Quality Assurance Assistant
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
Perform quality assurance assessments of residency and fellowship application materials on behalf of graduates of foreign medical schools. Seasonal position.
Content Support Services (Freelance) - Cactus Communications, Inc
Perform editing, content review (peer review) and journal selection services.
From April 2012
(with Mwalimu J. Shujaa) - The Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, SAGE Publications
Co-editor of an encyclopedia exploring retentions of African cultural practices in North America. Expected publication date: January 2015.
Associate Director/Academic Coordinator
September 2009 - December 2011
Job duties included: designing and supervising the implementation of literacy and STEM curricula; writing grant proposals for program funding; training program teachers and tutors; collecting, analyzing, and presenting data regarding student achievement, behavior, and engagement (client satisfaction); planning and coordinating family and community meetings and events.
Field and Laboratory Supervisor
June 2008 - July 2010
Responsibilities included supervising the identification and field excavation of architectural structures, skeletal remains and artifacts; laboratory analysis of excavated human remains; creation and maintenance of database of bio- archaeological finds, translation services for Spanish and English field workers and students; assistance with the production of articles and reports in Spanish and English. Currently working with Project Directors to complete scholarly articles regarding aspects of research.
Charter School Primary Client Manager (PCM)
Congreso de Latinos Unidos
* Created a working model for the provision of case management services within a newly opened bilingual charter school
* Created and facilitated: a) Parent Awareness and Support Group; b) Peer Support Group; c) Mentoring Group linking elementary and high school students.
* Created linkages between Pan American Academy clients and: a) Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (a study regarding the effects of trauma on children); b) the Educational Testing Service (a study of English language Learners); c) the Éxito Program of Congreso's Children and Youth Services Division.
* Provided various levels of case management, counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and assessment to over 50 children and families; maintained clinical records documenting client needs and contacts
* Monitored truancy and other negative behaviors for all school students and worked with families and school personnel to devise interventions.
* Participated in weekly consultations with School Counselor, Special Education Administrator, and Principal regarding student issues; provided weekly reports to school detailing student needs and PCM interventions.
* Represented and occasionally translated for clients in Truancy Court and Juvenile Court.
Translator/Observer (Independent Consultant)
Research for Better Schools
August 2005 - March 2006
Responsibilities included ethnographic observation of Spanish-speaking parenting class discussions at Camden County Youth Development (CCYD) and provision of observation data in English; provision of tests and interviews to Spanish-speaking day-care children and translation of resulting interview/testing data; translation of documents from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish.
Center for Literacy
Provided assistance to English and Spanish-speaking students in achieving literacy and GED preparation. Subjects included reading, writing, science, social studies and upper-level mathematics
Museum Library, University of Pennsylvania
Responsibilities included compiling and organizing bibliographic materials, writing annotations concerning works in African American anthropology, and creating and maintaining the associated database. Provided circulation and item location assistance to library patrons as needed.
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Social Sciences, Community College
Taught various classes, including: "Introduction to Sociology", "Sociology of Ethnic and
Minority Group Relations", "Introduction to Anthropology" and "Introduction to Cultural
University of Pennsylvania.
Responsibilities included compiling bibliographic materials for an online
database concerning Mesoamerican research materials; database maintenance and cleaning.
Independent Ethno-archaeological Research
Independently conducted two research trips of one month to six weeks'
duration to Ghana, West Africa for the completion of ethno-archaeological and archival research as part of dissertation preparation. Research results included in several publications.
Instructors: Francis Johnston, PhD and
Thomas Schoenemann, PhD.
Assistant Laboratory Director
William Montague Cobb Laboratory, Howard University
Responsibilities included supervision of daily laboratory operations; supervision of data collection, recordation, and quality control procedures; the identification of age, sex, and bone pathologies for skeletal remains; data analysis and assistance with research report production. Occasionally translated articles into Spanish for distribution to Latin American researchers. Occasionally conducted guided tours of laboratory facilities to visiting scholars and groups.
Montague Cobb Laboratory, Howard University
Responsibilities included assistance with the identification of bone pathologies and the production of research reports; supervision of cleaning, reconstruction, inventory, measurement, and photography of provenienced skeletal materials; detection and identification of cultural artifacts associated with burial practices, and determination of age and sex. Participated in the production and presentation of professional research papers and reports. Occasionally translated articles into Spanish for distribution to Latin American researchers and conducted tours for laboratory visitors.
Osteological Technician Assistant
African Burial Ground Project, Howard University
Responsibilities included cleaning, reconstruction, inventory, measurement, and photography of skeletal remains
Research Assistant - Professor Michael Blakey, W. Montague Cobb Collection
Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Howard University
Responsibilities included maintaining skeletal inventory; preparing bones for study.
Archaeological Project Assistant
The Chunchucmil Regional Economy Project
July 1993 - August 1993
Responsibilities included onsite mapping and identification of Maya structures; translation (Spanish/English) for research assistants and local field crews; ethnographic research of local attitudes/ideas/knowledge and assistance with preliminary field excavations.
Qualifications & Certifications
University of Pennsylvania
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