Shujaa - Anthropologist - Willow Grove, PA, USA

Kenya Shujaa

Willow Grove, PA, USA



Work History

Quality Assurance Assistant

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Perform quality assurance assessments of residency and fellowship application materials on behalf of graduates of foreign medical schools. Seasonal position.

Content Support Services (Freelance) - Cactus Communications, Inc

Perform editing, content review (peer review) and journal selection services.

Lead Editor

SAGE Publications

From April 2012

(with Mwalimu J. Shujaa) - The Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, SAGE Publications

Co-editor of an encyclopedia exploring retentions of African cultural practices in North America. Expected publication date: January 2015.

Associate Director/Academic Coordinator

Community Partnerships

September 2009 - December 2011

Job duties included: designing and supervising the implementation of literacy and STEM curricula; writing grant proposals for program funding; training program teachers and tutors; collecting, analyzing, and presenting data regarding student achievement, behavior, and engagement (client satisfaction); planning and coordinating family and community meetings and events.

Field and Laboratory Supervisor

Project Purgatory

June 2008 - July 2010

Casma, Peru

Responsibilities included supervising the identification and field excavation of architectural structures, skeletal remains and artifacts; laboratory analysis of excavated human remains; creation and maintenance of database of bio- archaeological finds, translation services for Spanish and English field workers and students; assistance with the production of articles and reports in Spanish and English. Currently working with Project Directors to complete scholarly articles regarding aspects of research.

Charter School Primary Client Manager (PCM)

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

* Created a working model for the provision of case management services within a newly opened bilingual charter school
* Created and facilitated: a) Parent Awareness and Support Group; b) Peer Support Group; c) Mentoring Group linking elementary and high school students.
* Created linkages between Pan American Academy clients and: a) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (a study regarding the effects of trauma on children); b) the Educational Testing Service (a study of English language Learners); c) the Éxito Program of Congreso's Children and Youth Services Division.
* Provided various levels of case management, counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and assessment to over 50 children and families; maintained clinical records documenting client needs and contacts
* Monitored truancy and other negative behaviors for all school students and worked with families and school personnel to devise interventions.
* Participated in weekly consultations with School Counselor, Special Education Administrator, and Principal regarding student issues; provided weekly reports to school detailing student needs and PCM interventions.
* Represented and occasionally translated for clients in Truancy Court and Juvenile Court.

Translator/Observer (Independent Consultant)

Research for Better Schools

August 2005 - March 2006

Responsibilities included ethnographic observation of Spanish-speaking parenting class discussions at Camden County Youth Development (CCYD) and provision of observation data in English; provision of tests and interviews to Spanish-speaking day-care children and translation of resulting interview/testing data; translation of documents from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.

Adjunct Professor



Center for Literacy

Provided assistance to English and Spanish-speaking students in achieving literacy and GED preparation. Subjects included reading, writing, science, social studies and upper-level mathematics

Anthropology Intern

Museum Library, University of Pennsylvania

Responsibilities included compiling and organizing bibliographic materials, writing annotations concerning works in African American anthropology, and creating and maintaining the associated database. Provided circulation and item location assistance to library patrons as needed.

Teaching Assistant

University of Pennsylvania

Adjunct Professor

Department of Social Sciences, Community College

of Philadelphia.

Taught various classes, including: "Introduction to Sociology", "Sociology of Ethnic and
Minority Group Relations", "Introduction to Anthropology" and "Introduction to Cultural

Research Assistant

Museum Library

University of Pennsylvania.

Responsibilities included compiling bibliographic materials for an online
database concerning Mesoamerican research materials; database maintenance and cleaning.

Independent Ethno-archaeological Research

Independently conducted two research trips of one month to six weeks'
duration to Ghana, West Africa for the completion of ethno-archaeological and archival research as part of dissertation preparation. Research results included in several publications.

Teaching Assistant

Anthropology, University

Instructors: Francis Johnston, PhD and
Thomas Schoenemann, PhD.

Assistant Laboratory Director

William Montague Cobb Laboratory, Howard University

Responsibilities included supervision of daily laboratory operations; supervision of data collection, recordation, and quality control procedures; the identification of age, sex, and bone pathologies for skeletal remains; data analysis and assistance with research report production. Occasionally translated articles into Spanish for distribution to Latin American researchers. Occasionally conducted guided tours of laboratory facilities to visiting scholars and groups.

Osteological Technician

Montague Cobb Laboratory, Howard University

Responsibilities included assistance with the identification of bone pathologies and the production of research reports; supervision of cleaning, reconstruction, inventory, measurement, and photography of provenienced skeletal materials; detection and identification of cultural artifacts associated with burial practices, and determination of age and sex. Participated in the production and presentation of professional research papers and reports. Occasionally translated articles into Spanish for distribution to Latin American researchers and conducted tours for laboratory visitors.

Osteological Technician Assistant

African Burial Ground Project, Howard University

Responsibilities included cleaning, reconstruction, inventory, measurement, and photography of skeletal remains

Research Assistant - Professor Michael Blakey, W. Montague Cobb Collection

Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Howard University

Responsibilities included maintaining skeletal inventory; preparing bones for study.

Archaeological Project Assistant

The Chunchucmil Regional Economy Project

July 1993 - August 1993

Yucatán, Mexico

Responsibilities included onsite mapping and identification of Maya structures; translation (Spanish/English) for research assistants and local field crews; ethnographic research of local attitudes/ideas/knowledge and assistance with preliminary field excavations.

Qualifications & Certifications


University of Pennsylvania


Howard University

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