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 forthcoming.
A film version of Mission to Sonora is in preproduction with Kreinbrink-Higgins Productions, Inc.
She has been a member of SACC since 1997.
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
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 (http://www.pathwaystoarchaeology.org/), 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.
Mt. San Jacinto College
1499 N. State St.
San Jacinto, CA 92583
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 (www.westerncentermuseum.org). I think that SACC Annual Meetings are, by far, the best professional meetings I have ever attend.
Professor, Department of Anthropology
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
1994, B.A., Anthropology, University of CA, San Diego
1996, M.A., Cultural Anthropology, University of CA, San Diego
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Intro to Physical Anthropology
The Cultures of Mexico
Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA
BA, MA, Calif. St. Univ., Fullerton.
Master’s Thesis: Japanese Tea Ritual in Orange County
Classes taught: Intro to Cultural Anthropology; Intro to Physical Anthropology; Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion; Anthropology of Religion (CSUF).
Interests: Applied cultural anthropology, global studies, belief systems, East Asia, Oceania, paleoanthropology, general archaeology, shamanism.
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 and retired in 2009. During his 44 years at Pierce College he has held many academic and administrative positions, most currently Chair of the Department of Anthropological and Geographical Sciences. During the year before his retirement, he served on the college’s Academic Senate, Departmental Council, Academic Policy Committee, and chaired the Professional Ethics Committee. 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 Anthropological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
He has co-authored two textbooks now in print: Physical Anthropology with Bruce Rowe (11th ed, 2014, McGraw-Hill) and The Anthropology of Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft with his daughter Rebecca Stein (4th ed., 2017, Routledge). In retirement he continues to teach online and in the college’s non-credit program for seniors.
William E. Hare II
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Three Rivers Community College
7 Mahan Drive
Norwich, CT 06360
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.
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.
University of Guelph
I am an anthropology instructor at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. I teach an introductory course in cultural anthropology as well courses related to Indigenous peoples, public issues anthropology, and the Anthropology of Place. My research relates to Indigenous knowledge. I work with Indigenous communities in western Canada to document the local significance of wind and water. And, in those community partnerships, we are looking at the impact of hydro-electric dams and wind turbines on traditional practices. I recently published a short article about teaching first year anthropology students and the disorienting dilemmas that instructors use to help convey course concepts. The paper is freely available.
Bob teaches anthropology at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Canada. His primary teaching and research interests include archaeology and the Indigenous Peoples of North America. He joined SACC in 1999, and served several years on the executive, including a term as president. He directs local archaeology research projects, and writes extensively about anthropology. Since 2012 he has written a monthly column called ‘Archaeology in North America’ for the American Anthropological Association’s on-line Anthropology News, and he has authored, co-authored, or edited several anthropology textbooks.
Anthropology Program Head
Assistant Professor Anthropology
President: Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
College of Western Idaho
5500 East Opportunity Drive, Nampa, ID 83687
After attaining both her B.A. (2002) and M.A. (2008) in Anthropology from Boise State University, Nikki began her teaching career at the College of Western Idaho in 2010. Her passion for Anthropology has led her to conduct field research in various countries around the world including the British Isles, the Basque Country, Poland, Turkey and Guatemala. Her research interests consist of indigenous populations and their adaptive strategies for autonomy and revitalization. Her area of concentration is the Basques, the native Europeans that have thrived longer on the continent than any other group. In addition, Nikki researches the contemporary Mayans of Guatemala and Mexico, with whom she has spent several months of intensive fieldwork in the past few years. In 2016 Nikki began her tenure as President of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges and is looking forward to hosting SACCFest in Boise, Idaho April 5-8 2017!
Ari Ariyaratne, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Sub Division
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn IL 60137
Social and Business Sciences
Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal IL 61761
I am a cultural anthropologist and a competent generalist with a broad training in all major sub-disciplines of general anthropology. I received my Ph. D. in cultural anthropology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For my doctoral dissertation, I have conducted ethnographic fieldwork in the village of Kandalama, North Central Sri Lanka. I have presented papers on this research at the meetings of Annual Madison Conference on South Asia, American Institute of Sri Lanka Studies (AISLS), and South Asian and Middle Eastern Brown Bag Lecture Series, University of Illinois.
I have also presented papers on anthropological pedagogy at the meetings of Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS), and Society for Anthropology at Community Colleges (SACC).
I have taught anthropology for University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL (2001), Parkland College, Champaign, IL (2002-2004), and Eureka College, Eureka, IL (2006).
