(alphabetical order)


George Bagwell
Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Campus
Steamboat Springs, CO.

I am a professor of Anthropology and Psychology and teach courses in Physical Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Introduction to Archaeology.


Lori Barkley
MA (Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, Canada)
BA, Anthropology major, African Studies Minor (University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada)

I am the lone instructor at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC. The Community College is nestled in the Columbia Mountains, where we have to keep the doors of the College closed so that the black bears don’t come in! I teach introductory courses in biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology, as well as ethnic relations and the anthropology of religion. Courses also include components on peace to complement the peace studies program.

My research interests focus on identity construction through narrative. Past research includes work with a “multi-racial” group of “immigrants” from South Africa about their identities in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, and how these were affected by immigrating to Greater Vancouver, BC, Canada. Current research is examining the intersections between identity, place and occupation among family farmers and ranchers in Southern Alberta, as well as the impact of the Alberta oil boom and large-scale industrial farming on the viability of this way of life.


Rebecca Cramer

After a 32 year career at Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS) where she created, taught, and chaired the Anthropology Department, Rebecca Cramer has moved to Tucson, Arizona, to take up the life she loves as a desert rat and to devote more time to her writing.

She teaches now as adjunct faculty at Pima College and is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona.

Beca, as she is called by those who know her well, received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and two Masters Degrees from the Universisty of Iowa.

Included in her extensive travels have been faculty exchanges to the Udmurt State University in central Russia and to Baronie College in the city of Breda in the Netherlands. She also recently completed a Fulbright Summer Seminar in Argentina which took her to Villa Maria and Cordoba on the Pampas, Buenas Aires, and the Andean region in the far north of the country.

She is the author of two novels in the Bluenight Mystery Series, Mission to Sonora and The View from Frog Mountain. A third, High Stakes at San Xavier, is now released by Imago Press. See the author's web page for more information.

A film version of Mission to Sonora is in preproduction with Kreinbrink-Higgins Productions, Inc.

She has been a member of SACC since 1997.


Brian Donohue-Lynch, Ph.D.
Quinebaug Valley Community College
742 Upper Maple Street
Danielson, CT 06239

I was turned on to anthropology while finishing high school, through an introductory course at the local community college. At SUNY-Geneseo I majored in anthropology, receiving a BA in 1977. After my Masters in Theology in 1983 at St. John’s University (focused largely on Liberation Theology, Religion and Culture), I went for my M.A./Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Connecticut (1989-1992).

While at the University of Connecticut, I became a member of the original Society for Anthropology of North America, as my own interests and research in graduate school had been focused on what was earlier known as “studying up.” I did my graduate work in the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s so by that time the “studying up” discussions in the discipline seemed like almost faint memories!

Currently I am a professor of anthropology and sociology at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), a small community college in rural northeastern Connecticut, as part of a 12 college state system. I have been here for almost 14 years and in this time have been the one-person Anthro./Soc. department. In general, we offer basic anthropology courses including: ANT 101 (the Five Field course); ANT 105 Intro. to Cultural Anthropology; ANT 118 Health, Healing and Culture; and ANT 133 Peoples of the World. We have several other courses on the books, but we find them difficult to fill as they don’t have the same program-fit and/or transferability as the ones we regularly offer.

Since starting at QVCC in the early 1990s, my growing focus has been on the development of effective teaching (both my own and that of my colleagues), involving the integration of new technologies (now part of the taken-for-granted landscape) into non-technical curriculum. It has also included serving as our college’s faculty-development coordinator. In addition, I have been committed to developing “learning outcomes assessment” as part of our everyday engagement in teaching and learning. This latter work has been a growing focus for me for more than three years or more, not only locally but also within our state system as well as on a regional and national level. Imagine! An anthropologist with a focus on the study of one’s own “culture” (college culture) and interested in studying within this culture how (and how effectively) we do what we think we do! But then, how the subjects of this culture receive my work is a whole other story! (Ask me about it some time!)

