Texas Applied Anthropology Summit

Building bridges to facilitate new conversations and collaborations around applied anthropology


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Hosted by the Department of Anthropology at
Texas State University 

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Session Details

The morning session will consist of three 40 minute workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate through all three sessions. For the two afternoon concurrent sessions, participants will need to pick one of the workshops to attend.

Career Planning Session—10:00-12:15

Developing an Applied Career

In this workshop, participants will learn about the measurable changes that have occurred within the workforce in the last 30 years and how to do their own analysis in regards to potential careers. The goal is for participants to be able to evaluate current workforce trends and employer needs to better prepare themselves for their job search as applied anthropologists.

Beginning Your Job Search

This workshop has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of applied anthropologists, with special attention paid to education and experience. Topics covered will include: resume and cover letter development, networking and interviewing.

Working as an Applied Anthropologist Panel

In this panel discussion, four recently graduated MA and PhD students will discuss their job search process and their employment as applied anthropologists. Audience interaction is strongly encouraged.

Concurrent Session 1—1:45-3:00

  • Birds of a Feather Discussion: Diversity in and out of Applied Settings

    In this interactive discussion, facilitators will lead audience members in a discussion of diversity as it exists in and out of applied settings.

  • Storytelling Workshop

    Storytelling lies at the heart of anthropology. This workshop positions storytelling abilities as one of anthropologists' most transferable skills, and provides targeted strategies for translating our work for broader audiences and/or utilizing our skills outside of traditional academic spaces. Topics covered will include the basics of good storytelling, potential professional avenues for using storytelling, and some of the differences between academic storytelling and storytelling in other venues.

Concurrent Session 2—3:15-4:30

  • Anthropological Entrepreneurship Panel

    In this panel session, three anthropologist entrepreneurs will discuss their careers, including how they created their own brands/businesses, lessons they’ve learned and where they see the future of applied anthropology entrepreneurship heading.

  • Beyond Focus Groups Workshop

    Focus groups are a common technique used to elicit group or social norms. This workshop builds on the traditional focus group methodology by introducing workshop attendees to two iterations of focus groups: nominal groups and deliberative democracy. The process of both of these methods will be discussed and modeled in the workshop and participants will learn under what circumstances these methods are ideal to use