The Job Search

16 07 2012

The time of year to apply for jobs is around the corner.  As classes are starting in two months, universities will begin the process of hiring for the following school year.  Last year I found a number of jobs that didn’t require a PhD in hand, but it was strongly implied that they were desired.

I would guess I applied for around 20 jobs, with two or three fitting my optimal qualifications.  It is hard to find a job in Near Eastern Archaeology and so I have had to cast a wide net, including positions in Old Testament and Anthropology as those have both been focuses of my studies.

This year I am much closer to being finished with my dissertation and hopefully will have a better chance of landing a job for the following year, here’s hoping.  Until then its time to find a regular job…and finish the dissertation, of course.


Teaching Archaeology

27 08 2008

Today was my first real day of teaching.  It was basically an introduction about the basics of archaeology.  So naturally I had to show a clip of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, it was to show the difference between what Indiana Jones does in the jungles of South America (looting) and what the Nazi’s do in the Egyptian desert at Tanis (excavate).  I find it humorous that the only actual archaeological field work that goes on in any of the Indiana Jones movies is performed by the Nazis, under the guidance of the French archaeologist Belloq of course.

The other interesting thing I did was play a game.  I was talking about artifacts and how an interdisciplinary approach is necessary in order to properly understand them.  So I had the students describe an object they use every day, but only give its material and physically describe half or a quarter of the object.  It was hard to figure out what they were describing, but by asking a few questions about the object, i.e. is it broken, what size is it, is it a utensil, used in the kitchen, etc…they were able to figure out what each object described was.  The point was clear to all of them, context is key and understanding all material excavated is important.  So in other words, it is important to dig carefully and scientifically record everything.

Day 1

25 08 2008

Today began my (hopefully long and illustrious) teaching career.  I have 8 students in my Into to Archaeology class; 3 seniors, 3 juniors, and 2 freshman.  Some are anthropology majors, three have been on a dig, and one is a music major.  So it will be an interesting mix and hopefully 2 or 3 more will join in on the fun.  I wasn’t too nervous, I enjoy speaking in front of people and teaching is one of my gifts (I think).  Once the semester gets rolling and I get deeper into it, I’ll better be able to determine how its going, but so far so good.

Class Prep

5 08 2008

I’ve begun preparing to teach my first class ANTH 205: Intro to Archaeology.  I’ll be using “Archaeology: The Science of the Human Past” by Mark Sutton and Rober Yohe II.  This will be the first time I teach a whole semester long class on my own, so it is a little intimidating.  The actual class time will be fine, I enjoy teaching and speaking to groups of people.  Even creating the syllabus has been smooth sailing.  Since its an intro class I can base the syllabus around the book, and throw in a few “fun” assignments.  The hard part is the actual prep work that goes into the powerpoint/lecture for each class period.  Hopefully I can manage to spend the proper amount of time preparing, because sometimes I can get a little too focused on the aesthetics of the pp presentation.  Well, I’ll see how it goes and will give updates along the way.  Just another step towards moving from a PhD student to a professor (someday).