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The Discovery Tool lets you find professors based on the answers they supply. You can filter by department and question. Click the answer bubble to see the professor’s profile.

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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Prepare to laugh, and to work hard.
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Mostly talking and using the white board to highlight key points. Occasional use of video. Use of artifacts and skeletal material (real and casts).
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
I often have students apply what they learn (eg. evaluate the purported existence of Bigfoot using evol theory, primate behav, fossil record, and archaeology
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What kind of student would love your class?
Good to great writers and communicators, or those who strive to be. Curious students who like to ask questions. Students seeking practical, marketable skills.
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What is the most engaging assignment you give?
Demonstrate your non-fiction writing skills by writing 150 words on one of the these topics: my car, my bedroom, or the the last meal I ate in a restaurant.
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What is your style of teaching?
With humour, engagement, and lots of in-class exercises and discussion, especially discussions that relate to communications and current events.
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What is your style of teaching?
lecture/discussion.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
For written assignments, demonstrated insight into the material and good writing (eg. proper sentence and paragraph structure)
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Give the instructor what he or she wants. Read the assignments carefully, ask questions, and if you receive a disappointing mark, ask for a meeting with me!
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What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
PowerPoint, podcasts, paper handouts, Moodle, and hoping to add iPad to my lectures this fall.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Magazine publishing, business writing formats and techniques, and the world of professional communications.
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When grading a student, what do you look for?
Adherence to the assignment criteria, critical thinking, imagination and proper spelling, grammar and syntax.
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What kind of student would love your class?
those that are curious, self-starters, and have a good work ethic. Average students who are prepared to work hard can get good grades.
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Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Students who do not regularly attend class rarely do well. I expect students to spend at least 80 hrs outside of class studying and working on assignments.
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
hiking the prehistoric/historic Chilkoot Trail from Alaska into the Yukon with one of my kids.
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I'm a member of the Western Magazine Award Foundation, and I continue to work as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant as time allows.
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Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
I direct local historic archaeology projects, with a summer field school component. I also write a lot and tweet about anthropology (twitter.com/bobmuckle)
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What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Take responsibility for your own learning; using the prof as a guide.
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What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Earned my M.Ed. from SFU in 2010, and was chosen to be the student speaker at convocation.
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What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Archaeology, Indigenous Peoples of North America, human evolution
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