Learning about the Past. Preparing for the future.
“Students actually change before your eyes; you can see the transformation happening as they explore a new world for the first time.”
Jennie Ebeling, PhD
Associate Professor of Archaeology
Finding the Best Fit
Jennie Ebeling said one of her favorite parts of teaching is providing students the opportunity to find their fit in the vast world of archaeology. “Students actually change before your eyes; you can see the transformation happening as they explore a new world for the first time.”
These transformational experiences exist in many forms for students studying archaeology at the University of Evansville. Students have been fortunate to travel to distant lands like Ireland, Spain, and Turkey to put their excavation skills to work for real.
Exploration at Jezreel
In fact, in 2012, Ebeling founded a study abroad program at Jezreel, an ancient site in Israel with a long and fascinating history. The Jezreel Expedition gives UE students the opportunity to work alongside Ebeling and other archaeology experts to hone skills and explore career possibilities while doing real excavation work. “Our students actually do the work,” said Ebeling. “They’re in the dirt, getting firsthand experiences that aren’t common for a small program at a small school like UE.”
Students even have the opportunity to visit excavation sites and to participate in digs while at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England. “British archaeology leads the world, so the fact that students have access to these sites while at Harlaxton reinforces the things we talk about in class. It makes it real.”
Students don’t necessarily have to travel to faraway lands to gain real archaeological experience. Through the network of alumni, professional connections, and the central location of the campus, Ebeling and others in the Department of Archaeology have been successful in placing students in internships and full-time jobs close to UE.
“There are important archaeological sites very near here. Angel Mounds is just down the road, and even Cahokia Mounds, the largest pre-Columbian city in the US, is only two and a half hours from here. We have access to diverse museums in Evansville, and we’re really lucky to be within two or three hours of Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, and still very close to Chicago. Since many former students have secured full time careers at sites in the Midwest, our current students are at an advantage when looking for field trips, internships, and even career opportunities,” Ebeling noted.
A Range of Opportunities
The small class sizes of a liberal arts school provides students the personal attention needed to nurture individual interests and goals through abundant study abroad and field work opportunities. Since UE archaeology graduates are employed in a wide range of career paths, Ebeling works with current students to share the many possibilities available in the field.