Mary Theresa Bonhage-Freund





Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (anthropology), 1997, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. (anthropology), 1990, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.B.A., 1983, University of Connecticut
  • M.A.T. (social sciences), 1974, Duke University
  • B.A. (anthropology - with distinction), 1973, The University of Pennsylvania


Professor of Sociology & Anthropology

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

paleoethnobotany (interpreting archaeological plant remains).

Recent presentations:

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

 13 March 2015


“Service-Learning Across the Liberal Arts Curriculum:  Overview”

Academic service-learning is a teaching methodology that integrates community service and coursework, facilitating a deeper understanding of course content.  The purpose of this panel is to illustrate that it is not only possible, but beneficial, to integrate service learning across the Liberal Arts curriculum.  We differentiate between service, professional development, and service learning, providing guidelines for incorporating service-learning into existing courses. Presenters focus on projects developed within disciplines ranging from business and education to social and physical sciences. 

with Anne Ritz, MA

Service Learning Coordinator, Alma College


“Anthropology and Service Learning in the Liberal Arts Curriculum”

Service-learning, with its emphases on participant observation and other forms of field research, is particularly well suited to anthropology courses.  Students at Alma College gain first -hand experience with issues of food insecurity, aging, poverty, ethnocentrism, and cultural-historical preservation. Projects range from simple to highly involved, according to community needs, course content, and skill sets of the participants.  Examples of successful service learning projects from first year seminars, field archaeology, and anthropology travel courses are featured, as well as tips on how to re-think existing courses to incorporate service learning pedagogy.