Professor James Jordan was the main speaker for Longwood’s convocation ceremony in September. (Photo courtesy of Longwood University)
A faculty member at Longwood University since 1978, James Jordan ’64 was recently named the Board of Visitors Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, an award presented only nine times in the Farmville, Virginia, school’s 175-year history. A professor of anthropology and sociology, Jordan received the 2013 Horace Mann Award, naming him an honorary alumnus of the university, and the year before, the Board of Visitors named Longwood’s archaeology field school in his honor. He also leads all academic ceremonies as Longwood’s chief faculty marshal.
As part of his research, Jordan has traveled to England, Syria, Jordan, West Africa, and Tanzania, where he studied free-ranging chimpanzees. Each year since 2005, he has taken students to England to study prehistoric and medieval sites such as Stonehenge and Bath.
In addition to his teaching and research, he has served as executive director of the Nature Camp of Virginia and as a naturalist for Virginia State Parks. He is also a technical consultant for the Fox television show Bones.