Coral Wayland

Coral Wayland

Associate Prof. Associate Dean for Curriculum at University College

PROFILE: Dr. Coral Wayland is an Associate Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Education at UNC Charlotte. She specializes in medical anthropology and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has worked in Brazil and Charlotte. Her early research looked the politics of medicinal plant use in the urban Amazon. It also explored contested understandings of primary health care in Brazil. Her more recent research explores team based learning in large undergraduate classes. One research project examines the ways that gender and race shape the peer evaluation process. Another documents the effectiveness of team based learning for different groups of students.

Wayland Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh – Department of Anthropology, 1998
  • Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
  • B.A. in Anthropology with a Certificate Minor in Environmental Studies, University of Florida, 1990


  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Western Cultural and Historical Awareness (Epidemics in History)
  • World Population Problems
  • Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Culture, Health and Disease
  • Food, Nutrition and Culture
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Culture, Pregnancy and Birth
  • Theoretical Approaches to Gender


  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Race and Gender


  • Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship Grant, UNCC, 1999
    Inter-American Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 1996
  • Wenner Gren Doctoral Dissertation Grant, 1996
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 1995-1996
  • Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, 1995
  • Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
  • Summer Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
  • Tinker Summer Research Award, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1991


  • Bates, Tonya, Tuan Cao and Coral Wayland 2015 “Methods to Help Students Create Original Work”, in Students’ Pathway to Success: A Faculty Guide. UNC Charlotte: Charlotte, NC.
  • Wayland, Coral and Lisa Slattery Walker 2014 Length of Residence, Age and Patterns of Medicinal Plant Knowledge and Use among Women in the Urban Amazon. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. 10:25 doi:10.1186/1746-4269-10-25
  • Wayland, Coral 2011 Home Remedies and Child Health in the Urban Periphery of Rio Branco (ACRE, Brazil). In Etnobotânica e Botânica Econômica do Acre. Amauri Siviero, Lin Chau Ming, Marcos Silveira, Douglas Daly, and Richard Wallace, eds. Rio Branco, Brazil: Universidade Federal do Acre.
  • Wayland, Coral 2004 Infant Agency and its Implications for Breastfeeding Promotion in Brazil. Human Organization 63(3):277-288.
  • Wayland, Coral 2004 The Failure of Pharmaceuticals and the Power of Plants: Medicinal Discourse as a Critique of Modernity in the Amazon. Social Science and Medicine 58(12):2409-2419.
  • Wayland, Coral 2003 Contextualizing the Politics of Knowledge: Physicians’ Attitudes toward Medicinal Plants. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 17(4):483-501.
  • Coral Wayland and Jerome Crowder 2002 Disparate Views of Community in PHC: How Perceptions Influence Success. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 16(2):230-247.
  • Wayland, Coral 2001 Gendering Local Knowledge: Medicinal Plant Use and Primary Health Care in the Amazon. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 15(2):25-42.