Jennifer Meta Robinson

Jennifer Meta Robinson

Professor of Practice, Anthropology

Co-director, Graduate Certificate on College Pedagogy


  • Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 2001
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • B.A., Western Kentucky University
  • General Studies, Oberlin College

Geographical Areas of Specialization
United States; Higher Education

Research Interests
food and the natural environment in expressive and popular culture; intersections of community and identity in education; scholarship of teaching and learning; pedagogy

About Jennifer Meta Robinson

Jennifer Meta Robinson studies how we learn to become ourselves in the context of community, through (1) intersections of food and environment and (2) pedagogies of higher education.

Her work in food studies considers issues of environmental, economic, and social sustainability in small alternative farms. It includes Selling Local: Why Local Food Movements Matter (2017) and The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community (2007). Her co-edited volume Teaching Environmental Literacy (2010) bridges ethnographic and pedagogical concerns.

A scholar of teaching and learning in higher education, she has special interest in how graduate students and new faculty members learn to teach. With collaborators, she is working on a new book about how graduate students learn to teach, and teach to advance their learning.

In the Anthropology Department, she directs 10 graduate-student associate instructors in A122 A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication, teaches graduate seminars on pedagogy, and offers a full slate of food studies courses.

She served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was director of the Indiana University SOTL Program when it was honored with a Hesburgh Award for Faculty Development. She is affiliated with the Integrative Program on the Environment, IU Food Institute, and the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University. Her granting agencies include the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the Teagle Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Center for Learning Analytics and Student Success, the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching.

Honors and Awards

P.A. Mack Award for Distinguished Service to Teaching. Faculty Academy on Teaching Excellence. Indiana University. 2017.

Distinguished Service Award. International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 2016.

Student Learning Analytics Fellow. Indiana University. 2015-2018.

Trustees Teaching Award, 2012.

Nonfiction Finalist, Best Books of Indiana Competition. Indiana Center for the Book. 2008.

President, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2008-2009.


  • Interpersonal Communication (A122)
  • Anthropology of Food (A221)
  • Food and Culture (E421/E621)
  • Food in Communication and Performance (E434)
  • Introduction to Pedagogy (A521)
  • Advanced Pedagogy (A622)

Selected Publications


2017. Robinson, J. M. and J. F. Farmer. Selling Local: Why Local Food Movements Matter. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

2012. Monaghan, L., J. Goodman, J. M. Robinson, eds. A Cultural Approach to Interpersonal Communication: Essential Readings, Second Edition. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

2010. Reynolds, H., E. Brondizio, and J.M. Robinson, eds. Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus and Across the Curriculum. Indiana University Press.

2007. Robinson, J. M., and J. A. Hartenfeld. The Farmers’ Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Articles, and Chapters

2017. Shwom, R., C. Isenhour, R. C. Jordan, A. M. McCright, J. M. Robinson. “Integrating the Social Sciences to Enhance Climate Literacy.” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1519.

2017. O’Loughlin, V. D, K. D. Kearns, C. Sherwood-Laughlin and J. M. Robinson. “How Do We Train Our Future Faculty to Teach? A Multidisciplinary Comparison of Graduate Pedagogy Courses Offered at a Large Midwestern University.” College Teaching. DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2017.1333081

2016. Huber, M. T. and J. M. Robinson. “Mapping Advocacy and Outreach for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 4.1.

2016. Robinson, J. M. “Making the Land Connection: Local Food Farms and Sustainability of Place.” In The Greening of Everyday Life: Challenging Practices, Imaging Possibilities. Edited by Jens Kersten and John M. Meyer. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 198-210.

2015. Robinson, J. M., K. Kearns, M. Gresalfi, A. Sievert, and T. Christensen, “Teaching on Purpose: A Collegium Community Model for Supporting Intentional Teaching.”Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 26(1): 81-110.

2010. Robinson, J. M. “A Model for Grassroots, Multidisciplinary Faculty Inquiry.” In Teaching Environmental Literacy. H. Reynolds, E. Brondizio, and J. M. Robinson, eds. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 1-16.