45 - 3:30pm -  Gender and the Navigation of Organizational Hierarchy

    in the Neoliberal Manufacturing Workplace - 402, Colorado Convention Center

    > Lauren Hayes

     4:00 - 5:45pm - NAGPRA+25: Where Do We Stand, And Where Are We Going? Part II - 207 Colorado Convention Center

    > Joe Watkins

    7:45 - 9:00pm - Praxis Award Presentation (following NAPA Business Meeting at about 8:30pm) - 710, Colorado Convention Center

    > Terry Redding

  • 19 Nov 2015 9:51 AM | Deleted user

    8:00 - 9:45am - Received Knowledge and Representational Agency in Mathematics Classroom Discourse - 207, Colorado Convention Center

    > Daniel Ginsberg

    1:45 - 3:30pm - Practitioner Beginnings: How I Got My Job Outside the Academy - Mineral Hall C (Hyatt)

    > Carol Ellick and Terry Redding

  • 17 Nov 2015 11:19 PM | Deleted user

    2:00 - 3:45pm - Current Issues for Mid-Career Practicioners - Agate (Hyatt Regency)

    > Laurie Krieger and Terry Redding 

    Check back tomorrow for Thursday's schedule!

  • 13 Oct 2015 5:28 PM | Dolores Koenig

    The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is looking for interested and qualified researchers and PhD students in the fields of Cultural Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies and/or Cultural Geography with immediate availability to assist in the following short-term research assignments:

    • 1.       Literature review of the differential impacts of the statutory recognition of customary, collective rights (versus those situations where customary tenure institutions are not recognized by their governments) on women and men’s right to access, benefit from, and maintain control over natural resources, especially land and forests.
    • 2.       Literature review of the impacts of large-scale land acquisitions on women’s right to access, benefit from, and maintain control over natural resources, especially land and forests.

    We would be grateful if you could please post/share the attached Terms of Reference (please contact Annie Thompson for these) to eligible candidates in your department. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter, CV and abstracts of related work to Annie Thompson (athompson@rightsandresources.org).

    Applications will be accepted until October 25, 2015 or until the position is filled. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments.

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