Ian Kujit

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Ian Kuijt received his B.A. in History from the University of Lethbridge, an M.A. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University.  In addition to a wide range of articles and book chapters, he has published three books that explore a range of issues related to human history and archaeology, including Macroevolution in Human Prehistory (Springer Verlag, 2009), Complex Hunter-Gatherers: Evolution and Organization of Prehistoric Communities on the Plateau of Northwestern North America (Univ. of Utah Press, 2004), and Life in Neolithic Farming Communities: Social Organization, Identity, and Differentiation (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, 2000).  He is he past recipient of a Kaneb Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2004), Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2009), and Dockweiler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, University of Notre Dame (2010).   Dr. Kuijt view teaching and research as being intricately, and deeply interconnected, even inseparable.  His teaching is guided by two main principles: (1) experiential learning is crucial if we are to inspire intellectual curiosity in our students, and (2) ideas really matter to our lives.  Students engage with subject materials on a very different level, and take away more from it, if they are challenged and engaged with the subject. This engagement comes in many forms, but generally effective classes involve some direct, student initiated independent learning.