Program Resources

American Anthropological Association

The AAA is the major professional organization for anthropologists. The site has information on national conferences, careers, anthropology in the news, and recent publications.

American Sociological Association

The ASA is the major professional organization for sociologists. The site has reviews of departments, statements on issues such as immigration, welfare, and affirmative action, and career information.

Society for Applied Anthropology

The SfAA is the organization supporting applied anthropologists whether they work in academia, public service, or business.

Public Agenda Online

You'll find a number of policy issues at this site with great overviews and fact files.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is another good place to look for anthropology internships.

Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian has internship opportunities and excellent access to resources.

GradSchools.com - Anthropology

Listing of Graduate Schools in Anthropology, search for programs by country, state, etc.

GradSchools.com - Sociology

Listing of Graduate Schools in Sociology, search for programs by country, state, etc.

Anthropology and Sociology

What you’ll study.

You'll examine global processes of change. Understand human evolution, family, and kinship. And immerse yourself in topics ranging from education or religion to media, disability, and healing. All with a focus on exploring the current and historical social worlds that humans have created for themselves around the world. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Conduct hands-on research. Create a senior honors thesis. And receive academic credit for internships, whether abroad or through programs at places like the Chicago Center or the Philadelphia Center. You'll have opportunities to work in the field alongside faculty, preparing you for advanced degrees and a wide variety of careers. Anthropology and Sociology internship opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Recent Albion graduates can be found working in fields as diverse as public policy and veterinary medicine. Our alumni have pursued advanced degrees at many different universities, including Harvard University, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin, UCLA, and the University of London. Potential career paths.

2000's Graduates

Julie Darnton '99 is working on her Ph.D in Urban Studies at Michigan State University.

Jocelin Herron '99 obtained her MSW in 2001 from The University of Michigan and is currently an executive with KIPP Schools.

Lisa Leitz '99 completed her Ph.D in sociology in 2009 at University of California, Santa Barbara and is now teaching at Hendrix College.

Erik Love '01 is finishing his dissertation on Arab American social movements at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Heather Mustonen '01 worked after graduating as an archaeological technician for the National Park Service at the Southeast Archaeological Center in Tallahassee, Florida. She traveled throughout the Southeast doing archaeological fieldwork in National Parks. She is currently completing an M.A. in anthropology at Michigan State University.

Linda Myers '01 wasn't an anthropology major but took a lot of courses in our department. She is currently loving medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Hershey. She is hoping to organize an international research project this summer.

Tonya Zimmerman '01, graduated 2004 from Temple University with a   Master of Arts in Urban Studies. While at Temple her research focused on Community Development Corporations, specifically New Song Urban Ministries and Community Building in Partnership in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant. In the Fall of 2004 she will begin a PhD program in Policy Sciences at University of Maryland Baltimore County where she will specialize in Urban Policy and also work as a Research Assistant.

Caroline Cangelosi '02 completed her M.PH program at University of California, Berkeley.

Ayako Eda '02 is enrolled in the Master's Program in International Development at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received a fellowship from Clark to support her studies, and she intends to use her degree to aid women's development efforts in less developed societies, particularly in India where she attended high school.

Erin Harrelson '02 is living in Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation as a VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) worker as part of Americorps. She works in the elementary school on oral language assessment.

Casmir Kethlhalefile '02 returned to his native Botswana after graduation where he has been responsible for several projects of archaeological resource assessment. He has formed the first private cultural resource management company in Botswana, and has been active in writing cultural resource management guidelines.

Laura Siebert '03 is making good use of her combined major in anthropology and Spanish by doing disaster relief training in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as a member of Americorps and as a Red Cross volunteer.

Alyssa Montgomery '04 was admitted to the Ph.D program in sociology at Northwestern University.

Ayesha Ghazi '06 will receive her MSW from The University of Michigan this spring of 2010.

Meagan Burton-Krieger '07 received her MA in Higher Ed Administration from the U of Vermont in 2009. 

Carolyn Jacques '07 received her MDiv from Boston University in 2009.

Matti Smith '07 received her MSW from The University of Michigan in 2009.

