Category Archives: Anthropology

ideal world

In an ideal world I’d teach part time and also run this farm learning center, develop a native plant nursery, and expand the whole deal. In a more than ideal world, one of the colleges I’ve been working for would … Continue reading

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Weeds and more (much more, in fact, really long)

Erodium cicutarium, usually known as red-stemmed filaree or common stork’s-bill, is native to the Mediterranean region and was introduced to California in the eighteenth century. There is archaeological evidence for the presence of red-stemmed filaree in adobe bricks from the … Continue reading

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grad student dilemma?

This article discusses the current dilemma for grad students in history but acknowledges the situation is very much the same for grad students and new PhDs in all of the humanities. “It is time, they argue, to admit that the … Continue reading

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Be at home

Be at home. In this body. In this home, even though I sometimes want to do a complete start-over somewhere else. I live here now. So be at home. In the midst of this scruffy, strange high desert experiment of … Continue reading

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Different field. Same old thing.

The author, who has been an adjunct art professor at the college level for 22 years says: “The College Art Association and others like it should be worried. With 75% of the college and university teaching force in the US … Continue reading

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Anthropology predicament

Here we go. This is becoming a trend, at least in my corner of the anthropology world. First of all, being a part time anthropologyinsturctor and a very part time (and more often, lately pro bono) archaeologist, I save money … Continue reading

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Beta professionals

I’m a beta professional, lumped in with teaching assistants and administrative assistants (certainly not for my department; we have no administrative assistant and never  had one). I’m not a “full-fledged professor,” whatever that means. Obviously, it means I’m not tenured, but … Continue reading

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Working , yes…

I’ve been seeing more and more reports in which the academic elite in-group (tenured) advise those in the out-group (adjuncts) to stay out there and thrive. They want us to remain adjuncts. Really? At my college alone, if I were … Continue reading

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What led me to the life academic…

Long list.  Long. 1. A natural love of research (just curiosity, enacted, really), stretching back to childhood. “Dad, will you drive me to the library?” Eventually, the librarians began to know me, my father would leave me there, setting a … Continue reading

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That thing about interdisciplinary work

One answer to my questions about finding a full time job. There are factors here but this is one answer. In spite of plenty of talking throughout academia about the value of interdisciplinary scholars, the powers that be don’t necessarily … Continue reading

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