Alum Networking Panel 2016

Thank you to our anthropology and sociology alumni for sharing their experiences with our students.
Read more about the meeting in this article.

November 11, 2016

FLINT BRENT: Graduated Summer semester 1998 with a BA in Sociology and followed-it up with a Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2000. Worked with an accounting firm for a while before opening Brent’s Bookkeeping in 2003. Started course work, in 2009, on a PhD in Education: Research, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment, and earned it in 2014. Pursued a Master’s of Science in Economic Development and completed it May 2016. Executive Director for Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation in Crockett, Texas for the last seven months before the city decided to go in a different direction. Currently, the finalist with Georgia Southern University for the position of Small Business Development Center’s Area Director. Contact:

SAM BUTZ: After graduation from USM in the fall of 2012 I worked within the CRM world expanding my archaeological skill set. I started my MA at the University of Mississippi in the fall of 2013. While there I studied geophysical applications within archaeology and also broadened my studies of Southeastern archaeology and theory. Upon graduation I obtained a job with Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research conducting geophysical studies, writing technical reports, and managing projects in all phases of archaeological mitigation. 

JENNIFER HOTZMAN graduated from USM with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and then entered graduate school at the University of Florida where she earned an MA followed by a PhD in anthropology with an emphasis in biological anthropology. While in graduate school she began teaching anatomy and physiology at the local community college. After graduation she accepted a position as a project manager for a company called Anthro-Tech that specializes in anthropometric surveys. She missed teaching though so after a few years she accepted a post-doctorate position at Duke University that involved teaching in the medical school gross anatomy course. After a year at Duke, she was offered a full-time faculty position teaching anatomy at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine where she is currently employed. If you wish to contact Dr. Hotzman, her email is

RITA MCCARTY: Camp Shelby, MS.BA History 1999, MA Anthropology 2001
Following graduation, my post USM grad life began with an archaeologist position with a private consulting firm (PBS&J). This position allowed me to continue to learn and sharpen my skills that was received at USM during my two years of graduate work at USM. The first job was hard. Just out of school, not quite sure what I was doing, but certain I could and would learn. I call this the "learning experience" job. It was this job that I found out the difference in private, state, and federal archaeology programs and what each entailed or didn't entail. I worked in the private sector for four years. Since 2005, I have worked in the state government/federal military sector of archaeology (MS National Guard State Archaeologist), which I find much more appealing as an archaeologist. Though it can be frustrating and there is more responsibility than in the private sector, the job is much more rewarding and the skills I learned at USM are better used and applied.; 601-558-2596;

RYAN SCHILLING, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, History Instructor,, Home Phone:(601)466-8800, Work Phone: (601)528-8998
Education: B.A., Sociology and History, University of Southern Mississippi, 1999; M.A., History, University of Southern Mississippi, 2003.
Teaching Experience: 1) Social Studies Teacher, Sacred Heart High School, 2004-2008. Subjects: Sociology, US Government, US History, Advanced Placement US History, World History, World Geography, Mississippi History, Psychology, Challenges in American Democracy. 2) Social Studies, Hattiesburg High School, 2008-2010. Subjects:  AP US History, US Government, Economics. 3) Instructor of History, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 2010-Present Subjects:  World Civilizations I & II, US History I & II.
Awards: 1) 2012 Mississippi Humanities Teacher, Mississippi Humanities Council. 2) 2013 William Winter Scholar, Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.

MONESCA SMITH attended the University of Southern Mississippi and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2007 and Master‘s degree in Counseling Personnel Services with an emphasis in College Student Personnel in 2008. She obtained her certificate of graduate study in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University in 2012 and certificate of completion for Inner Strengths for Successful Leaders from Harvard University in 2013. She has completed the coursework for her Doctorate of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Argosy University-Atlanta in 2014.  And she is currently completing the final chapters for her dissertation, titled, Colorism: The Lived Experiences of Black Women Administrators and Faculty in Higher Education. She has worked in higher education for 12+ years and currently works at Kentucky State University as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Residence and Student Life. Contact Information: Monesca Smith,,, 601.754.4137

BRITTANY TIBBETT: I graduated from USM with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology in 2013. Shortly after graduation I was hired at the Hattiesburg Public Library as a part-time library assistant, and after three years and two promotions I am now the Circulation Librarian at the downtown library. I am currently pursuing my Master’s of Library Science at USM. I live in Hattiesburg, MS with my husband and three cats.