Matthew Moriarty serves as an assistant professor of archaeology in the Anthropology, Archaeology, and Geography B.S. Program, the coordinator for the new 3D Technology Certificate Program, and director of the Castleton Innovation Lab.
As an archaeologist, Dr. Moriarty has long-term interests in long-distance trade, political economy, and historical ecology. He has participated in archaeological investigations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Ireland, and various parts of the United States. His investigations in Guatemala at the ancient Maya site of Trinidad de Nosotros highlighted the complexities of Classic Maya trade and the role of the ancient Maya ballgame in daily life. From 2016 to 2019, he directed investigations in Vermont at the Galick Site, a Precontact Native American and Euro-American site at the southern end of Lake Champlain. More recently, he is co-directing archaeological investigations at Granger House, an early 19th-century home on the Castleton campus that will soon become the Granger-Moulton Museum and Learning Laboratory.
Professor Moriarty is also heavily involved in the application of 3D imaging technologies to archaeological heritage. He and his students partner with a wide range of museums and other organizations around the state to create high-resolution 3D models of artifacts and other cultural patrimony for public outreach and digital curation. A sampling of their work can be found on the Vermont State University Digital Archaeology Project’s page on Sketchfab: https://sketchfab.com/VTSU3D.
Dr. Reeves is a native New Englander, born and raised in Rhode Island. He was a school social worker for 28 years before joining the faculty at Castleton in 2016. He worked in elementary, middle school, and high school settings, public and private. Dr. Reeves served as an administrator for a residential treatment center and was a clinical social worker in a small group practice. He is a licensed clinical social worker in Vermont.
Dr. Reeves recently completed his qualitative dissertation at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, using photo elicitation with adolescents in homeless families. He is currently using a trauma-informed process to collect stories from homeless individuals and families during the pandemic.
Dr. Reeves also has a research interest in the areas of political social work and the intersection of spirituality and social work. His activities include Tae Kwon Do, gardening, and stained glass. He is married with four adult children. Dr. Reeves was also the Vice President of NASW Vermont from 2019-2023.
Dr. Margaret Miles joined the Social Work Program in 2019. Before joining the faculty at Castleton University, she was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and social work educator in Chicago.
Her work included serving as the Teen Programs Manager at Girls in the Game, a non-profit organization in Chicago. The organization’s mission is that every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength, and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health, and leadership programs. She also worked as a Multisystemic Family Therapist engaging with families who had children involved with the Cook County Juvenile Court system.
Margaret is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Vermont. As a current board member at Atria Collective in Middlebury, VT she envisions a world free of physical, sexual, and emotional violence.
Margaret earned her D.S.W. from the University of St. Thomas. Her dissertation explored how baccalaureate social work educators utilize classroom participation as a pedagogical tool. One of her favorite aspects of teaching is advising students and discussing their personal motivations and passions. Margaret grew up in Vermont and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of Vermont social workers. When she’s not teaching social work you can find her spending time outside with her family.
Andre Fleche is an historian of the Americas who holds a special interest in global approaches to the past. He offers a broad array of courses on the history of the United States and Latin America, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Age of Revolution in the Atlantic World. Prof. Fleche’s research aims to situate the American Civil War in an international context. His essays and articles have appeared in a variety of publications, including Civil War History, Journal of the Civil War Era, and the New York Times’ Disunion series. His first book, The Revolution of 1861: The American Civil War in the Age of Nationalist Conflict, received the Southern Historical Association’s James A. Rawley Award in 2013.
Philip Lamy is a Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Cannabis Studies at Vermont State University, Castleton Campus, and the Coordinator of the Cannabis Studies Certificate Program Also, Dr. Lamy is an Applied Percussion Instructor in the Music Program on the Castleton campus. His teaching and research interests are in community studies, social movements, ethnomusicology, and cannabis studies. Dr. Lamy’s articles and commentary have appeared in the professional and popular media, including The Boston Globe, The London Times, Time Magazine, National Public Radio and the BBC. In 2019, Dr. Lamy and his colleagues created the Cannabis Studies Certificate Program, providing business, cultivation, historical and cultural instruction, and an internship in a professional cannabis company or setting. In addition, the CSCP provides graduates the opportunity to take the Vermont Cannabis Control Board’s “Employee ID Topic Training”, to turn out accredited Vermont cannabis employees.
