Friday, January 15, 2016

Job advertisement for Florida Public Archaeology Network, Regional Director

The job opening for the Director of the Southeast and Southwest Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network has been re-opened or extended (I'm not sure which). Here is a link to the advertisement on the SAA web site.  If you previously applied, please do not re-apply. Your application is still in the system and will be considered.

Please apply!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Best job title in the world

Recently several articles (for example, in the Washington Post) have appeared the press lauding the creation of a new position in the United States' Federal government entitled "Planetary Defense Officer." You might assume this is a military position dedicated to destroying extra-terrestrial warships, a job for which Will Smith is uniquely qualified, as described in the documentary film Independence Day. In reality, the new Planetary Defense Officer sits at NASA and his primary responsibility is to coordinate intergovernmental responses to impact threats posed by near-Earth objects, such as comets and asteroids. Having lived and worked on the edge of the Chicxulub crater, I think it is a good thing that someone worries about that topic full time.

Those who think that this is the best job title ever, are, I am sad to report, wrong. The best job title in the world is "Director of Time," who works at the U. S. Naval Observatory. I wonder, though, does the Director of Time have a TARDIS? If so, where does he park it?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Legal stuff

The university at which I am employed recently fired a tenured professor, allegedly for activities related to his blogging. I say "allegedly" because many of the details remain murky, presumably because it is a personnel action.

Hoping to keep my job, I have added a disclaimer to blog page header, above.

Disclaimer about the disclaimer: I'm not sure if I have any minions, but I added them to the list just in case.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Job posting for a regional director, Florida Public Archaeology Network

My Department is advertising a job for a regional director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network:

Here's the text of the advertisement, which can also be found here:

Director, Southeast and Southwest Regions The Department of Anthropology, Florida Atlantic University, invites applications for a full-time position as Director of the Southeast and Southwest Region Public Archaeology Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN). The Center operates from FAU's campus in Ft. Lauderdale.
We are seeking a Public Archaeologist, topical specialization open, for the position of Director. Applicants must have an MA or Ph.D. in Anthropology with a preferred focus on the archaeology of Florida or the southeast United States. The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience in public archaeology, outreach, and leadership roles. Most important is a willingness to develop opportunities and strategies for engaging diverse publics on archaeological issues. As Director of the SE Region Public Archaeology Center the responsibilities will include supervision of the Center staff and oversight of all administrative and budgetary responsibilities of the Center. Applications may be submitted electronically at, position #01003185.

Florida Atlantic University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law. Individuals with disabilities, requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711.

Please do consider applying!

Happy Gregorian New Year! Administrativa....

Well, we've made to the start of another New Year (Gregorian). So, Happy New Year, unless you're waiting for 1 Imix, which comes in February, or the beginning of the next tun, which starts on November 30th.

Way back in 2013, I wrote in these pages, ..."it would be easier to stipulate that I'm always sorry for not posting more frequently."

I've been thinking that I should post a series of stipulations at the beginning of each year, to palliate at least the perennial disappointment of my readers.

So, I hereby stipulate that:

1) I'm sorry that I don't post more often;
2) I'm sorry that my posts are not better composed, in the form of neat little essays;
3) I'm sorry that I don't post more of my actual research results (but there are real issues about whether that would interfere with future publications, consent of colleagues and funders, etc.); and,
4) I'm sorry that I'm not a better photographer.

Silliness aside, I think this is an appropriate juncture to mention that Google is changing Blogger functions related to "following" individual blogs. So, if you stop getting e-mail alerts about my posts, that's why. I haven't been able to get the "follow" function to work for new subscribers for more than a year now, so it may not be possible to follow the blog anymore. I hope that Google doesn't mess this up further, but I have a bad feeling about it.

Fun way to start the New Year!

I hope all my readers enjoyed the holidays and have a prosperous new year.