Employee of the Month

March 2015 Faculty of the Month

Jesse and young boy at a ball game.Jo Rodgers
Anthropology Department

Dr. Rodgers was very gracious and excited when I notified her that she had been selected as our March Faculty Person of the Month. She wrote up a short description of her relationship with the Ohlone community…and it is perfect. Congratulations Jo, we are lucky to have you as a peer educator.

I began teaching anthropology at Ohlone College in 1984. As a physical anthropologist working for a Cultural Resource Management firm, I was able to share a lot of real world experience with students. And, I soon discovered that I really liked teaching.

I was also pursuing an MBA in international business while I was working full time and teaching anthropology at night. After completing my business degree, I taught both anthropology and business (Introduction to Business and Marketing) for several years. And, with help from Ohlone College, I also earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Alliant International University and taught a couple of courses for Alliant in their Masters of Education program. By this time, I had quit my day job and was completely focused on becoming a good educator.

I am very lucky to work with, and learn from, an outstanding group of anthropology instructors. I have also been given great opportunities to meet and work with faculty from other departments. I was a member of the Ohlone Pioneers, a group of early online instructors. I have been a member of the Distance Education Committee since its inception. I served two years on the Faculty Senate and I am in my third year on the Curriculum Committee.

I have also served as a faculty advisor for several clubs. I am currently the OMAC (anthropology club) faculty advisor. This club is very active and a lot of fun! I really enjoy working with our students, both inside and outside of a classroom.

I also like spending time with friends and colleagues from other colleges and organizations. I am a fellow in the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Leakey Foundation. I am a regional Vice President (Northern California and Nevada) for the Society for Anthropology in Community College, and I am also active in the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Society for American Archaeology. Perhaps my favorite organization is our California Community College Anthropology teacher’s group that meets each January. I have had the honor of serving as Program Chair and conference organizer on several occasions.

When I am not on campus teaching, I like to travel with my husband George. He and I have also spent many years taking Ohlone students on educational trips around the world. Travel provides me with new, interesting places to walk, talk and snorkel!

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