Paige Edwards '08 completed her MA in anthropology from Western Michigan University and has recently accepted a management position with the Institute of Reading Development a company working with kids and adults on developing reading and reading skills.

Amy Krieg, '08 is in law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego
Chad Best '07 is currently in law school (Detroit Mercy) and received an MPA from the U. of M.-Flint.

Anneliese Breugal ‘09 has begun a Ph.D. program in bioarchaeology Michigan State University.

Kyle Kubitz ‘09 works for Valassis Communications Inc., a marketing company using his GIS skills daily to create innovative maps of consumer behavior and preference, similar to those he employed in his Elkin Isaac project mapping ancient archaeological sites.

Beth Sylak ‘09 will be joining the Historical Administration MA program at Eastern Illinois University.

Sarah Wenner ‘09 works for Franklin Fueling Systems as a Market Analyst in Madison, Wisconsin where she is “unsurprised to find that having a Anthropology background is a good commodity to have in the global business community.”

Katie Meier ‘10 has been admitted to the Master's Program in Non-Profit Management at Indiana University.

1990s Graduates

Martha Carey '90 recently began a Ph.D. program at the Institute of Liberal Arts in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University.  Martha's studies build on her years spent working in Africa with Doctors Without Borders.  Specifically, she hopes to study post-conflict Sierra Leone to understand the role of the War Crimes Tribunal and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission compared to local institutions that normally decide guilt and punishment. 

Leigh Willis '97; is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Georgia where he has taught since 2003. His teaching and research specializations are in the sociology of medicine and race & ethnicity. He has published articles about health disparities between African Americans and white, and on both mental health use and sexual risk for African Americans.

Chris O'Neil '98  is working on her Ph.D. in sociology at the Colorado State University and is currently teaching a course on The Leisure Society. Her dissertation is on the impact of global forces on local and regional development. She expects to finish her work in the summer of 2004. You can reach her here.

Sarah Walbridge '98 received an M.S. in forensic science from Michigan State University in 2002. She now works as a research microscopist at Microtrace in Chicago. Recently, Sarah testified in her first case and was featured in a local newspaper in Chicago. At Albion, Sarah double-majored in anthropology and chemistry. She was awarded honors in anthropology for her thesis on women athletes.

Julie Darnton '99 left her position as a Residence Director at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to enter the Ph.D. program in Sociology and Urban Studies at Michigan State. She is working with Dr. June Thomas of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning as a research assistant gathering data on mixed income neighborhoods in Grand Rapids.  She is looking forward to an academic career at a fine liberal arts college in the future. Hmmm? You can reach her here.

Amy LaChance '99 has joined Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago as a Program and Policy Associate where she will direct the NHS's Neighborhood Report Card project. She expects to complete her Master's Degree in Urban Planning and Policy at University of Illinois, Chicago this May (2003). You can reach Amy here.

Lisa Leitz '99 left the Ph.D. program in sociology at The Ohio State University to finish her degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2000, Lisa was the Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Jerusalem Program under Len Berkey. Lisa's current work explores various dynamics of girls who fight and mothers who have committed infanticide while affected with post-partum depression. Lisa expects to finish her degree in the spring of 2005.

Britt Halvorson '99 is a graduate student in the MA/PhD program in cultural anthropology at the University of Michigan, where she is affiliated with the Center for the Ethnography of Everyday Life. At Albion, Britt was a double major in anthropology and English and was awarded honors for her thesis in anthropology.

1980s Graduates

Hon. Mark Schauer '84 served from 2009-2011 as U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district serving the Albion-Battle Creek region.  He was previously a member of the Michigan Senate, where he served as the Minority Leader, and the Michigan House of Representatives. He was a sociology/Spanish major and member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service. He currently serves on the Ford Institute Visiting Committee and volunteers in many other ways to benefit Albion College.

Career Opportunities

What can you do with a major in anthropology or sociology?  Our alumni have put their skills to work in an amazingly wide array of fields.  They include politicians, museum administrators, doctors, veterinarians, lawyers, social workers, school principals, city planners, human resource managers, market researchers, and journalists as well as professors of anthropology and sociology.

