Dr. James William Jordan is professor of anthropology and sociology and founder of the Archaeology Field School at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where he has taught since 1978. He received his B.S. degree in his home state of Pennsylvania. After serving three years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, he began graduate work at the University of Connecticut where he received Master of Arts Degrees in both Anthropology and Sociology. He awarded his Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 1976.
In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Jordan served for three years as the Executive Director of THe Nature Camp of Virginia and twelve years as a Naturalist for Virginia State Parks. He also serves as a technical consultant for the Fox Television Network program, Bones.
Dr. Jordan is the Chief Faculty Marshal of Longwood University and leads all academic ceremonies. He has been honored by the Senate and House of Delegates of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia in Joint House-Senate Resolution 18 in 1992 for “outstanding services to the citizens of Virginia and the the discipline of archeology in his teaching and research on the earliest inhabitants of the Commonwealth”. Dr. Jordan was selected The Virginia Professor of the Year in 1995 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Princeton, New Jersey. In 2012 the Board of Visitors of Longwood University honored him by naming the Longwood Archaeology Field School the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School.