Dr. Bever is an applied anthropologist with expertise in qualitative methodologies, program design and evaluation, grant writing, household economy, economic development, migrant populations, community health, and gender disparities.
Her current areas of focus include diversity in higher education, online faculty workload, and the effects of COVID-19 on working parents.
Dr. Bever has worked in higher education since 1999. She is a Walden University Social Change Fellow. She is also the recipient of the Commitment to Social Change Award, the Faculty Excellence Award, and the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence at Walden University. Dr. Bever was lead for the 2018 Walden Climate Survey Project, to date the only climate survey ever conducted at Walden. She currently serves on the Walden Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council as well as the Doctoral Education Advisory Council.
In the private sector, she has worked as a senior ethnographer and director of multicultural research at national consulting and market research firms. Dr. Bever has also been an educational consultant for school districts, universities, private foundations, and Native American tribes throughout California. Her earlier work engaging undergraduate students in research projects in applied anthropology at Santa Clara University earned her a lifetime appointment as Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology.
PhD, Southern Methodist University
MA, Southern Methodist University
BA, Baylor University
De Portola Middle School Foundation, Other - San Diego
San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention, Other - San Diego
Knitters for Hope Charity, - San Diego
Awards / Honors
Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2017
Faculty Excellence Award, College of Health Sciences, Walden University, 2017
Elected to the status of "Fellow" , Society for Applied Anthropology, 2002
McIntyre-Hite, L., Cheney, M., Bever, S. W., Mast, L. J., Hapka, A. R. (2018). CBEN's Quality Framework: A Case Study in Its Application to CBE Curriculum Quality Standards at Walden University. Journal of Competency-Based Education
Bever, S. W., Graham, M., Ervin, A. (2002). Training for Research and Practice: The Rewards of Applying Anthropology in an Undergraduate Context. Practicing Anthropology
Bever, S. W., Rollwagen, J. (2002). Migration and the Transformation of Gender Roles and Hierarchies in Yucatan. Urban Anthropology
Bever, S. W., Dannhaeuser, N. (2002). A Socioeconomic Profile of Yucatec Maya Families in Migrating and Non-migrating Households. Research in Economic Anthropology
Bever, S. W. (2019). Teaching In Justice Beyond the Anthropology Classroom: How Anthropology Can Influence the Health Sciences. American Anthropological Association
Bever, S. W. (2019). Practical Tools for Developing a Grant Proposal. Walden University
Fraser, J., Walsh, M. L., Bever, S. W., Dixon-Saxon, S. V. (2018). Curriculum Development Considerations for Diversity and Inclusion. Walden University
Bever, S. W. (2016). Where's the Off Switch? Leisure and Labor Among Online Faculty. American Anthropological Association
Bever, S. W. (2014). Administrative Destination: Bringing Anthropology into Academic Assessment. Society for Applied Anthropology