Maureen C. Schaefer - PhD in Anatomy/Forensic Anthropology

“I decided to study at the University of Dundee because of Professor Sue Black’s reputation.

“I had an MA in Anthropology from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, but when it came to choosing where to study for my PhD it had to be Dundee – it was a real honour to work alongside Professor Black.

“While working towards my degree at CAHID, I helped with the human dissection course by demonstrating anatomical structures to undergraduate and medical students within the lab. This was my first experience of teaching anatomy.

“I am now an Assistant Professor within the Department of Radiology and an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. 

“I teach medical students and I am involved in the gross anatomy, dissection and neuroscience courses. I would say that my time at Dundee really opened the doors to this being a viable career for me.

“My advice to prospective students is, learn your anatomy!  I think that anatomy teaching is fundamental to students interested in forensic anthropology.

“Classically trained anatomists are a dying breed, thus organisations are often looking to fill this much required niche with individuals graduating in related disciplines.

“For myself personally, I have moved to different cities within the States twice since graduating and I have always managed to find a job teaching anatomy.”