A major in anthropology and/or sociology provides you with a well-rounded education.  How students apply that education to specific careers depends on their particular interests and skills.  Some of our alumni have become influential anthropologists and sociologists.  Many of our students go on to medical schools, law schools, or other professional schools.  Professional schools value students with a strong record of research, writing, and analysis -- skills that can be put to work in fields that don't yet even exist.

Many students find that a career grows out of specific skills and work experience complementing their studies in anthropology and sociology.  Are you interested in learning another language?  One alumna now works as a teacher in a bilingual school; another works as a bilingual human services manager; and one runs a study abroad program in Spain.  Many recent students have found other specific skills enhance their career options.  Consider getting useful training in video making, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or photography.  Our students often apply such skills in a senior thesis or other independent research.  Many have found such skills help them find jobs after graduation.

You can study almost anything anthropologically or sociologically.  That makes it possible to study anthropology or sociology and also explore all sorts of careers at the same time.  Our students often get academic credit for internships completed during semesters off campus -- in another country, or in programs such as the Chicago Center or the Philadelphia Center.

It is a big, fast-changing, and complex world out there.  Anthropology and sociology can help you find your place in it!

For more useful information, check out The Anthropology Graduate's Guide and our professional association websites:

Alumni

Graduates from the Anthropology and Sociology Department at Albion College have gone on to pursue graduate training and careers in a number of fields. Knowledge and skills in anthropology and sociology are valuable for those pursuing careers in public administration, politics, social services, counseling, public health, journalism, market research, urban planning, and law. Our graduates have become biostatisticians, urban planners, lawyers, physicians, veterinarians, and news reporters. Graduates have also gone on to academic careers in anthropology, sociology, and related fields.

If you are an Anthropology or Sociology alum, we would love to hear from you. Please email any of the Anthro/Soc Faculty members, and visit or join our Alumni, Parents, and Friends Facebook group.

Here are some of our graduates, by decade.

Student Research

One of the most unique features of an education at Albion College is the opportunities available for students to complete original research. Working closely with faculty mentors, students define the scope of their research and carry it through to completion.  Doing independent research allows students to pursue their intellectual passions and to make connections among diverse fields of knowledge.

Majors in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology are strongly encouraged to consider writing a senior honors thesis.  Writing a thesis is certainly not the best choice for everyone, but for many it is an important opportunity.  Completing a senior thesis can be especially valuable experience for students interested in graduate study and in possibly one day writing a master's thesis or a doctoral dissertation.  Completing a thesis allows students to work closely with a committee of scholars and learn about the process of doing scholarly research and writing.

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to submit a thesis for departmental honors.  Usually students begin thinking about possible topics in their 2nd or 3rd year and discussing ideas with faculty who might be appropriate advisors and committee members.  Students often use a thesis to explore possible career interests.  Others may feel their career plans are well set and see their thesis projects as opportunities to delve into something in which they are passionately interested before entering medical school, law school, etc.  Some students use off-campus study as the basis for a thesis project and find that the thesis helps build a bridge between their experience off-campus and their final year at Albion (students often feel their interests in another part of the world or the country have only been whetted by the time they complete an off-campus program--a thesis project might be a way to further explore those interests).

Ideally, students who want to write an honors thesis will complete some research prior to their senior year or at least write a well-developed proposal, literature review, or introductory chapter.  Senior year, thesis-writers typically register for a full unit of coursework with their dissertation advisor both fall and spring semesters.

For more information about research at Albion, visit the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (FURSCA) website.

