Carmean Named Foundation Professor

Carmean, Minor Named Foundation Professors

Dr. Kelli Carmean has earned the highest honor for teaching excellence at Eastern Kentucky University.

Carmean, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work received the 2017-19 EKU Foundation Professorship. The annual honor recognizes those who demonstrate outstanding abilities in the three primary roles of a faculty member: teaching, service and research. The professorship provides a salary supplement for two years.

Kelli Carmean photoCarmean joined the EKU faculty in 1993 and served as coordinator of the anthropology program from 2003 to 2010 and as department chair from 2009 to 2015. She currently serves as the faculty liaison for the University’s education abroad program.

She was selected to present the Roark Distinguished Lecture at EKU in 2010; was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute participant in 2011, researching Mayan culture in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize; and received a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2013 to present archaeology through historical fiction and reach a wider audience with her “House of the Waterlily: A Novel of the Ancient Maya World,” to be published this year.

Another of Carmean’s research interests is the Fort Ancient of the Ohio Valley.

Carmean earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and her Ph.D. degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She was also a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

All full-time tenured faculty members are eligible for the award. The selection is made by a committee composed of faculty, and the process provides for a high degree of peer review.

Sixty-one professors have been honored for teaching excellence by the EKU Foundation since the awards were first given in 1988.

Published on March 21, 2017