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UB Gender Institute
Due Date: May 17, 2021

The Gender Institute (Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender) seeks a Graduate Assistant for an administrative position for the 2021-2022 academic year (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022). The one-year position is renewable for a second year pending satisfactory work during initial year. The twelve-month salary is $19,000 plus health insurance.
Primary Duties:

  • assist with Gender Institute events and committee meetings
  • design publicity posters, flyers, and programs
  • maintain website
  • manage social media presence
  • host and produce monthly podcast
  • and other tasks as assigned.


  • Ph.D. candidate who has passed their comprehensive exams at UB who is
    • Working on a dissertation related to research about women, gender and/or sexuality and/or
    • Involved in feminist, women’s or LGBTQ communities, organizations, or non-academic projects and
    • Passionate about gender equity, feminism, and social justice
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • advanced computer skills, including Microsoft Office, Google products, and proficiency in or ability to learn website content management, Adobe Suite programs, Audacity, video editing software
  • strong organizational skills
  • experience with social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • ability to video and audio record Gender Institute events using AV equipment
  • ability to multitask
  • capacity for both independent work and team work
  • ability to represent the Gender Institute in the community as needed
  • experience with community outreach preferred
  • reliable transportation preferred, but not required                   

Some additional training will be required. This position requires 20 hours of work per week, including occasional evening and weekend events. Time flexibility is a requirement.
Please direct all questions regarding the position to Becky Burke at 
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, current resume, writing sample of no more than 10 pages (such as your dissertation prospectus, a chapter, or an essay) and two letters of recommendation to
Please submit all materials to the Institute no later than Monday, May 17th, 2021 at 5pm.


Experiential Learning Network (ELN), Undergraduate Education

Due Date: May 16, 2021

Anticipated early July 2021 – end of May 2022

20hrs/week (represents full-time for GA positions), specific hours to be arranged. Position is primarily in-person with office hours located in 24 Capen Hall.       


Primary Duties:
Project Portal, Funding and Digital Badge Administration

  • Serve as point person for student support and communication related to ELN’s Project Portal
  • Meet with students during drop-in hours and scheduled in-person and zoom appointments to answer general questions and guide through the ELN digital badge and funding processes
  • Manage the ELN office email by responding to or triaging emails in a timely manner
  • Utilize the digital badge workflow system to check for student digital badge sign ups and assignment submissions on a regular basis; use scoring rubrics to evaluate student work and issue badges
  • Assist with the posting, management and tracking of project portal listings submitted by UB faculty and staff

Communications and Outreach

  • Use data collected through the ELN digital badge series to assist with ELN assessment and storytelling efforts
  • Represent ELN at campus tabling events for prospective and current students
  • Help the ELN team with the planning, coordination, facilitation and assessment of major events including but not limited to the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence and programs affiliated with external grants awarded to ELN
  • Prepare monthly ELN newsletters for both faculty and students featuring opportunities and stories related to experiential learning
  • Create marketing materials (posters, quarter cards, brochures, etc.) as needed using the UB brand toolkit guidelines
  • Manage all social media channels by creating content and implementing ways to increase followership and engagement
  • Assist with daily office operations and special projects as assigned

All Graduate Assistants must:

  • Be fully matriculated in a graduate degree program at UB
  • Be a full-time graduate student, maintaining a minimum of nine (9) credits per semester
  • Maintain good academic standing during each semester of the assistantship

In addition, the Graduate Assistant (GA) for Experiential Learning must possess:

  • Strong, independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • The ability and eagerness to lead assigned projects
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including an ability to work with students, faculty and staff
  • Strong ability to learn new programs and processes necessary for the role
  • High attention to detail and strong writing ability
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with different timelines and to problem solve
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and within teams
  • Strong knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment exhibiting understanding, appreciation and respect for a wide variety of individual differences and backgrounds

To Apply
Please submit your (1) resume and (2) cover letter to byMay 16, 2021.


Awards and Prizes

Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) 2021 Graduate Paper Prize
Prize Amount: $250.00
Submission Deadline: July 1, 2021

ASAP awards a prize of $250 annually for the best graduate student paper on any aspect of the anthropology of policy. A condensed version of the winning paper will be published in the ASAP Anthropology News column and linked on the ASAP website.

Papers must be based upon substantial and original ethnographic fieldwork.  A committee of three ASAP board members will read and assess the papers based upon the originality and depth of their empirical research and their contribution to the field; organization, quality, and clarity of writing; the implications/ramifications of the policy and its implementation; and cogency of argument. Please note: papers should directly address the anthropology of policy rather than merely policy per se.

Manuscripts should be sent to Jennifer Hubbert ( as MS Word files, double-spaced, with one file for the text itself (with author’s name removed) and another file for the cover page (see details below). The award winner will be notified in the fall of 2021.

General eligibility criteria:

  1. Students must be in a degree-granting program (including MA or PhD) at the time of their submission.
  2. Paper must be the original work of the student and previously unpublished.
  3. Paper must have been written in the current 2020-2021 academic year (i.e., since August 2020).
  4. Limit of one submission per student; previous applicants may apply.

Manuscript format criteria:

  1. All manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced.
  2. Maximum length for the body of the text 7,000 words.
  3. All submissions must follow the standard anthropological format for citations, endnotes, and “References Cited” as outlined in the American Anthropologist style guide.
  4. Authors must include a title and an abstract of 250 words or less on the first page of the paper.
  5. The author’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, university affiliation and academic status (MA or PhD) should appear typed on a cover sheet separate from the manuscript. The author’s name should not appear elsewhere on the manuscript.
  6. The paper must be submitted to Jennifer Hubbert by July 1, 2021. No late entries will be accepted and submissions will not be returned. Outside of the award itself, comments on the papers will not be provided to authors.

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