New Career Readiness Commission

Elizabeth Briody and Riall Nolan are leading an anthropology-wide Career Readiness Commission. Its vision is two-fold: 1) to infuse anthropological practice and scholarship into anthropology programs, and 2) to prepare students for a diverse set of future careers. With over 70 members to date, the Commission represents all anthropology associations and societies in the U.S. The work of the Commission is time-limited: it launched in May of this year and will end it work in May of next year (2022). So far, it has been an exhilarating experience! (See first newsletter below)

Members of the Commission have been working on six different workstreams—from brainstorming to compiling resource materials to developing lessons from anthropology departments that have implemented some form of practice into their programs (e.g., class projects for a client, internships, elevator speech technique). We are now moving into the Discovering Phase, which is phase 2 of our work. It focuses on identifying training gaps in BA, MA, and PhD programs, based on discussions with departments, conversations with and surveys of practitioners.

Come join us! We need your perspective and your energy. We welcome

  • students (BA, MA, and PhD)
  • anthropologists working in business, non-profits, and government
  • teaching faculty and instructors.

Please email or for more information. You can also take a look at our first newsletter.

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