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Anthropology: Graduate Programs

Monitoring Professional Career Trajectories After Advanced-Degree Completion

Anthropology faculty members maintain records of when and where MA and PhD students find employment as data become available. The true success of a graduate education is reflected in how well its students perform as professionals. The Department of Anthropology carefully follows professional trajectories of graduate students after they leave the program. As members of the profession, faculty members easily track academic employment and success by keeping close watch of how former graduate students’ careers develop. Increasing numbers of MA and PhD graduates in anthropology now enter the private sector. In addition to traditional criteria for academic success (publication, grants, honors, and awards) the success of individuals employed outside of academia can be monitored through direct contact with employers.

Findings

Graduate students are prepared for professional careers in anthropology. Opportunistic data collected by monitoring postgraduate careers via one-on-one interactions and published information (American Anthropological Association) show that the graduate student program in the Department of Anthropology generally meets academic and applied professional needs. One exception relates to the need for more archaeologists who are trained in the sciences.

Changes Made on Basis of Findings

Changes made on the basis of findings include the acknowledgement of the need to become more systematic in data collection about post graduate career pathways. In response to recognition of the need for more comprehensive training in the sciences, the Department of Anthropology obtained a NSF-IGERT in Archaeological Sciences to support graduate students as well as to provide enhanced academic training.

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