About Amanda

My name is Amanda Williams and I am a biological anthropologist with a primary interest in forensic anthropology. Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Montana. So, I am also a student! My educational background includes a B.A in Anthropology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), a M.A. in Forensic Anthropology (University of Montana), and hopefully, soon, but it is still in progress a doctorate in Biological Anthropology (University of Montana). While working to finish my degree, I also teach a variety of anthropology courses, including Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, and People's and Culture's of the World.

My professional background includes experience in education and in cultural resource management. I have worked for several cultural resource management firms conducting archaeological field work in Nevada, California, and Oregon. I also have served as an osteological consultant for several firms in the Reno-Tahoe area. In addition to teaching and CRM, I also serve on several disaster recovery teams, and serve as an undergraduate mentor to several Nevada Promise Scholarship Students. Teaching is my passion, and something I have been pursing actively for the last six years. When I am not teaching or writing my dissertation, I love to hike, mountain bike, camp, snowshoe, and snowboard.

Fall 2021 Courses:

  • ANTH 102 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Asynchronous format)

  • ANTH 110L - Introduction to Biological Anthropology Lab (Asynchronous format)

Certificate in Effective Instruction

Association of College and University Educators

Awarded: May 2020

This certificatication signifies my completion of a 25-module course in effective teaching practices requiring the implementation of evidence-based instructional approaches. The credential is co-issued by the American Council on Education and distinguishes faculty for their commitment to educational excellence and student success.