Titles of recent senior thesis projects include:

  • Reading Rims: Reclassifying and Interpreting Ceramic Jars from Xaltocan, Mexico
  • It's Greek to Me: The Impact of Fraternities on Gender Relations at Albion College
  • Museum Education in the United States: Providing for a Diverse Public
  • The Greening of Christianity: Fusing Religion and Environmentalism
  • Gender, Families, and the Work of Kinship
  • Men are from Mars, Genetic Counselors are from Venus: Sex Segregation in the Field of Genetic Counseling
  • A Whole New Game? A Feminist's Perspective on Women's Athletics, Using Basketball as a Focus

Faculty and Staff

Scott Melzer, Anthropology and SociologyDr. Scott Melzer
Associate Professor and Chair

Scott Melzer joined Albion College in 2004, soon after completing his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California - Riverside. He also completed an M.A. at UCR after receiving a B.A. in sociology from the University of Florida. His teaching and research interests are in gender, social psychology, and criminology, with particular interests in intimate violence, men & masculinities, gun politics, and social change. Scott co-founded and codirects Albion College's Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Inside-Out brings together college students and people who are incarcerated for a semester-long seminar in a correctional facility. Scott's research examines how men respond to threats to their statuses and identities. His published articles include a study of men's motivations for participating in a fight club and the impact of men's work experiences on their rates of violence against women partners. His first book (Gun Crusaders: The NRA's Culture War, NYU Press, 2009) analyzes the National Rifle Association's transformation from a recreational firearms interest group into a conservative social movement organization. He is completing another book (Manhood Impossible: Men's Struggles to Achieve, Maintain, and Transform What it Means to be a Man, Rutgers University Press, forthcoming) examining how men respond when they are unwilling or unable to fulfill body and breadwinner ideals. Dr. Melzer can be reached by e-mail at or 517/629-0421.

Lynn Verduzco-Baker, visiting assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at Albion CollegeDr. Lynn Verduzco-Baker
Assistant Professor

Lynn earned her Ph.D. in sociology and women's studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor after receiving her M.S. in sociology from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in English from California State University, Fresno. Her current research investigates how discourses of motherhood are negotiated by women who were low-income and teenaged (i.e., “welfare queens” and “teen moms”) when they became mothers. The findings from her work challenge the discourses, stereotypes and images of good and bad motherhood and aim to shift the conversation about low-income mothers to one of compassion and respect. Lynn approaches teaching from a social justice perspective that can be traced to her experiences as a university instructor, an English teacher at an inner-city high school and an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her teaching interests include: intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality; poverty and inequality; popular culture; family; race and ethnicity; and social panics. Lynn can be reached by email at .

Brad Chase, Anthropology/SociologyDr. Brad Chase
Associate Professor

Brad received his B.A. in anthropology from Northwestern University, his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, and has been at Albion since 2008. He is an anthropological archaeologist who has participated in fieldwork in the American Midwest and Southwest, Turkey, Pakistan, and currently India, where he has been conducting research for over a decade. His teaching and research interests include the organizational dynamics of early urban societies in comparative perspective, the relationship between humans and their environments during periods of social change, and the role of material culture in the creation and maintenance of identities in the past and present. His ongoing research explores these issues in the context of the Indus Civilization in Gujarat, India, specifically focusing on changes in land-use practices and social organization with the emergence and decline of South Asia's first urban civilization. He can be reached by e-mail at .

Allison Harnish, Anthropology/SociologyDr. Allison Harnish
Assistant Professor

“Alli” is a cultural anthropologist specializing in rural livelihoods, international development, and human-environment relations. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology as well as a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies from the University of Kentucky after completing a B.A. in anthropology and sociology at Western Kentucky University. Prior to coming to Albion, Alli was a part-time instructor at Transylvania University and co-organizer of the annual Dimensions of Political Ecology (DoPE) Conference on Nature/Society in Lexington, KY. Her teaching integrates economic, ecological, and feminist anthropology. Her research, which has been externally supported by the Fulbright program and the National Science Foundation, explores the gender and age dimensions of development-induced migration, environmental change, and wildlife management in Zambia. Alli teaches Native North America, Africa: Peoples and Cultures, The Global Politics of Nature, Violent Environments, and Theory and Method in Anthropology. She can be reached by e-mail at .

