At Ashford, I get to interact with students from all walks of life and expose them to other cultures in a way that really challenges them to think critically about their beliefs about other people.
Emma K. Bate, PhD
Dr. Emma K. Bate is the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She has a PhD and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Indiana University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wake Forest University. Since 1997, Dr. Bate has conducted archaeological fieldwork in The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Greece, and Indiana. She taught archaeology and physical anthropology at Indiana University, Butler University, and Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI) while in graduate school from 2000 to 2010. She began instructing courses in anthropology at Ashford in 2010. Dr. Bate’s favorite thing about teaching is making a difference in her students’ lives. She says, “Anthropology is such an important subject because it teaches tolerance and understanding of people who are different than you. These skills are crucial to succeeding in today’s globalized and multi-cultural world. At Ashford, I get to interact with students from all walks of life and expose them to other cultures in a way that really challenges them to think critically about their beliefs about other people.” When she is not working, Dr. Bate enjoys spending time with her family, reading novels, running, and taking advantage of the free museums in the National Mall, which is right down the road from her house.