Jody Taylor Watkins

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Research/Assistant Librarian
  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Purdue University, 2007

Dr. Jody Taylor Watkins has worked at Saint Joseph’s College for 30 years.  She presently divides her time between the Library and teaching in both the Department of Sociology and in the Core program.  In her work in the Library, she serves as Research/Assistant Librarian.  In the Department of Sociology, she teaches Culture & Society, Gender & Culture, Ethnography, and Social Change.  In the Core program, she has taught in Cores 1, 3, 4, 7, and 8, and has lectured in Cores 1, 3, 4, and 6-9.  Most of her Core teaching has been in the Intercultural portion of the program (7 and 8), of which she served as Director for many years. 

Dr. Watkins is a native New Englander, having grown up in Presque Isle, Maine, a community just a few miles from the Canadian border.  She completed her BA in English, with a minor in History, at the University of Maine at Presque, from which she graduated in 1983 as Valedictorian.  She then went on to earn her Master’s in Library Science at Vanderbilt University.  Shortly after completion of that degree, she came to Saint Joseph’s College.  During her time at the College, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Purdue University.  

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  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.

     

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.