What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I enjoy getting to teach so many different kinds of anthropology to such varied students; community colleges have the most diverse and most dedicated student body. I like to teach some of our more science-y courses in archaeology and physical anthropology, but I also relish other courses like cultural anthropology, in which students learn important lessons about appreciating human diversity of all kinds. I like to have my students get as much hands-on experience as possible, from doing their own student ethnography projects to digging on our full-scale 'mock' archaeology site on campus.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I love that anthropology is really relevant to anything and everything! Whether you're conducting an archaeological survey before a road is constructed or timber is harvested, doing an assessment of the healthcare needs of a community, working with the coroner to identify human remains, or designing an ESOL program to meet the needs of employers, anthropology is relevant. it's not just a narrow, academic field. Anthropology studies all aspects of humanity.
Justine Shaw has been teaching at College of the Redwoods since 1999. She received her B.A. from the University of Arizona and M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She did her graduate research in the Yucatan Peninsula, focusing upon the settlement patterns of the site of Yaxun', near Chich'n Itz'. Professionally, her specialty is archaeology, working in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Her interests include the varied nature of Maya roads (sacbeob), as well as the Terminal Classic period (time of the Maya 'collapse'). She spends most summers in the field. Her settlement survey project, which includes archaeologists from Mexico, the United States, and other parts of the world, has documented 82 sites since 2000. Her publications include Archaeology in Quintana Roo (with Jennifer Mathews), White Roads of the Yucatan: Changing Social Landscapes of the Lowland Maya and 2,500 Years of Occupation in the Cochuah Region: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives (in press). Justine enjoys bringing her experience from the field into the classroom to provide real-world examples from archaeology and cultural anthropology.