The Coastal Resources and Management PhD program at East Carolina University (ECU) is seeking a graduate research assistant (GRA) interested in the human dimensions of marine and coastal resource management issues to assist with a research project funded by the National Science Foundation, “Using Network Analysis to Examine the Political Ecology of Small-Scale Fisheries Management” (https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1756914& HistoricalAwards=false). The assistantship will begin in Summer 2019, with PhD coursework beginning in Fall 2019. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Grace-McCaskey (cynthiagracemccaskey.com), assisting with mixed-methods data collection in the U.S. Virgin Islands and south Florida, data analysis, and the dissemination of results.
The ideal candidate has an interest in using an applied and interdisciplinary approach to examine marine and coastal resource management issues. A master’s degree in the social sciences or natural resource management related field is required, along with experience using social science data collection techniques and qualitative and/or quantitative data analyses to answer complex research questions. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills are desired. Experience using social network analysis is desired but not required.
ECU’s coastal PhD program is housed within the Department of Coastal Studies and the Integrated Coastal Programs (http://www.coastal.ecu.edu) and provides an interdisciplinary approach to coastal studies that emphasizes links between natural, social, economic, and health sciences. The assistantship provides a tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and health insurance for the first year. Funding in subsequent years is likely, contingent on performance and available funds. The Coastal Resources and Management PhD program (http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/crm/) provides an interdisciplinary approach to coastal studies that emphasizes the links between science and public policy.
While the application deadline for the Coastal Resources and Management program is March 1, 2019, earlier submissions are highly encouraged. Interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Cynthia Grace-McCaskey (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to formally applying to the ECU graduate school.
Possible funding in subsequent years
The Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University invites applications to the Master’s degree program in Anthropology for admission in the fall semester of 2019. We offer graduate assistantships and out-of-state tuition waivers to highly qualified cultural anthropology applicants with an interest in environmental issues, including human adaptation to the impacts of climate change and the particular vulnerabilities experienced by marginalized populations, such as those in rural communities. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia Grace-McCaskey (cynthiagracemccaskey.com), assisting with ethnographic and mixed-methods data collection in North Carolina (with potential for additional research in the U.S. Virgin Islands and southeast U.S.), data analysis, and the dissemination of results.
ECU’s Master’s program in Anthropology is designed to provide students with competency in the three subfields of biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology. In addition, students have the opportunity to specialize in their area of interest, such as environmental anthropology, medical anthropology, forensic anthropology, or historic archaeology.
While the application deadline is March 1, 2019, we strongly encourage earlier submissions. Application reviews will begin immediately. Further details on the ECU Department of Anthropology and Master’s degree program can be found on the department website (www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/anth/Anthropology-Programs.cfm), along with details about how to apply. To be accepted to the program, students must qualify for admission to both the graduate school and the department.
Though not required, interested applicants are encouraged to send a brief letter of interest and a copy of their CV (including GPA and GRE scores) via email to Dr. Cynthia Grace-McCaskey (email@example.com) prior to formally applying to the ECU graduate school.
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