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  • 13 Oct 2015 5:28 PM | Deleted user

    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.
  • 12 Oct 2015 11:30 AM | Ruth Sando

    WAPA is beginning to plan for our 40th anniversary in 2016.  We want to create a memorable event celebrating all the people and institutions that have built and sustained our organization. 

    We are asking for volunteers who can each donate a few hours of time to help organize a party on April 5, 2016 in the large ballroom at Sumner School.  A planning committee has been set up and we are looking for help in the following areas: food, program, publicity and set up/cleaning.

    Volunteering is a great way to meet and network with your fellow anthropologists.  Please consider spending a few hours to help make this a memorable event. Email Laurie Krieger at laurie-krieger@hotmail.com.


  • 31 Jul 2015 4:52 PM | Cathleen Crain

    Project Manager for National Meetings and Consultations Development and Implementation.


    Project Manager (PM).  The PM will serve as the principal point of contact for the Government.

    The PM will:

    • Assign, supervise, and coordinate Contractor staff and consultants/subcontracts.

    • Assure that data on the cost and progress of all tasks is available in regular reports and upon request.

    • Assure and monitor the quality of all work products, notify the Government as soon as practicable of any problems encountered in completing the work within a Task for a Project Assignment.

    • Ensure staffing continuity.

    • Maintain close communication with the Government and develop Work Plans and budgets in response to Project Assignments generated by the COR; develop revised budgets to reflect any changes in Project Assignments.

    • Monitor progress of Project Assignment.

    • Ensure the Project Assignment requirements are fulfilled.

    • Prepare reports.

    • ·       Design content of facilitation or meetings.
    • ·       Develop team to ensure high quality facilitation, rapporteur, note taking.
    • ·       Ensure quality recording of meeting activities.
    • ·       Design summation and reporting process.
    • ·       Ensure quality of summaries and reports.

     EXPERTISE REQUIRED. The potential candidate must have:

     Minimum five (5) years’ progressively responsible experience in the design and implementation of the content and logistics for meetings and consultations nationally.

    • ·       Excellent data development, management, analysis, and communication skills.
    • ·       Excellent planning skills as demonstrated by successful prior projects.
    • ·       Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
    • ·       Familiarity with print and online media, as well as new media technology utilization.
    • ·       Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple complex tasks.
    • ·       Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
    • ·       Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills. Demonstrated ability to convey messages through clear and concise writing.
    • ·       Ability to travel domestically at approximately 25%.


    Job Station:  Metropolitan, Washington, DC.  Will require domestic travel.

    Job Start: This is a contingent hire; if the position becomes available, it will start approximately September 15, 2015.

    Pay and Benefits: To be discussed with qualified candidates.

    Resumes Only to:  Info@ltgassociates.com by COB 8/7/15

  • 17 Jun 2014 1:55 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

     Appalachian State University is seeking a dynamic, creative, energetic, organized professional to join a great team to advance the civic engagement of our student body. The position reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and affords the unique opportunity of working with experienced professionals in a team approach to meet local community needs through service-learning & community-based research.

     Academic Civic Engagement is part of the Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) Program, which is supported jointly by the Division of Student Development and the Division of Academic Affairs. Centrally located in the new wing of the Plemmons Student Union, ACT is closely aligned with a wide variety of student support offices and is easily accessed by thousands of students each day. ACT has a 25 year history of meeting local community needs by engaging students and faculty members in the community. Academic Civic Engagement works in collaboration with the co-curricular component of ACT.

     The Director of Academic Civic Engagement is a full-time position which reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and is housed in the University College within the Division of Academic Affairs. This is a masters-level position, with experience in teaching a service-learning course or administering an academic service-learning program required. Occasional evening and weekend work expected as part of a flexible work schedule. Preferred qualifications include international travel, administrative experience, advising/leading students, and an earned doctorate, as well as a demonstrated commitment to service.

     The successful candidate will oversee both the domestic and international service-learning programs, comprised of over 100 courses. The position description and more information about ACT, University College, and Appalachian State University are available at www.act.appstate.edu, www.engagement.appstate.edu, and www.universitycollege.appstate.edu. Appalachian State has a solid reputation regionally for developing outstanding student leaders, a thriving co-curricular volunteer and service-learning program, and maintaining positive & healthy relationships with our local community partners. ACT is well networked throughout the state of North Carolina through North Carolina Campus Compact, in addition to various national networks. The Academic Civic Engagement program recently completed the Carnegie Reclassification framework, and has been instrumental in identifying engagement as a key strategic direction in our new strategic plan.

