Carol J. Ellick

Director, Archaeological and Cultural Education (ACE) Consultants

Carol holds a B.A. in anthropology from The Evergreen State College (1981) and a M.A. in education, with a specialization in curriculum and instruction, from Chapman University (1992). As Director of Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants, Carol is considered one of the leading experts in archaeological education and the development of public programs in the United States. She has created educational materials for third through twelfth grades, taught teachers’ workshops in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, designed award-winning museum-quality displays, and worked within the professional archaeological community on the development of public outreach efforts. Her products and programs reflect the multiple voices of culture and cultural understanding by including scientific, archaeological, anthropological, and traditional cultural knowledge.

Carol's publications include articles in numerous professional journals and books such as the National Park Service’s publication, Common Ground, the Society for American Archaeology newsletter, The SAA Archaeological Record, and the volume The Archaeology Education Handbook: Sharing the Past with Kids.  Most recently, Carol wrote (with Joe Watkins), The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide: From Student to a Career (Left Coast Press, 2011). Over the course of her 30+ year career, Carol has worked primarily in Cultural Resources Management within for-profit and nonprofit firms, university settings, and for the federal government. She has also worked with partner programs at universities in Australia and Japan. 

Carol has been an active member of the Society for American Archaeology since 1990, serving 17 years on the Public Education Committee, three of which were as the Chair.  She is a member of the American Cultural Resources Association and has been a Registered Professional Archaeologist since 2001.