Annalisa Alvrus, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Anthropology

Community Outreach Center

Cultural Science

480-461-7913

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
By appointment By appointment By appointment

In person at Room SC58 in the SC14 building at the southwest corner of the Southern & Dobson campus

If you can't make it during those times, then please email me at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu to set up an online appointment to meet.

Profile

I'm a Florida native, who ended up in another sunny place (Arizona) after getting a job at MCC subsequent to finishing grad school at ASU. My hobbies including reading, hiking, and tending my plants and cats. I love the subject I teach, so work is never a chore.

Classes Taught

Spring 2024

ABE500-10009 English 0 Credits

The overall purpose of this course is to supply students with reading skills that help them with common everyday survival skills that will help students become more successful in their community. Students will learn the speech sounds of the consonants as well as the sounds of the long, short, and r controlled vowels. Students will recognize techniques that will enable them to spell and pronounce English words correctly.

Course Notes: $150.00 registration fee includes the Textbook

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29557
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
01/17/2024 - 05/08/2024
MoWe
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Closed

Notes: Class 29557 English Language Learners - ELL Level I

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits

Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29229
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024
Tu
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Closed

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

28009

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 28009 Students may contact the instructor at: Annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

29050

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
01/16/2024 - 05/10/2024

Closed

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Class 29050 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2024

ABE500-10009 English 0 Credits

The overall purpose of this course is to supply students with reading skills that help them with common everyday survival skills that will help students become more successful in their community. Students will learn the speech sounds of the consonants as well as the sounds of the long, short, and r controlled vowels. Students will recognize techniques that will enable them to spell and pronounce English words correctly.

Course Notes: $150.00 registration fee includes the Textbook

Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
33096
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture
02/06/2024 - 05/09/2024
TuTh
6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Class Started

Notes: Class 33096 English Language Learners - ELL Level I

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits

Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
34724

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
03/18/2024 - 05/10/2024

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Low-Textbook-Cost Class: The total cost of the required materials for this course is $40 or less.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or have an open license copyright that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, retention, redistribution, and adaptation by others.

Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

Summer 2024

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits

Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15114

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
05/28/2024 - 07/18/2024

Open

5 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15114 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

15366

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
06/10/2024 - 08/01/2024

Open

22 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15366 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

Fall 2024

ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution 4 Credits

Study of human evolution and variation; including fossil hominids and their tools, primate anatomy and behavior, human genetics, and the environment and human biology. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
16215

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

24 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 16215 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits

Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.

General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
15368
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
08/20/2024 - 12/13/2024
Tu
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Open

16 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15368: Students may contact instructor at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

15367

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

13 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15367 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

15774

Online Course

Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
08/19/2024 - 12/13/2024

Open

25 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 15774 Students may contact instructor at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

Degrees & Awards

B.A. in Anthropology (summa cum laude), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991)

M.A. in Bioarchaeology, Arizona State University (1996)

Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology, Arizona State University (2006)

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