Jim Woods
Jim Woods
Professor, Anthropology 

Office: Hepworth 124
Phone: 208-732-6862
Email: jwoods@csi.edu
Jim Woods

Education Information

A.A., Studio Art (College of Southern Idaho 1973); B.F.A. Fine Arts, Sculpture & Ceramics (Boise State University 1975); M.A., Anthropology (Idaho State University 1982).

Background/Personal Information

I received my Associate of Arts degree from the College of Southern Idaho in 1973, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boise State University in 1975, and a Master of Arts degree from Idaho State University in 1982.  I am currently Professor of Anthropology at the CSI.

I was the Director of the Herrett Center for Arts and Science for 35 years and during that time I oversaw the building of a new museum on campus in 1980, a major expansion including a planetarium in 1987, and another expansion including an observatory and public meeting room in 2002.  During my tenure as Museum Director, the Herrett Center was accredited twice by the American Association of Museums.

My professional research interests focus on studies of stone tools, ancient technology of the Preclassic Maya, ancient stone techology of the Valley of Mexico, and prehistoric peoples of the Great Basin.  I am currently involved with several different projects including one where I am working with colleagues in Mexico to learn more about one of the worlds largest ancient stone quarries, the Mountain of Knives.  This school year I have collaborated on a new video project featuring the famous SImon Clovis Cache from Idaho.  The film, now completed, will show on Idaho Public Television in mid-March.  This will also be my last year of teaching at CSI and I will retire at the end of the semester and continue my research in Mexico, travel, and whitewater kayak.


I am fortunate to have found a way to blend my professional career and play. My 'free' time is spent working in my home studio knapping replicas of ancient stone tools, or writing research reports for my archaeological studies. I also enjoy yard work, whitewater kayaking, camping, and traveling.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is reflected in the following CSI Anthropology Program goals:


1) Provide students with a survey of the history of anthropology and its major contributors. 2) Provide a survey of sub-disciplines, current trends, and specialized terminology of the field. 3) Promote an awareness of cultural diversity to foster an appreciation of the commonality of mankind. 4) Provide an introduction to research methodology used by anthropologists.  5) Reinforce reading, writing, and speaking skills to prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution.


Course Information

CSI Social Science Lab, Hepworth 182

The CSI Social Science Department now supports a learning lab for students enrolled in social science courses.  Lab components are being added to some anthropology and psychology courses for the Spring 2011 semester.  The lab includes a small conference area, seating for 24 in a lab workspace, and storage facilities for teaching collections.  The lab is equipped with a high-quality audio-visual system, computers, a work area for still and microscopic imaging, power tools and hand tools, archaeological study collections, and comparative collections in primate and human skeletal anatomy.  This lab is located in Aspen 182. 

The Social Science Department thanks President Jerry Beck and the CSI Foundation for providing a Pioneering Grant for the enhancement of this lab.



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