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  • Lloyd Miller
    I received this letter today. I don t know Dr. Kassebaum but thought that his letter might be of interest to SACC members. I m not sure how one would design
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 9, 2010
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      I received this letter today. I don't know Dr. Kassebaum but thought that his letter might be of interest to SACC members. I'm not sure how one would design the instrument he recommends in the last paragraph, but I agree with him that the professional accomplishments of community college faculty are generally not well-known.


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      > From: peter78@...
      > Date: December 9, 2010 3:47:50 PM CST
      > To: lloyd miller <lloyd.miller@...>
      > Subject: Hello
      > Dear Lloyd,
      > I am a retired anthropologist who spent the majority of his career teaching at the community college level. Although, I did teach at a Canadian University for two years before I came back to the states in the early seventies. I taught full time from 1966 until late December of 2006 and then was able to teach a few classes until a year ago. At this point I am happy to be reading fiction and painting and sculpting. During the course of my career I was fortunate to earn a doctorate, a number of additional M.A. equivalents in a variety of subjects, such as sociology, criminology and social science (we used to have what were called California Life Credentials for Community College Instructors) but that form of credentialing was eliminated many decades ago. I taught a range of courses in anthropology, sociology and criminal justice and enjoyed my career. At any rate, I would appreciate being on any listserv for c.c. faculty. I did not put my self down for the SACC section when I renewed my membership, and have avoided it over the years but would like to participate now. I like the Royal Anthropological Institute and its periodicals much better than the AAA. The meetings of the AAA tend to remind me of a group of CPA's who are in competition with one another rather than folks who are excited about their field. They look so serious and seem to have lost the pure joy of the field but of course I could be mistaken. I have found that the South West Anthropological Association is much more like the anthropology that attracted me in my youth... the joy that people have in their chosen fields of research is generally exhibited on their faces at meetings of the latter. At any rate, I concur with the sorry state of anthropology in the K12 system. There are many reasons for the latter, among them is the odious element that does not like evolution on one hand, and deplores the concept of cultural relativity when we say that all cultures are equal. Those influences are not uncommon on school boards in many areas and it influences what will be taught. Over the course of my career, I received awards for teaching and was the academic senate president, member of a collective bargaining team, department chair of Beh. Sciences and managed to be the recipient of many grants and fellowships ranging from local college grants, a federal grant, a state grant, and even a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant for Anthropological Research along with compiling long list of scholarly publications, papers and contributions to several academic fields. There was much more to my career, but I find it odd that most of those who are teaching or doing research at university or the four year college level know so little about those of us who actually teach the majority of students taking anthropology in the USA... if one looks at California alone... the figures would be staggering for those first and second year students at CC's who are taking anthropology. Ironically, my teaching load was five classes a semester ... yet I managed to stay current and to engage in other activities and to not use canned lesson plans and power point presentations from a publisher which are the rage in some community college's today. In Canada during the late sixties I had my own national television series which covered some topics within both biological and cultural anthropology . I know that many of my colleagues at community colleges have done analogous things and it is a pity that so little is known about their accomplishments. In the future I would hope that this section might gather information regarding the professional accomplishments of c.c. faculty so that those in four year and above institutions might begin to look at c.c. faculty in a more enlightened fashion.
      > Hope to hear from you at some point and encourage you to think about designing an instrument to solicit the academic accomplishments of full time faculty at community colleges. I don't anticipate that universities will be looking at us, unless some enterprising M.A. student thinks that it is a subject worthy of examination but I suspect that most m.a. programs would not accept it as such.
      > Professional and seasonal Regards ,
      > Peter Kassebaum
      > Dr. Peter Kassebaum
      > Professor Emeritus
      > College of Marin

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