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Jim Wanner

Jim Wanner

Professor Emeritus

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2707
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Campus Box
Greeley, CO 80639


PhD University of Colorado-Boulder
MA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Professional/Academic Experience

I was educated as a “four field” anthropologist.  I came to UNC in 1970 and served the discipline of anthropology here for forty-two years, achieving Full Professor in 1992.  My primary focus during my career was on teaching. I strived to always offer high quality instruction in the curriculum I taught. Student evaluations regularly reported that I was knowledgeable, fair, and fun. What more could I have asked for?   As a generalist, I promoted interdisciplinary education as member of the Individualized Education Faculty and as a member of the Interdisciplinary and Environmental Studies Committees. In the early ‘80’s I led the department in creating an interdisciplinary major in anthropology that served our students for many years. Together with colleagues in Sociology and Chemistry, I was instrumental in the early development of the current Forensic Science program.  Over my career I served the department, college, and university as department chair, faculty senator, and faculty representative on the Board of Trustees as well as participating in many task forces, and committees.

Research/Areas of Interest

Multivariate morphometrics
Quantitative Genetics
Comparative Primate Anatomy
Forensic Osteology
General Systems Theory
Cognitive Semantics
Interdisciplinary Studies
Manual Skill and Creativity
General Anthropology
Facial Reconstruction