Students work on lab exercise

Undergraduate Associate

Teaching Assistant for ATH 212: Introduction to Archaeological Theory & Method, Miami University

Fall 2016

As an undergraduate associate for ATH 212: Introduction to Archaeological Theory and Method for the fall semester 2016, my primary roles included assisting Dr. Jeb Card in laboratory sessions, answering student questions, and developing a lab exercise.

The main goals of the experience were the following:

  1. Gain university-level teaching experience
  2. Develop techniques for archaeological pedagogy, including the development of a lab exercise
  3. Learn how to set up and run lab sessions

I also independently ran a lab session while Dr. Card was away for a conference. The lab session focused on the classification of arrowheads, and I instructed two sessions of approximately 15 students each.

I collaborated with Dr. Card to create a lab exercise focused on teaching research design to undergraduates. We used the exercise at the end of the fall semester, and the department intends to use the exercise in future courses.

Experience Outcomes

students working on lab exercise
Students work on the lab exercise developed for this course

This experience had three primary outcomes:

  1. I independently ran an extra credit lab session while Dr. Card was away on a conference
  2. The first version of the research design game was used in ATH 212 at the end of the fall 2016 semester, with Dr. Jeb Card as the instructor
  3. Student feedback on the usefulness of the lab assignment was overwhelmingly positive, and the Anthropology Department intends to use the project in future courses