Anthropologists working in higher education Book Chapter

Wiedman, D. (2014). Anthropologists working in higher education . 184-195. 10.1002/9781118486597.ch17

cited authors

  • Wiedman, D



  • In this chapter, the author describes some of the non‐academic roles within the university structure, and talks in detail about his own administrative career. He explores how anthropological training can contribute to the administrative functions of the university. He emphasizes how the anthropological perspective of holism and the concept of “culture,” combined with ethnographic writing skills can facilitate evaluation, planning, and policy development — three critical functions that are necessary for the success of any unit within the university. Becoming an agent of cultural change in such a setting, or even directing the change, is a role which anthropologists are particularly suited to playing. Anthropologists who recognize the similarities and differences between organizational and management cultures can solve human problems by influencing decision‐making and policy development. Finally, the author offers thoughts and advice on career transitions, the pros and cons of administration, and the need to stay connected to the discipline.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 13

start page

  • 184

end page

  • 195