Teaching & Mentoring

Courses I Teach

The courses that I teach on a regular basis (some every other year) at Andrews University include Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences; Introduction to Anthropology; Introduction to Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology; and a general education course called Culture, Place and Interdependence. Courses I teach on an intermittent basis, often during summers in connection with overseas field schools, include Development Anthropology; Development Research; Anthropological and Archaeological Perspectives on the Middle East; Supervised Fieldwork in Anthropology or Archaeology; Laboratory Methods in Archaeology; and Ethnography. Recently I have also helped team teach a course called Water in History and Development at the University of Bergen in Norway.


Over the past several decades I have had the privilege of teaching and mentoring many students interested in the Middle East and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology. Since 1984 I have led over a dozen study tours/field schools to Jordan in connection with our Madaba Plains Project expeditions to Hesban, Umayri and Jalul. Through these study tours over 500 students from Andrews and elsewhere have been able to gain first-hand exposure to Jordanian society, history and culture. Thanks to generous funding from Andrews’ Office of Scholarly Research I have recently also been able to hire a number of students to work as undergraduate research assistants in my lab here at the Institute of Archaeology. Each student is provided with a dedicated workspace and a specific research assignment related to the history and archaeology of Hesban. Recently several of these students have had papers accepted for presentation at scholarly conferences and in scholarly journals.


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