Dr. Matthew SchoeneDr. Matthew Schoene
Assistant Professor

Matt is a comparative sociologist specializing in global and transnational analysis, urban studies, social movement studies and quantitative methodology. He was awarded his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2015 and a B.A. in Sociology from Villanova University in 2009. Prior to arriving at Albion, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Davidson College in North Carolina. Matt’s research uses multilevel modeling and quantitative methods to uncover the effect of urbanization on social movement activity in a cross-national context. His current projects include an examination of how rising inequality influenced European protest activity in the aftermath of the 2008 recession, as well as a cross-national analysis of how international media sources covered anti-austerity protests. At Albion, Matt teaches courses in Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods, Urban Sociology and Globalization, as well as future area studies courses. He is particularly excited to work with students interested in doing their own quantitative research project. Dr. Schoene can be reached by e-mail at or 517/629-0603.

Dr. Matthew SchoeneDr. Amy Michael
Visiting Assistant Professor

Amy Michael recently completed her Ph.D. in biological anthropology at Michigan State University in 2016 and is at Albion College as a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Spring 2017 semester. Her dissertation, a comparison study of burials from caves, rockshelters, and surface sites, represents the largest sample in a dental histology study to date in the Maya region. Amy’s bioarchaeological research interests include using bone and dental histology to explore mortuary variation, refinement of micro-spatial histological sampling methods, and the relationship between social identity, health, and mortuary location in Central Belize. Amy has also worked in the American Midwest excavating on MSU’s campus, as well as excavating house structures and a large civic-ceremonial center at the prehistoric site of Morton Village in Illinois. Additionally, she was involved in a project in Albania excavating Bronze Age burial mounds. She has been a staff member on the Central Belize Archaeological Survey project since 2011 working at the sites of Sapodilla Rockshelter, Actun Kabul, Caves Branch Rockshelter, and Wishing Well Cave. Outside of bioarchaeology, Amy has worked with the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program since 2010 to identify sites and artifacts found on the historic campus. Currently, Amy has several ongoing original research projects focusing on the refinement of age at death estimations from bone microstructure, the analysis of bone and tooth deposits in a cave in Central Belize, an investigation of migration using isotopes in burials from Kamenica, Albania, and an analysis of the early gendered landscape of the Michigan State campus. With experience in forensic, archaeological, and paleoanthropological laboratories, Amy is trained as an osteologist and microscopist and is excited about teaching undergraduate students the skills they need to develop problem-oriented research studies in anthropology. Dr. Michael can be reached by email at @albion.edu

Laura WylieLaura Wylie
Faculty Secretary
Office: Robinson 318
Phone: 517/629-0309
Email:

Faculty Emeriti

Len Berkey, Anthropology and SociologyDr. Len Berkey
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Berkey received a B.A. from Colgate University in 1969 and a Ph.D in sociology from Michigan State University in 1982. In the interim, he spent two years at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. His long-term interests have been in racial and ethnic relations, inequality and assimilation, and the ways in which personal identities are formed in multicultural societies. He is currently working on a research project with Diana Ariza and 'Dimeji Togunde on the adaptation patterns of recent immigrants to the Orlando metropolitan area. Dr. Berkey can be reached by e-mail at .

Contact Us

The Albion College Department of Anthropology and Sociology is located on the third floor of Robinson Hall. Contact the department at 517/629-0414 or through the form below.

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Anne McCauley

Anne McCauley, Art/Art HistoryAnne McCauley
Professor and Chair
Printmaking and Book Art
M.F.A. Michigan State University, 1978

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0249

Lynne Chytilo

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Professor
Ceramics and Sculpture
M.F.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984

Email:
Office: Bobbit Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0373

Art and Art History

What you’ll study.

We develop both the artist and the art historian. We teach you the foundations of art and art history then challenge you to create new ideas and approaches. You will produce art in well-equipped studios and study original artwork from the 15th century to the present from our collection. We also offer classes for non-majors. Majors and minors.

What you’ll do.

Participate in internships. Work in a museum or a gallery. Or spend a semester working alongside a professional artist in a studio. The New York Arts Program offers a range of internships tailored to your interests. You can also study around the world through our study-abroad programs. Art and art history internship opportunities.

Where you’ll go.

Our graduates know how to think and that's a skill you can take anywhere. You'll be confident in both critical and creative thought, not to mention technical knowledge and skills. Add that to Albion's broad-based approach to problem solving, and you're set for success. Potential career paths.

