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  • Teaching Philosophy

  • I'm committed to the values of liberal and integrative learning. I have a substantial record of interdisciplinary and team-teaching across the arts and sciences, and within university outreach programs serving adult and K-12 learners. While I'm keen to attract students to major in anthropology (a genuinely holistic discipline that draws upon all the great domains of human knowledge), I'm equally satisfied to export, in an integrative way, anthropological and archaeological knowledge to places in the curriculum where it can enrich all students' understanding of the human condition and human history. A large part of this commitment lies in exploring the "borderland" fields that are currently developing in the interstices of the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. I try to bring a variety of pedagogies to bear on the subject at hand, with an overriding applied interest in showing its relevance for contemporary life and citizenship.

  • Courses I've Taught and Currently Teach

  • Ancient North America. Ancient Worlds. Anthropological Theory and Method. Archaeological Theory and Method. Archaeological Field School. Archaeology of Equality and Inequality. Context of Material Culture. Controversies in Anthropology. Culture and The City. The Cultured Ape. Ecology and Society in the Ancient Southwest. Ethics of Professional Practice. Human Nature. Human Origins and Evolution. Paranormal Archaeology. Monumental London. Museums and Public Culture. Public Anthropology. Race, Sex, and Evolution.

  • Archaeological Field School, Ramah NM, 1995
    Archaeological Field School, Ramah NM, 1995
  • Togeye Canyon Field Camp, 1995
    Togeye Canyon Field Camp, 1995
  • DU Journal (Winter 1996)
    DU Journal (Winter 1996)
  • Common Curriculum Course Syllabi

  • ASEM 2410 The Cultured Ape

  • ANTH 2006 Paranormal Archaeology

  • ANTH 1910 Ancient Worlds

  • Human Evolution Course Syllabi

  • ANTH 2105 Human Nature

  • ANTH 3200 Human Origins and Evolution

  • ANTH 3640 Race, Sex, and Evolution

  • With Students in the Galapagos Islands, December 2002 (I'm peering into the abyss). Photo courtesy Mike Monahan, Department of Biological Sciences.
    With Students in the Galapagos Islands, December 2002 (I'm peering into the abyss). Photo courtesy Mike Monahan, Department of Biological Sciences.
  • University College Enrichment Courses

  • A Troubled House: Syllabus

  • Human Origins: Syllabus

  • The Cultured Ape: Syllabus

  • Course Portfolios

  • Course materials for my Fall 2020 courses Ancient Worlds (ANTH 1910) and Ancient North America (ANTH 3255) are available for enrolled students on CANVAS.

  • The Ancient City

  • Anthropological Theory and Context

  • Culture and The City

  • The Cultured Ape

  • Human Nature

  • Museums and Public Culture

  • Paranormal Archaeology

  • Race and Human Evolution


  • Curriculum Development

  • Talk at San Francisco State University (December 2007)

    These are the slides that accompanied a talk I gave about undergraduate education and general education reform at San Francisco State University, December 14, 2007

  • Marsico Proposal to Enhance the Teaching of Human Evolution (Funded)

  • Bologna-London Interchange Flyer (Fall 2008)
    Bologna-London Interchange Flyer (Fall 2008)
  • Curriculum Assessment

  • Assessing Student Learning of Evolution in Gen Ed Natural Science (Winter and Spring 2009)

  • Contributions to General Education Review

  • I've taught General Education courses for over 40 years, beginning as a graduate student at UMass-Amherst.  These documents tell a story about Gen Ed Review at DU between 2006-09, and beyond.

  • Model for a 'Core Conversancies' Curriculum (February 2020)

  • A Brief Personal History of General Education Reform at DU (2018)

  • Process Suggestions to Academic Planning Committee (January 2010)

  • Analysis of Faculty Gen Ed Vote (July 2009)

  • Academic Freedom, Governance, and Gen Ed Review (April 2009)

  • Presentation to Faculty Senate (March 2009)

  • Justification for the Counter Proposal (March 2009)

  • Counter Proposal for General Education Reform (February 2009)

  • Resources for Gen Ed Review (12/23/2008)

  • Structure and Process of Gen Ed Review (12/10/2008)

  • Arguments and Evidence for Gen Ed Review (11/20/2008)

  • Planning for Gen Ed Review (8/16/2008)

  • Blog Post: Don't Mess With Core (April 2008)

  • Blog Post: A Eulogy for Core? (February 2007)

  • Blog Post: In Praise of Core (November 2006)

  • Teaching Evolution: Letters and Comments

  • Boulder Daily Camera (11/22/2005)

  • Rocky Mountain News (10/6/2005)

  • Los Angeles Times (10/1/2005)

  • Denver Post (8/21/2005)

  • The Fear of Teaching Darwin: Comments on Inside Higher Ed (12/13/2005)
  • Denver Botanic Gardens Talk (9/10/2009)
    Denver Botanic Gardens Talk (9/10/2009)

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