Student Affairs Committee Workshops

Student Workshop Luncheon: So, You Want a Job? A workshop for career preparations in archaeology and anthropology

October 14, 2022

Oklahoma City, OK

Navigating a career path in anthropology or archaeology can seem daunting. This student-focused workshop, led by Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Anthropology at Wichita State, Dr. Crystal Dozier, highlighted different options and considerations for finding fulfilling (or, at least, paid) employment in the field. Topics covered included a discussion on career options, marketable skills, application materials, and a discussion on choosing graduate pathways. 


Student Workshop Luncheon: Pitch Lab Workshop

November 11, 2021

Boulder, CO

2021's student workshop featured a Pitch Lab Workshop hosted by Dr. Steve Nash. Pitch Lab is a training that applies the techniques of professional comedians to improve presentations, and to increase engagement and develop story telling skills. Traditionally targeted at sales and marketing teams, Pitch Lab has been expanding to train academics in public speaking skills and science communication. Visit to learn more.


Student Workshop Luncheon: Transitioning from Student to Professional

October 18, 2019

Bloomington, IN

Three speakers who had recently completed their degrees discussed their experiences on the job market and in different professional environments, providing advice and answering questions. 


Student Workshop Luncheon: Collaborative Research with Indigenous Communities

October 26, 2018

San Antonio, TX

Discussion was led by Deanna Bird (Choctaw) and María Nieves Zedeño (UA).


Student Workshop Luncheon: Publishing in Academic Journals

October 6, 2017

Bismarck, ND

Robert Hoard (KHS), Marcel Kornfeld (UW), and Laura Scheiber (IU) were this year's panelists.


How to Get a Job in Archaeology

October 13, 2016

Lincoln, NE

This year's workshop included a discussion on how undergraduate and graduate students can better prepare themselves for the job market. Speakers included professionals from the academic, government, and private sectors. The panelists were Jennifer Harty (US Army Corps of Engineers), Janice McLean (RC Goodwin), Margaret Beck (UI), Ann Bauermeister (National Park Service), and Bill Reizte (PFNP).


Professional Behavior, Networking, and Finding a Mentor

October 16, 2015

Iowa City, IA

Two guest speakers (Bonnie Pitblado of the University of Oklahoma and John Doershuk of the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist) presented on issues related to professional behavior (specifically dealing with gender harassment), how to find a mentor, and networking skills. A significant portion of the workshop was open for discussion, where students could ask the speakers questions regarding these topics and learn from the speaker's experiences.


Other (Pre-Student Affairs Committee):

Calling All Students! A Workshop for Fostering Student Interest and Involvement in the Plains Anthropological Society

October 4, 2013

Loveland, CO

This session, chaired by a panel of students and recent graduates, was an opportunity for recent society members to generate ideas to further participation in the Plains Anthropological Society (PAS). Conference attendees were invited to discuss: (1) future and sustained student membership, (2) ways to attract new members, (3) student participation in conference organization, and (4) what PAS can do to actively engage student members. This session was viewed as an opportunity for students to become actively engaged in PAS and for their ideas and concerns to be heard. [Moderators: Brendon Asher, Kacy Hollenback, William Reitze, and Sarah Trabert]