Teaching

Anthropology does not lend itself well to unilateral explanations and is best illustrated through a multitude of perspectives and diverse media.  In all my teaching endeavors, I try to create a learning environment where students not only increase their practical knowledge and problem-solving skills but also feel empowered to take control of their own learning rather than simply memorizing facts.  It has been my experience that students appreciate a classroom in which their opinions are valued and in which they are encouraged through feedback and reinforcement to practice their newfound skills and information.

I view my teaching primarily as a way to empower students to take charge of their learning, by providing them with tangible examples of anthropological concepts and by putting them in a position to teach others.  Even if my students are never called upon to identify a skeletonized body, excavate an ancient city, or record a disappearing culture, the skills that they gained in visualizing human anatomy, mapping a local cemetery, and engaging in participant-observation will stay with them longer than mere facts.  Practicing anthropology in the classroom leads to practicing anthropology in daily life.

If you’re a current or prospective UWF student interested in classical archaeology, osteology, isotope analysis, 3D printing, ancient migration, diet, and/or palaeopathology, let me know.  I am actively recruiting graduate students for our MA program, in which we have a bioarchaeology specialty, so please check out UWF’s MA program.

Courses Taught:

Graduate Level

  • Presenting Anthropology [Syllabus] – UWF (Spring 2013, Fall 2016)
  • Theory and Practice in Biological Anthropology [Syllabus] – UWF (Fall 2015)

Upper-Division Undergraduate Level

  • Ancient Plagues and Peoples – UWF (Spring 2017) [Syllabus]
  • Bioarchaeology [Syllabus] – UWF (Fall 2014; Spring 2016); UNC Chapel Hill (Spring 2006)
  • Forensics in the Media (Online) [Syllabus] – UWF (Fall 2016)
  • Health and Disease in Ancient Populations – Vanderbilt University (Fall 2011)
  • Human Origins [Syllabus] – UWF (Spring 2015)
  • Human Osteology [Syllabus] [Lab Workbook] – UWF (Spring & Fall 2014; Spring & Fall 2015; Spring 2016); Vanderbilt University (Fall 2011); UNC Chapel Hill (Fall 2006 & Fall 2008)

Introductory Level

  • Intro to Anthropology – UWF (Spring 2013 in person [Syllabus]), (Spring 2017 online [Syllabus]); UNC Chapel Hill (Spring 2009 & 2011); Durham Tech
  • Intro to Biological Anthropology – UWF (Fall 2012, Spring 2013 in person [Syllabus]) , (Spring 2017 online [Syllabus])
  • Intro to Forensic Anthropology [Syllabus] – UWF (Fall 2012); SUNY Cortland (Spring 2008)
  • Cultural Anthropology – Durham Tech (Spring 2003)
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