From a Survey of Anthropology to Actually Applying It

Anthropology courses offered at community colleges are apt to be of the survey variety. There tends to be a basic cultural anthropology course, an introduction to physical/biological anthropology or archaeology, and, if you are really lucky, a course in linguistics or something applied, like an archaeological field or lab methods course. Typically there are also […]

Anthropology’s Role in Assessment

In February 2013 I was asked to lead, along with one of our institution’s vice presidents, a team of campus trustees through a college-wide self-assessment. These trustees were to become members of the President’s Jubilee Commission, named in part to honor our College’s 50th anniversary. The PJC, as we became known, was tasked to assess […]

Food for Thought at SACC Fest 2014

This year the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC) held its annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont. The site was a well-chosen location to engage anthropologists in a program called Transformative Intersections, Processes, and Teaching, otherwise described as Food for Thought. The meeting drew anthropologists from all over the United States to communicate, as SACC […]

Missed Opportunities

The Narratives that Got Away Recently two separate events brought to mind how critical taking ownership of your narrative can really be. The first event is a significant one for all of us who teach at community colleges, while the second is critical for us as teachers of anthropology. For community colleges, President Obama is […]