Dr. Wayne A. Babchuk
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 1997
Assistant Professor of Practice
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology
Research Interests: research methods, applied anthropology, indigenous land rights and resource use.
Office: 803 Oldfather Hall
Phone: (402) 472-7942
Fax: (402) 472-9642
Research and Academic Interests
Research methods, research ethics, grounded theory and ethnography, indigenous land rights and resource use, applied and development anthropology, community based participatory research
Wayne A. Babchuk holds a joint Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Educational Psychology (Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometrics Program) and the Department of Sociology and as a Research Associate for the Kalahari Peoples Fund of southern Africa. He is an Executive Board Member of the Kalahari People Fund and the Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS). He teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses and serves on numerous graduate supervisory committees across departments and colleges.
As a research methodologist, he teaches and conducts research on the history, epistemology, application, and instruction of qualitative research across disciplines, research ethics, grounded theory, ethnography, grounded ethnography, and mixed methods. He is also involved in several other research tracks including issues related to interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching applied anthropology, Kalahari San land and resource rights, conservation, and conflict, research to practice links in minority health care, and student and instructor perceptions of the impact of social media on student success in and out of the classroom. With a broad and diverse background in both education and the social sciences, he strives to bring a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to all aspects of teaching, research, and service.
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
Flanigan, A., & Babchuk, W.A. Social Media as Academic Quicksand: A Phenomenological Study of Student Experiences in and Out of the Classroom. Learning and Individual Differences 44: 40-45.
Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M, Main, M., & Babchuk, W.A. (2015). The Politics and Economics of Community-Based Natural Resource Management in /XAI/XAI, Ngamiland, Botswana. African Study Monographs, 36(4): 211-260.
Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M, Main, M., & Babchuk, W.A. (2015). Settler Colonialism, Conflicts, andGenocide: Interactions between Hunter-Gatherers and Settlers in Kenya and Zimbabwe in Northern Botswana. Settler Colonial Studies 5(1): 40-65.
Hitchcock R.K., M. Sapignoli, Babchuk, W.A. (2014) Settler Colonialism, Conflicts, and Genocide: Interactions between Hunter-Gatherers and Settlers in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Settler Colonial Studies 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2014.899549
Babchuk, W.A., & Hitchcock, R.K. (2013). Teaching Applied Anthropology and International Development in US and Canadian Community Colleges. Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes, Vol 19, No. 1 Spring, pp. 15-23. Website publication: (either) saccweb.net or the AAA link www.aaanet.org/sections/sacc.
Babchuk, W.A. (2011). Grounded Theory as a “Family of Methods”: A Genealogical Analysis to Guide Research. US-China Education Review, 1(3): 383-388.
Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M., & Babchuk, W.A. (2011). What about Our Rights? Settlements, Subsistence and Livelihood Security among Central Kalahari San and Bakgalagadi. International Journal of Human Rights 15(1): 62-88.
Recent Book Chapters
Babchuk, W.A., & Hitchcock, R.K. (in press). In The Anthropology of Interdisciplinary Programs in Higher Education. A Broadly Anthropological Map to Positive Outcomes for Higher Education. B. Foster and D. Brenneis (eds.). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Hitchcock, R.K., Sapignoli, M., Frost, J., & Babchuk, W.A. (in press). Botswana. In The Indigenous World 2016.
Hitchcock, R.K., Flowerday, C., & Babchuk, W.A. (2016). The Case of the Ache: The Debate Continues Unabated. In H. Theriault and E. von Joeden Forgery (Eds.), Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review, Volume 11. New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Transaction Publishers.
Hitchcock, R.K., Frost, J., & Babchuk, W.A. (2015). Botswana. In The Indigenous World 2015, Caecilie Mikkelsen, ed. Pp. 446-453. Copenhagen: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA).
Babchuk, W.A., & Hitchcock, R.K. (2014). Botswana. In The Indigenous World 2014, Caecilie Mikkelsen, ed. Pp. 468-474. Copenhagen: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs.
