Mike Kimball earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Although his academic training focused on human ecology and archaeology, his research and teaching interests have expanded over the years to include community engaged scholarship and pedagogy, for which he received a Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence from the Maine Campus Compact in 2006.
From 2007 to 2008, he served as UNC’s Robert O. Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies, during which time he taught, presented lectures and co-founded UNC’s Engaged Scholars Symposium. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Director of the Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership; co-founded UNC’s summer Yucatan Program; co-chaired a university-level committee that produced UNC’s Community and Civic Engagement Plan; and taught anthropology and community-engaged courses. He is a recipient of a 2009 UNC Advisor of the Year Award.
Among other classes, Mike teaches a community-based applied anthropology course and a Life of the Mind course partnered with the Soliya Connect Program, a technology-enabled, cross-cultural exchange that facilitates real-time dialogues between UNC students and others from European and predominantly Muslim countries.
Mike’s research includes the scholarship of community engagement and the application of place building theory to heritage-based studies. Most recently, he co-authored with colleagues from UNC’s Anthropology Department and Monfort College of Business a paper for the 7th Annual World Archaeological Congress in Jordan, entitled “Place-building theory and cultural heritage conservation: managing risk by engaging ‘placekeepers.’”
Mike lives in Fort Collins with his wife Lori, sons Conor and Liam, and a menagerie of animals including two dogs, a cockatiel, a Russian tortoise, three leopard geckoes, a thriving ant colony and a couple of praying mantises. No partridge in their pear tree…yet.