UWF Anthropology Alumni

A few of the success stories of our graduates are presented below. Feel free to contact these professionals and ask them how a degree in Anthropology or Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida helped put them on the road to success.

Recent Graduates

Alumni Spotlights


Sarah Battaglia

Sarah graduated in 2008 with a Master's degree in Anthropology from UWF, specialization in Archaeology. She is currently involved in environmental consulting work with Cameron-Cole, LLC, an Environmental Engineering and Consulting firm based out of Boulder, CO.  She manages numerous projects that deal with groundwater and soil remediation, spill prevention control, and stormwater pollution.  In addition, she conducts archaeological survey work for environmental Phase I's and helps to document data and maintain remediation systems, groundwater sample, and conduct soil investigations. She also travels for the company extensively in the southeast and southwest to conduct site investigations.  In 2009, she hopes to be able to utilize her archaeological experience with the company by conducting Phase I and Phase II investigations. She can be reached using the following contact information:sbattaglia@cameron-cole.com.

Scott Alan Ceier

Scott graduated in 1990 from UWF with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology having pursued studies in both Archaeology and Semiotics. He has served as a Counterintelligence Agent in the U.S. Army and an analyst with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He recently completed over a year at the National Counterterrorism Center writing articles on terrorism for the President and other administration officials. He is now assigned as an advisor in Belgium to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He has visited, on official business, Korea, Japan, the U.K., Germany, Mali (the real Timbuktu), South Africa, Tanzania, Djibouti, Yemen, Kuwait and Bahrain. Scott is completing, through part time study, a Master of Science degree in Strategic Intelligence through the Joint Military Intelligence College. He can be reached by email at scotcei@hotmail.com.

Mary Furlong

Mary graduated in 2008 with a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology from UWF and is currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland. As a graduate student at UMD, she has served as the President of the Practicing Anthropology Student Association and the Co-Chairman of the Anthroplus student conference. Mary is also teaching several classes at UMD, including Introduction to Archaeology and Spanish Colonial Archaeology and working for the Ottery Group, Inc. Her dissertation research focuses on the archaeology African American communities living in Alexandria, Virginia during the 19th and 20th centuries. Before attending UMD, Mary worked for several years as the Outreach Coordinator for the Northwest Regional Center of the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Mary is continuing to be involved in public archaeology projects such as coordinating archaeology exhibits for UMD's annual Maryland Day and working with descendant community members on her dissertation research. She can be reached by email at mfurlong@umd.edu.

Kendra Kennedy

Kendra Kennedy graduated in 2010 with a Master's degree in Historical Archaeology from UWF with an emphasis on Maritime Archaeology. Her thesis explored the complex maritime cultural landscape of the Pensacola downtown waterfront between Bayou Chico and Bayou Texar from the 1740s to 1940s. She currently works for the Maryland Historical Trust in Maryland's State Historic Preservation Office in Crownsville as a Historic Preservation Data Technician. She is primarily responsible for the realization of an ambitious project, funded by a Preserve America Grant, which aims to provide online access to the entire Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP). The MIHP includes historic resources, architectural resources, and archaeological sites (archaeological information will be password-protected). Upon completion, the project will "provide internet access to the entire, updated library of documentation contained in the Maryland Inventory, including National Register forms, determinations of eligibility, and inventory form text, photos, and maps. Making these records available through the internet will serve to directly educate the public about the historic resources in their own communities." Kendra is excited about her role in this important project and is also quite enthusiastic about living in historic downtown Annapolis in a rowhouse dating to the 1870s that is located just across the street from the renowned William Paca House and Garden! What historical archaeologist could ask for more? Kendra can be reached at kkennedy@mdp.state.md.us or (410) 514-7670.

Robert Philen

Robert graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UWF. He went directly to graduate school in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Georgia, where he received his Masters degree in 1996 in Cultural Anthropology. He was immediately accepted at Cornell University, and received his Ph.D. in 2001. Dr. Philen is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology here at the University of West Florida. You can learn more about Dr. Philen on the faculty and staff web page or contact him at rphilen@uwf.edu.

Della Scott-Ireton

Della received her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UWF in 1994 and her Master's degree in Historical Archaeology in 1997. While originally trained in terrestrial archaeology as an undergraduate, Della discovered a passion for maritime archaeology. She wrote her thesis on the 1559 Luna shipwreck that she helped excavate in our underwater field school on the site. Della went on to receive a Master's in International Relations from Troy University, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Florida State University. She worked with the Pensacola Shipwreck Survey, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research and the government of the Cayman Islands before joining the Florida Public Archaeology Network. She is now the associate director and Northwest Region director of FPAN. For more information, contact Dr. Scott-Ireton at dscottireton@uwf.edu or check out the faculty and staff web page.

Brenda Swann

Brenda received her Master's degree in Historical Archaeology in 2000 from UWF. Brenda was hired by the Florida Division of Historical Resources even before she completed her thesis and received a promotion in less than a year. Today, Ms. Swann works as a professional archaeologist for SEARCH (Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc.), a cultural resource management firm with offices in Gainesville, Orlando and Tampa. You can contact Ms. Swann at brenda@searchinc.com.