Re: Adjuncts + part timers, etc

Dianne Bock (Dianne_Bock@NPS.GOV)
Fri, 9 Feb 1996 14:25:56 -0500

Gretchen Johns writes:

> So I was wondering, where are these other 50%? I realize as I'm reading
>these postings that I've been merrily going along figuring out that I
>adore everything I've done so far in Anthropology, and that I very
>much want to do work in the field while my only idea of the field is
>professors at various universities. What are these other 50% doing?
>And what do you do if you're a freshly-minted Ph.D. and don't want to
>get shafted? Are there any answers?

Some of us work in government agencies (like the National Park
Service's Archeology and Ethnography Program, where I work),
consulting firms, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and a myriad
of other non-academic settings. I recently recieved my master's
degree in anthropology with a concentration in international
development. I am considering Ph.D. programs, but am fortunate (I
think) in that my interest lies in applied work and I have worked with
and been instructed by professors who have experience both in and out
of the academy. I would recommend that both graduate and
undergraduate students explore the options for applied work in their
specific area(s) of interest to get an idea of the opportunities
available (and the need for advance planning) in the event that they
are unable to find work teaching. NAPA has an excellent video and
accompanying handbook that discusses some of the ways in which
anthropologists are applying their skills out in the so-called "real
world." The Society for Applied Anthropology is also another good
source of information and support. Unfortunately, I still find that,
despite the fact that the AAA and other organizations have officially
recognized that applied anthropology is an important and growing
field, it (and it's practitioners) are not wholly respected. Any
comments from the list?....

Dianne Ross Bock