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Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology
Faith Warner, associate professor of anthropology
Faith Warner, Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology, presented a paper, "An Inconvenient Anthropologist: Ethical Collisions in Advocacy, Activist, and Feminist Anthropology in Refugee Research," at the 73rd Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Denver, Colorado March 19-25, 2013.
Additionally, she co-organized a roundtable on preparing for graduate school with representatives of the leading graduate programs in applied anthropology in the U.S.-Preparation for Admission to M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Applied Anthropology: A Roundtable Discussion with Graduate Faculty Members. She also chaired a session entitled, Resolving Conflicts and Contradictions in Anthropological and Archaeological Research.
March — Alexa Rose, an anthropology major, teamed with Melanie Yodock, an anthropology graduate ’11, David Magolis, interim director of library services, and Warner, Ph.D., to research library ethnography at the Andruss Library. The four recently presented their research, "Anthropologists and Assessment in Academia: An Application of Library Ethnography," at the Society for Applied Anthropology International Conference in Baltimore. Andruss Library has since used some of the findings to make changes to improve its service to the community.
March — Julie Steffen, a December 2012 anthropology graduate, along with Warner, Ph.D., presented their research, “The Perceived Costs and Benefits of Fracking in Central Pennsylvania,” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Denver. The ethnographic research presented in this poster documents perceptions of local residents towards the impact of fracking on the region’s environment, economy, laws, and culture. Central foci of the research include the disagreement over the risks associated with fracking, conflict over the distribution of its benefits, and the resulting community tensions over changes in socioeconomic relations, the social and natural environment, laws, policies, and regulations relating to the fracking boom.
The central goal of the research project was to document the often volatile and divisive attitudes of people who live within 30 miles of a fracking well in the Marcellus Shale Region in the vicinity of Williamsport in order to develop a clearer understanding of the degree to which community members perceive both the costs and benefits of fracking to themselves and their community at large.
September — Warner, Ph.D., was selected as a recipient of the Dean's Salute To Excellence Award as honored by Dean James Brown ... "Many faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are excellent teacher-scholars who contribute greatly to the well-being of our students and the university community. By virtue of their teaching, scholarly/creative work, and service, campus culture is improved and the visibility and reputation of the university is enhanced nationally and internationally."
In 1998 Dean Hsien-Tung Liu established the Dean’s Salute to Excellence award to recognize distinction in the areas of teaching and professional responsibilities, scholarship, and service. Since then, the college has recognized a few select faculty members each year for their achievements, with selection based on performance reviews.
Warner recently completed her tenth post-tenure year. Her passion for teaching is effectively reflected in her student evaluations, which are exemplary, as well as in the observations of her chairperson and peers, who write that her “success is evident whether she is in front of over 200 students in a mass lecture introductory course, guiding anthropology majors through graduate and career preparatory upper level courses, or individually crafting research projects one-on-one with a single student.” Her commitment to mentoring and student success is evident throughout everything she does.
During the evaluation period she offered eight scholarly presentations and two additional posters in collaboration with students. Additionally she published three articles as well as a film on the discipline of anthropology. She is very active in service to her department and has served as interim director of the Frederick Douglass Initiative, as well as working with that organization in a variety of capacities. She has also been a productive member of the college’s Assessment Committee, and she has been asked to serve as chair of that group as well.
November — Warner, Ph.D., also presented “The Legacy of La Violencia on Maternal and Child Health for Guatemalan Refugees in Mexico and the United States: A Feminist Application of Johan Galtung's Violence Triangle” on the session Tidemarks and Legacies in the Anthropology of Violence, reviewed by the Society for Medical Anthropology at the 110th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Montreal, QC, Canada Nov. 17. At the meetings, she also participated on the workshop, “Preparing Undergraduates to Practice Anthropology.”
October — Warner, Ph.D., published “A ‘First Fieldwork’ Firsthand Experience for an Introductory Cultural Anthropology Class” in Strategies in Teaching Anthropology. The volume was featured in the October 2011 Anthropology News of the American Anthropological Association: Integrated Strategies in Teaching Anthropology.
May — Warner, Ph.D., had her research on refugee women's health featured in the international development sector in ”Gendered Perspectives on International Development Resource Bulletin", Volume 24:2 published by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) at Michigan State University, the host center for the Women and International Development Program.
The bulletin highlighted Warner’s article from Medical Anthropology Quarterly, “Social Support and Distress among Q’eqchi’ Refugee Women in Maya Tecún, Mexico”. Also, two graduate schools selected the article for their journal club discussions, including the Medical Anthropology Journal Club at the University of Florida and the Medical Anthropology & Public Health Journal Club at Oregon State University. The clubs serve as forums for graduate students to discuss and critically evaluate recent literature deemed as influential in the fields of medical anthropology and public health. Winona Cochran, chair of the Psychology Department, collaborated on the project as a data analysis consultant.
Invited Presentation — Bloomsburg University Faculty-Mentored Student Research at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings. Invited Roundtable Session Conference Conventions: The Circulation of Knowledge at the AAA Meetings Society for Humanistic Anthropology American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans.
Poster — Hard Coal, Harsh Laws, and Hardened Hearts: Hispanic Immigration and Structural Violence in The Pennsylvania Coal Belt Region (with Liesl Driver and Kristin Fisher) American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans.
September — Warner, Ph.D., has an article, "Ethical Considerations for Digital Fieldwork: Cyberethnography and IRBs" published in the September 2009 volume of Anthropology News Special Edition "Codifying Ethics," the world's largest professional organization of anthropologists: "Anthropology News." The article addresses the need for development of ethical guidelines in doing online ethnographic research through a discussion of the relationship between anthropologists and IRBS.
Poster — Longitudinal Research on The Impoverishment Of Women in The United States: A Weakening Hegemony? (with Kristin Kelly) American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Invited Paper — Extending Empathy in Ethnography as Disciplinary Taboo. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Invited Session: Society for Humanistic Anthropology.
November — Warner, Ph.D., presented a paper titled"We Are All Here for Love": Elite Mexican Immigrant Families and the Construction of Regional Identity in Tuxpan, Mexico at the 107th American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings in San Francisco, California on November 21, 2008. The session, Transnational Intimacies, addressed issues of love, marriage, identity, and migration in the context of global capitalism. The research is based on a larger ethnographic project conducted with Jesus Salas Elorza, languages and cultures, and alumni Sharon Cabana and Brandi Burlingame. Warner was also an invited participant on a special event sponsored by the General Anthropology Division and organized by Dr. Peter Brown of Emory University.
Paper — “We Are All Here for Love”: Elite Mexican Immigrant Families and the Construction of Regional Identity in Tuxpan, Mexico. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, California.
June — Warner, Ph.D., published "Social Support and Distress among Q’eqchi’ Refugee Women in Maya Tecún, Mexico" in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.
Invited Paper — Cultural and Gender Differences in the Expression of Traumatic Stress in a Guatemalan Refugee Camp. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C.