Graduate Assistantships

University of West Florida

The FPAN Graduate Assistantship in Public Archaeology is offered to an incoming graduate student in Anthropology or Historical Archaeology at UWF. Support includes tuition during fall and spring semesters (summer support may be available), plus a quarter-time assistantship for the first two years and a half-time assistantship for the third year. During the first two years, the student holding this position will work in the public archaeology program for the FPAN Northwest Region under the supervision of FPAN Associate Director Dr. Della Scott-Ireton. During the third year the student will work directly with FPAN Executive Director Dr. William Lees on a thesis representing a substantive contribution to the field of public archaeology or to public archaeology programming in Northwest Florida.

Students interested in this Graduate Assistantship should be prepared to make a three year commitment to the Florida Public Archaeology Network culminating in preparation of a thesis focusing on public archaeology. For more information contact Dr. William Lees via email: or phone: 850-595-0050 x101.

To be considered for the UWF Graduate Assistantship in Public Archaeology please submit a Statement of Interest to Dr. William Lees at that addresses the following:

  1. How will the knowledge and skills gained through this assistantship help you in achieving your career goals?
  2. What experience do you have with presenting archaeology (or similar subjects) to a public audience, public speaking or writing, or working with volunteers?

For more information on the UWF graduate program in Anthropology/Historical Archaeology, visit the Division of Anthropology Graduate Programs page.

All application materials, including the Statement of Interest, are due to the UWF Department of Anthropology by January 15.

Board Positions

The Florida Public Archaeology Network is advised by a volunteer public board. The board consists of 11 members, including 3 members from the University of West Florida (appointed by the University), 1 member appointed by the Florida Archaeological Council, 1 member appointed by the Florida Anthropological Society, the State Archaeologist (ex officio), 2 at-large members who are Florida residents, 2 at-large members who are not Florida residents, and 1 at-large Florida resident who represents the lay public (not an archaeologist). Applications will be accepted at any time for any of the 5 at-large positions; they will be held for consideration in filling the next available board vacancy. Applications are also accepted from members of the Florida Archaeological Society and the Florida Archaeological Council for individuals interested in representing those organizations, but will be forwarded to the boards of those organizations for consideration when these positions are reappointed.

Applications are currently being solicited for at-large board positions (in-state, out-of-state, and lay person) for appointments occurring in Spring 2017 and Spring 2018.

For additional information on the duties of the board, consult the FPAN Memorandum of Agreement, or contact Dr. William B. Lees, Executive Director, at or 850-595-0051.

To apply, complete the application and send to Bernita Bryant at

Division of Anthropology and Archaeology