What is your style of teaching?
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).
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
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)
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.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
Take responsibility for your own learning; using the prof as a guide.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Archaeology, Indigenous Peoples of North America, human evolution
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
hiking the prehistoric/historic Chilkoot Trail from Alaska into the Yukon with one of my kids.
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)
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.