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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. 



 Check out the great list of awards, events, and other miscellany below.

Fall 2017 Events:  Week of Oct. 23-27
Mon. 10/23: Armelagos Lecture; Debra Martin 5:15
      Tue. 10/24:  Arch Services-Open Lab Day
      Wed. 10/25: Faculty Caucus
      Fri.     10/27: 1st Annual Roller Halloween Roller Skating Party (see Boone for details)  

* See Dept. Schedule below or


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Laurie Godfrey who, along with Professor Stephen Burns at UMass Geosciences was awarded a 3 year NSF grant that will begin October 1st.

Grant Title: Collaborative Research: Madagascar Caves and Paleoclimate (MADCAP), Investigating climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere of the in the amount of:  $491,563         

To report your Great News, email Beverly.


►Julie Woods will be presenting her PhD Prospectus on October 12, 2017. 11:00AM in Machmer E24
Title:  The Possibilities of Protocols: Pathways to Relational Knowledge Sharing in a Settler Colonial Context


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

Mon 10/23

Armelagos Lecture: Deba Martin  5:15PM

Wed 10/25

Faculty Caucus 12:30-2pm  Machmer E24

Mon 10/30

Executive Committee 12:30-2 pm E26A

Wed 11/1

701: Karen Rosenberg, U Delaware 4pm in the Old Chapel, 2nd Fl.

Thu 11/2

Lecture: Jason De Leon  4:30pm, Communication HUB, ILC 3rd Floor

Mon 11/6

Faculty Meeting Tenure Case  E 24   |   Grad Caucus  E 16

Wed 11/8

701: Maxine Oland  E24

Thu 11/9

Lecture: Anthony Oliver-Smith  5-7pm in Machmer E24

Mon 11/13

Faculty Caucus E 24 | Town Hall Mtg. Grad Caucus, GPD 5:30 in E 24

Wed 11/15

701: CHESS Returning student presentations E24

Fri 11/17

Europe Lab: Audrey Alstadt and Heidi Scott, History Dept. 3-5 pm E24


Thanksgiving Break NO CLASSES

Mon 11/24

Executive Committee  E26A


AAA Meetings   Washington DC

Mon 12/4

Faculty Caucus 12:30-2 pm E24   |  Town Hall Mtg.  Grad Caucus, GPD 5:30 in E 24

Wed 12/6

701: Wendy Erb, Rutgers University  in  E24

Fri 12/8

Possible MA Assessment Meetings

Mon 12/11

Department Meeting E24

Tue 12/12

Last Day of Classes

Wed 12/13



Department Forms, Lists & 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: Emiliana Cruz,

Curriculum Committee

Chair: Jackie Urla

Members: Jason Kamilar,  Boone Shear, Shelley Silva

Academic Schedule Administrator: Urla/Silva

European Program Director: Betsy Krause

701 Colloquium Coordinators: Jason Kamilar

Undergraduate Program

Director: Sonya Atalay

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

Calls, Applications, Deadlines:

 Awards, Events, and Other Miscellany

October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month:

Presentation and archaeological walking tour on Saturday Oct. 21st at 10am at the Emily Dickinson Museum to discuss the analysis of botanical materials recovered during the 2017 UMass Field School in Historical Archaeology by archaeobotanist Chantel White and her students from the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology. The botanicals and soil samples were collected during the 2017 UMass Field School at the Dickinson Museum by UMass students. Kerry  Lynch and Julie Woods will discuss UMass archaeology projects and field schools at the Dickinson Museum and Homestead. UMass student Sam Veggeberg will show artifacts recovered during the 2015-2017 field schools.


More Info:

Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Digging at the Dickinson

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10AM

Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Massachusetts Archaeology Month: Archaeological Services Open Lab


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 2:30-4:30pm
Machmer E15


Free and open to the public. No registration required.


UMass calendar link



Massachusetts Historical Commission link




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.


UMass offers a ton of tech and information-sharing resources and services at our fingertips.  Here is some info to help you get the most from what’s available.

UMass Amherst IT Guide for Staff: http://www.it.umass.edu/general/it-guide-staff 

Box Education: http://boxuniversity.litmos.com/online-courses 

Atomic Learning at UMass Amherst: http://www.it.umass.edu/support/workshops-training/atomic-learning-umass-amherst 

It’s also a good idea to be familiar with the requirements regarding storing university data:


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