Category Archives: Teaching

Syllabus: Inequality and the Body in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology

As you may know, I spent this past year in Pittsburgh, figuring out when and where it is appropriate to say “yinz” and eating Pittsburgh salads. However, I also had a position at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative … Continue reading

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Anthropology Teaching Tips: Playdoh

As you may have garnered from the radio silence that blanketed the blog for week-long periods this summer, in July and August I solo taught my first self-designed course. Now, at this point in my academic career, I have a … Continue reading

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Syllabus: The Science of Skeletons – Introduction to Bioarchaeology

Last month I received some excellent news. My course proposal, which I assembled somewhat manically during the thick of data collection this past summer, was accepted by the Department of Anthropology. This means that I have the opportunity to teach a summer … Continue reading

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Teaching Tools: How to set a curve

Training in graduate student instruction covers a multitude of topics: how to encourage  an inclusive pedagogical atmosphere, how to facilitate discussions of socially controversial topics (which sadly, in this country, include the theory of evolution) and how to avoid having inappropriate … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 3

I just finished marking 200 student midterms with my fellow teaching assistants. This sort of grading maelstrom always hits your mental faculties like a tsunami, leaving behind an ineffable mixture of sorrow, concern, fatigue, incomprehension and despair in its wake. … Continue reading

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Bone Quiz 1

This afternoon, while collecting data for my dissertation, I had a momentary freak-out around 2:00 pm. Can you guess why? Identify the bone correctly from my rather poorly structured photo below and receive ONE BILLION osteology bonus points.   Image … Continue reading

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Taylorism and Teaching

Alternate Title: “Why you should never use an anthropologist as a participant in your research study“. I recently participated in a Kinesiology study that tested reaction times between two different sets of individuals. Despite my frequent lack of coordination, I was … Continue reading

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