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Professionalism Standards 2015

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Presentation given to Anthropology Graduate Students at the University of Memphis that report the results of a survey on that posed the question "If you could tell graduate students about one professional standard that is routinely violated but is of critical importance as they embark on their careers - what is that standard?"

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Professionalism Standards 2015

  1. 1. The Question If you could tell graduate students about one professional standard that is routinely violated but is of critical importance as they embark on their careers - what is that standard?
  2. 2. 34 –Total Responses from 2 - Clergy 3 - Government officials 6 - University Professors 7 - UniversityAdministrators 7 - Non-ProfitAdministrators 9 - Private IndustryAdministrators
  3. 3. #1 - Publish Research & Public Accountability . . . Many‘academics’ do not give enough consideration to their responsibility to inform the public about their work.   Lip service and a few talks or even fewer publications are given by some, but being esoteric and admired by your colleagues is considered to be so much more important . . . Despite the mantra of "publish or perish,” . . . far too many professionals fail to finish projects . . .
  4. 4. # 2 - Responsiveness . . . follow thru with commitments that are made. ...and even follow up.  I've encountered many folks who take on tasks and projects with no intention of meeting their deadlines . . . or even finishing.  Take on only what you can do and do well. respecting the deadlines our colleagues are working with but can’t accomplish without everyone’s input.
  5. 5. #3 – SayingThanks & Giving Credit Giving credit to those who came before you, whose work you used as a platform for your own work . . . . . . give credit to everyone that deserves it in presentations and papers.  This will surprise friends and confound enemies!! Thank-you notes- “be gracious if it kills you” is the motto you should live by.
  6. 6. #4 Being onTime & Prepared Show up Taking a little extra time the night before to go over your resume, portfolio or speech for a big presentation, interview or meeting can really make a difference in your confidence and your professional appearance.
  7. 7. #5 - Appearance & Demeanor . . . students in XX Program often don't perceive their Practicum experience as a professional experience. . . dressing like a student as opposed to dressing like the other persons working in the establishment Having a ridiculous . . . ringtone . . . (or) voicemail message that goes like “leave your stuff, I’m ignoring you, and I might call you later sometime” . . . texting and emailing on your phone during a meeting . . . staying parked on Facebook all day . . .
  8. 8. #6 - DefensivenessToward Criticism Inability to critically recognize when defensiveness has creeped in -- negatively affecting their judgment and behavior. It is possible to be an excellent scholar (and person) and produce work that receives criticism from one's peers- often harsh criticism.   . . . acknowledging when you don't know the answer or when you have made a mistake.
  9. 9. And . . . . Never presume you know more than the secretary. Approach each opportunity as if it will be the only opportunity you have to make a positive impression. . . . basic courtesy.  Simple acts such as communicating with colleagues, subordinates, and superiors work wonders.  When people extend professional courtesy to others and maintain integrity throughout their career, I see those people as exhibiting a high degree of professionalism.
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