In all of this, SACC has been a wonderful, personable group with which to associate. The newsletter and the listserv both keep us connected to one another and to important discussions in our discipline and in our teaching.


Rob Edwards
Anthropology Faculty
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA; (831) 479-6294

I have regularly taught Cultural, Archaeology, California Indians, North American Indians and a series of area courses since 1971. My education includes AA, San Francisco City College, 1961; BA San Francisco State University 1966; MA from UC Davis in 1969; and various additional graduate study and professional training from 1967-to 1997. Also a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

I have been interested in aspects of public education and in the teaching of introductory anthropology. Some of the organizations I have been active in over the years include 1) Bay Area Archaeological Cooperative, 2) Bay area Teachers of Anthropology, 3) A-1 Conferences of Introductory teachers of Anthropology of California, 4) California Consortium for Archaeological Technology (, and 5) the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (since 1984) and SACC President (2007). I also was the Professional Advisor to the Santa Cruz Archaeological Society when it formed in 1972 and (with a few sabbaticals) continue in that role today.

My research in archaeology has been focused on the prehistoric and historic eras of California. In recent years I have carried out research/field classes on prehistoric sites and Spanish Colonial sites along the Central California Coast from Monterey to San Francisco and a mid-20th century Japanese- American site in the Pajaro Valley. In July 2007, we are returning to the Spanish Presidio of San Francisco.


Pamela Ford (Pam)
Mt. San Jacinto College
1499 N. State St.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
email:; (951) 487-6752

I am an archaeologist and occasionally carry out analyses of animal remains.

At MSJC I teach the introductory courses in physical, cultural, and archaeology and also courses on California Indians, North American Indians, World Prehistory and the 200-level archaeology courses (one on excavation & recovery, the other on lab analysis).

I've been fortunate to work with the development of the Western Center for Archaeology & Paleontology. The museum exhibits document the archaeology and paleontological work carried out prior to the making of Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, CA. Sometimes I teach my MSJC classes at the museum (

I think that SACC Annual Meetings are, by far, the best professional meetings I have ever attended.


Laura Tubelle de González
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Miramar College
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
(619) 388-7534; LAGONZAL@SDCCD.EDU

1994, B.A., Anthropology, University of CA, San Diego
1996, M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of CA, San Diego

Classes taught:
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Intro to Physical Anthropology
The Cultures of Mexico

Laura Tubelle de Gonzalez

William E. Hare II
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Three Rivers Community College
7 Mahan Drive
Norwich, CT 06360
(860) 383-5216;


Sydney Hart
Wilbur Wright College, Social Sciences Department
4300 N. Narragansett Ave., Chicago, IL 60634

BA, Sociology, Beloit College
MA, Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
MA, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Right now, I teach classes in Cultural Anthropology (Anthro. 202), The Study of Society (Soc. 201) and Race and Ethnic Relations (Soc. 211). I am in the process of developing a core course in Global Studies for a new program, and I’m hoping to develop a course in Museum Anthropology in the next decade or so. My syllabi are available upon request.

I am newly hired at Wilbur Wright College as a full time faculty member; I am the only full time Anthropology instructor and one of two Sociology instructors. Before being hired at Wright, I was a full time instructor (non-tenure-track) at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. While there, I taught a wide variety of courses in Sociology, including Field Methods, Classical Theory, Contemporary Theory, American Woman: Changing Image, Sociology of Sexuality, and many more.

Before going to graduate school, I was lucky enough to be hired as an exhibit developer for Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. I was an assistant developer for a small, interactive exhibit called “Families at Work” (taken down in 2000) and a developer for the Field’s Africa Exhibit (installed in 1993 and still there). This experience is what led me to graduate school in Anthropology.

I am currently in the “revise-and-resubmit” phase of completing my doctoral dissertation, entitled “Things from Home.” It’s a study of how African Americans and Jewish Americans use objects in their homes to construct and perform their racial/ethnic/religious identity. I am hoping to graduate with my PhD in Sociology before the end of 2007 from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Carol Hayman
Austin Community College, Austin Texas
RGC 250.1 Annex 
1212 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701
; Voice Mail: (512)223-1795 x 22932
Office Hours:  TTH – 10:30 – 12:00

I teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Physical Anthropology and have a study abroad program to Lima, Peru, described in the section Student Opportunities.


