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Name:
Michael Kimball
Title:
Director of the Center of Honors Scholars and Leadership, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Colleges:
University College and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programs:
Center for Honors, Scholars & Leadership and Anthropology
Years Teaching:
10 (2 at UNC)
Degrees :
B.A.,  College of the Atlantic, Human Ecology, 1989;
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anthropology, 1992;
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anthropology (Archaeology), 1998
Areas of expertise/Research interests:
Civic engagement education; community-based learning; gathering and preserving local knowledge; impacts of climate change on global coastal cultural heritage resources; and Ireland’s prehistoric hunter-gatherers.
You might not know that I …
train in Tan Tui, Hou Quan and Jian Kung Fu.
When I let my hair down, I can be found …
African drumming in Fort Collins.
My welcome-to-teaching moment that I’ll never forget was …
This is more of a welcome-to-learning moment, but it influenced my decision to teach many years later. It happened in Mr. Novick’s English Literature class, when I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. We were reading Beowulf – an Anglo-Saxon epic poem of heroic battles and monster-slaying that’s kind of tough to get through. One day, Mr. Novick came to class wielding a battle-ax. I’ll never forget it. He passed it around the room and, when I held it in my hand, it brought Beowulf to life for me in a way that no amount of reading could ever do. That battle-ax lit a fire in me not only for experiential teaching and learning, but maybe also for archaeology.
I chose UNC because …
I was selected to be the Robert O. Schulze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2007.  The rest is history.
Confucius would say my teaching philosophy is …
frustratingly Buddhist.
If I’m not teaching a class, or in my office, you can find me on campus at …
the U.C.  Starbucks.
I cannot live without …
air, food, water, my imagination, my community and my family.
If I hadn’t become a teacher, I would be a …
starving fiction writer.
Yearbook quote (advice you like to give to students or best advice you’ve received):
“When your views … and your intellect are being challenged and you begin to feel uncomfortable because of a contradiction you’ve detected that is threatening your current model of the world … pay attention. You are about to learn something.” – William Drury
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