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Cynthia "Cea" Noyes, J.D.

Chair of the Social Science Department; Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Phone: 269-749-7144

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Professor Cynthia Noyes, J.D., completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana after first studying at the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany. After her graduation, she worked and studied as a survey archaeologist for the Illinois Archaeological Survey. Professor Noyes earned her Juris Doctorate from The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, then practiced law in New Hampshire for 11 years before coming to Olivet College.

Professor Noyes’ primary areas of interest are alternative dispute resolution and environmental policy. Following study at Vermont Law School, she is working on a paper addressing the need for paradigm change in our perception of our place in the environment.

Professor Noyes helps her students develop their academic and intellectual capacities by integrating the courses in the sociology and anthropology program in a way that has students continuously building on prior learning. She is a strong proponent of experiential learning and encourages her students to engage in internships and volunteer service as they study. She also promotes student attendance at professional conferences.

Professor Noyes has traveled with her students in Michigan, South Dakota, Ireland and through the south on the trail of the civil rights movement. She encourages her students to study abroad and has seen them do coursework in Honduras, Ghana, Japan, India and England.

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