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Tim McCollum

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


An alumnus of OBU, Professor McCollum returned to Bison Hill from Indiana University -- Bloomington. While at IU, he was a research fellow at the American Indian Studies Research Institute -– a subsidiary of the Department of Anthropology -– where he served as as project manager for the Meskwaki Education Network Initiative and as research assistant at the Center for the Documentation of Endangered Languages. Beyond the academy, he has served as an ethnographer and data analyst for Q2 Consulting (Tulsa), In-Sync Consumer Insight Corporation (Toronto), and Context-Based Research Group (Baltimore).

In addition to teaching, McCollum serves on the University’s Honors Committee, as faculty representative for the Morris K. Udall Foundation and Compass Compact, and as faculty sponsor for the Distinguished Speakers Committee, Anthropos Society, and the campus chapters of International Justice Mission and Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society for Social Sciences). In the Shawnee community, he sits on the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity and is a member of Sustainable Shawnee, an affiliate of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network.

McCollum is the recipient of awards from the Whatcom Museum Society, the Central States Anthropological Society, the American Philosophical Society, and has been honored with a Seven Who Care Award by OBU's Student Government Association.

He resides in Shawnee with his wife, Candace, and their two children.


B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University
M.A., University of Tulsa
M.A., Indiana University
Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University

Courses Taught

ANTH 1503: Cultural Anthropology

ANTH 2023: World Cultures: Africa to Central Asia

ANTH 2033: World Cultures: South Asia to Oceania

ANTH 2803: Introduction to Museum Studies

ANTH 3133: Native America: Culture and Politics

ANTH 3183: Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective

ANTH 3353: Language, Culture, and Communication

ANTH 3803: Human Rights, Culture, and Global Justice

ANTH 3913: Kinship and Family in Global Perspective

ANTH 4239: Political Economy and Globalization

ANTH 4239: Human Ecology and Sustainability

ANTH 4403: Social and Cultural Theory

ANTH 4503: Social and Cultural Research

Selected Publications

In process. "Introduction" to Rita: Autobiography of a Sauk Woman, 1888-1945 by Carol K. Rachlin. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Gaon Books. (under contract)

2010. "Dirt in the Classroom, Thought in the Field: Civic Agriculture as Pedagogy in a Liberal Arts Context" (SAFN Panel: "Agriculture as Education"). Presented at, "Food in Bloom: Cross Pollination and Cultivation of Food Systems, Cultures and Methods", the first annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. Indiana University. Bloomington, Indiana. June 2-5.

2010. "Quapaw," "Sac and Fox," and "Western Delaware," in the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. Bob Blackburn (editor). Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Oklahoma Historical Society Press. online: http//

2009. "Oklavore Economics: Global Food Security through Local Food Sufficiency." Presented at, "Global Challenge, Local Action: Ethical Engagement, Partnerships, and Practice," the 69th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. Santa Fe, New Mexico. March 17-21.

2009. Review of Long Journey Home: Oral Histories of Contemporary Delaware Indians edited by James W. Brown and Rita T. Kohn (Indiana University Press, 2008). The Chronicles of Oklahoma 86(4).

2008. "Humor, as value" and "Black Hills (Paha Sapa)," in Encyclopedia of American Indian History, Volume II: Culture and American Indian History. Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzker (editors). Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO.

2008. "Great Lakes InterTribal Council," in Encyclopedia of American Indian History. Volume III: People and Groups in American Indian History. Bruce Johansen and Barry Pritzker (editors). Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO.