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Daniel Amick

Daniel Amick

Dr. Daniel Amick began teaching anthropology, archaeology, and environmental sciences at Loyola University Chicago in 1995.  He initiated experiential learning programs in field and lab archaeology with the help of awards from the Academic Opportunities Fund and Loyola Faculty Scholar Program.  More than 100 students have participated in 10 summer seasons of archaeological field school (1996-2013) as a result of that effort.  In addition, many of those students conducted senior honors theses and associated research projects through the Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.  He has served in various leadership roles in his profession as well as the university and is an active supporter of several organizations affiliated with avocational archaeology, Native American communities, and refugee resettlement.  Dr. Amick is eager to engage students in these projects and he began a student-run service organization and developed a service-learning course in refugee resettlement (Anth 301) in specific promotion of those interests.  More than 200 students have been engaged in that work which has provided hundreds of refugee families with befriending services as well as support programs in ESL, cultural adjustment, and in-kind donations totaling more than $100,000 (between 2009-2013).  Dr. Amick continues to develop a menu of experiential learning courses based on his dedication to engaged scholarship and students are urged to contact him about new and ongoing opportunities in anthropology, archaeology, environmental sciences, and refugee studies.