Currently, I teach anthropology for College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL, and Heartland Community College, Normal, IL. For both of these colleges, I teach the following courses: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to General Anthropology, and People and Cultures of World: South Asia . I offer these courses by using hybrid format (a mixture of traditional teaching methods such as lecture and discussion, and online pedagogical features such as online class notes, power point presentations, original online readings from anthropological literature, and streaming videos) and fully online format.
My research interests include Cultural Anthropology, Anthropological Pedagogy, Ethnography of State, South Asia, and Sri Lanka.
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.
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Joliet Junior College
BS, MA University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC)
Teaches at Joliet Junior College and National Lewis University
Photograph of Mike excavating at a site in Belgium.
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.
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.
It is with great sadness that our friend, Lloyd Miller, has recently passed. We leave his profile here out of deep respect for his contributions to SACC for many years.
He obtained 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 he was administrative director of Social and Behavioral Sciences at DMACC. He joined SACC at the Mérida Conference in 1990 and edited its publication and AND column from 1991 until he stepped down in 2014.
During his career, he 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). He also guided educational tours to Mexico, including a NEH-Fulbright Group Studies Abroad trip in 1989.
Community College of Baltimore County
7201 Rossville Blvd Baltimore, MD 21237
I teach classes in cultural and physical anthropology as well as courses on the cultures of East Asia and Africa.
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.
Barry D. Kass
Professor of Anthropology
SUNY Orange (1969-present ), Middletown, NY
Chair, Dept. of Social Sciences, SUNY Orange (1990-2000)
845 341-4364; firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Barry hiking the Inca Trail in Peru.
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 www.imagesofanthropology.com )
Queensborough Community College (retired)
It is with great sadness that our friend, Frank Lagaña, has recently passed. We leave his profile here out of deep respect for his contributions to SACC for many years.
Frank retired after 38 years of teaching anthropology at Queensborough Community College in New York City. In addition to the introductory course, he taught courses on Caribbean history and culture, the native peoples of North America, and African history and cultures. In the 1970’s and 1980’s he did research in Jamaica I on the linkages between the Rastafarian movement and reggae music. His anthropological interests included popular music and culture, the anthropology of food, ethnopsychopharmacology, and millenarian/messianic movements. On a personal note, he was a gardener, baker, 5-string banjo player, and retired amateur ice hockey player. After retiring, he lived in Denver, Colorado and had a second career as a grandfather.
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.
Mark S. Lewine
Professor & Coordinator, Anthropology
Director, Center for Community Research
Cuyahoga Community College
2900 Community College Ave.
Cleveland, OH 044115
Home: 2883 Sedgewick Rd., Shaker Hts., OH 44120
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
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
Archaeology: Independent Learning Course, video-assisted
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
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
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.
Chair, Social Studies at Columbus State Community College
Research: Originally US Southwest and Mayan culture in Mexico; then Lao refugee women in US; also some research on Deaf culture and resilience, and various classroom issues.
After spending time as Chair, then Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, and as an Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, I have returned to professorial duties fulltime. I teach traditional classroom, online, and blended courses. I teach a wide variety of courses including Peoples and Culture: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; World Prehistory; and Introduction to Biological Anthropology. I also teach Introduction to Sociology when needed. In the past we had several interdisciplinary courses and I taught two of those: Cultural Diversity (an Introduction to the Social Sciences), and a Pop Culture course (both were a lot of fun!). I also teach some First Year Experience courses, and A Critical Thinking in the Arts and Sciences course. I was the first full-time anthropologist hired in our department. Now there are five full-time faculty with advanced degrees in Anthropology.
Northampton Community College Bethlehem, PA
I’ve taught a mix of anthropology (cultural, human evolution), global studies, sociology (introduction, sociology of families, social problems), geography (environmental sustainability), education, and college success courses since 2010 at community colleges and selective liberal arts institutions. My research and academic training particularly focused in archaeology (Mesoamerican/Mayan, archaeological sciences related to diet reconstruction), and educational anthropology (community building, higher education with an emphasis in online teaching and learning).
Austin Community College, Austin Texas
RGC 250.1 Annex
1212 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78701
(512)223-3403; Voice Mail: (512)223-1795 x 22932
I teach Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Introduction to Physical Anthropology in both lecture and distance learning format.
Department of Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History
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—.
Associate Professor of Anthropology
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, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology. I also teach more specialized courses such as North American Indians, Cultures of Africa, and Ancient Mesoamerica. I’ve been able to take students in my field studies courses to places like Greece, Mexico, the American Southwest, the British Isles, and Peru. 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.