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  • What Can I Expect from My First Year in a Graduate Archeology Program

What Can I Expect from My First Year in a Graduate Archeology Program?

November 30th, 2023|

I am wrapping up my first year in graduate school at the University of Florida (UF). I hope some of my thoughts will assist you undergraduates who are wondering if an anthropology or archeology graduate program is for you. I received my BA in anthropology with a concentration in environmental sustainability, focusing on climate change, severe weather, and water systems. [...]

  • The Praxis of Anthropology in Design What is Meaningful Work

The Praxis of Anthropology in Design: What is Meaningful Work?

November 7th, 2023|

When I think about Career Readiness I think about the importance of meaningful work, which is different for everyone. My own career did not follow a traditional path. I pursued my interests, which led me to complete an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Anthropology and Business, and ultimately to a position in academia as a Professor of Design Management. What makes my [...]

  • Why Does an Anthropologist Become a Project Management Professional?

Why Does an Anthropologist Become a Project Management Professional?

October 23rd, 2023|

“What’s anthropology?” Most young anthropologists and I have heard this question a lot during the daunting post-graduation job. Despite my best efforts to wax poetic about the human experience, I confronted blank stares. Despite having a master’s degree and experience with the National Cancer Institute, I had no preparation to explain to an employer how their organization would benefit from [...]

  • How Might You Hone Ethnographic Improv

How Might You Hone Ethnographic Improv?

October 9th, 2023|

Meet Andrew Marley. He is an organizational anthropologist, futurist, ethnographer, and researcher. For his MA project with the non-profit think tank, the Institute for the Future, he blended ethnography with forecasting, creating scenarios of alternative futures. I will talk about Andrew’s challenges fitting his broader ethnographic approach with the narrow definition of a UX researcher. He will share how he [...]

  • How can storytelling unlock the world of anthropology?

How can storytelling unlock the world of anthropology?

September 27th, 2023|

Storytelling has always captivated the human imagination, connecting us across time and cultures. It is an ancient art form that transcends boundaries and allows us to make sense of the world. While anthropologists and social scientists are renowned for their analytical prowess, their training to tell compelling stories, especially for public audiences, is often lacking. To remedy this, we created [...]

  • Why Stay in Touch with Alumni from Your Institution?

Why Stay in Touch with Alumni from Your Institution?

August 30th, 2023|

Alumni are like extended kin: both are based on “connections.” With kin, association is based on family (e.g., marriage/partnership, offspring) while connections with alumni come about by virtue of shared experience – typically in a college or university. How many of us have ever reached out to an alum? Has it ever occurred to us that they might be [...]

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