Posts by ktanelson

Blog on Teaching Culture

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | 0 comments

Lauren Miller Griffith May 25, 2015 The University of Toronto Press have blog that might be of interest to our readers: They also have three different series that are specifically related teaching anthropology. The ethnographies in their series are very accessible and would be great for undergraduate students. They’re also actively acquiring new manuscripts, so our members might want to consider submitting a...

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Placing Stickers on Student Papers for Positive Reinforcement

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | 0 comments

John M. Coggeshall Clemson University March 2, 2015 As a senior male professor with grey hair and a beard, I have no trouble presenting an image of gravitas in the classroom; I also have a relatively low percentage of A’s in my classes. Thus, I need to find ways to appear “friendlier” to my undergrads without compromising academic rigor or modifying my own personality. I have discovered a simple but effective way to inject a little brevity into grading. My wife and I donate to several charities (e.g., Nature Conservancy), and we get an overwhelming amount of “free” mailing labels and...

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Managing Short-Term Leaves of Absence

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | 0 comments

Lauren Miller Griffith February 7, 2015 Let me start by saying that coffee is a godsend and I have no idea how I made it through my first semester on the tenure track without it. Why would I give up such an essential part of my morning (and afternoon…) routine you might ask? The answer is the cooing, squirming, and occasionally screaming, bundle of joy that is currently blissfully asleep in his crib. Our son made his big debut exactly 4 weeks into the semester. I had plenty of time to work on a plan for dealing with my maternity leave, but he still decided to throw a wrench in my plans by...

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Why Students Take Anthropology (at a School with No Department)

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Teaching Anthropology | 0 comments

Anthony Kwame Harrison January 28, 2015 Teaching introductory anthropology gives us the opportunity to introduce a broad range of students, with vastly different interests and anticipated career trajectories, to the distinct perspectives and approaches in our field. A handful of these student will go on to take more anthropology courses or, possibly, pursue it as a career. Yet even those students who don’t, can come out of an Introduction to Anthropology class with their worldviews expanded and/or with the critical firepower to support the just causes they’ll encounter in their lives. As...

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Processing Anthropology from an Undergraduate Student’s Perspective

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Teaching Anthropology | 0 comments

Processing Anthropology from an Undergraduate Student’s Perspective Caitlin Homrich May, 18, 2014 Anthropology courses and curricula are experienced by students uniquely, as each student brings a unique perspective to the classroom, fieldwork, readings, and assignments. Among the various factors that contribute to this perspective, such as reasons for taking the course or previous education within and outside of the department, is the student’s identity—race, ethnicity, class background, language, gender, etc. My own time in anthropology courses has shown that students can hear and...

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