Heidi Altman is an associate professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Georgia Southern University who fully enjoys her time with students.
Altman grew up in Florida and takes pride in being a fourth-generation Floridian. She attended Florida State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, an experience she said was different for her.
“It was great. I loved it,” Altman said. “It was a huge school, so when I came in as a freshman, it took a little time to get used to it. It was a totally new experience for me.”
Altman earned her bachelor and master’s degrees in creative writing, a switch from the subject she now teaches as a professor in anthropology.
“I’ve always liked other cultures, and in my own creative writing, I was writing about things I didn’t know about because I didn’t have any anthropology or practical education about other cultures or the people, so it kind of got me started thinking about it,” she said. “I went back to school to do linguistic anthropology, so it’s still about language and writing, but it is also about cultures.”
Altman says her greatest accomplishment is her son, who enjoys dragging her to museums and the like in their free time.
“I’m very proud of my son. He is 16, and he just started college, so he’s very bright, and I’m very proud of him,” she said.