My teaching philosophy recognizes students to be knowledgeable subjects rather than empty vessels and encourages them to develop their own interpretations of the texts under review. Using a range of media—photos, videos, music, dance and movement—I perceive my role to be one of the shaper or guide who has a broader perspective, but not one that holds an exclusive claim on knowledge. I grade students based on the depth of their analyses and the strength of their oral and written arguments. My objective is to see what learning has taken place, not how closely they can replicate my own utterances. (Courses taught: Anthropology of Tourism; Brown Studies; The Caribbean in Post-colonial Perspective; Cuban Culture: Race, Gender, and Power; Popular Culture(s), Star Trek and the Next Generation of Anthropology, Zora Neale Hurston–Anthropologist; Anthropology and Race (graduate seminar); Ethnography and the Ethnographic (graduate seminar); Core Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (graduate seminar).

Prof Roland in action