Radford University Foundation Award for Excellence in

                  Teaching, May 1986


                 Radford University nominee for Commonwealth of Virginia

                  Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Awards

                  Program, 1987, 1988, 1992, 2001


                 Virginia Social Science Scholar in Anthropology Award,



                 College of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished

                  Teaching, 1993-1994


                Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary, initiated 4/19/98


Author of the Month, Radford University Bookstore, October 1998


Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2000 (nominated ~4 times)


Guest Lecturer, University of Tennessee Anthropology Department Visiting Lecturer Series, September 26-27, 2000


Keynote speaker, Small Membership Congregations Conference, November 20, 2000.


State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Distinguished Faculty Achievement Certificate, 2001


Featured in Radford University 2001-2002 Annual Report, one of three faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences featured


Radford University Programming Excellence Award 2003-2004 to the Appalachian Events Committee, April 2004 (Faculty Advisor)


Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshman Honorary, inducted Spring 2004 (members vote for one or two professors to honor each year


President, Appalachian Studies Association, 2004-2005.