Department of Anthropology Information
Our Anthropology Department Support Staff, Brenda Dutton, Leah Frazier, Betina Lynn, and various work study students are valued employees with a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. Be kind and courteous to them at all times, and respect their work spaces. Their desktops and desk drawers are private spaces; they are not “open to the public.” Good advice comes from Robert L Peter’s 1992 book, Getting What You Came For: the Smart Student’s Guide to Earning Masters or a Ph.D. (Noonday Press, NY): “One of the most common mistakes of both grad student and professors is to treat secretaries and support staff with condescension. Considerations of human decency aside, this is really stupid because these people can either make life easy for you or not. If they choose to make your life hell, the chances are you won’t even know it.” While none of our support staff will “make your life hell,” they are both knowledgeable and powerful, and it is in your best interest to show them respect and courtesy at all times.
The Anthropology department is centered on Condon Hall: this is where the main office is located (308 Condon), most faculty offices, teaching labs, some faculty labs, and the graduate student lounge, mail boxes and offices (365/366 Condon) are housed.
Condon Hall Hours. The entrance to Condon Hall is open from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Monday–Friday. The main office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, except holidays. The main office is also open when classes are not in session.
Condon Hall Access. Access to Condon hall afterhours is by proximity card. You must ask the personnel at the EMU Card Office to add this access to the back of your UO student id card and then report the last 5 digit number to Leah Frazier in Condon 312. All graduate students are eligible for access to the outer building doors of Condon Hall after office hours and over the weekend. All graduate students may request a key for the graduate offices main room (Condon 366 and 365). If you need keys to faculty laboratories, obtain authorization from the relevant faculty member. Have them notify the graduate coordinator in the main office. You will need your student ID to obtain keys or Condon Hall access. Once the ID is issued, you need to take it, along with your keycard, to the Office of Public Safety in Straub Hall (1319 East 15th, 6-5444), across from the Student Recreation Center. A refundable deposit of $10.00 will be charged for each key checked out. Please remember that you must return your keys to campus security when you graduate, terminate your studies, or no longer need access to Condon. Your deposit will then be returned.
Condon Hall Computers. Graduate students may use computers in the Graduate Student Offices on the 3rd floor of Condon Hall for various tasks, although these computers are generally for short-term use. The Cultural Laboratory also has some computers for graduate student use. The computers in the archaeology laboratories are for laboratory use, i.e., cataloguing collections, generating illustrations such as maps, site plans, etc. and are generally not to be used for email or student internet browsing. These computers were made available when faculty upgraded to new systems; we do not have a separate budget for Grad Lounge computers. The various computing labs on campus, including those in the Knight Library, have computers for student use (as specified above): http://it.uoregon.edu/campus_labs.shtml.
Recycling. The Anthropology Department has recycling containers placed outside of the main office (Room 308) and in the Graduate Student Lounge. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to recycle paper, and to use divided boxes for this purpose at their desks. Each recycle location typically has four bins—one for white, three for “mixed” and non-white paper types. Some locations also have a bin for bottles and cans. White is for letterhead, copy machine paper, index cards, and notebook paper. Mixed is for pastels, as well as all white products that contain color, including printing in colored ink, magazines, paper items with labels still attached, paper bags, and all bright and neon colors. Staples may be left in recyclable items, but paperclips should not. None of these bins are for disposal of facial tissue, food wrappers, paper cups or paper plates. For more detail regarding the University’s well-established recycling program, check out the following link http://pages.uoregon.edu/recycle/.
Bulletin Boards. There are bulletin boards containing miscellaneous information in the hallway outside the main office and on other boards down the hall. Check the boards often for information pertaining to graduate education, departmental colloquia, department news, sales and notices, employment opportunities, calls for papers, and graduate school recruiting posters and materials. See office personnel if you have a question about bulletin board information or if you would like to post something on one of the boards.
Mailboxes. The Anthropology Department provides mailboxes for graduate students in the graduate lounge. You will be sharing your box with other graduate students, so be careful when picking up your mail. Mail for faculty can be left in the main office. Out-going mailing services are not provided to graduate students.
Office Space, Printing, Supplies. The Department of Anthropology provides office space in Condon Hall (Rooms 365 and 366) for GTFs holding teaching assignments to hold office hours for the number of hours required by their appointments. A single office with a door is available for GTFs to meet privately with undergraduates in their classes if their office or cubicle is not private or open to undergraduates. GTFs may use the telephone in the Grad Lounge (Room 365) for local calls and for purposes directly related to their GTFs teaching duties. Upon approval of their supervising course instructor, GTFs should use the Graduate Student Office copy machine to copy course materials that have been explicitly approved by the course instructor using the code provided to them by the Graduate Coordinator. Larger copy jobs, i.e. those requiring more than 100 printed pages total, must be sent to the Campus Copy office in advance. GTFs are not permitted to charge copy orders without the permission of the Graduate Coordinator, who will provide the index code needed for the Campus Copy Center. In the interest of both conservation and to reduce costs, all are encouraged to “think before you print” and avoid unnecessary paper use. Departmental printers may be used in emergencies when directly related to GTF teaching duties and the Graduate Student copier is not working. For those documents that must be printed, double sided printing is required.
