Ensuring Industry Sustainability and Quality: Educating the Next Generation of CRM Practitioners

American Cultural Resources Assn.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

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CRM firms are only as strong as their staff. From archaeological field technicians to senior historians, myriad professionals are required to conduct cultural resource studies—all under the management of business owners, boards, and principals. Although some of our employees come to us from another firm, others enter the business world directly from school or from non-industry contexts such as museums or government agencies. The question is, what skills do these individuals bring to the table, and which are generally lacking? Are employees adequately prepared for a career in CRM? What should we consider basic entry-level skills/knowledge, and what should we expect to teach “on the job”? This session brings together CRM professionals and university professors to launch a discourse on the future of preservation education. The goal is to commence a dialogue between the industry and the academy, resulting in a set of best practices for education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.