Hitchcock, R.K., & Babchuk, W.A. (2011). Genocides and Ethnocides among the Khoekhoe and San of Southern Africa. Genocide of Indigenous Peoples. S. Totten and R.K. Hitchcock, (eds.), Volume 8: Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review (pp. 143-171). New Brunswick, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.
Hitchcock, R.K., & Babchuk, W.A. (2011) Food, Health, Development, and HIV/AIDS in A Remote Area of Southern Africa. In Anthropological Approaches to Confronting HIV/AIDS and Food Insecurity in Southern Africa, Barrett P. Brenton, John Mazzeo, and Alexander Rodlach, eds. NAPA Bulletin. Washington, D.C.: National Association of Practicing Anthropologists.
Recent Conference Proceedings Articles
Babchuk, W.A. (2015). Pragmatist Grounded Theory: Advancing Mixed Methods for Educational Inquiry. Proceedings of the 34st Annual Research-to-Practice in Adult and Higher Education. University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. November 15-17.
Flanigan, A., & Babchuk, W.A. (2014). Social Media as “Motivational Interference”: A Phenomenological Study of Student Strategies for Academic Success. Proceedings of the 33st Annual Research-to-Practice in Adult and Higher Education. Ball State University, St. Muncie, Indiana. September 19-20.
Babchuk, W.A., & Brand, L.L. (2013). Improving Research-Based Practice through Qualitative Inquiry: A Community-Based Study of Minority Health Care. In M. Glowacki-Dudka (ed.), Proceedings of the 32st Annual Research-to-Practice in Adult and Higher Education. Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri. September 20-21.
Babchuk, W.A., & Hitchcock, R.K. (2013). Grounded Theory Ethnography: Merging Methodologies for Advancing Naturalistic Inquiry. In E.P. Isaac-Savage (Ed.), Proceedings of the 54st Annual Adult Education Research Conference (pp. 27-34). The University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. May 31-June 2.
Babchuk, W.A., & Wassenmiller, A. (2012). Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching Qualitative Field Methods: Facilitating Collaborative Approaches to Learning. In M. Glowacki-Dudka (ed), Proceedings of the 31h Annual Midwest Research Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp. 23-28). University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma. September 27-29, 2012.
Babchuk, W.A., & Badiee, M. (2011). Realizing the Potential of Qualitative Designs in Education: Guidelines for Research and Practice In D. Trudy (ed.), Proceedings of the 30h Annual Midwest Research Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, and Community Education (pp. 25-31). Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri. September 21-23. 2011.
Educational Background Ph.D.
Community and Human Resources, University of Nebraska, 1997
Doctoral Studies, Anthropology, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque)
Doctoral Studies, Anthropology, University of Oklahoma (Norman)
M.A., Adult and Continuing Education, University of Nebraska, 1992
M.A., Anthropology, University of Nebraska, 1982
B.S., Education, University of Nebraska, 1978
Sociology Introduction to Sociology 101
Anthropology Introduction to Anthropology 110/110X and for the WH Thompson Scholars Learning Community
Anthropology Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 212/ Ethnic Studies 212/212X
Sociology Nationality and Race Relations 217 and for the WH Thompson Scholars
Anthropology Introduction to Physical Anthropology 242 (Lecture) and 242L (Lab)
Sociology Drugs and Society 309
Sociology Theory and Intensive Writing 355
Sociology Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research 362
Anthropology Advanced Readings in Anthropology 396: Cultural Anthropology
Sociology Advanced Readings in Sociology 399: Honors Thesis
Anthropology Community Based Research and Evaluation 486
Sociology Strategies of Social Research: Qualitative Methods 407/807
Anthropology Social Structure 412/812
Anthropology History of Anthropological Theory 417/817
Anthropology Ecological Anthropology 473/873
Anthropology Applied and Development Anthropology 474/874
Anthropology Field Methods in Ethnography 482/882
Anthropology Internship in Anthropology 495/895
Anthropology Special Readings in Anthropology 496/896
Educational Psychology Foundations of Educational Research 800
Educational Psychology Special Topics in Education 892
Anthropology Research Other Than Thesis 896: Qualitative Methods
Educational Psychology Qualitative Approaches to Research Methods in Education 900K
Educational Psychology Seminar in Qualitative Research 935