Ellen C. K. Johnson
Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences (HSBS)
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
Phone: (630) 942-2429

I have been teaching anthropology (and education) at College of DuPage since the fall of 1987. Before that, I taught social sciences and wrote curriculum materials (e.g., area units in the Global Insights high school textbook) for 15 years at University High School, Urbana. I also worked for four years for the Office of Women in International Development at the University of Illinois, writing curriculum units on gender in cultural context. Most of my graduate work in anthropology was done at UIUC and my Ph.D. research was done on families and households in the suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand (Fulbright dissertation grant). My specialties in anthropology are Southeast and South Asia, family and household studies, ethnicity, space and place, symbolism, and urban anthropology.

Courses I regularly teach are Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Peoples and Cultures of the World (comparative ethnology). I have also taught area courses on South and Southeast Asia and American Indians. Some syllabi are available upon request.

I regularly attend the professional meetings of AAA, AAS, COTS, and SACC (SACC friends are now my “anthropology family.”) and have given many presentations, often about teaching. I also have attended seminars in various parts of Asia and have traveled to many of the places I teach about. I also did a summer of archaeology fieldwork in New Mexico in the 1960s and spent a summer in India in the 1980s, mostly in Gujarat, doing research with a women-in-development team.


Barry D. Kass
Professor of Anthropology
SUNY Orange (1969-present ), Middletown, NY
Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences, SUNY Orange (1990-2000)
845 341-4364;

B. A. degree in anthropology, 1967 from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton
M. A. degree in anthropology, 1971 from the Graduate School, SUNY Binghamton
Courses taught: Cultural Anthropology, Human Evolution, Archaeology and Prehistory, Human Geography, Introduction to Sociology.

Offices held:
President--Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, 1998-1999.
Member--Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association, 1998-1999.

Other related Professional Activities:
1. U. S. National Park Ranger-Archaeologist, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado 1975.
2. Environmental Impact Study Consultant--Archaeological and Historical Resource Analysis for Environmental Impact Studies--BTK Associates, 1979-2000.
3. Anthropological Photography (see internet site )


P. Ann Kaupp
Department of Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1917

Ann has been head of the Anthropology Outreach Office in the Smithsonian's Department of Anthropology since 1985 and a staff member of the Office since 1978. The office provides information and materials about anthropology to the general public and performs public relations and liaison work for the department. Ann is managing editor and writer for Anthro.Notes, National Museum of Natural History Publication for Educators, published twice a year. She has organized teacher workshops on American Indians, archaeology, and forensic anthropology. She is a member of the SACC board, Public Education Committee of the Society for American Archaeology, and on the Advisory Board of Cobblestone Publishing, 1992—.


Frank Lagana
Department of Social Sciences
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Office phone # 718-858-4027
Email: or
Web page address:
Degrees:   B.A.(anthropology) Hunter College in the Bronx (1969)
              M.A. anthropology) The New School for Social Research - The Graduate Faculty (1972)

I have been teaching anthropology at Queensborough CC since 1973. The courses I teach are Introduction to Anthropology, North American Indians, and Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean. The syllabi for the courses are on my web page. I've done research in Jamaica, studying the links between the Rastafarian movement, reggae music, and ganja. I've also spent some time (not nearly enough) in the Canadian arctic doing informal research on the still small but growing tourist industry in the region and its effects on native peoples. On a more personal note, I'm a gardener, baker, 5-string banjo player, and retired amateur ice hockey player.


