Rory Becker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Area of Focus: Archaeology
Office: Ackerman Hall 101
Office Phone: 541-962-3229
Dr. Rory Becker, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, received degrees in anthropology from Montana State University (B.A.), Western Michigan University (M.A.), and the University of Wyoming (Ph.D.). Dr. Becker has been teaching anthropology since 2005 in both seated and distance education formats. He also has eight years’ experience working in the Cultural Resource Management industry (applied anthropology) for universities, private companies, state agencies, and federal agencies. Dr. Becker has established the Cultural Heritage & Archaeological Research Technologies lab (CHART) which provides EOU students with research and applied anthropology opportunities. His research interests currently focus on the use of remote sensing techniques in archaeology and historic archaeology sites, especially those dating to the fur trade and/or contact period.
Dr. Kathleen A. Dahl, Associate Professor of Anthropology, received degrees in anthropology from Colorado State University (B.A.) and Washington State University (M.A. and Ph.D.) and has been teaching anthropology since 1988, the last 13 years at EOU. She has published articles about the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington and about the interior Northwest powwow circuit, as well as numerous invited book reviews. Her research interests currently focus on examining how museums and historic sites interpret regional culture and history, including both native and nonnative cultures and historical events. She keeps two research weblogs that have been viewed by tens of thousands of people: “Lewis and Clark Trail Watch” (lewisandclarktrailwatch.blogspot.com) and “Pick and Shovel” (pickandshovel.blogspot.com).
David Leone, Ph.D.
OnLine instruction only
David Leone is a bio-cultural anthropologist with a strong four-field approach to Anthropology. While specializing on the interaction of culture and biology, he has not only focused on bridging gaps within Anthropology, but also extended his education to overlap with other disciplines including Sociology, Evolutionary Psychology, Biology, and Anatomy. His research foci are in evolutionary biology, human ecology, and evolutionary medicine. He is currently conducting a long-term longitudinal project concerning child growth and development in a rural Caribbean village on the developing island of Dominica. His research projects have primary applied anthropology components in public health, nutrition, education, child wellness, and community development. Dr. Leone has a passion for teaching and learning at all education levels and formats, however, his recent focus has been on developing new strategies for online education at the university level.
Linda Reed-Jerofke, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Area of Focus: Physical Anthropology
Office: Ackerman Hall 117
Office Phone: 541-962-3179
Dr. Linda J. Jerofke, Associate Professor of Anthropology, received degrees in anthropology from Appalachian State University (B.A.) and the University of Oregon (M.A. and Ph.D.). She has spent the last 20 years teaching anthropology and/or working as an applied anthropologist with Tribes and as an archaeologist. Her research interests are varied and include nutritional/medical anthropology, Native Peoples of North America and archaeology. She has received funding from the NW Health Foundation as well as the National Institute of Health to study childhood obesity in rural communities. Publications have focused on Native Peoples, nutritional anthropology and archaeology. She currently serves as the Coordinator of the Native American Studies minor and sits on a number of local boards (United Way of Eastern Oregon and the Northeast Oregon AHEC).
Shannon Robson, Ph.D.
OnLine instruction only
Shannon Robson received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Utah’s Department of Anthropology program in Evolutionary Ecology with a research focus in comparative primate life histories and demography. As an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, and now EOU, she teaches courses in physical anthropology, primatology, and human evolutionary studies. She has been working in the Collections and Research Division at the Natural History Museum of Utah since 1996 where she is currently the Vertebrate Zoology Collections Manager. In this position she am responsible for overseeing the care of the fluid preserved, dry skins, and skeletal specimens within the herpetile, bird, and mammal collections. As a Museum researcher she collaborates on annual field surveys of small mammals throughout the Great Basin to better understand how these communities have responded to changes in climate over time. When not working or teaching, she enjoys hiking in the mountains, watching movies, and traveling to warm and sunny destinations.