When archaeologist Vic Fisher first joined Towson's faculty he taught both sociology and anthropology and was the only person here teaching either. A decade after his arrival he collaborated with geographers, biologists, and geologists to launch Towson's first major interdisciplinary field program. That annual effort, conducted in central and southern Arizona, typically involved a group of 5 faculty members and 65 students. Over the years he has taught 23 courses 16 of which he created and introduced into Towson's curriculum.
Dr. Fisher's professional field work has included Middle and Upper Paleolithic excavations at Solvieux in southwestern France, an interdisciplinary investigation of the Nazca lines in Peru, documentation of Inuit (Eskimo) occupation sites on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Canada, and many years of involvement with Ancestral Pueblo archaeology in the American Southwest. A recipient of NSF and NEH fellowships, Dr. Fisher continues to be engaged in scholarship concerning native cultures of North America. He routinely delivers papers at the annual meetings of the Society for American Archaeology and is currently a member of the SAA’s Lifetime Achievement Award Committee. He also maintains strong ties with the Churchill (Manitoba) Northern Studies Centre.
Fisher was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA). He has served the Baltimore Museum of Art for several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees' Accessions Committee for the Arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific Islands. In addition to the usual committee work across our campus, he has served as a member of the University Senate and has been Grand Marshal for dozens of ceremonies - primarily commencement exercises.
Victor B. Fisher's most recent publication is “Classic Object Lessons in Archaeoastronomy,” Archaeoastronomy: the Journal of Astronomy in Culture. XXIII, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. His newest course is “Environmental Archaeology.”