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Annual Showcase honors
Distinguished Faculty Address goes to Kohler
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
By Donna Clark, Office of the Provost
PULLMAN - Tim A. Kohler has been selected to give the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Address for his outstanding service as a “complete land-grant university faculty member.”
He will speak on Friday, March 25, as part of the annual Showcase celebration of WSU employees and their research, scholarship and creative work.
Kohler, Regents Professor in the Department of Anthropology, has spent his academic career at WSU, but his reputation extends worldwide in anthropological archaeology - particularly for his novel use of computer modeling to simulate aspects of ancient societies. He bases his models on empirical data derived from the archaelological record and uses them to test theories.
Kohler focuses on understanding and assessing ancient human decision making. His research examines the rules by which ancient people adapted to their socio-natural environments.
His path-breaking research on this topic addresses the Four Corners region of the American Southwest between A.D. 600-1500, a period which includes many important transistions for Pueblo peoples.
Kohler has been at the forefront of multidisciplinary research at WSU, serving as a principal investigator on several multi-institution grants. He is an outstanding teacher, having mentored and guided graduate students who have subsequently been awarded National Science Foundation Fellowships. He has served as the editor for American Antiquity, the most important journal for archeology in North America.