Jennifer Meta Robinson, Ph.D
Professor of Practice
Course Director for Interpersonal Communication
jenmetar @ indiana . edu
Jennifer Meta Robinson, Ph.D, is Professor of Practice in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. She teaches beginning and advanced pedagogy courses at the graduate level. She also directs Interpersonal Communication and teaches undergraduate courses in food and environment. Her research and teaching focus on social structures as built environments that support certain kinds of knowledge, expertise, identity, and action and how those can be re-imagined.
She writes and speaks widely on teaching and learning in higher education and was the fourth president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She co-edits the Indiana University Press book series Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She has worked extensively with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching since 2003. She was funded by the Teagle Foundation to investigate ways interdisciplinary learning communities can prepare graduate students to be reflective teachers. She directed Indiana University’s Campus Instructional Consulting office and coordinated its scholarship of teaching and learning initiative 2001-2008, which received a Hesburgh Award in 2003. She won an Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award in 2012.
Her work in the environmental humanities includes an ethnographic study of community-building in The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community, with J. A. Hartenfeld (2007), which was a finalist for the Best Books in Indiana award for its analysis of the reciprocal relationships between the personal and the social, the environmental and the human at contemporary markets. The book has been widely read in college courses, including in departments of anthropology, political science, sociology, comparative literature, and informatics. She is co-editor, with Leila Monaghan and Jane Goodman, of A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication (Blackwell, second edition 2012), which is used by 500 Indiana University students each semester in the multi-section freshman course she directs. The latest edition of the book introduces contemporary social media into the study of communicative practices as they are used to negotiate culture, identity, and power among people from North Africa to North America, from 17th-century Quakers to contemporary text messagers, and from grade school students to college undergraduates. She also co-edited Teaching Environmental Literacy across the Curriculum and Across Campus (with Reynolds and Brondizio, 2010). Her new work includes an ethnography of knowledge practices among small sustainable farmers in the US and a volume on the exigencies of Selling Local.
She is affiliated with the faculty of Communication and Culture, the Integrated Program in the Environment, and the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University.