George Armelagos

Professional Experience

I began teaching career in 1965 at the University of Colorado, Denver.  I was a teaching assistant to Professor Sheilagh Brooks and because an illness I was asked to teach the class.  That fall, I accepted a teaching position at the University of Utah where I taught from 1965 to 1968.  I found the Department of Anthropology at Utah to be an exciting place. The Department had an excellent faculty and a dynamic graduate student body.  Robert Anderson, Leslie White’s first graduate student, Jesse Jennings, Charles Dibble, Melvin Akins, Wick Miller and Robert Euler were excellent mentors that helped me to master the craft of teaching. In 1968, I moved to the University of Massachusetts where I taught for the next 32 years.  When I arrived in Amherst, the Department consisted of Thomas Frazier, Oriol Pi-sunyer, Donald Proulx, Denny Salzman and Joel Halpern and was in the process of major expansion.  The faculty was committed to a four fields approach. At a time when most departments had only a single biological anthropologist, Massachusetts’ Department was willing to expand this as an area of strength. When I retired from Massachusetts, there were four biological anthropologists in the department (Alan Swedlund, R. Brooke Thomas, Laurie Godfrey and myself).  In addition, Debra Martin and Alan H. Goodman who were at Hampshire College in Amherst were members of our graduate faculty.  In 1991, I was invited to Chair the Department at the University of Florida. This was an unusual opportunity that brought me in contact with a number of anthropologists that solidified my commitment to a four-field anthropology.  Marvin Harris, Maxine Margolis, Russell Bernard, Otto von Mering, and Paul Doughty were cultural anthropologist who had a broad anthropological perspective.  Archeologist such as Jerald Milanich, Steven Brandt, Michael Mosley and Peter Schmidt supported a bioacheological approach that helped to define my research.  The last ten years in the Emory’s department has been a culmination of my career that has focused on the interaction of biological and cultural anthropology.


Professional Experience:
Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology, 2005-

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 2003 -2006

 Professor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993-Present

 Professor and Chairman, University of Florida, Gainesville 1990-1993

Affiliate Curator, Department of Anthropology, Florida State Museum of Natural History. 1991-1993

 Professor, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, 1978-1990. Professor Emeritus, 1991-Present

Visiting Professor, University of Colorado, summer 1971, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

 Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, February 1973-1978

 Director, University of Massachusetts Honors Program, 1974-1977

 Acting Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, summer 1971, 1972.

 Assistant Professor in Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, September 1968-1973

 Visiting Professor, National Science Foundation Summer Institute for College Teachers in Anthropology, University of Colorado, summer 1971.

 Visiting Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, summer. 1966

 Assistant Professor in Anthropology, University of Utah, September 1966-June 1968.

 Instructor in Anthropology, University of Utah, September 1965-1966.

 Teaching Associate, University of Colorado, Denver Center, spring 1965.

 Research Associate, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1964-1965

 Research Assistant, Physical Anthropologists, University of Colorado Nubian Expedition, Wadi Halfa, Republic of the Sudan, 1963-1964

Departmental and University Activities:

Emory University
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, 1994-1997
Executive Committee, Department of Anthropology, 1995-1997, 1999-2000
Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Anthropology, 1993, 1997
Committee Member. Computer and Information Technology Committee. 1996,1997
Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution Program. Executive Committee. 1996-1999.
Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, 1999-2000 
Curriculum Committee, Department of Anthropology, 1999-2000
University Research Committee, 1999- 2003
Center for Disease Ecology. Lecture Committee, 2000
Curriculum Committee, Emory College, 2001-2002, Chair, Social Science subsection, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
ExOfficio member, NBB Executive Committee, 2003-2006
Ad Hoc Committee, Promotion Committee, Department of Classics, 2005
Emory University. Strategic Plan ImplementationTeam; Confronting the Human Condition and Experience Committee.  Co-Chair. Strategic Planning Committee. Race and Differences.


University of Florida
Graduate School. Advisory Council for Minority Programs. Sept. 1990-

University of Massachusetts: Departmental
Graduate Committee: 1967-68, 1968-69, 1974-75; Co-Chair: 1973-73.
Curriculum Committee: 1969-70.
Undergraduate Committee: 1971.
Personnel Committee: 1969-70 (Alternate), 1970-71, 1971-72, 1975-77, 1979-80; Chair: 1977, 1982.
Space Utilization Committee: 1971; Chair: 1973-75.
Chair Search Committee: 1972, 1974.
Liaison for Center for Instructional Resources and Improvement: 1973.
Department Liaison to Sigma Xi: 1973.
Director of Undergraduate Studies: 1977.
Executive Committee: 1977.
Publications Committee: 1982-86; Chair, 1986.
Honors Coordinator: 1983, 1984.
Affirmative Action Officer: 1984.
Chair, Evaluation Committee: 1986.
Woodbury Scholarship Award Committee: 1985-1988.

University of Massachusetts: School
Committee on Divisional Majors, Social and Behavioral Sciences: 1970-71, 1973.
Executive Committee, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elected): 1971-72, 1977-79, 1982, 1984; Chair: 1986, 1988.
Committee for the Study of Computer Utilization in Social and Behavioral Sciences: 1971-72.
Dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Search Committee: 1984.

University of Massachusetts: University
Faculty Senate: 1970-72, 1976-79.
Orchard Hill Residential College Review  Committee: 1973.
Distinguished Teaching Award Committee:  1973-75, 1985-87.
Graduate Student Selection Subcommittee,  Chair: 1987.
Academic Matters Committee of Faculty Senate:  1975-77.
Health Care Systems Committee: 1975-77.
Honors Council: 1975-77.
Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Program  Review: 1977.
Ad Hoc Committee to Evaluate Acting Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences: 1978.
University Faculty Publication Advisory Committee: 1984-85.
Contact Editor Search Committee:  1984.
Faculty Senate, Academic Priorities Committee: Chair, elected 1984-88.
Committee for Program and Budget Analysis for Administrative Support of Research: 1987.
Campus Planning Committee: 1985-88.
Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Selection Committee: 1986-89.

Five College
Archaeological Advisory Committee.  Smith College:1983- 89.