Title: Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
Company: Wright State University
Location: Xenia, Ohio, United States
Robert V. Riordan, PhD, RPA, Professor Emeritus at Wright State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in archeology and anthropology.
Dr. Riordan obtained a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York in 1968 and continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in anthropology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1975. He has researched and taught archeology and anthropology in a career spanning nearly five decades.
After serving with the Maryland Historical Trust in Annapolis as an archaeologist with the State Historic Preservation Office from 1975 to 1976, Dr. Riordan joined the faculty of Wright State University in Dayton. He prospered as an assistant professor and then as a full professor at the institution. Furthermore, he served as department chair from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. In addition, he conducted archaeological fieldwork, directing Wright State University’s Field School in Archaeology. Since his retirement, he has had an appointment as Research Curator of Archaeology with the Dayton Society of Natural History (2015-present).
Dr. Riordan was elected to the position of president of the Ohio Archeological Council, a charitable scientific and educational organization promoting the advancement of archaeology. His memberships have included the Society of Historical Archaeology and the Society of American Archaeology and the honor societies Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi, and he is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Additionally, Dr. Riordan was presented with a Liberal Arts Merit Teaching Award from Wright State in 1981 and has been cited in the 20th, 21st, and 23rd editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest and the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. In what he considers career highlights, he was named University Professor of Ohio State, serving between 2000 and 2005, and also cites the archeological fieldwork he conducted each summer from 1977 to 2014.
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