Important: Unfortunately, the Department of Anthropology does not control sufficient space or resources to provide all graduate students with individual offices and unlimited printing. Therefore office space and printing resources must be limited to those relating to GTFpositions and responsibilities. Sometimes, shared space can be made available in the cubicles in the Graduate Student Office area or through a student’s advisor. The phones, office space, copy machines, FAX machine, and printers are not for the personal or unauthorized use by graduate students. Printing articles from the internet, printing course materials and papers, printing manuscripts, theses or dissertations, etc., are personal professional expenses that the Department cannot fully subsidize but each student will be given an annual allotment of 100 copies. Additional printing on Anthropology resources can be arranged if funding is available from the student. Otherwise, printing can be done at the Knight Library, EMU, and other facilities on and off campus. If a graduate student is working on a faculty grant or their own research grant which provides administrative support to the Department, then printing can be done under the aegis of the grant. Leah Frazier should be informed of the incurred costs so she can make the appropriate fund transfers.
Graduate students can use Department stationery and mailing supplies for academic business. The Department provides office supplies for GTF offices, but not for work at home. The slide projectors, VCR, overhead projector, laptop computer, computer projector, etc., are for teaching purposes and use must be scheduled in advance. The Graduate Coordinator is knowledgeable about all sign-out procedures. Dissertations and Masters papers on file in the Department can be borrowed for short-term use in Condon Hall only, again, by checking out. See the Graduate Coordinator for any questions.
Videos and Films. The department has a number of videos and films as supplemental teaching materials. These must be checked out via the main office, preferably by the student worker on duty.
The Anthropology Department’s laboratories are set up for teaching and research in three areas: archaeology, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. The laboratory facilities are described at:
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is located at 1680 East 15th Avenue, just behind the Knight Law Center. It houses exhibits on the cultural and natural history of Oregon, and is open to the public between 11 am and 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. For information on current exhibits, visit the Museum’s webpage, http://natural-history.uoregon.edu/. The Museum’s research is carried out through the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology (OSMA), a self-contained division of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. This research division is comprised of two subdivisions: archaeological research and collections. Most of the Research Division staff work in buildings near the Millrace or on Moss Street, where they conduct CRM work. For more information see http://oregon.uoregon.edu/%7Eosma/sma.html. The Collections Division staff work to accession and safeguard the material remains of Oregon’s past and work in the Museum itself. The Condon Fossil Collection has recently been reincorporated into the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. During fall and spring terms, the Museum sponsors lecture series. In winter term, it hosts the Margaret Mead Film Festival. Anthropology faculty affiliated with the Museum include: Jon Erlandson, Director of the Museum, and Sarah McClure, Assistant Director of Public Programs. Museum Research staff also teach Archaeology of Oregon every few years.
The Association of Anthropology Graduate Students (AAGS) was founded for the purpose of facilitating communication between graduate students and faculty. AAGS consists of the graduate student body as a whole, elected officers, and the Director of Graduate Studies as faculty liaison. This organization was intended to: 1) facilitate communication and community among the UO Anthropology graduate students, 2) serve as a forum for pursuing graduate student concerns and interests, 3) facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty, and 4) organize the Department Colloquium series and social events. AAGS three organizing members are elected annually. AAGS generally holds its first meeting of the year immediately following the faculty-graduate student reception. The Anthropology Department encourages participation in the Graduate Student Association. Any graduate student should feel free to play an active part attending meetings and organizing the group. More information can be found at http://pages.uoregon.edu/anthro/academics/graduate/aags/.
The Department Colloquium Series is organized by the Faculty Colloquium Committee in concert with AAGS. The series is comprised of talks and lectures offered by visiting and resident faculty and graduate students. Presentations are typically scheduled on Friday afternoons in 204 Condon, although these may vary. As there are so many events on campus, it is important to coordinate the Department Colloquium Series with speakers jointly sponsored by other units on campus. Light refreshments are organized by AAGS and the office staff. See: http://pages.uoregon.edu/anthro/eventscalendar/speaker-series/
Specific questions on the requirements and regulations of the Department and the Graduate School should be addressed to the Graduate Coordinator, Betina Lynn (email@example.com , 346-5103), 308 Condon. Your academic advisor (see The Advisor below) is the best resource regarding course selection, professional development, and planning a multiyear schedule to clear requirements for the degree or degrees you seek. S/he is also the primary source of information on conceptualizing and preparing your research proposal, researching and writing your masters paper and/or dissertation, your job applications, and your job talks. The Director of Graduate Studies may also be consulted for other questions about Department and Graduate School regulations and requirements. S/he will have an open meeting with any interested graduate students as a group at regular intervals, approximately once per term in order to facilitate communication between the graduate students and faculty.
Departmental Staff and faculty who should be able to assist you with questions: