Career Opportunities

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With a degree in Archaeology or Art History our alumni have successfully gotten jobs in the following areas:

  • Archives
  • Art Galleries
  • Arts Management
  • College & University Academics
  • College Admissions
  • College Student Life
  • Conservation
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Transportation
  • Educational Media
  • E-Resources
  • Foreign Service
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • GIS Data Analysis
  • Historic Preservation
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Museum Collections
  • Museum Outreach Programs
  • National Guard Collections Management
  • National Park Service
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Peace Corps
  • Public Education
  • Publishing
  • State Historic Sites
  • US Intelligence Services

Alumni Success Stories

Nathan T. Elkins (’02)

Nathan T. Elkins graduated with a B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies. Afterwards, he earned an M.A. in the City of Rome from the University of Reading (England) and spent two months at the British School at Rome in 2003; he completed his Ph.D. in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri in 2010. During his time as a doctoral candidate, he held a fellowship at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt and then returned to Germany for a research position, spending approximately two and a half years there. From 2009 to 2011, he was a postgraduate and postdoctoral fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery and lectured in Classics in fall 2010. In 2011, he began as a tenure-track professor in Art History at Baylor University. Presently, he is Associate Professor of Art History (Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology) and Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement (URSA) at Baylor University.

Dr. Elkins has published dozens of articles and two books: Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage (American Numismatic Society, 2015) and The Image of Political Power in the Reign of Nerva, AD 96-98 (Oxford University Press, 2017). A third book, A Monument to Dynasty and Death: The Story of Rome’s Colosseum and the Emperors Who Built It (Johns Hopkins University Press), is scheduled for publication in 2019. He is also co-editor of ‘Art in the Round’: New Approaches to Ancient Coin Iconography (Verlag Marie Leidorf, 2014), Concordia Disciplinarum: Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology in Honor of William E. Metcalf (American Numismatic Society, 2018), and The Oxford Handbook of Roman Imagery and Iconography (Oxford University Press, in preparation). He is also the Editor (ancient world) of the American Journal of Numismatics, a fellow of the American Numismatic Society in New York, and a fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society in London. Dr. Elkins attributes his professional successes to his years at the University of Evansville, where small classes, close mentorship and advising by the faculty, and a liberal education that emphasized critical thought, writing, and languages advantaged him for advanced work.

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Christopher Parr (’05)

Christopher Parr graduated with a BA in Archaeology and History. In 2002, he did his first archaeological field school at Cahokia Mounds through a program with Washington University, St. Louis. This led to his first job in which he spent his summer and winter breaks as a Research Assistant for Dr. John Kelly and the Central Mississippi Valley Archaeological Research Institute. After graduation, he continued his education at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and earned a Master of Arts in Classics (Archaeology) in 2008. In 2008, he declined an invitation to begin doctoral study in upstate New York and instead entered the Cultural Resources Management profession. He moved to Columbus, Georgia, and worked as a Cultural Resources Site Monitor at Fort Benning, Georgia, through a contract with Panamerican Consultants, Inc., from 2008 to 2011. He designed and managed an inspection program for the Installation’s archaeological sites to ensure that the military did not impact them during construction or training activities. He also participated in government-to-government consultations with federally-recognized tribes with a traditional claim to the Fort Benning area in accordance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Along the way, he was also assigned responsibility for the Fort Benning Archaeology Collection.

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In 2011, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, to assume his current position: the Archaeologist and Collections Manager for the Virginia Army National Guard. As a civilian member of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, he shares responsibility for ensuring that his Agency complies with state and federal cultural resources and historic preservation laws. He administers the Virginia National Guard Curation Facility at Fort Pickett, which houses both the VAARNG Archaeology Collection and the Virginia National Guard Museum Collection. He also coordinates government-to-government consultation efforts with state- and federally-recognized tribes. In 2016, his program was recognized by National Guard Bureau and the US Department of the Army as the Top Cultural Resources Program in the “Small Installations” category for their administration of the Camp Pendleton Collective Training Center (in Virginia Beach), which is a Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. He was further honored when National Guard Bureau invited him to join its Conservation Committee, which consists of subject matter experts who advise the Environmental Advisory Committee as they establish policies, regulations, and training opportunities to support environmental programs throughout the 54 National Guards of the United States and its territories.

