The American Anthropological Association (AAA) invites applications for an archivist/researcher/writer to research the history of its eight (8) sun setting standing committees in the archival collections of the AAA field at the National Museum of Natural History’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA). These committees include the Committee on Ethics, Committee on Gender Equity Issues in Anthropology (formally, Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology), Committee on Human Rights, Committee on Labor Relations, Committee on Minority Issues, Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology, Committee on Public Policy, and Committee on World Anthropology. Finding will be collected in a written report.
This is a contact position with a deadline for final report of August 2018. Work will be conducted at National Museum of Natural History’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA) at the Smithsonian’s Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland and at the National Headquarters of the American Anthropological Association in Arlington, VA. Some work can be conducted remotely.
Scope of Work - The researcher will generate a report that provides the following:
The year that each committee was created. Include (if available) the Executive Board motion creating the committee.
Provide committee charges, including any versions noting the changes to the charge of the committee.
Include summary paragraph in narrative form to give sense of committee mission.
The names (by year) of people elected and nominated to each committee, and identify the chairs (by year) of each committee.
Compile all yearly reports for each committee in an accessible place (this may mean that reports that pre-date online access may need to be made accessible; noting ones that have missing yearly reports).
Identify awards created, and generated through each committee. This should include some history on why the award was created and a list of all award winner’s name by year.
Once each summary history is generated, a short report for each committee should be made that identifies any committee action that aligns with the AAA Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP)
Applications should include:
A cover letter
A statement of research plans
A current curriculum vitae
Contact information for two references
Two writing samples.
Send application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Skills and Abilities: Archival research, strong communication skills, strong writing skills; ideal candidates will have excellent research skills using print, archival, and digital information resources and demonstrated ability to formulate primary source research into written projects; ability to work well under deadlines; demonstrate attention to detail; and show an understanding of the history of Anthropology and/or the history of the AAA.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation: The project budget is $9,000 which will be paid in installments based on agreed to benchmarks
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