RACHEL DORLENE EMERINE HICKS

San Diego, CA
rdhicks@ucsd.edu 


EDUCATION

University of California, San Diego
    2018 Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology
    In Progress Anthropology Ph.D.

California State University, Long Beach
    2009 Master of Arts Anthropology, emphasis Linguistics

Biola University
    2007 Bachelor of Arts Anthropology
    2007 Bachelor of Arts Intercultural Studies
    2007 Minor in Applied Linguistics
    2007 Minor in Theology

PUBLICATIONS

2017 From multilingualism to bilingualism: changes in language use, language value, and social mobility among Engdewu speakers in the Solomon Islands. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 38(10):857-870.

2012 Co-author of “Sociological factors in Reefs-Santa Cruz language vitality: a 40 year retrospective.” International Journal of the Sociology of Language 214:111-152

2009 Schools, Marriage, and the Endangerment of the Nagu Language in the Solomon Islands; Master’s thesis for Department of Anthropology, CSULB

2008 – 2009 Co-editor for “Anthro-Press Newsletter,” CSULB Anthropology Department bi-annual newsletter

FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS & HONORS

2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program Study-Research Fellowship

2018 Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship – financial award of $25,000 toward research expenses

2017 David K. Jordan Fellowship for research among non-Anglophone populations in Asia and Oceania – financial award of $2,500

2017 Haydu Prize for “The Anthropological Study of Culture, Behavior and Human Values,” for paper titled “From Multilingualism to Bilingualism: changes in language use, language value, and social mobility among Engdewu speakers in the Solomon Islands.” – included financial award of $4,000

2017 Anthropology Department Conference Travel Grant

2015 UCSD Graduate Student Association Conference Travel Grant

2009 Outstanding Graduate Student in Linguistic Anthropology (CSULB)

2009 Award for Academic Excellence – 4.0 GPA (CSULB)

2009 2nd Place in CSULB Student Research Competition in the Social Sciences Division, included a financial award

2008 CSULB Associated Student Conference Travel Grant

2007 Summa Cum Laude, Biola University

2007 Member of Biola University’s Honor Society, Epsilon Kappa Epsilon

2007 Intercultural Studies Department Leadership Award

2003-2007 Biola University Academic Scholarship

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

2018 “When Schooling Fails: Return Migration and Identity Formation Among Youth in the Solomon Islands.” Paper Presentation at the Association of Social Anthropologists of Oceania. New Orleans, Louisiana.

2017 “Youth migration for employment and education in the Pacific Islands: A Solomon Islands case study.” Paper Presentation at the Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

2017 “Linguistic and social change through educational and vocational migration in Melanesia.” Paper Presentation at Sandrizona Conference, Tucson, AZ

2017 “Growing Youth and Growing Migration in the Solomon Islands.” Paper Presentation at the Association of Social Anthropologists of Oceania. Kauai, Hawaii.

2016 “Changing Social Mobility, Language Values, and Language Use in the Solomon Islands.” Poster Presentation for the UCSD GSA Drinks & Diss: Travel Grant Showcase, La Jolla, CA

2016 “Shifting Languages or Values?: The Incorporation of Solomon Islands Pijin into Domestic Language Use.” Paper presentation at the Annual AGSA Graduate Student Symposium (UCSD) La Jolla, CA

2016 “Anthropology – What is it good for? How Anthropology can be used to study education.” Invited guest lecture for EDS 126 Social Organization of Education (UCSD). La Jolla, CA.

2015 “Shifting Languages or Shifting Identities?: The Incorporation of Solomon Islands Pijin into Domestic Language Use.” Paper presentation at the American Anthropological Annual Meetings, Denver, CO

2015 “Education as a Motivating Factor for Language Shift on Santa Cruz” Paper presentation at the Annual AGSA Graduate Student Symposium (UCSD), La Jolla, CA

2015 “The Emergence of New Social Identities and Their Effect on Language Change” Paper presentation at the American Ethnological Society spring conference, San Diego, CA

2015 “Schools and Beyond: The Effects of Language Policies on Endangered Languages in the Pacific.” Paper presentation at Sandrizona Conference, Tucson, AZ

2009 “Language Accommodation: A Critical Factor of Language Change among Nagu Speakers in the Solomon Islands.” Paper presentation at the American Anthropological Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA

2009 Producer, Co-Director, and Assistant Cinematographer for the documentary “Shell of a Guy” premiered at CSULB Anthropology Department Ethnographic Film Showcase

2009 “The Endangerment and Shift of the Nagu Language in the Solomon Islands” Paper and presentation for the Student Research Competition at CSULB; won 2nd place for the division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2008 “The Shift and Endangerment of the Nagu Language in the Solomon Islands” Brown bag presentation at California State University, Long Beach

2008 “The Endangerment and Shift of the Nagu Language in the Solomon Islands” Poster presentation at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, CA

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2017 Pilot Study of Dissertation Project “Changing Cultural Values and Community Relationships among Secondary School Leavers in the Solomon Islands”
Conducted interviews and participant observation in schools and communities

