Russell Greaves portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
801-532-2340

Current Courses

Fall 2022

  • ANTH-3112
    N. American Ethnography
  • ANTH-3112
    N. American Ethnography

Teaching Philosophy

My interdisciplinary approach to anthropology combines dynamic teaching of archaeology, ethnography, and biological anthropology to examine different perspectives on human behavior. Undergraduate students require a mixture of exposure to basic anthropological knowledge, relevant anthropological understanding of modern traditional lifeways, awareness of scientific ambiguities, and challenges that lead to personal strategies of learning. In addition to the presentation of current knowledge, the essential methods of constructively criticizing accepted understanding should lead to productive optimism about building scientific knowledge. Graduate students should be challenged to examine the methodological and theoretical issues involved in the production of data from empirical facts, foster analytic skills, novel perspectives on crucial questions, and debating germane understanding of human nature, behavioral variability, and anthropological contributions to the greater society. Mentoring requires sensitivity to individual student interests and abilities to encourage rewarding interactions that stimulate personal learning experiences connecting them to the growth of method, knowledge, and practice. Through my broad experience, I also link my teaching of anthropology to associated issues of environmental sciences, sustainability, demography, and human biology and health. Students consider my classes challenging and especially interesting because of my varied archaeological and ethnographic background. I have received consistently high teaching evaluations. I enjoy teaching motivated and interested students.

Courses I Teach

  • ANTH-3112 - N. American Ethnography
  • ANTH-3112 - N. American Ethnography

Student Projects

  • Museum exhibit for HEB 1325 class, Evolution of Technology. Teaching display (March 19-April 9, 2012), Measuring Complexity of Tools. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Aleah Bowie; Elizabeth Colbert; Priya Karve; Charlotte Lane; Andrew Lorey; Tho Nguyen; James Pitt; Madelaine Zhu. 2012 - 2012