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Brian Foster came to ASU in 1980 as Associate Professor of Anthropology. He became chair in 1982, then was Dean of the Graduate College from 1986 to 1994. He went on to the University of Nebraska as Dean of Arts

Brian Foster came to ASU in 1980 as Associate Professor of Anthropology. He became chair in 1982, then was Dean of the Graduate College from 1986 to 1994. He went on to the University of Nebraska as Dean of Arts and Sciences. He served as Provost at the University of New Mexico ( 2000 - 2005) and at the University of Missouri (2005 - 2014). He is Provost Emeritus and Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Missouri - Columbia. In the interview, Brian describes his early life and education in Dixon IL before entering college at age 28. Brian's varied University academic experiences bring a unique view of the current state of University education and particularly of the pioneering changes taking place at Arizona State University.

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2019-04-19
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    • Dave Scheatzle, Editor; Roger Carter, Audio recording; John McIntosh, video recording; Linda Van Scoy, Director
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  • Clip 1:Introduction, Early Life, Education and first academic assignment. 1. Interview Introduction @ 0:00:24 2. Early Life @ 0:02:00 3. Starting Higher Education @ 0:04:02 4. First academic appointment @ 0:08:15 Clip 2: ASU Career 1. Coming to ASU @ 0:10:47 2. Dean of the Graduate College @ 0:16:14 3. On Russ Nelson and Lattie Coor. @ 0:26:00 Clip 3: Positions after leaving ASU @ 0:28:15 1. U of Nebraska - Dean of Arts and Science @ 0:28:40 2. U of New Mexico - Provost @ 0:30:29 3. U of Missouri - Columbia -- Provost @ 0:32:19 Clip 4: Thoughts on Higher Education @ 0:32:55 1. "Prestige" in defining a "Good School," and directions today @ 0:33:49 2. Major Changes at ASU @ 0:37:57 3. My Administrative/Leadership Style @ 0:41:27 4. PhDs for Minority Students @ 0:44:50 5. Toward Active Learning @ 0:46:26 6. Advice to Students @ 0:48:17 Clip 5: On Anthropology 1. My Early Research - on Thailand @ 0:52:09 2. Discipline's Influence on Management Style @ 0:56:22 3. Society for Applied Anthropology @ 0:58:18 4. Career Paths in Anthropology @ 1:02:51 Clip 6: Family/Personal Plans @ 1:05:00 1. My Wife @ 1:05:05 2. Compulsive Under-Achiever @ 1:07:20 Clip 7: Other Topics @ 1:15:14 1. Thoughts on Tempe @ 1:09:57 2. Video History Project @ 01:10:29 3. ASU From the Air Book Presentation @ 1:11:05 4. End @ 1:11:56

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    Foster, Brian. Interview. 19 April 2019. ASURA Video History Project. © Arizona Board of Regents. https://hdl.handle.net/2286/R.I.53032

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