Teaching

 

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As a teacher-scholar, I aim to integrate the skills needed for evaluating scientific information. In a digital age, it’s crucial to be able to critically evaluate the information we are constantly bombarded by–so much pseudoscience is mistakenly passed along as “science!” In my introductory courses, students read popular science and news articles relevant to course material, and learn to evaluate and critique them.

The goal of anthropology is to learn to look at our species from different perspectives. I encourage students to reflect on how course material intersects with their daily lives because, as humans, EVERYTHING in our lives is anthropological! While I focus on biological anthropology, I incorporate a four-field approach and encourage looking at the ways in which course material overlaps with each subfield. I am particularly interested in the intersection of biology and social behavior, and in the future hope to teach courses on topics such as sex, health, and human sociality from a biocultural perspective.

I also like to incorporate experiential learning whenever possible. Playing with bones (carefully and responsibly) and observing primate behavior is fun!

 Courses Taught:

Eastern Kentucky University (2015)

Introduction to Physical Anthropology

Wake Forest University (2013-2014)

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Primate Behavior and Biology

You can check out my Primate Behavior students’ e-portfolios under ANT 363 E-portfolios!

Ohio University (2013)

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

The Ohio State University (2008-2010)

Introduction to Physical Anthropology

World Prehistory

DANTA: Association for the Tropics (2008)

Primate Behavior and Conservation (Co-instructor)

Iowa State University

Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology (Lab Instructor)

Biological Anthropology (Lab Instructor)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Course Assistant)

Comparative Studies of World Cultures (Course Assistant)

Globalization and the Human Condition (Course Assistant)

 

 

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