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Sociology - Anthropology

College of Liberal Arts
University of Minnesota Duluth
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Duluth, MN 55812 - 2496

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see also Sweet Treats biographical information, and Meet Your Professor (Slides: .pptx .pdf)

Meet Your Professor

Tim Roufs teaches Anthropology of Food, Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology of Europe, Culture and Personality, Understanding Global Cultures, and Ancient Middle America. And for more than a quarter century he also taught Advanced Writing: Social Sciences.

Tim's specializations include cultural anthropology, anthropology of food, Middle America, culture and personality, sociocultural change—applied, and prehistoric cultures.

He received his Ph.D. from The University of Minnesota in 1971, his M.A. from The University of Minnesota in 1967, his A.B. from The University of Notre Dame in 1965, and his High School diploma from Holy Trinity High School, Winsted, MN, in 1961.

Tim has done fieldwork in Mexico, Hungary, and on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota. A major project from Leech Lake has been the preparation of a biography of Paul Buffalo which was published in three volumes in 2019, which has been profiled by Britney Leanos and Cheryl Reitan in Ojibwe Lessons.

Tim was one of the founding members, and initial Acting Director of the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Tim has three times served as Director of UMD's Study in England Program. The UMD Study in England Programme, University of Birmingham, England.

In 1989 Tim was a Visiting Fulbright Professor at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. Tim later gave a Keynote Address, at the 13th Annual microCAD International Computer Science Conference, University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary, 24 February 1999: "inter-Facing the Inevitable: Appropriate Technology in the 21st Century".

For a sampling of Roufs' written work, have a look at the Bibliography page . . .


 Can Do Canines


Tim and his Hearing Assistant Partner Bentley are graduates of the Can Do Canine Assistance Dog training program, New Hope, MN.

"Bentley’s Touches Help Tim to Keep Touching Lives," Can Do Canines News, 18 May 2022.

"Total Confidence in Bentley," Can Do Canines Assistant Dog Feature Story, 6 February 2019.

Presentation: Alpha Delta Kappa_Can Do Canines Presentation, Bloomington, MN, 2023.04.11

Tim and Bentley at Can Do Canine Graduation

Can Do Canines is an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the areas of training, placement and utilization of assistance dogs.

Bentley TKE

Bentley is the UMD Tau Kappa Epsilon "Chapter Good Boy"

TKE Coat of Arms

Tim and Bentley, by Gretchen Roufs
Timmy and Bentley
Gretchen Roufs, 2015

Honors and Awards

Tim has taught more students at UMD than any other instructor or professor in the history of the school.

Tim is the husband of [eye heart throb] Kim Smyth Roufs.


Midi Source: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Thunderbird Chapter #2102, Phoenix, AZ

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