Graduate students in the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology – when not in their first or fifth year of funding when they are typically on full fellowship – receive support through a combination of Teaching Assistantships, Teaching Fellowships, or Proctorships.
Proctorships are the most versatile part of the funding package and are broadly designed to provide graduate students with some form of professional, in many cases ‘hands-on’ experience. Possibilities range from event planning and organization to museum work to podcasting, offering students an opportunity to work closely with faculty and facilities in ways that are mutually beneficial to the individual’s professional development and the archaeological community at Brown.
Typically, students meet with the Institute’s Director and Director of Graduate Studies in the semester before holding a proctorship in order to formulate a plan of activity. Because there are certain duties that have to be done each semester, such as the organization of our Brown Bag series of lunch talks, the organization and management of the in-house library, or acting as a graduate representative to the faculty, it is not uncommon for students to split their time between such tasks and another project more specific to their personal interests.
Current and Past Proctorships of JIAAW Students
- Museum work for the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art or the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
- Digitization, study and curation of archaeological collections in the JIAAW vault
- Coordination of the New England Graduate Archaeology Workshop
- Application and development of GIS with respect to field projects affiliated with the JIAAW
- Creation of a podcast series of interviews with Brown faculty and a number of visiting scholars
- Assistance with faculty research in the Anglo-American Antiquarians Project
- Editorial assistance in photographic research and permission-seeking for Archaeology Magazine