Resource management

Purdue Fort Wayne Announces New Certificate in Cultural Resource Management | New

FORT WAYNE — The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Purdue University in Fort Wayne has won approval to offer a new certificate in cultural resource management.

The program will train students to identify and investigate cultural resources, such as archaeological and historical sites and artifacts, and develop plans for their preservation, conservation and ethical use, a press release said.

The certificate is one of the few available in the United States where most contract archeology training is tied to graduate degrees in archaeology.

“This will be useful for students interested in historic preservation, museum conservation, environmental consulting, and those wishing to pursue graduate studies in archeology and related fields,” said Hal Odden, Associate Professor and Head of the Department. anthropology and sociology in the release. . “We also believe that the recently signed $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will drive tremendous growth in the CRM industry with an additional need to determine compliance with federal, state, and local authorities for new projects resulting from the legislation. Recipients of this certificate will help fulfill these expanding roles.”

Purdue Fort Wayne’s New CRM Certificate Meets or Exceeds Requirements for Students to be Hired as Archaeological Field Workers in Indiana, for Federal Archaeological Positions, and for Comparable Positions Available Nationally . Six PFW students are already applying for the certificate in the first semester of it.

“Those who earn the certificate will have demonstrated that they are prepared for careers in professional archaeological businesses, environmental management and consulting firms, museums and archives, and local, state, and federal government agencies. relevant,” Odden added.

According to the American Cultural Resources Association, American archaeological companies employing more than 10,000 CRM professionals generated $1 billion in revenue in 2016.

IBISWorld, which provides data on thousands of industries globally, reported in 2020 that environmental consulting firms that frequently perform environmental and cultural resource assessment and compliance work generated $15 billion in revenues in 2019. These companies tend to employ significantly more people than those that focus exclusively on archeology.

Feedback PFW has received from local CRM companies indicates that they routinely have to fill entry-level positions from candidate pools across the United States due to a lack of local talent.

Finally, one of the most innovative features of the program is that instruction and training is provided by both PFW faculty members and professional archaeologists with years of experience in cultural resource management. , the statement added.

“This can best be exemplified by the close relationship the Department of Anthropology and Sociology has with environmental consultancy firm RESCOM Environmental Corp,” the statement said. “Two members of RESCOM’s leadership team, Jamie Cochran-Smith, Vice President of Cultural Resources, and Andrew Smith, Chief Operating Officer, are now also practice teachers at PFW and regularly teach three different courses at the university, including the archaeological field school. This mixture of training by academics and professionals is rare in the social sciences.

For more information, contact Odden at [email protected] and 260-481-4183.