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Anthropology 641
Archaeological Professionalism

Spring 2000

And then, during my second semester
  Instructor: Bettina Arnold
Office & Hours: : Bolton 746 TTh Noon-1pm W 1-2pm or by appointment x4583

Required Texts:
Robert L. Peters Getting What You Came For 1997 edition. New York: Noonday
April Vahle Hamel The Graduate School Funding Handbook 1995 edition. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
Additional readings will be available in the Anthropology Reading Room 7th Floor Bolton

Course Description:
This course is for students who are currently in a graduate program in archaeology or are considering entering such a program, either here at UWM or elsewhere. It is intended to provide a roadmap and survival guide for the world of professional archaeology, in its various manifestations. Whether you choose as your eventual venue to work in CRM archaeology, the museum, or the university setting, the skills you will need will include grant-writing, the presentation of research results in oral and written form, and the publication of research in the form of reports, articles, or books. However, each of these areas of professional archaeological activity also has its own culture, with its own specific requirements for successful participation. Negotiating the intricacies of the terrain of each of these cultures is greatly aided by advance knowledge of the expectations and procedures associated with membership. This course will attempt to prepare you, through practical applications and discussion, for success in any of the three possible professional archaeological "cultures". Although the academic trajectory will be emphasized, reference will be made to the other two contexts within which archaeological research is conducted.

Course Format:
The course will consist primarily of discussion and student critiques of each other's work, with intermittent expositions by the instructor, usually when a new topic is introduced, and at the beginning of each class. The emphasis is on the sharing and pooling of knowledge - each member of the class will be bringing a different set of experiences and perspectives to the table. Active participation both in class and in the written assignments are required, and the goal should be for each student to produce a set of funding proposals and research topic outlines that will become the foundation for actual work after the class is over. Each student should establish a notebook, preferably in loose-leaf binder form, and bring this to class each week.

5 pts. Curriculum Vitae
30 pts. a. "SAA Paper" Abstract
b. Oral Presentation of "SAA Paper"
c. Cover letter to journal submitting paper for publication
20 pts. a. Symposium Proposal: Abstract, List of Contributors
b. Edited volume of symposium proposal: Abstract, Table of Contents, Introduction, Bibliography
20 pts. Grant Proposal: Field Excavation or Research project
20 pts. a. Thesis Proposal
b. Book Prospectus based on thesis: Abstract, Table of Contents, Introduction, Chapter Summaries, Bibliography
c. Cover letter to publisher submitting thesis for publication
5 pts. Job Letter
Extra Credit  
3 Points:
Attendance at 3 job talks in Anthropology Spring 2000.

  • Students will also be responsible for one oral presentation based on reading which will be assigned in addition to the required reading (under Supplemental Readings) for that week (10% of course grade).

  • Attendance and participation constitute 10% of the final grade.

Class Schedule:
  Week 1
Introduction: What's It All About, Archy?
Peters Chapters 1-3

  Week 2
Career Issues and Strategies in Archaeology: Have Plan, Will Graduate CVs; resumes; recording your professional progress
Peters Chapters 5, 10-11
CV due!

  Weeks 3 & 4 Presenting Your Research I: How to Get to Carnegie Hall Conference papers: abstracts, keeping within time limits, visual aids
Peters Chapter 20
Reading Room Folder
Paper Abstracts Due Week 3!

  Week 5 & 6
Presenting Your Research II: Getting into Print
Conference papers: Submitting work to a journal; cover letters
Reading Room Folder
Papers presented in class Weeks 5 & 6!
Cover letter to journal due Week 6!

  Week 7
The Symposium/Conference Session: The More, the Merrier
Organizing a session; logistics; publishing the session; what to expect
Symposium Proposal and edited volume proposal due!

  Week 8
Funding: Show Me the Money Part I
Finding sources; writing successful proposals for fieldwork
Hamel Chapters 1-2

  Week 9

  Week 10
Funding: Show Me the Money Part II
Finding sources; writing successful proposals for research
Hamel Chapters 4-5
Grant proposal due!

  Week 11
The Thesis Part I: No Pain, No Gain
Committees; organization; funding
Peters Chapters 10, 11, 15
Hamel Chapter 6

  Week 12
The Thesis Part II: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer
Pitfalls; coping strategies; structure
Peters Chapter 12, 16, 17, 18
Reading Room Folder
Thesis Proposal Due!

  Week 13
Publication Strategies: Selling Your Baby
Book prospectus; cover letter; choosing the right press
Reading Room Folder
Book prospectus and cover letter due!

  Week 14
Job Search: Selling Yourself
CVs; cover letters; job talks
Peters Chapter 24
Hamel Chapter 7
Reading Room Folder

  Week 15
Job Search: Great Expectations
Mock interviews; teaching philosophies; designing courses
Job letter due!

  Week 16
Life on the Other Side: Getting Tenure
Climate faced by minorities (including women); pitfalls; strategies; career paths outside academia
Reading Room Folder

  Please review attached sheet of University Policies!

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