Category Archives: Anthropology

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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Jill of many trades, master of none.

This is how I’ve been feeling for a few weeks. I know this comes from what has changed in my life, health-wise, career-wise, and personally, over the last three years. Three years ago, a hard diagnosis. Two years ago, a … Continue reading

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The unknown universe

When I was first studying archaeology I was presented with the idea of an “unknown universe.” To an archaeologist it means we don’t know what’s out there on the site. We don’t know what we’ll find. We all have our … Continue reading

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Why get a PhD?

Here’s why I think getting my PhD was not a mistake in spite of the tight job market and the impossibility of an older teacher getting tenure. This is why I don’t think I made a mistake in spite of … Continue reading

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