The program’s personnel have extensive experience working with diverse groups from avocational organizations to UNESCO’s UNITWIN network (an international initiative to promote inter-university collaboration, including financial support for research and training), including to name a few, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Park Service, and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Within ECU, this proposal reflects an opportunity for broad collaboration across the institution. Collaborative research opportunities (including collaboration on external grants) also exists with these programs in addition to ECU’s College of Education, School of Art and Design, and the Department of Coastal Studies/Coastal Studies Institute, who are prime potential collaborators on K-12 education initiatives, public outreach, and citizen science programming, as well as product design (maritime heritage trails, virtual museum, public history installations).
Through their interaction with established national and international networks, our students will enhance our region by transferring this knowledge through engagement with local communities. The faculty of the Program in Maritime Studies have committed to training the citizens of North Carolina via the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training initiative, in addition to instructing special community groups. The latter is exemplified by an ongoing collaboration with the Task Force Dagger Foundation (a wounded warrior organization) that has married community training and research goals.