Learn More

Internships and Off-Campus Studies

There are numerous intern opportunities and apprenticeships available through the New York Arts Program, sponsored by the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). Students may obtain practical experience in museums and galleries, or spend a studio semester working with artists involved in printmaking, photography, painting, graphic design, medical illustration, architecture, art therapy and other specialties.

Through GLCA programs in Philadelphia, Britain, France, Germany, Mexico, Africa and Asia other opportunities to study off-campus are available.

Internships - Within Michigan

Thompson House, Hudson, MI

Assistant to the Curator at the Thompson House, an historic home in Hudson, Michigan. Built in the 1890s, the house was the long-time home of the Thompson family. The architecture has been maintained or restored to perfect Victorian authenticity and the house is filled with fine and decorative art objects. The collections are especially strong in Asia objects, including carved jade and Oriental carpets, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, nineteenth century paintings, and Tiffany glass.

Interns will undertake one or more projects designed in consultation with the Thompson House curator and an Albion College faculty member. Such projects may include accessioning objects and writing condition reports, researching groups of objects and writing reports or informational panels, helping with publicity for the museum, assisting with preparing exhibitions, or web page design and maintenance. In order to receive credit for this internship, students will keep a journal of their experiences and responses to them, they will prepare a semester-end paper, the subject of which will be determined by the student in consultation with the faculty supervisor and the Curator.

Contact: Bille Wickre, Department of Art and Art History (). This internship is available over the summer as well as during the academic year. Housing adjacent to the Thompson house may be furnished in some cases.

Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History

The Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, an accredited institution, is firmly committed to providing educational experiences in professional museum practices for the young professional. Internships are available during the summer and during the academic year. Most interns are enrolled in a related academic program at an university or community college but independent applications are accepted. Academic credit and a stipend are provided in many cases. Interns generally work 10-15 hours per week depending on their academic schedule. Summer interns may work longer hours depending on their specific project.

While interns are specifically assigned to a department and generally to a specific project, all interns receive regular training in collections management and artifact handling. Visit The Ella’s website, www.ellasharp.org, for an overview of the museum and its programs.

Opportunities

Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art – Exhibit Specialist

An intern in this department will learn the specifics of how to design, fabricate, interpret, and install an exhibition of wildlife art from the renowned Andrews Collection of Wildlife Art. Specific activities will concentrate on curatorship, visual communication, and program development. Additionally, interns will learn inventory control, collections management including artifact handling, and professional practices in museum management.

Education Department – Education Specialist

The Education Department is in charge of all public programming as well as the interpretation of exhibits. An intern in this department will learn the specifics of program design and planning as well as the implementation of outreach programming and school relations. Related activities will center on learning artifact handling and professional practices in program development.

Marketing and Visitor Services Department – Marketing Specialist

An intern in this department will learn the specifics of developing and implementing a marketing plan in a nonprofit organization. Specific activities will center on crafting press releases, media advertising, radio/TV copy, promotions, and special event coordination.

Requirements:

Interested candidates must submit the following: a cover letter describing their level of interest, a resume or academic transcripts, and an example of creative or expository writing. Any questions pertaining to applications should be directed to the intern coordinator.

Inquiries may be made to:

Dean Adkins, Intern Coordinator
Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History
3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203
Phone: 517/787-2320
Email:

Internships - Within the United States

New York Arts Program (Bille Wickre) Internship/Credit (4 units of college credit)

Chicago-Urban Semester (Len Berkey) Internship

Washington DC - Washington Center (Marcy Sacks) Internship/Credit
Washington Semester Internship/Credit

Philadelphia (Trisha Franzen) Internship/Credit
Art Therapy, arts internships, museum work

Internships in Europe

London-Educational Programme Abroad (Marcy Sacks) Internships Art Therapy, arts internships, museum work

Art Schools

Europe and Australia: Italy
SACI Studio Art Centers International (Anne McCauley)
Credit
Fall/Spring/Summer

Ireland
Burren College of Art (Lynne Chytilo)
Credit
Fall/Spring

Scotland
Glasgow School of Art (Lynne Chytilo)
Credit
Fall/Spring

France
Marchutz School (Lynne Chytilo)
Credit
Fall/Spring/Summer

Universities

This is not an inclusive list—there are many more programs available.