     General Job Description:

    The Director of Academic Civic Engagement works to strengthen and expand the service-learning & community-based research programs, including both domestic and international efforts. This position manages all aspects of the Service-Learning & Community-Based Research Program including: project development, faculty/community partner development and relations, grants, syllabi review, student orientation sessions, risk management, assessment, etc. The Director works collaboratively with many Student Development offices and academic departments, including student development staff in the ACT office & Student Programs, and the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) & the Hubbard Center for Faculty Development. The Director of Academic Civic Engagement will advance strategic initiatives related to service-learning through the coordination and facilitation of the Service-Learning Council, comprised of faculty, students, and community partners. Additionally, this staff member will market both the domestic & international options available to students. The Director will informally teach student development and program planning principles to student leaders, graduate assistants, and interns.

     Qualifications: Master's Degree and minimum 5 years of experience required. Experience must include either teaching a service-learning course or administering an academic service-learning program. Preferred qualifications include administrative experience, conducting faculty trainings, advising/leading students, international academic experience , and an earned doctorate as well as a demonstrated commitment to service.

     To apply: Only electronic applications will be accepted. Send current resume or vita, cover letter, and 3 references to:

    Sonya Long (longsm@appstate.edu)

     Deadline to apply: Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Proposed starting date for this position is August 30, 2014.

     Individuals with disabilities desiring reasonable accommodations in the application process should contact the chair of the search committee. All offers of employment will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

     Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.



  • 10 Feb 2014 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    The Anthropology Department of University of Maryland, College Park Campus is offering an Anthropology Career Boot Camp and Internship Program.  The Boot Camp, June 23-28, 2014, is an intensive skill building course intended to provide students an insight into the knowledge and skills that employers are seeking.  Following the Boot Camp, students participate in a 6-week long internship within their anthropological subfield.

    The program is open to all upper division undergraduate and graduate students.  Students attending from an institution outside of Maryland can attend at the in-state tuition rate!

    Application deadline: March 14, 2014. 

    More information is available on the flyer:


    or contact Carol Ellick at: cjellick@umd.edu.

  • 27 Sep 2013 4:16 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)
    The Department of Social and Behavioral Health at t
    he Virginia Commonwealth
    University (VCU) School of Medicine is seeking to f
    ill a 12-month tenure-track
    faculty position (open-rank). VCU is a major public
    research university with a
    nationally acclaimed academic medical center. We ar
    e looking for a talented and
    energetic faculty member with expertise in behavior
    al interventions, specializing in
    obesity, diabetes or physical activity. The success
    ful candidate will have a nationally
    recognized research program, demonstrated success s
    ecuring extramural funding,
    and the ability to develop interdisciplinary collab
    orations. We are also looking for
    an individual who enjoys working with graduate stud
    ents. The faculty member will
    have teaching responsibilities at the graduate leve
    l (1-2 courses per year) and will
    mentor doctoral students. This position provides op
    portunities for diverse research
    experiences in a highly supportive and collegial en
    vironment with potential for
    Required Qualifications: The ideal candidate will h
    ave a doctoral degree in public
    health or social or behavioral science (i.e. psycho
    logy, sociology, anthropology).
    Program of research should focus on obesity, diabet
    es or exercise. The candidate
    should have a demonstrated record of extramural fun
    ding and peer-reviewed
    publications commensurate with rank. Methodological
    experience in community
    engaged research is highly desirable. Previous teac
    hing experience at the graduate
    level within an academic setting is preferred. Demo
    nstrated experience working in
    and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student
    environment or commitment to do
    so as a faculty member at VCU.
    Application Process: Applicants should submit a cov
    er letter detailing their program
    of research, CV and list of three references to: D
    epartment of Social and Behavioral
    Health, PO Box 980149, Richmond VA 23298, Attention
    : Kate Ockerman (materials
    can be sent electronically to
    ). Review of applications will start
    immediately and the position will remain open until
    “Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal oppor
    tunity, affirmative action university providing
    access to education and employment without regard t
    o age, race, color, national origin, gender,
    religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, pol
    itical affiliation or disability
  • 19 Sep 2013 12:23 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    Do you think that social science research is an important part of the solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic?  Do you have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., etc.), or are you about to complete one? Do you want to receive further training to become an independent HIV/AIDS researcher?

    If so (or if you know anyone to whom this might apply), you might be interested in our NIMH-funded postdoctoral training program, focusing on HIV, gender, and human sexuality at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies (Columbia University New York). You can learn more about the program by visiting http://gendersexualityhealth.org/training/nrsa.html. Trainees receive up to three years of support for stipends, health insurance, travel for conferences, and research. An application form can be found at the website.

    Positions for our three-year training program will be available as of July 2014. Make sure that we receive your application form not later than November 1, 2013, if you want to be considered for this position.

    Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Persons from underrepresented groups (including those with disabilities and disadvantaged

    background) are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Please forward this announcement to any other appropriate

  • 18 Sep 2013 12:09 PM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)
    Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa is hiring an Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning Coordinator. This is a great position with a very active and engaged campus. This person will assist the Director in setting and achieving strategic priorities for the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Lead and direct initiatives with faculty, staff and students to achieve objectives in the college strategic plan related to civic engagement. Working alongside a team of professionals in the CCE, support and encourage leadership, service, social justice, and vocational discovery as a part of student learning and development. This is an 11-month, full-time position with some nights and weekend commitments.


