Spring 2017 faculty group photo

Our 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).

In addition to excellence in teaching, we maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Over the past 22 years, four of our faculty members have been inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Teachers and five of our professors have been awarded the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences.

College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers

Patricia D. Beaver (1995)

Jefferson C. Boyer (1995)

Dana E. Powell (2015)

Timothy J. Smith (2015)

The Donald W. Sink Family "Outstanding Scholar of the Year" Award (senior scholar award)

Susan E. Keefe (1996)

Cheryl P. Claassen (2009)

The William C. Strickland "Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year" Award (junior scholar award)

Larry R. Kimball (1996)

Gwendolyn M. Robbins Schug (2009)

Timothy J. Smith (2011)

Faculty Members of Distinction, Appalachian Magazine 

Dr. Dana E. Powell 

Dr. Timothy J. Smith

Dr. Thomas Whyte

Dr. Alice P. Wright