Mark S. Lewine
Professor & Coordinator, Anthropology
Director, Center for Community Research
Cuyahoga Community College
Metropolitan Campus
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH  044115
(216) 987-4513
Home: 2883 Sedgewick Rd., Shaker Hts., OH 44120
(216) 752-6941

Professional Affiliations:
Anthropology Education Committee of AAA, co-chair, 2007 (Appointed 3 year term)
Current V.P., SACC Board

1979   Ed. D., Nova University
1971   M.A. Anthropology, Sociology; Kent State University
1969   B.A. Sociology, Case Western Reserve University

Teaching Experience:
1971 to present   Professor-Anthropology, Sociology, Urban Studies, Cuyahoga Community College
2001   Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, John Carroll University
2000 to present  Adjunct Professor, Anthropology, Kent State University, Geauga
1994 to 2000  Part-time instructor, Sociology/Anthropology, Cleveland State University

2006   Carnegie Professor of the Year Award for Community Colleges
2001   President’s Award: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
2000   Innovation of the Year, Center for Community Research; League for Innovation in Community Colleges
1989   N.I.S.O.D. Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Texas
1988   Ralph M. Besse Award for Teaching Excellence, Cuyahoga Community College

Curriculum Development:
Archaeology: Independent Learning Course, video-assisted
          Urban Cultures
          Ethnology: Peoples and Cultures of the World, Independent Learning Course
          Ethnology: Peoples and Cultures of the World: The Indian Subcontinent
          Food and Culture: a special topics course for students in food service, dietetic technology
          Socio-cultural Factors of Chemical Dependency: Community Mental Health

Courses Taught:
Anthropology: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Archaeology; Peoples and Cultures of the World, Food and Culture
Sociology: Introduction to Sociology; Social Institutions; Social Problems; Sociology of Black-White Relations; Urban Studies; Urban Cultures

Selected Presentations:
2005   "Community Research at the Community College: Exposing the Naked Niche", SACC Annual mtg.
1995   “A Challenge to Community College and University Departments: Survive or Thrive Through Regional Program Collaboration,” American Anthropological Association, Presidential Invited Panel
1988   “Education For A Civil Society,” Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Faculty Symposium, Cuya. Comm. College
1986   “Resolving Student Grade Complaints: Development of Policy and Procedure,” Proceeding of Academic Chairpersons, vol. 20, Center for Faulty Evaluation and Development, Kansas State Univ.
1985   “Multicultural Education,” Proceedings of the Second Annual Faculty Symposium, Cuyahoga Community College.


Tad McIlwraith
Thomas 'Tad' McIlwraith
Douglas College;
Website: (syllabi available)
Anthropology Blog:  

I am an anthropology instructor at Douglas College, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I teach an introductory course in cultural anthropology as well courses in the Anthropology of Religion, British Columbia First Nations, and Gender. My research relates to the continuing significance and role of hunting in an Athapaskan village in northern British Columbia. I defended my doctoral dissertation in March 2007 at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque. My dissertation is titled: ‘But we are Still Native People': Talking of Hunting and History in a Northern Athapaskan Village.


Lloyd Miller
Faculty emeritus, Des Moines Area Community College
650 48th St., Des Moines, IA 50312. 

Editor, Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes and Contributing Editor (for SACC’s Section column), Anthropology News.

I have BA and MA degrees from the U Wisconsin-Madison and taught anthropology and Spanish at Kankakee CC (1968-70) and Des Moines Area CC (1970 until retirement in 2000).  From 1974-81 I was administrative director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at DMACC.  I joined SACC at the Mérida Conference in 1990 and have edited its publication and AN column since 1991.

During my career, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the village of Chan Kom and elsewhere in the Yucatán, and presented papers on this research at meetings of the AAA, Central States Anthropological Society and SACC (in both 1990 and 2006 Mérida conferences).  I have also guided educational tours to Mexico, including a NEH-Fulbright Group Studies Abroad trip in 1989.


Kent Morris
Adjunct Faculty
Long Beach City College, CA

EDUCATION: BA, MA, Calif. St. Univ., Fullerton.

CLASSES TAUGHT: Cultural, Physical, and Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion.

INTERESTS: belief systems, globalization, Oceania, East Asia, and general archaeology.

PUBLICATION: Japanese Tea Ritual in Orange County

OTHER INTERESTS: hiking, cycling, squash, photography, movies, the beach, and travel.

