Applying Best Practices

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the Best Practices section

This document’s goal is to offer a set of best practices or lessons learned to show how our discipline can be applied effectively in problem solving.  While this information should be especially useful to anthropology faculty and instructors charged with teaching and advising students about anthropological practice and careers, anthropologists engaged in applied work or who have an interest in learning more about it will also find useful details.


These best practices were organized in 2021 by Elizabeth K. Briody, Maryann McCabe, Terry Redding, Laurie Schwede, and Peter Van Arsdale. The team would like to thank Riall Nolan, Patricia Sunderland, and Mark Aldenderfer for insightful comments on initial drafts. This document should be considered a living document. Those who wish to contribute additional practices can submit them on the comments page.

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