UNM/Chaco Project (New Mexico) is a research and outreach project. Wirt Wills continues the Chaco Site Assessment program through a contract with the National Park Service that supported a team of graduate student researchers in conducting field work in Chaco. Under Wills’ supervision, the students relocated sites in Chaco and assessed their current condition, updating records on each site. Begun in 2010, this work will continue through June 2014.
The Ethnology Program supports inquiry into sociocultural perspectives, the anthropology of language, and public anthropology. Key interests include art and visual culture, cultural revitalization, historical consciousness, human rights, language and communication, medical anthropology, politics of identity, ritual, social movements, and tourism. There is a focus on cultural resurgence and globalization in the Americas, primarily the US Southwest and Latin America.
Evolutionary Anthropology has enthusiastically embraced the concept of the External University as an adjunct to our on-campus teachings. These EU courses are mirrors of key courses already taught regularly on campus and taught by the same instructors. The EU offerings provide two services. The first is to offer the core of a minor concentration in Evolutionary Anthropology to students living too far from the University to commute. The second is to provide electives for students taking the major part of their training on campus but providing them the option of a course online so that they can reduce the number of days commuting to campus. So far we have presented three regular semesters and two summer sessions of EU courses. Our offerings include two introductory 100 level courses each semester (Evolution and Human Emergence, Human Life Course) and two more advanced 300 level courses each year (Human Biology, Human Behavioral Ecology). We also offer two electives (Forensics, Human Adolescence). Our experience with the External University has been very positive. We are teaching students we have not been reaching before without any loss in our regular enrollments. EU also has provided us with more, large enrollment sections where our graduate students can find employment and teaching experience.