“AnthroCentral” is a publication of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



This page is designed to share important information for Anthropology Department Faculty, Staff, and Students.  
If you have any questions or ideas for additional content, contact Beverly at
bmorrison@umass.edu or Shelley at sbellor@anthro.umass.edu.

Updated 4/20/18


2018-19 Dissertation Writing Fellowship Applications are due
Fri. April 27th at Noon to Shelley

April 30th: Lab coordinator Applications due to Shelley

Thurs. May 3rd, End of Year & Awards Luncheon
12:30-2pm in the Old Chapel

**Commencement info: umass.edu/commencement
Friday, May 11th, 2018

Grad info  9:00am
UG Info:    4:30pm

SBS Senior Celebration: Sat. 4/12 1:00-2:45pm Mullins Center


Krista Harper has been awarded the UMass Amherst Distinguished Community engagement Award for Research. She wlil be honored at the awards dinner on April 30th.

Maxine Oland was named a TIDE fellow for 2018-2019. This is a TEFD program in Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity.

To report your Great News, email Beverly.


 Tue. April 24:  Ashley Sherry  will be presenting her PhD Prospectus  at 11:00AM in Machmer E24
Title: Parallel Politics: An ethnographic study of the 2013 Mexican education reform

 Tue. April 24:  Ashley Sherry will be defending her PhD Comprehensive Exam at 1:00PM  in Machmer E24

Thurs. May 3: Vanessa Miranda-Juarez will be defending her PhD Comprehensive Exam 3:00pm Machmer E24

►Congrats to Ryan Rybka for successfully defending his MA General Exam

►Congrats to
Alin Rus for successfully defending his PhD Dissertation on April 9th.  Woo-hoo!

►Congrats to
Ying Li for passing her PhD Comprehensive Exam on April 17th


Departmental meetings take place from 12:30-2pm unless otherwise noted.

Thu. 4/26

Executive Committee Mtg. 1:30-3pm  Machmer E26A

Fri. 4/27

Kali Akumo, Cooperation Jackson at Mahar Auditorium 6:00pm

Tue. 5/1

Last Day of Classes

Wed. 5/3

End of Year Awards Luncheon  12:30pm Old Chapel

Mon. 5/7

Faculty Caucus - Final  3-5pm Machmer E24

Thu. 5/10

Finals End

Fri. 5/11

Grad Commencement 9am | UG Commencement 4:00pm

Tue. 5/15

Final Grades Due in SPIRE at 11:59pm


Department Forms, Lists, and More

Click on each link to access it.

Travel Card / ProCard Use Request Form

Expense Reimbursement Form

Map of Machmer Hall

Phone/Office List for Anthro Faculty & Staff

Click here if you missed the Fall 2016 MEGA MEMO.

Department Faculty Service Roles

The complete list of Faculty Service Roles for the Academic Year 2017-2018 is below.

Personnel Committee

Chair: Lynnette Sievert

Members: Julie Hemment, Amanda Walker Johnson

SBS Pers. Com. Representative Nominee:

Brigitte Holt

Graduate Studies Program

Chair/Graduate Program Director:
Tom Leatherman

Admissions/Member: Ventura Pérez Grad Studies

Members: TBA

Curriculum Committee

Chair: Jackie Urla

Members: Krista Harper, Jason Kamilar,  

Boone Shear, Shelley Silva

Academic Schedule Administrator: Urla/Silva

European Program Director:

Betsy Krause

701 Colloquium Coordinator(s):

Jason Kamilar

Undergraduate Program

Director: Krista Harper

Chief Undergrad Advisor, Internship/Experiential Ed. Coordinator: Boone Shear

Ad Hoc Undergraduate Advising (registration period): Lynnette Sievert

Honors Coordinator: Brigitte Holt

Collections Management:

Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Ad Hoc Collections Committee members:

Eric Johnson, Brigitte Holt

Repatriation Advisory Committee Members:

Sonya Atalay, Ventura Perez

Graduate Students

Deadlines for September 1,  2018 Degree:
August 31 is the final Day to submit all paperwork, uploads and Eligibility Forms to the Graduate School for September 2018 degree.

 Awards, Notices, & Other Miscellany

For our travelers, remember to submit your pre-travel authorization online prior to the date of your travel to ensure the controller’s office will approve your travel reimbursements.  If you need assistance, be sure to ask Grace or Beverly. 

 Other Deadlines:

Graduate Travel Award:  Mon. Feb 26 - Noon
Sylvia Forman Graduate Scholarship for Third World & Native American Students:  Fri. March 2 - Noon
Dept. Pre-Dissertation Research Awards 2018:  Mon. March 5 - Noon
Richard B. Woodbury Award: Fri. March 30 - Noon

TA Applications Fall 18-Spring 19: Fri. April 6-Noon
Lab Coordinators:
Mon. April 30-Noon (full year)
CPE Applications Fall 18, Winter 19, Spring 19: Due: April 13-Noon
RAP Teaching Applications Fall 18: Mon. April 2 at Noon (extended to 4/6/18)
Armelagos-Swedlund Graduate Research Award: Mon. April 23 
Dissertation Writing Fellowship: Fri. April 27 at Noon

to the following Grad Students for receiving Pre-dissertation Summer Research Awards:
Drew Best, Eli Capello, Mandy Fuchs, Ceci Vasquez and Adam Zimmer

Congrats to the following students who received EFS Research Awards:
Rebecca Bartusewich, Dana Johnson, Gabriela Quijano-Seda & Lauren Woodard

IT’S HERE!  The inaugural alumni newsletter, featuring all of our great events from the past year in review and tons of great photos, is now available.  We anticipate that this newsletter will become an annual publication from the department to keep our alums and friends of the department updated on all of the great things we are doing.  Click here to download your PDF copy.








Do you know an undergrad considering Anthropology as a major?
Or, do you know someone who wants to learn more about our undergraduate program?  A new brochure is available for anyone interested.  Click here to view, download, and share the new brochure.


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