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Departmental Citizenship

The department of anthropology works to foster a collegial academic environment and positive working environment for students and faculty alike. The department takes citizenship very seriously when making complex decisions about student funding and writing annual student reviews. Graduate students fill multiple roles within the university community as learners, researchers, and teachers who are both students and employees of the University of Kentucky. Departmental citizenship covers a broad set of behaviors and sensibilities, but there are several concrete practices that it encompasses. Graduate students are expected to

  • behave in a professional and ethical manner, respecting their fellow students, faculty, and staff and fulfilling their teaching and research obligations to the best of their ability; 
  • take responsibility for their own education by asking questions and staying abreast of academic and funding requirements;
  • regularly participate in all department colloquia and events, serve as representatives on departmental committees (when appropriate), and when possible represent themselves and the department at regional, national, and international academic meetings.    

In accordance with University regulations, the department of anthropology supports the rights of everyone to experience an environment free from discriminating or harassing behavior and encourages graduate students who have experienced or witnessed this type of behavior to promptly seek assistance from the DGS or the University's Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity.

TA and New Graduate Student Orientations

Teaching Assistants and new graduate students are required to attend orientations at the start of the Fall or Spring semester.

Orientations for the Fall 2021 semester are:

New International Graduate Student Orientation: Monday August 9, 2021, 9.00am-12.00pm
New International TA Orientation: Monday August 9, 2021, 1.00pm-3.00pm
University-wide TA Orientation: Tuesday August 10, 2021, 9.00am-12.00pm AND Wednesday August 11, 2021, 9.00am-12.00pm
International TA Language Screenings: Friday August 13, by appointment (Catherine Brereton will schedule these appointments as needed)

Anthropology Department New Graduate Student Orientation: Thursday August 19, 10.00am-12.00pm (with Dr. Kristin Monroe, Director of Graduate Studies and Dr. Ann Kingsolver, MA/USP Coordinator)
Anthropology Department TA Orientation: Wednesday August 18, 1.00pm-3.00pm (with Dr. Christopher Pool, TA Coordinator)

If you have any questions regarding your attendance at any of these orientations, please contact Catherine Brereton (

TA and Professional Development Workshops

As per the Anthropology Department's 2021-2022 Statement of TA Policies and Procedures, TAs are required to attend at least three teaching workshops over the course of each semester that they hold a TA position, at least two of which must be among those offered by the Anthropology Department. Please contact Dr.Christopher Pool, TA Coordinator, with any questions.


TA Workshop: Friday September 10, 2021, 3.15pm-5.00pm (with Dr. Christopher Pool, TA Coordinator)
Graduate Student Workshop: Friday September 24, 2021, 3.15pm-5.00pm (with Dr. Kristin Monroe, Director of Graduate Studies)
TA Workshop: Friday October 15, 2021, 3.15pm-5.00pm (with Dr. Christopher Pool, TA Coordinator)
Graduate Student Workshop: Friday November 5, 2021, 3.15pm-5.00pm (with Dr. Kristin Monroe, Director of Graduate Studies)

Your completed TA Observation forms are due in hard copy to Dr. Christopher Pool, TA Coordinator, DATE TBD for the Fall 2021 semester. The form can be found here. All Type 1 TAs are required to file their CV with the Graduate School. More information is available here

Information for Ph.D. Students

The anthropology department's graduate program is designed to facilitate close collaboration among faculty and students with shared areas of interest. Consistent with this philosophy, upon entering the program each student is assigned a professor who will act as his or her major advisor (please see the department's advising policy for more information). By the end of their first year in the program each Ph.D. student should form his or her advisory committee. The advisory committee has a core of four members. This core must include a minimum of two faculty members from the graduate program (with one being the major professor as chair or co-chair), and one representative from outside the graduate program.Students must complete and successfully defend to their committee a dissertation research proposal prior to the scheduling of the qualifying exams. Generally students enroll in ANT 662 (research design) in the spring semester of their second year (preferred for cultural students due to fall funding deadlines) or the fall semester of their third year. Some advisors collaborate with other faculty to co-teach ANT 662 in a workshop format while others prefer to work one-on-one with their students. A sample syllabus should be used as a starting point for designing ANT 662 to meet individual student needs. Beginning in the semester that they plan to sit their qualifying exams, students should enroll in 2 credit hours of ANT 767. They should continue to maintain this 2 credit enrollment until they graduate. These two hours are charged at in-state tuition and confer full-time status on the student. The department is committed to ensuring that students successfully complete their PhD degrees in a timely fashion. In order to help ensure this, students are encouraged to consult the departmental dissertation guidelines and work with their advisory committee to draft a dissertation plan that best suits their individual needs.

Please see the Sample Timeline for the Ph.D. in Anthropology for guidance regarding timely progression towards degree. If a student needs to request a leave of absence from the program, they should do so at the start of the semester. This request needs to be approved by the entire faculty. Please fill out this form and submit it, along with a letter of support from your advisor, to the DGS. Please note, per Graduate School rules, no more than two consecutive and four total semesters in leave of absence status may be requested. Post-qualifying doctoral students are not eligible for the leave of absence. International students considering a leave of absence are strongly encouraged to discuss their plans with the International Center, Department of Immigration Services prior to making a formal request.

International Travel Regulations:

Per AR 4.9 Graduate students are required to register with the IHSS or the Education Abroad office when traveling overseas on any university related business (preliminary dissertation research, conference attendance, dissertation research etc.). If you are registered for ANT 767 while conducting dissertation research overseas, you will need to register with the Education Abroad office. Please remember that U.K. officially bans research in countries with U.S. State Department warnings. This ban is generally waived for graduate students after a formal review by the Education Abroad Advisory Committee. Please see the Graduate School's website for more information. You can also find out more here. The Anthropology department's current guidelines for graduate student travel funding can be found here


It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with all departmental policies and expectations. These are posted on the departmental website and useful information is also provided in the AGSA Annual Student Guide. The guide is updated annually in advance of each Fall semester. The current version supersedes any previous versions. In addition to pro-actively consulting with thier advisor all MA and PhD students should always consult the most recent edition of the guide, rather than rely upon earlier editions. We also encourage students to refer to The Graduate School's website and the useful information posted there.


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