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EKU Summer Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jon Endonino

Professor Jon Endonino stands in a rock shelter

EKU Summer can be a valuable time of year to catch up or stay on track! This year the summer schedule is flexible, so no matter where you plan to be, there are great summer class options for everybody. 

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Jon Endonino


Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

What class are you teaching during the summer session?

ANT 470 Archaeological Field Methods

What feature would you like to highlight about this particular class?

Archaeological Field Methods - or simply "Field School" - is an intensive hands-on learning experience that engages students intellectually and physically in researching the past through archaeology in order to help our partners in the US Forest Service/Daniel Boone National Forest document and understand the archaeological and historical sites under their care so that they can make good decisions on how to best protect, preserve, and present the rich and deep history of the forest to the public now and for generations to come.

Why would you recommend that students take this summer course?

For Anthropology majors a field school is one of many hands-on opportunities we offer in the anthropology program to develop the critical thinking, research, and analytical skills in our majors and to prepare them for post-graduation careers or graduate school. However, our archaeology field school is also appropriate for students outside of Anthropology looking to develop these same skills. Students from related and adjacent fields such as geology and geography, recreation and park management, and history will also benefit in ways that are relevant to their interests. At the very least we can offer 6 credit hours of upper division credits at the 400 level to help meet graduation requirements. While the credit hours are certainly worthy enough, the opportunity to work outdoors while revealing and interacting with thousands of years of Kentucky's Native American history and heritage, while developing skills that translate beyond the course out in the natural beauty of Daniel Boone National Forest, doesn't hurt!

What is your favorite seasonal activity to participate in during the summer?

During the summer I like to travel, work in my garden, and restore my old, historic house.

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