Professor Green was able to draw the class’s attention to this course very effectively. His passion towards the subject of Anthropology aids in garnering class attention. The way he taught helped me decide on choosing Anthropology as my minor.”
He was a great instructor and was always glad to answer any questions. He also always reminded the class of office hours, and even logged on D2L for extra review before tests.”
Excellent Professor, he encouraged questions which provided a comfortable learning space which often resulted in insightful discussions.”
He was kind, fair, understanding, encouraging and challenging. My favorite professor this year.”
-Anonymous Student Evaluations from Georgia State University
Anthropology gives students superpowers. It encourages engagement across chasms of social and cultural difference, empowering people in a quest for commonality. Anthropology’s subfields are united by this mission, making it possible to address a full range of human phenomena with robust and holistic knowledge. Within the framework of anthropology, the field of archaeology reaches into the material records of the deep past, tracing human processes and experiences into contemporary contexts. The resulting knowledge is valuable both to archaeologists and to people who will ultimately practice other occupations. Toward this end, Dr. Green considers students “peers-in-training,” challenging them with the same rigor he applies to his own research. This mode of engagement is only possible if every student is valued, respected, and encouraged to connect with big anthropological ideas.
Dr. Green’s goal is to help students learn about the diversity of human experiences while sparking their interest in how societies transform. Students learn best when provided with hands-on opportunities to work with data and scholarship. He uses course projects that involve writing, data analysis, and critical thought. He teaches across anthropology’s subfields, so the methods and data students use reflect the wide range of anthropological approaches, from those that draw on the scientific method those with a more humanistic foundation. For example, experimental replication provides a powerful tool for understanding human experiences that may be alien to our own. Making things using the same tools and techniques as people in the past, students gain valuable insights into the nature of human difference.
Students also learn to interrogate major works of scholarship within anthropology and related disciplines. Directly engaging with the orignal arguments, rather than summations, helps students cultivate their own perspectives on insights from the major figures of the field. Course content includes lectures, complete with visuals, collaborative projects, videos, and other multimedia. Guest talks, both in person and via Skype, connect students to research as it develops. Discussion forms the foundation of Dr. Green’s courses, and students are provided with a wide range of platforms for sharing their thoughts. In addition in-class discussions and traditional office hours, his courses incorporate online discussion boards, twitter hashtags, and review chat sessions.
By emphasizing participation in and beyond the classroom, and hands on engagement with data and scholarship, Dr. Green challenges students to find commonalities between themselves and people from different times, places, and backgrounds. Critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills are the immediate result of this engagement, and prepare students for success outside of the classroom. Ultimately however, anthropology’s most important contribution to students is the power and insight that come with a greater appreciation of human diversity.
Updated July 28, 2017