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Sally McCracken

Sally McCracken

Academic Advisor, Division of Biology


Knoxville, Tennessee

Personal Interests

My personal interests include film, Anthropology, hanging out with people’s pets, and unusual history. I’m always stoked to talk movies (the good, the “bad”, and the mind-bendingly bizarre) and I consider myself a steward of weird facts and bad jokes. In my free time I participate in community theatre, sing karaoke (not well, but with great enthusiasm), and read everything I can get my hands on. Current favorite authors include Neil Gaimen, Elizabeth Kostova, and Stephen King. My scholarly interests include theory in learning, the evolution of cognition and behavior, public health, and biological factors influencing cultural change. I earned my Master’s studying sleep in humans and their ancestors.


BA, Anthropology, Magna cum Laude
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MA, Biological Anthropology
University of Iowa

Educational Philosophy

I believe that adaptability is the marker of a great student and of a great educator. Mindfulness, resilience, and enthusiasm all come into play, but adaptability is essential. You cannot wait and allow knowledge to wash over you, you must be active and persistent in the pursuit of knowledge.

Favorite Quote

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” –Carl Sagan

Sally McCracken