2012 – 2014 Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), Long Beach, CA
Docent: Lead museum tours for students and other guests
Researcher: Conducted anthropological and linguistic research for exhibits

2012 “Student Leaders Serving Our Community” A Program Evaluation for the Ambassador Program at Weaver Elementary School, Los Alamitos, CA

2011 PROCOM Rwanda
Research Assistant: Studied leadership and community activism in the Eastern Province of Rwanda; conducted interviews and surveys with government officials and community members

2010 – 2013 Director of “Khmer Stories Film” Interviewing and recording life stories of the Khmer congregation at Long Beach Friends Church

2010 US Census Bureau, Long Beach, CA
Enumerator. Conducted census interviews with respondents from various backgrounds, asked questions and recorded information, worked independently with daily accountability to a supervisor, maintained detailed records of hours worked and assignments completed

2008 SIL International, Solomon Islands
Anthropological and Linguistic research for Master’s thesis at CSULB; designed and implemented research on the Engdewu language in the Solomon Islands; included interviews, surveys, observations, and analysis of data

2007 Anthropological and linguistic research on a Cambodian church in Long Beach, CA; studied the relationships between 1st and 2nd generation Cambodian Americans and the changes in language use; included interviews, surveys, observations, and analysis of data.

2006 SIL International, Papua New Guinea
Field research on culture change in a village in Papua New Guinea; included interviews, participant observation and analysis of data

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Summer 2018 Sixth College Writing Program (UCSD) San Diego, CA
Instructor of Record
    CAT124A Patrolling the Past to Explore the (de)Colonial Gaze.
    Course co-taught with UCSD Librarian and Archivist, Cristela Garcia-Spitz. Five-week practicum course where students create subject analysis for the online PNG Patrol Reports while exploring concepts of colonialism and indigenous representation in the Pacific.

Fall 2017 First Year and Transfer Year Experience (UCSD) San Diego, CA
Discussion Leader Supervisor
    Train and mentor Undergraduate Student Discussion Leaders (DLs) as they plan lessons, teach, and lead their own discussion sections.     Conduct observations and evaluations of DL teaching to help improve their pedagogy.

Winter 2015 – Spring 2018 Sixth College Writing Program (UCSD) San Diego, CA
Teacher’s Assistant
    Culture, Art & Technology 1, 2, & 3: Teach in-person discussions sections that integrate course material while helping students learn how to write college-level papers; plan weekly lessons; grade papers.
    CAT 125R Public Rhetoric and Practicing Communication Online: Teach and manage online sections using Zoom, Canvas, and Piazza.

Spring and Summer 2016 Departments of Education and Anthropology (UCSD) San Diego, CA
Teacher’s Assistant
    EDS 126 The Sociology of Education, ANSC 124 Gender, Sexuality and Society, ANTH 21 Race and Racism. Taught weekly discussion sessions and graded papers and tests.

Fall 2014 Communication Department (UCSD) San Diego, CA
Teacher’s Assistant
    COMM 10 Introduction to Communication. Taught discussion sections; planned weekly lessons; graded papers.

2010 – 2014 Long Beach Unified School District Long Beach, CA
Instructional Aide for the Special Education Department
    Worked with children ages 2-7 who have autism and other special needs, assisted with behavior management, and facilitated classroom activities and lessons.

2007 – 2009 Department of Anthropology (CSULB) Long Beach, CA
Graduate Assistant, Office Assistant to the Chairperson of the Anthropology Department, Grader
    Organized files; conducted evaluations and analyses of department effectiveness; updated website; co-editor of biannual newsletter; organized department events; answered phone calls; maintained displays in hallways; inventoried cultural and scientific items; and helped with other department related activities.

2005 – 2007 Biola University La Mirada, CA
Teacher’s Assistant for the School of Intercultural Studies.
    Grader; facilitated class discussions and creative learning modules; tutored students in paper research and writing

SERVICE EXPERIENCE

2017– Present Organizer for Association of Social Anthropologists of Oceania conference panel on Schooling in the Pacific.

2016 – Present Mentor for the UCSD Anthropology Mentor-Protégé Program.

2015 – Present Anthropology Graduate Student Association, UCSD
Chair (present), Treasurer (2 years), Faculty/Student Liaison (1 year), and Linguistic Anthropology Student Representative (present)

2012 – 2014 Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM), Long Beach, CA
Docent: Lead museum tours for students and other guests
Researcher: Conducted anthropological and linguistic research for exhibits

2008 – 2009 Anthropology Graduate Student Association, CSULB
Founding President: Organized meetings and events, lead meetings, applied for funding grants

LANGUAGES

English – native fluency
Melanesian Pidgins (Solomon Islands Pijin and Tok Pisin) 
 nearly fluent
Spanish 
  conversational

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

2016 – present Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Oceania

2015 – present Member of National Student Association of Student Anthropologists (of AAA)

2005 – 2010, 2015 – present Member of American Anthropological Association

2005 – 2010, 2015 – present Member of Society for Linguistic Anthropology (of AAA)

2008 – 2010, 2015 – present Member of Melanesian Special Interest Group (of AAA)

2015 – 2016 Member of Society for the Anthropology of Religion (of AAA)