Sherylyn Briller and Amy Goldmacher's Designing an Anthropology Career: Professional Development Exercises, Second Edition provides undergraduates, graduate students and career changers with the tools they need to identify their professional goals and follow through on them.
Part I establishes a framework for how to design -- or update -- a career in anthropology or related fields. The authors discuss how social science is needed now more than ever and offer ideas for how to find employment in many different realms.
Part II contains a series of professional development exercises to help workbook users articulate their personal and professional histories, special abilities and career goals. Each exercise includes an example from an anthropology student or professional anthropologist as a model for completion. Doing these customizable exercises will help people turn their love of anthropology and existing knowledge and skills into meaningful and lasting careers.
Sherylyn H. Briller is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and a Faculty Associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University. She is an applied cultural/medical anthropologist specializing in aging, disability and life course issues. Dr. Briller is highly interested in the career development of anthropologists, which led to this book. Her individual and collaborative scholarship resulted in a four volume book series on dementia care settings, an interdisciplinary book about end-of-life issues, one design monograph, two guest-edited special issues, 10 book chapters, 24 peer-reviewed articles, and a community-engaged medical anthropology museum exhibit. At the broadest level, her anthropological scholarship and practice aim to create a better, more inclusive world that supports people in achieving and maintaining social personhood across the life course and a range of disability and illness experiences. Dr. Briller is the President and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology. She is a former President of the Association for Anthropology & Gerontology Education (AAGE). Dr. Briller holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Carleton College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University.
Amy Goldmacher is a trained social scientist and research professional who finds opportunities for innovation and has run her own research and consulting business since 2013. By carefully observing and questioning how people engage with the world, she provides insights and recommendations that connect customers to products. With almost 20 years of applied research experience, Dr. Goldmacher has provided research for product, service, and experience design across industries, including academia, automotive, consumer products, digital places and websites, healthcare, industrial products, and apps. Dr. Goldmacher has previously published on topics of anthropological work and careers, including articles in the journals Anthropology News and Practicing Anthropology, co-edited a special edition of the journal Practicing Anthropology, and co-authored a chapter in an anthropology textbook. Dr. Goldmacher holds a B.A. in Anthropology with Honors from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.