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Are you marching for science next Saturday? I am.
Speaking of science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is looking for a Program Associate in the Research Competitiveness Program (RCP). The Program Associate will report to the Director of RCP. The Program Associate will work in RCP to collaborate on implementing innovation and entrepreneurship competitions and to support RCP’s peer-review and workshop programs. Specific areas of responsibility include contribution to the design and announcement of the competitions; recruiting reviewers; coordinating workshop implementation; building interest and participation in the competition through social networking; supporting the technical implementation of the… Continue reading
In the meanwhile, FHI360 is seeking a Program Assistant to support the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and other exchanges. Launched in 1940 by the U.S. Department of State, IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the United States for emerging foreign leaders in government, politics, the media, education, the arts, business and other… Continue reading
I was just passing by two people talking on an university corridor this week when I heard one of them telling the other how a friend wanted to get a graduate degree in anthropology but “luckily” she made her change her mind, because “what would she do with a degree in anthropology?” (Is it just me or is this getting old?)
Oh well, as an applied anthropologist you could work with the THREE group in Saratoga Springs, NY, for example. THREE is an independent insights company, their work helps category leading global client partners understand their audiences… Continue reading
How would you feel about contributing to bringing together anthropology and design? If you have a PhD and the idea of human-centered design appeals to you, the Department of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate level to begin August 2017. The New School has been at the forefront of important initiatives that bring together social science and design practices. Drawing on the combined strengths of The New School for Social Research and Parsons School of Design, the University has recently launched a series of… Continue reading
Defending our discipline took a whole new level this week when I found this video from Rockford Career College. It troubled me to see a school marketing its educational offer by mocking anthropology. Well, I thought to myself, if you need to belittle anthropology to promote your degrees, than your students will not have much to offer to the world in terms of understanding and working with other, diverse human beings. So I told them just that. I also gave them a short list of anthropologists whose work I suggested they read and offered to provide… Continue reading
The other week, a friend of mine that moved to the other end of North Carolina called. To my surprise it was her son, a middle schooler, wanting to talk to me.
– Ms. Adriana, you are an anthropologist, right?
I paused for a moment, a giant smile on my face, and replied:
– Yes, I am an anthropologist. Yes. I am.
And then we talked for a while about the beginnings of civilization, Gobekli Tepe, the Indus Valley and other questions he needed to answer for his school project.
Luckily, our skills are in demand not only… Continue reading
Welcome back to the academy, students and faculty! As we watch Labor Day in the rearview mirror, the northern hemisphere’s colleges and universities are all in full operation. Our “back to school special” is a list of all the subfields of, or application of, cultural “anthropology” that we found published during the month of August (without duplicating our posts on August 9th and August 23rd). We hope these provide inspiration for research papers, lecture anecdotes, and career choices. Enjoy!
Over a decade ago, in my native Romania, I worked as a language tutor for Peace Corps volunteers. The opportunity of doing service abroad as they did dazzled me. I could not imagine what it takes to manage such a wide network of volunteers working all over the globe.
I could see anthropologists easily fit in the profile of a Peace Corps volunteer. However, if going to the field for two years is not in something you would like to do, there are plenty of opportunities to support Peace Corps by working domestically. Speaking of which, Peace Corps is… Continue reading
Do you know that feeling when you are on the job hunt and you read a job description, you are the perfect match… but then you do not have a PhD? Yeah, I do too.
I have posted about a lot of jobs for applied anthropologists, both in the US and abroad, that do not require doctoral studies. However, as I navigate the job search myself I often find non-academic position listings that require a PhD in social sciences.
If you are up for the task and would like to go back to school or continue studying after you… Continue reading
“Humans are weird, wonderful, and irrational. How do we help them to change their at-work behavior in ways that will make them feel smarter and more productive?” (Microsoft Careers Page)
Have an anthropologist help you with that, of course!
I was searching for user experience jobs where our anthropological research skills could be put to good use and I came across the quote above, an intro for a Senior Design Researcher position with Microsoft. I had to share it with you. The position is based in San Francisco, CA and it requires at least five years of experience.… Continue reading