If you could choose one word or phrase to describe how you work, what would that word be and why?
Collaboratively. Whether on an archaeological site, in a museum, or with a community on a heritage project, all aspects of my work are drawn from the efforts of many people aimed at addressing a set of questions or issues of shared interest and import.
How do you keep track of all of your work? Do you use any apps? Gadgets? Other solutions?
I am a compulsive list maker and list checker. Until recently I just used the "stickies" app on my Mac, but in the last year I have started using OneNote to stay organized. I like it because I can easily make checklists and keep different projects tabbed, and use on my phone, laptop and desktop.
Are you an Apple person or a PC person? Both? Why?
Started life as PC, converted to Apple during grad school by my advisor, and have stayed that way because I like pretty and intuitive things.
Describe your workspace, either at home, work, or both. What is it like?
During the semester, my workspace is an assortment of piles of books and folders. The piles closer to my desktop are the most pressing, farther away, less so. Like any good archaeologist, I excavate my desk at the end of each semester, aiming for clear surfaces.
How do you recharge yourself when you’ve been doing a lot of work?
I recharge by knitting, playing tennis, and getting outside and walking.
Are you a night owl or an early riser?
I have a toddler who serves as my early morning alarm clock most days. He wears me out so I am ready for bed by 10.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Is there something in everyday life that you find yourself being the go-to person for?
In my family I am the go-to person for making task and grocery lists...not sure that is something to be proud of, but there it is.
What are you currently reading?
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett, and a New Yorker from early May (I get behind very easily).
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about learning and teaching?
Don't tell any story, tell your story.