Teaching Philosophy

I seek (and require) creativity in the classroom.  In order to succeed in the competitive market of ideas, students must know how to employ their intelligence in novel and creative ways.  The targeted class project provides an excellent framework to develop and apply this creativity.  My teaching portfolio provides a number of examples including web sites, posters, and debate assignments, where the goal is to reach beyond the 10-page paper to access new technologies and ways of presenting results.  The targeted project framework facilitates a deeper understanding of course material, it fosters collaboration and individualized instruction, and it creates a context for the exchange of ideas.  

Current Courses 

ANTH 2380 Cultures at Risk: Human Rights and Heritage Today 


This class uses an “Ethics Bowl” format to examine the ethics of archaeological practice and the many predicaments that impact heritage preservation, looting, and human rights. Student teams are given case narratives where a protagonist must solve an ethical dilemma involving multiple stakeholders, ethics codes, and international and U.S. national laws. Students work in teams to write-up and present their ethical resolutions to assigned cases in five-minute extemporaneous debates. Weekly round-robin sessions give the repeated opportunities to hone their ethics, communications, and teamwork skills.  A competitive tournament with prizes marks the last day of class. 

"This class was very valuable in that it encouraged me to advance my individual research and presentation skills. Professor Eiselt had great feedback and an encouraging attitude."


"I liked the teamwork component of the course. I think everyone in my group had the opportunity to teach and learn from each other, and the different perspectives provided a conducive environment."


ANTH 4399 Integrated Themes in Anthropology (Capstone)

This course focuses on the unique knowledge, skills, and abilities that an anthropological training provides.  Rigorous exercises and writing projects prepare students for graduate school programs and the job market. They study the history and debates associated with applied anthropology and the various academic, government, and private sector careers that anthropologists enjoy.  Students complete a series of weekly exercises that begin with understanding “who they are” as anthropology majors and that culminates in a comprehensive web-based portfolio that highlights their educational and work backgrounds.  They develop a personal statement, a values statement, a resume and work experience page, a summary statement of their skills and abilities, a page that articulates what anthropology brings to the work place, and a portfolio page that showcases their projects and writing abilities.  


Web Site Examples

Aaron D’Eramo 

Monica Lee

Rachel Thimmig

"Dr. Eiselt was super easy to contact and work with outside of class. She was also very accommodating of students and tailored the course to best fit our needs. I also enjoyed the small class as it was easy to get a lot of attention and detailed feedback on assignments. I feel more prepared for life after graduation and finding a job because of this course. I also have deeper understanding of how anthropology is applicable to all disciplines and provides a useful toolkit to have in any environment."

ANTH 4387/6387 Advances in the Practice of Archaeology

This seminar introduces students to advances in archaeological practice that pertain to applied archaeology, including the laws, ethics, procedures, and expectations for advanced undergraduate majors and Ph.D. graduates in public and private careers.  The highlight of the class is weekly Skype interviews with leading practitioners in the field who share their knowledge, expertise, experiences, and advice. The course focuses on the pressing issues that face applied archaeology today including political, social, and policy topics that, during the inaugural 2016 class, became painfully relevant as the Standing Rock protests and the 2016 elections unfolded over the course of the semester to reveal the challenges that lay ahead.  

"I really loved the class, it was eye opening to receive a peak into the non-academic side of archaeology!"

"I enjoyed our video meetings with archaeologists who have worked in all aspects of the field. The readings were easy to follow and full of information. They gave me a better understanding of cultural resource laws and will be helpful in the future."


Past Courses

Southern Methodist University

Anth 1321:  Modern World Archaeology 

Anth 2363: The Science of Our Past: An Introduction to Archaeology 

Anth 3318: The Prehistory of the American Southwest 

Anth 5681: Field Methods in Archaeology

Anth 5981: Field Archaeology 

Anth 6033: Pro-seminar in Archaeological Ethics 

Anth 6301: Principles of Archeology

Anth 6302: Statistics in Anthropology 

Anth 7321: Ceramics for Archaeologists


University of Michigan

Anth 3541: Columbian Consequences: Culture Contact in the New World