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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, 2001
  • 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,Pedagogy


Jennifer Meta Robinson is interested in how we learn to become ourselves in the context of community.  She has investigated this core interest through various channels, currently:  (1) intersections of food and environment and (2) social pedagogies of higher education.  Her work on local food movements includes Selling Local:  Why Local Food Movements Matter and The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community (2007).  She also co-edited Teaching Environmental Literacy (2010). A scholar of higher education, she studies how communities of college teachers affect pedagogy and learning.  She has a special interest in how graduate students learn to teach and is at work on a new book about evidence-based teaching by graduate students working in communities. She directs 10 graduate-student associate instructors in A122 A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication and teaches graduate seminars on pedagogy.  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.

Honors & Awards

Indiana Arts Commission:  Individual Artist Program Grant.  2016. $2,000

Robinson, J. M. and V. O’Loughlin. “Teaching as though Learning Matters: A Systematic Study of Graduate Student Reflections on Learning to Teach (and Teaching for Learning) in Higher Education.” Indiana University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program. 2016-18  $5,000. PI.

Distinguished Service Award, nominated, International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2015.

Planning Grant for Networking Advanced Research Collaborations on Teaching, Learning, and Student Success.” Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  Indiana University.  2015. $12,500.

Learning Analytics Fellow. “The HumAn Learning Project: Humanities, Analytics, & Learning in a Multi-Section General-Education Course.”   Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.  Indiana University.  2015-17. $4000.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program Grant.  O’Loughlin, V., Sherwood-Laughlin, C., and J. M. Robinson.  “A Multidisciplinary Evaluation of Pedagogy Courses’ Influence on Graduate Student Development as Teacher-Scholars.” Indiana University. 2015. $5,000.

Trustees Teaching Award, 2012.

Sustainability Course Development Fellowship. Pezzullo, P. and J. M. Robinson.  "Teaching Sustainability and Environmental Literacy in the Humanities: Phase 1, Communicating Sustainability.” Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, 2009. $8000.

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

Primary Investigator, “The Indiana University Collegium on Inquiry in Action, Graduate Student-Faculty Inquiry Communities on Learning and Teaching," Teagle Foundation, $150,000, 2008-2011.

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


  • Interpersonal Communication (A122)
  • Food and Culture (E421/E621)
  • Introduction to Pedagogy (A521)
  • Advanced Pedagogy (A622)
  • Performing Human/Nature:  Defining Relationships with the Environment 
  • Sense of Place in Narrative and Ethnography 


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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.  In preparation.

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:

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 Sorensen, A., R. Shwom, R. Jordan, D. Ebert-May, C. Isenhour, A. McCright, J.M. Robinson. “Model-Based Reasoning to Foster Environmental and Socio-scientific Literacy in Higher Education.” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 1-8.

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.

2013 Robinson, J. M., M. Gresalfi, A. K. Sievert, T. B. Christensen, K. D. Kearns, and M. E. Zolan.  “Talking Across the Disciplines: Building Communicative Competence in a Multidisciplinary Graduate-Student Seminar on Inquiry in Teaching and Learning.”  In The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning In and Across the Disciplines, K. McKinney, ed, Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 186-199.

2012 Robinson, J. M.  “Performing Authenticity: Questions of Identity Competence in a Virtual World Point to Real Life Constructions.” In Shaping Virtual Lives:  Online Identities, Representations, and Conducts.  V. Krawczyk-Wasilewska, T. Meder, and A. Ross, eds.  Lodz, Poland:  University of Lodz Press.  

2012 Robinson, J. M. “Learning Abroad and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.”  In Student Learning Abroad:  What They’re Learning, What They’re Not, and What You Can Do about It.  Michael Vande Berg, Michael Paige, and Kris Lou, eds. Sterling, VA:  Stylus.  239-257.

2011 Robinson, J. M. “Building Faculty Inquiry Networks to Support Teaching and Learning.”  In Building Networks in Higher Education. Kayo Matsushita, ed.  Tokyo:  Toshindo.  In Japanese and English.

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