    Application review begins October 14. Please let me know if you have any questions!


    Emily J. Shields
    Executive Director
    Iowa Campus Compact
    Pappajohn Education Center
    1200 Grand Ave., Suite 200
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 235-4684
    Cell (515) 321-6024
    Fax (515) 235-4601

  • 12 Jul 2013 10:51 AM | Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts (Administrator)

    Seeking Applied Behavioral Scientist to Join the National Institute on Aging

    The Individual Behavioral Processes Branch (IBP) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is recruiting a dynamic and experienced psychological or behavioral scientist with academic training and expertise related to behavioral medicine, mechanisms of behavior change, and the design and conduct of behavioral and/or community interventions.

    The successful candidate will play a leading role in the implementation of a research agenda to advance the next generation of interventions for healthy aging, with a particular focus on translating recent advances in use-inspired basic behavioral science. Applicants should have experience working at the intersection of behavioral, social and biomedical sciences, e.g. psychology, economics, neuroscience, medicine, genetics, epidemiology, or sociology/demography.  Prior experience in aging research is not required.

    The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) supports social, behavioral, and economic research and research training on the processes of aging at both the individual and societal level. BSR fosters cross-disciplinary research, at multiple levels from genetics to cross-national comparative research, and at stages from basic through translational.  The IBP branch supports research and training on health and behavior, cognitive and emotional functioning, technology and human factors, and integrative approaches to the study of social, psychological, genetic and physiological influences on health and well-being over the full life course, with emphasis on midlife and older age, and on early life (including prenatal) influences on later life outcomes. To learn more about BSR, please visit:  http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr.

    Psychological and behavioral scientists in NIA/BSR enjoy a scientifically energizing and collegial environment with ample opportunities to develop research and funding initiatives; cultivate a diverse portfolio of grant-supported research;  lead and participate in transdisciplinary research collaborations among public, private, and academic stakeholders; and,  develop national and international scientific programming (e.g., symposia, special journal issues and supplements, conferences, and workshops).

    Psychological/behavioral scientists are encouraged to engage in independent or collaborative research, present findings at scientific meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals. It is possible to devote up to 20% of one’s time to research. 

    NIA is recruiting at the junior and senior academic levels. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. and substantial research training in psychological and biobehavioral sciences and/or related fields. Candidates with strong writing, communication and interpersonal skills are sought.

    The work site is the Washington, D.C. suburb of Bethesda, Maryland. Salaries will be competitive and commensurate with experience; excellent benefits will be provided.  All applicants will receive consideration without regard to ethnicity, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.

    To express your interest, send the following documents by electronic mail to Farheen Akbar (farheen.akbar@nih.gov ):

    ·         Cover letter describing your expertise and interest in directing a behavioral science research program at the NIA;

    ·         Curriculum vitae, including professional references; and,

    ·         One first-authored journal publication relevant to the expertise sought in this announcement.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy.  A formal position announcement will be posted on www.usajobs.gov and applications must be submitted through that website to be considered.  Please check that website regularly for updated postings, as positions are only open for 10 days. 

    For additional information contact:

    Lisbeth Nielsen, PhD 

    Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch/BSR/NIA/NIH

    Phone: (301) 402-4156; Email: nielsenli@nia.nih.gov 

  • 12 Jun 2013 8:33 PM | Terry Redding

    The deadline for entries for the 2013 WAPA Praxis Award is fast approaching: July 1, 2013. Applications will not be accepted after that date.


    For over three decades, WAPA’s biennial Praxis Award has recognized outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a single project or specific, long-term endeavor. Submissions should clearly demonstrate how the applicant used anthropology to effectively address contemporary human problems. This is not a career or lifetime achievement award, but one that recognizes the value of applying anthropology to everyday problems and issues.


    The competition for this prestigious award is open to anyone holding an MA or PhD in any subfield of anthropology. WAPA strongly encourages nominations (including self-nominations) from individuals, groups or organizations wherein at least one anthropologist worked on and influenced the designated project. Entries are also encouraged from anthropologists worldwide.


    Award recipients receive a $1000 stipend and will be recognized at the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) business meeting, held during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in November 2013. 


    Application information is available under the “Praxis” link on the WAPA website, www.wapadc.org. Nominations must include a cover page and a 5 to 10-page descriptive essay. Entries will be strengthened by supporting letters, public testimonials and media releases from project clients and beneficiaries (not colleagues). 


    WAPA members are encouraged to share information about the Praxis Award with colleagues and contacts, and should feel free to forward this message to various lists and groups as relevant.


    For additional information, contact:

    Terry Redding

    2013 Praxis Award Committee Chair

    Email: terrymredding (at) yahoo.com

    Phone:  202-462-9124

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