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Rachel Most

Professor
Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
266 Monroe Hall
248 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904
Education
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Arizona State University
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Biography

I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College and as the Academic Dean for students in the sports of football, men and women's basketball, and men and women's squash. In addition, I teach archaeology classes in the Department of Anthropology. I frequently teach Human Impact on the Environment (with colleagues Hank Shugart and Steve Plog), Unearthing the Past (ANTH 2890) during January Term, and a summer class (ANTH 2589) in which I travel with students across Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado (this is team taught with a colleague from PVCC). I have also taught a USEM on the collapse of prehistoric and historic societies. My primary research interests are concerned with the study of change over time in prehistoric economic and settlement systems. I am particularly interested in the impact of the adoption of agricultural strategies by foraging societies, the role of hunting in emergent complex societies, lithic analysis and the so-called "collapse" of prehistoric societies. My field research has been primarily in the American Southwest (where I worked in the Mogollon Rim area (Pinedale/Snowflake) and southern desert areas of Arizona); I have also done fieldwork in Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

In whatever spare time I have I enjoy spending time with my children and friends, swimming (I swam competitively for Temple University), walking/hiking, working out, and travelling back to the American Southwest.

FORU 1500: Introduction to the Forums
Credits: 3
This course will introduce first-year students to their forum topic. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
FORU 1510: Continuing the Forum
Credits: 1
This course follows the first-semester introductory forum class and keeps students engaged in the content of their forum. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums.)
PHIL 2500: Survey on a Philosophical Topic
Credits: 3
A lecture series on the various topics central to Philosophy.
FORU 2500: Forum Capstone Experience
Credits: 3
This course is the capstone course for forum students. It is to be taken in the fourth semester by forum students only. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See http://college.as.virginia.edu/forums for information on the forums).
LASE 2559: New Course in the Liberal Arts
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in Liberal Arts Seminars.
ANTH 2559: New Course in Anthropology
Credits: 1–4
New course in the subject of anthropology.
ANTH 2589: Topics in Archaeology
Credits: 3
Topics to be announced prior to each semester, dealing with archaeology.
ARCY 3993: Independent Study
Credits: 3
An Independent Study in Archaeology. Subject to be determined by student and instructor.
ANTH 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ANTH 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ANTH 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ANTH 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.