M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Russel Coberly and Dr. Jack Schultz
After working 25 years as an adult Probation Officer for the state of Colorado, I retired and now work as a legal consultant. During my career, I published a Handbook for Tutors of Nebraska Indian Children under a grant by the National Endowment for Humanities, a research book in Alaska for WICHE (Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education) and a number of papers on cross cultural education.
Note to Current Students
Even though I did not enter a traditional career in Anthropology, my Anthropological background has influenced every aspect of my career. In Criminal Justice, various subcultures, religions and language groups bump up against the dominant culture. The many valuable skills learned in Anthropology allowed me to interview, write and present a holistic picture of the client to the court. In supervising clients, the family culture and the client’s motivation to change was always underlying my case plan. I learned to observe, take thorough notes, notice nonverbal interactions, and write concisely. I believe these traits, plus a desire to make a difference, enabled me to be a good and ethical public servant. Anthropology prepares one for a variety of careers because it is a study of human behavior patterns, past and present. The discipline can be applied anywhere where this understanding is needed.