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The Department has 11 full time tenure-track faculty (3 tenured full professors, 2 tenured associate professors, 6 untenured assistant professors) and 2 lecturers. Despite the small number of faculty, the Department ranks #4 in the College of Arts & Sciences for the amount of degrees produced and #4 for amount of majors relative to the number of tenure line faculty.

We maintain rigorous standards in the classroom and many of our students continue on in graduate school, postgraduate internships, and land jobs upon graduation using ideas that were sparked at Appalachian State. Our teachers aspire to provide the highest quality of education that extends beyond the classroom into the field (both domestically and internationally) through our numerous research possibilities for students. Over the years, four of our faculty have received teaching awards and have been into the College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers. 

College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers
Patricia D. Beaver (1995)
Jefferson C. Boyer (1995)
Dana E. Powell 
(2015)
Timothy J. Smith 
(2015)

Moreover, in addition to excellence in teaching, we maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Our faculty members have been awarded 5 of the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences in the past 19 years. 

The Donald W. Sink Family "Outstanding Scholar of the Year" Award (senior award)
Susan E. Keefe (1996)
Cheryl P. Claassen (2009)

The William C. Strickland "Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year" Award (junior award)
Larry R. Kimball (1996)
Gwendolyn M. Robbins Schug (2009)
Timothy J. Smith (2011) 

Between 2008 and 2013, our faculty published at least 40 peer reviewed articles, 27 chapters in edited books, 4 books, 7 edited books, produced 1 documentary film (shown at two juried festivals), wrote 21 technical reports, and presented more than 65 papers at professional conferences, workshops, or symposia regionally, nationally, and internationally. 

The faculty have extensive research, teaching, and service experience, representing the fields of archeology, social/cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology, in diverse cultural settings including the American Southwest, Southern California, Appalachia, North Carolina, the Atlantic coastal areas, France, India, North Ossetia Russia, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, the Philippines, Central Europe, and China. Each faculty member welcomes the opportunity to provide individual career advising and instruction to the student. 

In addition, faculty engage in interdepartmental cooperation through partnerships with Appalachian Studies, Global Studies, Biology, Geology, Women's Studies, and Sustainable Development (which was started in our department).

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Please consider donating to the Department by selecting "Other" and designating your gift for one of the following funds:

Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund 
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Anthropology Foundation 

Your gift is appreciated and allows us to achieve even greater success with our amazing students! 

Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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