Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Applied Anthropology panel

Society for Applied Anthropology Meeting, 2015


Tara Hefferan, Deana Weibel, and Elizabeth Arnold


In recent years, the Great Recession has intensified the neoliberal preoccupation with a vocational approach to higher education.  From this, one important indicator of educational success is thought to be how many students graduate directly into jobs.  Navigating this terrain places new demands on programs, instructors, as well as students, who must be able to articulate and demonstrate their skills to potential employers.  The papers assembled here speak to the ways that anthropology departments, faculty, and students are responding to these pressures by claiming and emphasizing an applied approach to anthropology.