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The Anthropology Graduate's Guide


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Carol J. Ellick is founder of "Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants" (ACEcs) and adjunct faculty in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. Ms. Ellick worked in cultural resource management (CRM) for over 30 years, starting the first full-time public outreach program in 1995. She is one of the leading experts in archaeological education in the United States. Ms. Ellick's publications include articles in professional journals such as the National Park Service's publication, Common Ground, the Society for American Archaeology magazine, The SAA Archaeological Record. She also has chapters in The Archaeology Education Handbook: Sharing the Past with Kids (2000) and Past Meets Present: Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers, and Community Groups (2007). Joe Watkins became the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma in 2007 after serving as an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico from 2003-2007. He is Choctaw Indian, and has been involved in archaeology for more than forty years. His current study interests include the ethical practice of anthropology and the study of anthropology's relationships with descendant communities and Aboriginal populations, and he has published numerous articles on these topics. He serves as a mediator between various academic disciplines and members of Indigenous groups. Using such an approach, he hopes to continue developing the Native American Studies Program here so that its students will serve as cultural liaisons to translate information back and forth between Native American tribes and the institutions that impact them.


"Carol Ellick and Joe Watkins should be congratulated on this valuable contribution to future generations of Anthropologists. This work is a thoughtful, realistic, and informed guide to professional and career development issues, and offers students a practical, hands-on approach to their own professional growth that has been tested in the classroom. This book would make an excellent textbook or resource for student workshops, and the personal, direct writing style makes it a tremendous resource for individual students (both undergraduate and graduate) to engage with on their own."-Jane Eva Baxter, DePaul University

"The Anthropology Graduate's Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press, 2011) is the one book that should be handed out with a diploma when a student graduates with a BA in Anthropology or by a student's advisor before the first day of classes in a graduate program. The Anthropology Graduate's Guide is written in a clear, non-jargon laden, and down-to-earth style. If you teach in an Anthropology program you owe it to yourself to check out The Anthropology Graduate's Guide as a resource for your students. If you are a student, this book includes all those things you need to know and either forgot to ask or were too embarrassed to ask because you thought you should already know. I am confident this book will enjoy a long shelf-life and go into revisions down the road." Read the complete review at: http: // --Robert Connolly, University of Memphis

"This manual for anthropology students and graduates ties together assessment of one's qualifications, creation of documents needed for career planning, reprocessing of these documents for specific job applications, and organization of the output into a portfolio. It is a welcome guide for students, job seekers, and academic advisors in anthropology. Highly Recommended." -CHOICE

"Wide-ranging in its scope - the authors try to provide information and helpful hints on everything that could confront you as you go from being a student to being a professional, from ethics, to what level of degree you want/need, to how to write cover letters. But it's rooted in three practical tools - keeping a journal, a portfolio, and making a 5-year plan. It comes across as a cross between self-help workshops and a very useful pep talk about how to tailor your skills, knowledge and abilities to the fields of anthropology. It helps translate job announcements and your own background into skills and abilities tailored with anthropology in mind. The writing style is very easy to read, informal, and engaging--as though a close mentor or "uncle" were giving you advice. It will be very useful for the growing number of graduate programs that are trying to link their students and graduates with employment. A step-by-step guide without being overly prescriptive." - Shirley J. Fiske, University of Maryland and anthropological consultant

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