Reviewed by: Council on Anthropology and Education
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Teachers of Anthropology in Community Colleges, Students, Those Involved in Mentoring Activities
Primary Theme: Science
Secondary Theme: Teaching
Dr. Kathryn M. Borman served the College of Education as the Associate Director of the David C. Anchin Center from 1994 to 2005. She was faculty member in the Department of Social Foundations and Department of Anthropology until her retirement in 2013. She came to the Anchin Center from the University of Cincinnati where she was Professor of Sociology and Education, and Associate Dean of Research and Development in the College of Education.
Dr. Borman’s research interests included the transition from school to work, Appalachian migrants and the schools, education policy, school reform, teacher practices in mathematics and science, and STEM education K-20. She actively collaborated across universities, organizations and agencies, serving as a journal editor, evaluator of urban and rural systemic reform, and created a Florida researcher consortium that fostered collaboration among senior and junior faculty at Florida universities.
Dr. Borman’s research in education and anthropology provided research opportunities to faculty and students. She supported undergraduate and graduate student researchers from departments as diverse as anthropology, educational measurement, engineering, industrial and organizational psychology, and school psychology.
This retrospective roundtable focuses on how her work influenced a generation of researchers who have built on her research, methods, and expanded into new areas of applied work.