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March 4th, 2024

Harrod makes JCLS return appearance

Former Garrett College dean to speak on Alaskan bioarcheology


Dr. Ryan Harrod

Dr. Ryan Harrod played a key role in reinstituting the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in 2021 when he served as Garrett College's chief academic officer. The University of Alaska Anchorage professor returns to GC to serve as this month's JCLS guest lecturer.

Harrod will present Bioarcheology in Alaska on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 p.m. in the recital hall of the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College.

"I wanted to highlight how working with amazing graduate students on projects involving indigenous collaborators has helped us develop approaches that are community driven and ethically motivated," said Harrod.

Harrod was GC's dean of academic affairs/chief academic officer from 2021 to 2023. One of his first actions was to reinstate the JCLS, which had been discontinued in 2016.

"It needed to come back," said Harrod, who is making his third appearance as a JCLS presenter. "We have so many amazing people at the college and in the community that are willing to share their expertise and experience with Garrett County residents."

"I was really pleased to see Ryan revive the JCLS," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Garrett College's president. "The series, which honors one of our most decorated former faculty members, brings an interesting and diverse group of speakers onto campus and into our community."

Harrod returned to his previous institution, University of Alaska Anchorage, last August to accept appointment as an associate professor of anthropology.

Harrod holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology from the University of Utah, a Master's of Arts in anthropology from the University of Idaho, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Nevada and a Barrick Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas prior to accepting a faculty position at UAA in 2013.

Garrett College's faculty created the Joan Crawford Lecture Series in honor of the dynamic educator Joan R. Crawford.

Crawford, who died in 2010, served the College community for more than 30 years, including serving as the head of the humanities division and director of enrollment. After her retirement, Crawford was named Professor Emerita.

The Joan Crawford Lecture Series of presentations are offered free of charge, and the public and community members are invited to attend.

All presentations from the Joan Crawford Lecture Series will be available to view online through the College's Facebook page. The lectures will be live streamed and recordings will be posted shortly after the event.

For more information, contact Stephanie Miller at