Anthropology Professor James Judge from Fort Lewis College in Durango today received the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the State Board of Agriculture. Judge also received Fort Lewis’ Alice Admire Outstanding Teaching Award.
Judge, who is director of the Archaeology Field School, joined Fort Lewis College in 1990 after five years as director of research programs in New Mexico for Southern Methodist University. Prior to that, he spent more than 11 years at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, first as chief research archaeologist and then as director of the Chaco Project for the National Park Service and the University of New Mexico.
Judge relies on 30 years of experience as a field archaeologist to provide anecdotal information that stimulates class discussion.
"Dr. Judge keeps your attention and relieves the information overload with an onslaught of humor," a student wrote in nominating Judge for the award. "He always relates material to how it applies to the working world and strives to explain material in a way that facilitates everyone’s learning."
Judge, who received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a doctorate in anthropology from the University of New Mexico, is author of dozens of monographs and papers and makes several presentations on his research annually.
He is a member of the Society for American Anthropology, the American Anthropological Society and the American Society for Conservation Archaeology.
He serves on the national board of directors of the Archaeological Conservancy and the National Center for Preservation Technology.