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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Jennifer Meta Robinson


Professor of Practice, Anthropology Department
Co-director, Graduate Certificate on College Pedagogy, College of Arts and Sciences


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  • Ph.D., Indiana University
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University
  • General Studies, Oberlin College

Geographical Areas of Specialization: United States, Higher Education

Topical Interests: Food and the natural environment in expressive and popular culture, Intersections of community and identity in education, Scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), Pedagogy


Jennifer Meta Robinson studies how we learn to become ourselves in the context of community--through (1) intersections of food and environment and (2) pedagogies of higher education.  

Her work in food studies considers issues of environmental, economic, and social sustainability in small alternative farms.  It includes Selling Local:  Why Local Food Movements Matter (2017)and The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community (2007).  Her co-edited volume Teaching Environmental Literacy (2010) bridges ethnographic and pedagogical concerns. 

A scholar of teaching and learning in higher education, she has special interest in how graduate students and new faculty members learn to teach.  With collaborators, she is working on a new book about how graduate students learn to teach, and teach to advance their learning.  

In the Anthropology Department, she directs 10 graduate-student associate instructors in A122 A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication, teaches graduate seminars on pedagogy, and offers a full slate of food studies courses.  

She served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was director of the Indiana University SOTL Program when it was honored with a Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development.  She is affiliated with the Integrative Program on the Environment, IU Food Institute, and the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University. Her granting agencies include the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Teagle Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Honors & Awards

P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching.  Faculty Academy on Teaching Excellence. Indiana University.  2017.

Distinguished Service Award. International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 2016.

Student Learning Analytics Fellow. Indiana University. 2015-2018.

Trustees Teaching Award, 2012.

Nonfiction Finalist, Best Books of Indiana Competition. Indiana Center for the Book. 2008.

President, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2008-2009.


  • Interpersonal Communication (A122)
  • Anthropology of Food (A221)
  • Food and Culture (E421/E621)
  • Food in Communication and Performance (E434)
  • Introduction to Pedagogy (A521)
  • Advanced Pedagogy (A622)


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Selected Publications


2017     Robinson, J. M. and J. F. Farmer. Selling Local:  Why Local Food Movements Matter. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 

2012     Monaghan, L., J. Goodman, J. M. Robinson, eds. A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication:  Essential Readings, Second Edition. Malden, MA:  Blackwell.

2010     Reynolds, H., E. Brondizio, and J.M. Robinson, eds. Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum. Indiana University Press.

2007     Robinson, J. M., and J. A. Hartenfeld. The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 

Articles and Chapters, Selected:

2017     Shwom, R., C. Isenhour, R. C. Jordan, A. M. McCright, J. M. Robinson. “Integrating the Social Sciences to Enhance Climate Literacy.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1519.

2017     O’Loughlin, V. D, K. D. Kearns, C. Sherwood-Laughlin and J. M. Robinson. “How Do We Train Our Future Faculty to Teach?  A Multidisciplinary Comparison of Graduate Pedagogy Courses Offered at a Large Midwestern University.” College Teaching.  DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2017.1333081

2016     Huber, M. T. and J. M. Robinson. “Mapping Advocacy and Outreach for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 4.1.

2016     Robinson, J. M. “Making the Land Connection: Local Food Farms and Sustainability of Place.” In The Greening of Everyday Life: Challenging Practices, Imaging Possibilities. Edited by Jens Kersten and John M. Meyer. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 198-210.

2015     Robinson, J. M., K. Kearns, M. Gresalfi, A. Sievert, and T. Christensen, “Teaching on Purpose: A Collegium Community Model for Supporting Intentional Teaching.”Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 26(1): 81-110.

2010     Robinson, J. M. “A Model for Grassroots, Multidisciplinary Faculty Inquiry.”  In Teaching Environmental LiteracyH. Reynolds, E. Brondizio, and J. M. Robinson, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1-16.