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Course Descriptions:

Full-Time Faculty:

Dana Pertermann Dana Pertermann
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology
Office: 1224
Phone: 307-382-1743

PhD, Anthropology, Texas A&M University, 2011
MA, Historical Archaeology, Illinois State University, 2006
BA, Geology, University of Minnesota, 2001

Dr. Dana L. Pertermann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Geology at Western Wyoming Community College. She received her PhD in Anthropology, specializing in Battlefield Archaeology, from Texas A&M University in 2011. She completed a MA in Historical Archaeology in 2006 from Illinois State University and a BA in Geology in 2001 from the University of Minnesota. She has also taken courses under Prof. Hans-Peter Isler at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland.

Dr. Pertermann has a rich and varied research past, conducting archaeological investigations on Bronze Age sites in Scotland, geologic field research in Texas and Colorado, as well as publishing an edited volume of work emphasizing Conflict Event Theory, The Archaeology of Engagement: Conflict and Revolution in the United States.

Dr. Pertermann's current research focuses on US military operations and private ownership at Fort Bridger, WY from the late 1800s to the 1960s. She is also working with local land owners near Evanston, WY to document archaeological remains on their land. She also regularly gives lectures to the public throughout the region as well as offers Community Education courses for all.

Classes taught are Introduction to Archaeology, North American Indians, World Ethnography, Introduction to Rock Art, Physical Geology, Paleontology, Igneous Petrology, Geology of Southwest Wyoming, Mineralogy, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, and Physical Anthropology.

View Dr. Pertermann's curriculum vita.

Adjunct Faculty:

Erin Williamson Erin Williamson
Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology
Phone: 307-382-1743

MSc, Social Anthropology, University College London, 2013
BA, Anthropology, Lee University, 2011

Erin Williamson is an adjunct instructor of Anthropology at Western Wyoming Community College. She received her Master of Science in Social Anthropology in 2013 from the University College London in London, UK. She had previously completed her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2011.

During her graduate studies, Erin conducted fieldwork among a community of Pentecostal Christians in rural Appalachia and has since presented her research in guest lectures and at anthropological conferences throughout the US, as well as been interviewed by National Geographic on the topic of her research. Additionally, she has spent 6 years working on and off as a field researcher with Western Wyoming Community College on an archaeological excavation of a Native American rock shelter in Delta, Colorado and with the Bureau of Land Management in a cultural resource survey of Native American sites in Paradox, Colorado. Her current research interests center on ethnographic methods, migration, Islam, and the anthropology of ethics.

Classes taught include Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to Archaeology, and World Cultures.

Faculty Emeritus:

Dudley Gardner Dudley Gardner, PhD
Professor of Emeritus
Phone: 307-382-1746

PhD, History, University of New Mexico, 2000
MA, History, Colorado State University, 1980
BA, English, Lee College, 1977

Dr. A. Dudley Gardner taught history, political science, and anthropology/archeology at Western Wyoming Community College from 1990 through 2014. In addition, he served as the Social Science and Fine Arts Division Chair from 1994 through 2013. Dr. Gardner is a notable scholar with numerous grants and publications. He earned his PhD in History from the University of New Mexico (2000), MA in History from Colorado State University (1980), and BA in English from Lee College (1977).

Charlie Love Charlie Love
Professor of Emeritus

For more information, contact Dana Pertermann at (307) 382-1743 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181