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Emihovich named fellow in anthropology society

University of Florida education professor Catherine Emihovich has been tapped as a fellow in the national Society for Applied Anthropology in recognition of her scholarly contributions and leadership in anthropology and the social sciences.

Dean Catherine Emihovich


Emihovich is a professor of research and evaluation methodology in the College of Education and served as its 12th dean from 2002-2011. She is a past president of the Council on Anthropology and Education within the American Anthropological Association, and a past editor of Anthropology and Education Quarterly.

While minoring in anthropology and education, she has a doctorate in educational psychology and a master’s in measurement and statistics, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research publications and presentations—on topics such as children’s language use, literacy issues and race, class and gender equity issues—reflect her dual interests in education and anthropology. Emihovich has published three books and numerous scholarly articles and has presented more than 100 papers at conferences worldwide.

Since stepping down as dean to return to full-time teaching and research, Emihovich has revived the college’s Center for Community Education, serving as director and reshaping its focus to promote collaborative, community-based “action research” and policy change in education, health and social services.

The interdisciplinary Society for Applied Anthropology, founded in 1941, promotes the application of the social sciences to contemporary problems.  Its membership includes specialists and researchers in anthropology, sociology, social geography, nutrition and social psychology.

The society’s cadre of fellows that Emihovich joins serves in an advisory and counseling role to the group’s officers and board of directors.

2 thoughts on “Emihovich named fellow in anthropology society

  1. Recently, I started rereading books I used in college. I held the attitude in school that it was essential to input information in my brain, then output on the written or oral exam. I worked for the grade to pass and highly achieve. Now after many years, and reading CULTURE AND THE EDUCATIVE PROCESS by Solon T. Kimball, I realize that I missed the opportunity to actually learn in a long term beneficial way.

    In addition, I preferred math and science. I did not focus on verbalizing only on an AS NEEDED BASIS. In 9th grade I was moved from the suburbs of Orlando, to the rural isolated area in Archer (culture shock)!!!. Later in graduate school, while taking a middle school course under my advisor Dr. Paul George, research showed that teachers who taught low level classes had a decline in IQ.

    Bottom line, I see the TRUE NEED to link the social sciences, and anthropology to help with the understanding of the educative process. I can understand now how a shift at UF to include and infuse these disciplines in education as opposed to isolated and disjointed in Liberal Arts was necessary to meet current educational needs.

    Congratulations Dr. Emihovich! I am pleased to have had the opportunity to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors when you served as Dean. It was a valuable experience being in the company of such an esteemed and dynamic individual.

    • Juanita,

      It’s nice to hear from you and I appreciate your kind comments. I’m very glad you read Kimball’s book (it’s considered a classic in the field of anthropology and education), and I couldn’t agree more that the social sciences, especially anthropology, have a great deal to contribute to education. As Dean, I promoted the concept of “engaged scholarship” which is very consistent with the anthropological idea of involving the broader community in all aspects of learning, and I will continue this work as Director of the Center for Community Education. Thanks for writing a response and come back for a visit to the best College of Education in Florida. Go Gators!

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