Scott Roper has been fascinated with places as long as he can remember. He moved around a lot as a child before his family settled down in southern New Hampshire when he was eight years old. A subscription to National Geographic in middle school cultivated his interest in geography, and by his senior year in high school he was actively researching the cultural and historical landscapes of Manchester, New Hampshire. He received his BA from Clark University, followed by an MA from the University of North Dakota and a PhD from the University of Kansas, all in Geography.
Scott has taught college-level courses in Geography, Geology, History, and Environmental Studies for more than 30 years. His research focuses on the human geography and regional landscapes of North America, particularly as they relate to race, ethnicity, and migration. In the past, with funding from National Geographic, he worked to promote K-12 geography education in Vermont. Today he is heavily involved in architectural history and historic preservation research, including the Castleton Granger House project through which VTSU students have been able to present their findings at international conferences.
A former selectman who still involves himself in local politics from time to time, Scott lives in New Hampshire with his wife, best friend, and frequent research partner, Stephanie. When he’s not on campus, you can usually find him analyzing cemeteries and old houses, looking for cellar holes, or following the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.
I joined the VTSU-Castleton campus faculty in 2018. I bring a diverse background in social work, psychology, trauma studies, spirituality and experiential education to share with students and colleagues. My advanced education is summarized at the end of the bio.
I am also a founding and active member of the Center for Social Justice and Trauma Informed Care. I am an active participant of the Social Work Advisory Council and Program Planning process. Currently, I also present a professional training seminar annually at the VT NASW conference.
I enjoy the learning process and sharing it with others both as teacher and student. I utilize lecture, discussion and experiential approaches in the classroom. All of my courses include a full online CANVAS component to support student learning. I value interaction in the learning process, since I believe that the deepest learning and mastery is a result of synthesizing knowledge and experience. I am interested in an integrative approach to social work-medicine-wellness and the application of emerging perspectives in neuroscience, developmental interpersonal biology, attachment, positive and self-psychology frameworks and family systems theory in professional practice.
I have been a VT LICSW since 1997. I have about 20 years of professional work experience in social work including a wide range of professional settings and interaction with culturally diverse populations across the life cycle. For 10 years I specialized in clinical mental health work with children and families. This extensive clinical experience is an asset in my teaching allowing me to provide both academic and practice knowledge for students. Prior to VTSU, my teaching experience included an adjunct assignment at Green Mountain College. In other jobs, I instructed professionals through staff training seminars and adult community education.
I have taught at Castleton University for the past 14 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department. My philosiphy is to connect with my students as much as possible and to encourage you to connect with your classmates. I strive to provide real world examples for the content of the course material, preparing your for work in the field of Human services from the start.
I have worked full time at Otter Valley Union High School for 24 years as a High School Counselor. I have learned a great deal working with students and families through the years and listening to their stories.
I also worked for five years as a family therapist with children and families for Rutland Mental Health, in their outpatient services. During that time I was also a clinician for the Step Program for sexually reactive children ages 6 to 12.
I earned my M.Ed. at the Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amerherst, in mental health and a certificate of advanced graduate study (C.A.G.S.) in family therapy. from the same department.
I served in the United States Peace Corps after college and before graduate school. For over two years I lived in Benin, West Africa. I worked with women’s cooperatives on small business plans and with the village health center for nutrition education and well baby checks. Upon close of service for the Peace Corps, I back packed around the world for 7 months.
I attended Washington University in St. Louis MO for my undergraduate degree, double majoring in Psychology and French. During my junior year, I attended the Univeristy de Rablais, in Tours, France.
I continue to travel extensively, having spent three weeks in China, the summer of 2019, and taking any opportunity possible to explore new cultures. I enjoy snowshoeing with my dog Finn, while home in Vermont.