Bob Muckle

Bob is in the department of anthropology at Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He regularly teaches courses in archaeology, and occasionally teaches an introductory course in biological anthropology, and a second year course on First Nations. His archaeological background includes fieldwork in Africa, Alaska and western Canada; operating his own CRM firm; and working in the field of Indigenous archaeology. He became hooked on SACC when attending his first meeting in 1999, is a past president, and currently the regional vice-president for Canada. Besides the SACC/AAA, Bob is also a member of the Canadian Archaeological Association, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Historical Archaeology and the World Archaeology Congress. He is also a Registered Professional Archaeologist.

Since 2000, Bob has directed the Seymour Valley Archaeology Project, a local historic and community-oriented project that includes a seven-week college archaeology field school each summer.


Karen Muir, Ph.D.
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences at Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio

Research: Originally US Southwest and Mayan culture in Mexico; then Lao refugee women in US; most recently Deaf culture and resilience, and various classroom issues.

As chair, I now teach Cultural Diversity.  Formerly taught: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, World Prehistory, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Cultural Diversity (an Introduction to the Social Sciences), Capstone Experience in Anthropology, Capstone Experience in Education, and Capstone Experience in the Social Sciences.

We have established Cultural Diversity classes that involve field experience for students: one in American Southwest and one in Cuernavaca, Mexico.


Dr. Cynthia Ninivaggi
Georgian Court University
B.A. Anthropology, University of North Carolina–Greensboro
Ph.D. Temple University

Dr. Cynthia Ninivaggi serves as chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. She teaches courses in anthropology, sociology and women’s studies. Research interests include: the study of race relations and multicultural education; child relinquishment and the adoption reform movement; and the anthropology of work. She volunteers on two advisory boards as an advocate for the developmentally disabled in Ocean County, New Jersey, where she resides.

The Sisters of Mercy at Georgian Court University have created a unique learning environment that emphasizes a concern for women and compassion translated into action for social justice. In this context, the anthropology program works collaboratively with other disciplines to provide a curriculum that is rigorous, critical, and a positive force for social change in students’ lives and the lives of their communities. 


Mike Pavlik
Adjunct faculty
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Joliet Junior College
Joliet, Illinois

BS, MA University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)

Teaches at Joliet Junior College and National Lewis University

Classes taught at JJC: Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Multicultural Societies, Introduction to Sociology, History of Horticulture.

Classes taught at National Lewis University: Introduction to Anthropology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Anthropology of Gender, and South American Cultures.

At UIC: Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Physical Anthropology II, Human Origins, Natural Science 105, and Human Evolution.

Mike is trying to add Intro to Archaeology to the line up at JJC. He also would like to see Anthropology available in more schools and at more grade levels.

Photograph of Mike excavating at a site in Belgium.



Dr. Deborah J. Shepherd
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids Campus, MN
Rm. H246
11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN  55433-3470
B.A. Anthropology, Harvard University
A.M. Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dr. Shepherd has taught all anthropology courses at her campus since 2003. As of Fall 2007, these courses will be Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, and Principles of Archaeology. Currently (2006-2007), she is a member of ARCC’s Assessment Team working to construct an ongoing and effective system for assessing student achievement in all programs and courses. If you are an instructor and interested in sharing syllabi, please email me.

Dr. Shepherd’s doctoral research on Finnish burial practices, prehistoric religion, and the process of Christian conversion during the Viking and early medieval periods was conducted in Finland, mostly at the National Museum Archives and the University of Helsinki, with the support of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship. Other research projects have been pursued at the Tromsø Museum, Norway (Norwegian Viking burial practices) and at the American Numismatic Society in New York City (medieval Scandinavian coinage). She has excavated on sites in England, Germany, Sweden, and Idaho. From 1999 to 2002, she has recently been an instructor and principle investigator for Low Birker Excavations and Field School in Cumbria, northern England.

Her dissertation has been published as a British Archaeological Report, International Series (1999). That and other publications of note may be found on her publications page. In her spare time, Dr. Shepherd manages the web pages for the Society for Anthropology at Community Colleges. Since 2001, she has been a Postdoctoral Associate of the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota.


