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Become the most effective teacher you can by using the American Anthropological Association’s Teaching Materials Exchange. To give back and help others by submitting your materials to the exchange, please visit our website.

Thanks to the AAA Resource Development Committee, the donors and members who contributed to the Teaching Materials Exchange.

Teaching eHRAF is an innovative, interdisciplinary teaching resource for universities, colleges, and high schools aimed at providing faculty with ideas about how to use the eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology online databases in their curricula.
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Survey on Working Conditions of the Contingent Academic Workforce
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW) invite all members of the contingent academic workforce in U.S. colleges and universities to participate in a survey on general working conditions as members of the contingent academic workforce experience them at the institutional level. Learn More>

Anthropology Education Committee (AEC)
Are you interested in using concepts or methods of anthropology in Pre-K-12, community college, or adult school settings? The AEC has developed resources to help you. Read more >>

Academic Surveys
Identify trends in the field and monitor the academic fitness of anthropology departments.
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Read Reports on topics ranging from Who's Teaching in US Classrooms to Race, Gender & Mentoring.
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Resources for Teaching Ethics
The Committee on Ethics offers sample teaching resources and small grant opportunities.
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Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution
A biannual, free, 20-page publication provides lead articles on current anthropological research, teaching activities and strategies, and reviews of teaching resources.   Sign up here.

Anthropology Explored: The Best of Smithsonian AnthroNotes, (Smithsonian Books, 2004) covers all fields of anthropology. A free Instructor’s Guide is available online.   

Other Resources

  • Anthropology on the Internet for K-12
    Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    The Internet's tremendous growth in size and popularity has resulted in the need for assistance in navigating it. The following select list of Web sites, each with a brief annotation, is a sample of what the Internet holds for teachers and students interested in the field of anthropology.

  • Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter
    Supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5 consistsing of nine comprehensive lessons guiding students through the archaeological study of shelter including a toolkit of archaeological and scientific concepts and a final performance of understanding.

  • Coalition on the Academic Workforce
    Information and resources on contingent faculty in the U.S. Contingent faculty are those employed in part- or full-time, non-tenure-track positions that often lack adequate pay and benefits, access to professional support, and support for scholarship and keeping current in the field. Learn more >>

  • The Faculty Association of California Community College's homepage contains up-to-date news on current issues of importance to community college faculty.

Color Cover for Web UseSearch the AnthroGuide for information on faculty, programs, museums, nonprofits, government agencies and institutions that employ anthropologists. Read more »

What Can You Do With a Degree in Anthropology?
Anthropology Careers Brochure (PDF)

AAA Career DVDs

brochure_cvrAnthropology: Real People, Real Careers© 2006
This product provides good information on the vast array of careers available to anthropologists. Whether students are considering an anthropology degree, a declared major or are simply curious about what kind of jobs are available to anthropologists, this is a valuable source of information. Running time: 42 minutes

Careers DVDBeyond Ethnography: Corporate and Design Anthropology© 2008 is the second DVD in the series and provides insights on corporate and design anthropology by drawing on ethnographic research projects conducted at General Motors Corporation (GM). Running time: 25 minutes. Read more >>