Greece
College Year in Athens
Credit

United Kingdom
University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Bille Wickre)
University of Sussex, England

Please consult with the Center for International Education for more information and application forms.

Art and Art History Scholarships

Albion College offers scholarships for students interested in Art or Art History. Awards are based on an evaluation of each candidate's artwork and/or scholarship.

Any student accepted to Albion College is eligible for the scholarship. All scholarships may be renewable for as long as you are enrolled in an art or art history class each semester. You are not required to major or minor in art or art history to be eligible.

Prospective Student Scholarship

Studio Art

The purpose of the Art Scholarship is to encourage students to pursue their passions in a creative, stimulating, and intellectually engaging environment.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must present a portfolio for review by members of the Art and Art History faculty. This allows the prospective student to share their work and process.

Students may submit a portfolio of 10-15 of their strongest works in any medium; it may include work you have done in class or independently. The portfolio should represent who you are as an artist.

We encourage students to bring a sketchbook in the form of a traditional book of drawings, a journal, visual scrapbook or even a well designed blog or website.

In preparing for your portfolio review, it may be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What artists do I look at for inspiration?
  • What is my creative process?
  • What am I trying to communicate with my art?
  • Why did I choose the respective media/ forms to express my ideas?

Art History

The Art History Scholarship promotes the study of art history at Albion College. The study of art history encourages students to better appreciate and understand the visual world around them, and it reveals interconnections between the arts and other kinds of intellectual and cultural achievements.

Application Process: Students who wish to be considered for the Art History Scholarship should submit an example of written work and plan to interview with members of the Art and Art History Department.

Scholarships for Current Students

Upper-class Majors and Minors

Albion College offers scholarships for students majoring or minoring in Art or Art History courses. Awards are based on an evaluation of each candidate's artwork and faculty nominations. Ten to fifteen scholarships are awarded each year.

The Ballard Family Endowed Scholarship

This merit scholarship is awarded to a second year or above student intending to major or minor in art or art history.

Elizabeth Harmon Carpenter, '74 Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a female, sophomore, junior or senior who has maintained a 3.2 GPA.

Williemay Cheek Endowed Scholarship in Ceramics

This scholarship honors Williemay Cheek who for many years created beautiful pottery in our ceramics studio. Mrs. Cheek requested that it be given to a student of outstanding achievement and promise in ceramics.

Janson Scholarship

Students that have demonstrated outstanding abilities in art or art history beyond their first year as an art major are eligible for the Janson Scholarship.

Geoffrey Morris Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to meritorious junior or senior art or art history majors. In awarding this scholarship the department recognizes both the commitment to art and art history, and the high quality of the work produced thus far.

Douglas Goering Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an art or art history major or minor that exhibits strong academic achievement, ability, desire and commitment.

Taup Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an art or art history major or minor that exhibits strong academic achievement, ability, desire and commitment.

Evelyn Taup Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an art or art history major or minor that exhibits strong academic achievement, ability, desire and commitment.

Milton Taup Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to an art or art history major or minor that exhibits strong academic achievement, ability, desire and commitment.

Bobbitt Visual Arts Center 2010-11 Exhibition Schedule

The Art and Art History Department conducts a continuous exhibition program during the academic year. Art from collectors, artists and regional museums is exhibited regularly and the shows are augmented with selections from the College's permanent collection as well as the work of the art faculty and students.

Exhibit Starts Ends

Munro Gallery:  Jill Marie Mason
Dickinson Gallery:  Prints from the Albion Collection

Saturday,
August 28


Saturday,
October 23

Munro Gallery:  John Battenberg
Dickinson Gallery:  Gregory Sale

Saturday,
October 30
Saturday,
December 4

Munro Gallery:  Rory Golden & Tim Donaldson
Dickinson Gallery:  Prints from the Albion Collection

Saturday,
January 22
Saturday,
February 19

Munro Gallery:  Lisa Iglesias
Dickinson Gallery:  Prints from the Albion Collection

Saturday,
February 26
Saturday,
March 26

Albion College Senior Art Majors Exhibition
Saturday,
April 2
Saturday,
April 30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Gallery Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

 

 

 

 

*Galleries are closed on Sunday and during all College breaks and Holidays

Department of Art and Art History Diversity Statement

The Department of Art and Art History at Albion College is committed to providing an open and welcoming environment to individuals of diverse ethnic, religious or racial backgrounds, geographic and cultural origins, class status, sexual orientation and to those of all physical abilities. We believe that individual expression in the form of artistic creation, analysis, and dialogue is essential to the maintenance of human life and the creation of a humane and just society. To this end we will:

  • Maintain facilities that are accessible to all.