J. Gregory Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Northwest College
231 West Sixth Street
Powell, Wyoming  82435
307/754-6131 (office)
307/754-6245 (fax)

BA Geography, Central Washington University
BS Anthropology, Central Washington University
PhD Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

I’m originally from the Seattle area and got hooked on Anthropology in 1990.  I started teaching at Northwest College in Wyoming in the Fall of 2008 after three years as the lone full-time anthropologist at San Antonio College.  I typically teach introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, and Archaeology.  I also teach more specialized courses such as North American Indians, Cultures of Mesoamerica, and New World Civilizations.  If interested, all of my syllabi are archived in pdf format on this page of the Northwest website.

Most of my research has been focused on the archaeology of the Mesoamerica, more specifically the Late Classic Maya of northern Yucatan, Mexico.  I’ve also had the opportunity to conduct archaeological research in central Mongolia and across the United States.

In the world outside of academics, I enjoy backpacking (Yellowstone is only 90 minutes away!), birding, baseball, and listening to Wilco.


Philip L. Stein
Professor of Anthropology and Chair
Department of Anthropological & Geographical Sciences
Los Angeles Pierce College
6201 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91371
Phone: (818) 710-4104
Fax: (818) 710-9844
Email: &

Philip L. Stein, a native of Los Angeles, received his BA in Zoology and MA in Anthropology from UCLA.  He began teaching at Pierce College in 1965.  During his 41 years at Pierce College he has held many academic and administrative positions.  He is currently a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences.  He has also taught at East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College and California State University, Northridge.

Professor Stein is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a past president of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.  He is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, National Center for Science Education and the Southwestern Anthropological Association.

At the college, he is a member of the college’s Academic Senate, Departmental Council, Academic Policy Committee, Co-Chair of the Accreditation Committee (Standard IV) and the Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee.

Courses taught:
Anthropology 101 – Human Biological Evolution
Anthropology 102 – Human Ways of Life: Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology 111 – Laboratory in Human Biological Evolution
Anthropology 121 – Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft


Jason Wenzel, M.A.

Professor of Anthropology, Sociology & Education

Valencia Community College
West Campus
1800 South Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811
(407) 582-1429 (office)
(407) 582-1675 (fax)


I currently teach as a full-time professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Education at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. Anthropology is perhaps the most rewarding as it allows me to engage in fieldwork with my students. In addition to my full time position at Valencia, I teach as an adjunct instructor of Sociology & Anthropology for Brevard Community College.


My research interests are primarily in Historical Archaeology, where I have completed field work at a British colonial period site in New Smyrna Beach as well as at a few pioneer sites throughout Central Florida.  I am currently supervising excavations with my students at a historic home site in one of Orlando's first neighborhoods, originally settled by many workers of the early citrus and cattle industries.  In addition to field archaeology, I regularly engage some of my students in cemetery demography and grave marker analysis at various historic cemeteries in the area.  I also work with a few students in studying the "living," which entails doing ethnographic research of various local cultural groups including the Vietnamese, Haitians and Mexicans.  We tend to focus on aspects of culture pertaining to religion, foodways and folk medicine.  In addition, some of my students do a project each term by photodocumenting and analyzing graffiti throughout the community so that we can decipher meanings and give a voice to the "unspoken." My main goal is to have all of my students collectively examine Orlando's cultural heritage from the early pioneers to more recent immigrant groups.  I truly enjoy it all!


I am currently coordinating a Brevard Community College (Atlantic Coast) archaeology field school on Merritt Island, which dates from the Middle Archaic Period (5,000-3,500 BC) through Malabar I period (500 BC-AD 750), with a historic occupation dating from 1879 to present. An area we refer to as "fossil creek" has revealed a variety of megafauna remains, from mastodons, giant land tortoises, camels, glyptodonts, horses, mammoths, giant armadillos, peccaries, and tapirs. The Indian River Anthropological Society provides more information.








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