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Friday Scrapbook October 25, 2019

Some news and notes from around the department:


Dr Maxine Margolis, Professor Emerita in our very own Department of Anthropology, has a new book, hot off the Rodman and Littlefield press: Women in Fundamentalism: Modesty, Marriage, and Motherhood.  Get your copy here.

Career Planning at the AAA in Vancouver

The Archaeology Division is organizing a networking/mentoring session for students/recent grads at the AAA 2019 conference and registration is now open. The session is free for AAA attendees and we will be serving coffee/tea + light breakfast pastries! The session, Navigating Careers in Archaeology: A Student Mentoring Session , takes place on Thurs. Nov. 21, 2019, 8:00am-9:45am and will be led by professional archaeologists covering the following topics:

Academic Job Market: Dr. Elizabeth Chilton

Alternative Career Paths for Archaeologists in Higher Education: Dr. John Kantner

Collaborative Archaeology and Community Engagement: Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Cultural Heritage Careers: Dr. Marcie Venter

Grants and Funding in Archaeology: Dr. Lisa Lucero

Publishing for Academic and Popular Audiences:  Dr. Chip Colwell and Dr. Chris Pool

Each topic will be discussed in a small group setting at a table; to participate, please click this link to fill out this registration form and choose the topic you’re most interested in. Each group will be capped at 8-9 participants and slots are expected to fill up quickly.


The first Decolonizing Representations: Past, Present and Future workshop focusing on the historical legacy of UF through creating a digital walking tour is today, from 8:30-5 in Smathers 100.  You can register on the livelink on the attached flyer or on the website.

FLMNH Seminar Series this afternoon:  Please join us this afternoon, October 25th, for the next seminar in our FLMNH seminar series at 3PM in the Dickinson Hall seminar room, 371. Dr. Melissa Kemp (Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology & Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin) will be presenting “Lizard diversity in the anthropocene: a paleontological perspective”

The Libraries are holding their first FALL FESTIVAL on Wednesday, October 30 from 10 am – 2 pm on the Reitz Lawn.  All Libraries plus Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS) will participate with games and information on the best the Libraries have to offer, along with free t-shirts, snacks, live music and therapy dogs!

Speculative Archaeology: The Politics of Disaster Debris – Shannon Dawdy (University of Chicago) November 12, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Smathers Library 100 The debris pile from 134,000 New Orleans buildings damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina is visible from space. Although there was some effort to recycle materials through a little-known global market in demolition debris, most of the rubble amassed in place. In the future, archaeologists might reasonably consider the hurricane landfill a monumental structure. Trash is political.  In addition, there will be a workshop with Professor Dawdy on Repurposing the Past for the Future with Digital Technologies, November 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am in Marston Library L136.  More info here.

Job Board

Gettysburg College:   The Department of Anthropology at Gettysburg College invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Anthropology beginning August 2020. We seek an archaeologist who specializes in public archaeology, museum studies, and/or stakeholder-community relations and who is committed to collaborating with indigenous or historically marginalized groups in knowledge production and representation. Their geographical focus can be based in the Americas, Africa, or Asia-Pacific. Find the complete job description here

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in sociocultural anthropology at the assistant professor level, beginning on 1 September 2020. The department seeks a candidate whose work complements the existing strengths of the department and who can make contributions to our undergraduate major in anthropology, our concentration in Global Health and Migration, and our Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree.   The full job ad is posted here:

National Council on Preservation Education Academic Year 2020 Internships is seeking a program specialist in the Tribal Historic Preservation Program, Cultural Resources Office of Tribal Relations and American Cultures, Program Specialist: 

The Tribal Historic Preservation Program (THPP) is the National Park Service (NPS) office responsible for reviewing and approving applications submitted by federally recognized Tribes to enter into Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) partnerships with the NPS. Working with NPS staff, the intern will support the THPP by assisting with tracking and reviewing partnership applications, as well as providing grant and annual report review support to 194 approved THPO Partnership Programs. Duties will include processing and aggregating annual activities reports, document tracking/filing, and serving as a point of contact between the THPP and THPOs, as well as other NPS programs that support THPOs. Additional duties may include documenting and archiving THPP library items and tracking, reviewing, and drafting responses to incoming Tribal Historic Preservation Officer inquiries and program plans for review and approval by Program Staff. Depending on the applicant’s strengths and interests, duties could also include developing outreach materials for social media and web contexts and identifying new opportunities to reach out to prospective applicants. Experience in one or more of the following fields is required: Anthropology, Historic Preservation, Native American/Indigenous Studies, or Public Administration (or a related field). Experience with the National Historic Preservation Act or experience/enthusiasm for working with tribal cultural and historical resource management is preferred. Other required skills include: knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, experience with file or database management, and strong written communication and editing skills. If selected for an interview, you will be asked to submit a writing sample. Located in Washington, D.C. (1200 hours)

Stipends and Eligibility

Stipends are paid at $15/hour unless noted otherwise. Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees; stipends are academic awards rather than wages. Taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions. To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program or recently graduated (degree received Fall 2018 or later). On the listing the graduation date is listed as January 2019 or later, but I’ve been advised that the window is a year prior to applying. Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in NCPE’s program. Previous interns must stay within this overall limit.


Enjoy your weekend,

Pete Collings

Associate Professor and Chair

Jessie Ball duPont-Magid Term Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of Florida