VanderVeen Honored with 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award
James VanderVeen, IU South Bend associate professor of anthropology, was awarded the Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award by Indiana University in recognition of his excellence in education and research.
IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the award at the 2015 Celebration of Distinguished Teaching dinner on April 10. The event is part of Founders Day, an annual tradition that commemorates the 1820 founding of Indiana University.
The Herman Frederic Lieber Memorial Award was established in 1961 by the IU Foundation and is now sponsored by Mrs. Herman Lieber of Indianapolis. Dr. VanderVeen was selected for the teaching award in part due to his multi-faceted teaching approach that engages students and fosters an enjoyment of learning: “His creative use of technology, interactive classroom environment, and active-learning assignments stimulate individual thinking and real life applications of course material.”
VanderVeen has taught at IU South Bend since 2006. He is known for creating unique hands-on assignments for his classes, notably his “Let Students Design the Test” Quick Hits publication that empowered students to determine the most important material on which to focus and assess.
Other honors and recognitions VanderVeen has received include the Harold K. Schneider Economic Anthropology Paper Prize from Indiana University (2005) and the New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Grant from the Lilly Endowment and Office of Research at Indiana University (2008).
VanderVeen completed his BA in Anthropology from Albion College in 1996. He earned an MA in Historical Anthropology in 2005 and PhD in Archaeology and Social Context in 2006 from Indiana University Bloomington.