This is more than just a job for Chris – it’s a true calling. He and his wife, Micki Blue Parr (UE Class of 2006, History) take their two children to visit cemeteries and hike battlefields. He is an active member of the Society of American Archaeologists and the Council of Virginia Archaeologists. For the latter, he serves as the Chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee – which monitors state and federal legislation for anything that could impact the practice of archaeology or general historic preservation issues.


Lisa Dretske (’08)

Lisa Dretske graduated with a BA in Archaeology. After UE, she went straight to get her masters at Illinois State University. She held assistantship positions in the archaeology lab for 2 years. While in grad school, she worked on several digs during the summer - Cahokia Mounds, a site in Tennessee, and a job in Alaska. Lisa focused her graduate research on a dig in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. Her research looked at ethnicity and the material cultural left behind by a German immigrant family moving into a French town. She finished her M.A in Historical Archaeology in 2013, and applied for many archaeology and museum jobs with little luck. She continued to work retail at The North Face in Chicago and Milwaukee. She could have stuck to this track, but she knew she wanted to work with museums. She was offered a post-grad unpaid internship at The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. She continued to work full-time at The North Face in Milwaukee and took 2 days off a week to work on a major evaluation and interpretation project at The Shedd. She did this for approximately 6 months before she was offered her first museum position at Betty Brinn Children's Museum in Milwaukee as Assistant Manager of Visitor Services (part-time). In this position, she also worked with Education, Exhibits, and Interpretation. While working at Betty Brinn, she was offered a consultant position at the Kenosha Public Museum as their Planned Giving Coordinator and the Weekend Manager position at the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee.

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Shortly after taking the Kenosha Museum position and Pabst Mansion position (both part-time), Lisa quit Betty Brinn since it was not in line with her future goals and was continuing to work part-time at The North Face. She started volunteering at the Milwaukee County Historical Society on a big photography cataloging project and was eventually offered a part-time Museum Assistant position. She was working 4 part-time jobs, 3 in different museums for over a year before she was finally offered a full-time position as the Executive Director at the Kemper Center, Inc., a cultural center in Kenosha, WI. She worked at this full-time job for a year. It was a hands-on, doing everything from writing grants to cleaning toilets kind of position. She continued to take some college certification courses in Fund Development and Non-profit Management. After a year at Kemper, she was offered the position as Development Manager and on-staff archaeologist at the Kenosha Public Museums. This is a government position, so the benefits were enticing. She is also encouraged to work on her own archaeological research and future research with the museum.


Kaman (Law) Hillenburg (’12)

Kaman (Law) Hillenburg graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Art History and also received a business certificate. During her undergraduate studies Kaman interned at the Children’s Museum of Evansville, Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., and the Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science. Since 2010 Kaman has held a number of paid positions at the Evansville Museum from part-time receptionist to currently a full-time Collections Manager. Although she served various positions over the years, Kaman has always worked closely with the curatorial department assisting with collections care along with exhibit preparation and installation.

In 2016 Kaman was named the Evansville Museum’s first Collections Manager. Currently Kaman is leading an IMLS grant-funded inventory project of over 20,000 of the museum’s historical collection.

Between 2013-2015 Kaman also worked as a contract Curator and Registrar for the Freedom Heritage Museum (currently known as Evansville Wartime Museum), a local start-up museum that focuses on telling Evansville’s homefront effort during World War II.

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With a deep passion for collections care and interest in continued education, Kaman founded a regional professional development organization called Southwestern Indiana Collections Connection Association (SICCA) in 2013. SICCA is completely free to join and it organizes various programs each year to provide learning and networking opportunities to its members with a focus on promoting collections care all with no cost. SICCA is currently consisted of 47 cultural institutions from Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.

Kaman is also currently serving on the board of the Society of Indiana Archivists.


Anna Ahrens (’18)

Anna Ahrens graduated with a BA in Archaeology and right after graduation she moved to New Orleans in order to start a part-time job with the New Orleans Museum of Art’s Education Department. After a few months in this position, she was lucky enough to find a Cultural Resource Management firm in town that was hiring full-time field archaeologists. Anna is now currently working for R.C. Goodwin on a large scale CRM survey project in a Northern Louisiana forest!

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Office Phone:
812-488-2165

Office Email:
archaeology@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 401, Olmsted Hall