Graduated: December 2003
Where do you currently work?
I work as a Program Officer for Humanities Tennessee, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Though each state and US Territory has a Humanities Council, each council operates differently within the broad mission of providing public programming in the humanities. In Tennessee, we do this through programs we fund through grants to other organizations, as well as through programs we conduct ourselves.
Tell me a bit about your career?
My duties are pretty diverse. I administer a general grant program as well as an awards program for humanities teachers in grades 3-12. Through our Community History Program, I work with small museums and history organizations throughout the state. We provide such organizations with professional assistance, training, workshops, and exhibits. Finally, through our Language and Literature programs, I write for an online publication called Chapter16.org.
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
Typically, job search websites do not list "folklore" as a search term. But every job opening has certain skill set requirements. My career requires experience in writing, grants administration, interviewing (oral history), museum operations, historic interpretation, non-profit management, and K-12 education. It doesn't hurt that I've had experience in radio, photography, historic architecture, traditional music, etc. During my two years at WKU, I garnered some experience in each of these areas, and I've drawn on all of them during the last six years at Humanities Tennessee.