Gordon F.M. Rakita, Ph.D.


Gordon Rakita, of Jacksonvilleis a bioarchaeologist and associate professor of anthropology in the UNF Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Currently he serves as president of the UNF Faculty Association.  He is the past program coordinator for Anthropology at UNF; former principal investigator and analytical director for SWCA Environmental Consultants of Flagstaff, Arizona, and holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is associate editor for the Society for American Archaeology Press.  He earned his B.A. in anthropology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. He is co-director of the 76 Draw Archaeological Project and director of UNF’s Community Cemetery Project. He has been awarded both the Outstanding Faculty Service Award (for 2011-2012) and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2005-2006) at UNF. He and his wife Cally have two children. Dr. Rakita assumed his position on the UNF Board of Trustees in 2012 and serves until September 2014.