Daily Archives: March 31, 2017

Mentoring Session for Careers in Archaeology: Government Archaeology Work

In keeping with my goals of networking to further my career opportunities (see post “Networking for Introverts”), I signed up for the Mentoring Session for Careers in Archaeology for Government Archaeology Work. This is a new session, sponsored by the Queer Archaeology Interest Group and the Committee for Status of Women in Archaeology, during which small groups of graduate students and young professionals were matched up with archaeologists experienced in the subgroup topic – other groups talked about Work/Life balance, discrimination in the workplace, moving from graduate school to tenure track and other topics, all within the lens of the challenges particular to women and queer folks in archaeology. I wasn’t exactly what the format or discussion topics would be, but as a queer woman entering government service, I want to take advantage of every chance to talk to and learn from others in the know – and I’m so grateful for QAIG and COSWA for setting up the event. I hope they continue to provide opportunities to discuss these topics in a safe and open environment. For the Government Archaeology table, we had two excellent mentors – David E. Witt from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation [Read More]

Mentoring Sessions in Archaeology: Qu(e)rying and Unpacking Discrimination in Archaeology

The SAA Meeting is not all about hearing presentations about exciting research in your field, or practicing your “Yes, this is interesting to me” face during really boring ones.  Meetings are about connecting to people outside of your university.  You can read important papers on the internet, and your “feigned interested” look gets enough workout in your classes and seminars; however, conferences are the best opportunity to extract as much knowledge out of the nation’s best archaeologists as possible.  One of these knowledge sources is mentoring. Most graduate students get some mentoring in their home programs, but as the number of people in any one graduate program is limited, this mentoring is a finite resource.  Plus, there is also a chance that you have unique obstacles on which individuals in your program are not equipped to advise.  This is where the SAAs come to the rescue!  With thousands of experience archaeologists, there are countless opportunities for mentorship.  This year, the Queer Archaeology Interest Group and Committee on the Status of Women in Archaeology formalized this process.  They set up an event that allowed graduate students and junior faculty members to network and get advice from more senior faculty members in [Read More]