  • Attempt to include within our curriculum broad perspectives.

  • Encourage artistic creation and analysis that reflects a diversity of viewpoints and individual experiences.

  • Provide in our galleries and collections of prints, objects, and other visual materials art work that reflects the broadest spectrum of the human experience.

  • Provide opportunities for advanced study that explores issues of diversity.

  • Cooperate with other areas of the College to further the diversity efforts of the institution.

Career Opportunities

Art and Art History career opportunities

Albion graduates in both art and art history bring outstanding abilities to professional careers or graduate studies -- in critical and creative thought, technical knowledge and skills, and a broad-based approach to problem-solving fostered by the liberal arts tradition. Recent graduates have pursued advanced studies in many specific studio areas, art history, arts management, animation, graphic art and architecture. Many enjoy careers in design, communications, World Wide Web design, advertising, museum and gallery positions, art therapy, and education.

These are some of the careers to consider when thinking about getting a degree in art and art history:

Advertising Foundry Worker
Animator Furniture Designer
Antiques Dealer Furniture Maker
Appraiser Gallery Director
Architect Grant Writer
Architectural Historian Habitat Sculptor
Architectural Model Maker International Art Trade
Art Critic Interior Designer
Art Historian Jewelry Designer
Art Restorer Landscape Designer
Art School Technician Lawyer, Specializing in Art
Art Teacher Librarian for Art Museum
Art Therapist Make up Artist
Artist Manager of a Corporate Collection
Arts Management Marketing
Author Medical Illustrator
Book Artist Mould Maker
Book Binder Museum Educator
Book Illustrator Package Designer
Ceramicist Painter
Cinematographer Paper Maker
Community Arts Programmer Photographer
Computer Graphics Photo Journalist
Conservator Poet
Costume Designer/Creator Printer
Cultural Critic Printmaker
Curator (museum, gallery, auction house, corporate collection, public institution, private collection or foundation) Professor
Registrar (museum, gallery, auction house, corporate collection, public institution, private collection or foundation)
Display Designer Reviewer for Magazine or Newspaper
Documentary Filmmaker Sculptor
Educator (museum, gallery, auction house, corporate collection, public institution, private collection or foundation) Set Designer
Entrepreneur Underwater Cinematographer
Event Planner Video and Film Editor
Fabric/Textile Designer Videographer
Fashion Designer/Buyer Website Designer
Film Maker Writer-Contemporary Art Criticism

Faculty and Staff

Anne McCauley, Art/Art History Anne McCauley
Professor and Chair
Printmaking and Book Art
M.F.A. Michigan State University, 1978

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0249

chytilo-lynne-2013Lynne Chytilo
Professor
Ceramics and Sculpture
M.F.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0373

Michael Dixon, Art/Art History Michael Dixon
Assistant Professor
Painting and Drawing
M.F.A. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2005

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0616

Ashley Feagin, assistant professor, Art and Art History, Albion College Ashley Feagin
Assistant Professor
Photography
M.F.A. Louisiana Tech University, 2012

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0753

Bille Wickre, Art/Art History Bille Wickre
Professor
Art History
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1993

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0375

Jessica Merrild, Art and Art History Jessica Merrild
Department Secretary

Email:
Office: Bobbitt Visual Arts Center
Phone: 517/629-0246

Emeritus Faculty

Douglas Goering
Professor Emeritus
Drawing and Painting
M.F.A. University of Michigan
Email:

Frank Machek
Professor Emeritus
Drawing
M.F.A. Cranbrook Academy of Art

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