Kateri Travis Swears

Versatile, educated, self-motivating historical geographer with advanced writing skills, research experience, and ability in computing and computer support, seeks a professional position with an educational institution or research firm.


Researched and wrote masters thesis, and undergraduate research paper; collected, processed, and analyzed data; and produced digital maps and supporting tables and graphs. Wrote technical instructions for UNIX and software-specific operations and trouble-shooting; and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Letters of Instruction (LOI) for military and civilian technical and support positions. Trained in Geographical Information System (GIS) theory and techniques, manual cartography, demographic techniques, and spatial analysis. Developed and conducted courses teaching map skills, introductory software packages and basic operating systems, computer problem identification and correction, and certification of military support representatives. Familiar with a variety of software and operating systems and the setup and maintenance of computer platforms and peripherals.





Software Implementation, Kodiak, AK. Implementing software module in new environmental management system; developing local protocols; interacting with programmer to refine software. (Feb. 1997-present)

Web Page Manager, Combined Federal Campaign, Mobile, AL: Wrote and managed original web site using HTML, posting pages and updates. (Sep. 1996-Nov. 1996)

Computer Graphics Laboratory Manager, University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP), Geography Department: Managed departmental open computer lab, containing 13 Sun stations, 9 IBMs, and 4 Macs, 2 Hewlett Packard Laser Printers, 2 digitizers, scanner, tape drive, cdrom drives, Phaser color printers, and InFocus projection panel; trained and supervised 2 - 6 assistants in lab routines, user assistance, problem identification, hardware/software security and maintenance; developed lab schedule; allocated disk space for instructional and research purposes; approved new accounts and additions to netgroups; wrote technical instructions for problem identification and resolution, lab management procedures, and job descriptions; assisted in the development and supervision of on-line assistance program and web site; provided orientation to lab and basic level instruction in UNIX, Mac, and IBM software and systems; delegated graphical and inventory projects; ordered lab provisions; provided hardware and software support for department faculty and staff, local area networks, and 80+ workstations throughout the department; integral member of the systems management staff. (Jan.1994-May 1996)

Laboratory Assistant, UMCP: Attended the open computer lab, providing assistance to users, trouble-shooting hardware and software difficulties, and servicing printers; moved, installed, and tested departmental hardware and software; produced graphical projects as required. (Aug. 1992-Dec. 1992, Aug. 1993-Dec.1993)

Teaching Assistant, UMCP: Taught one-credit lab course in map use and techniques, and assisted the professor with the associated three-credit lecture course. (Jan. 1993-May 1993)

Legal Secretary, Tomar, Simonoff, Adourian and O'Brien, Atlantic City, NJ. (Mar. 1990-Aug. 1992)

Report Clerk, Provost Marshal Office, Fort Rucker, Alabama. (Nov. 1988-Dec. 1989)

Technical Clerk, Houston-Love Memorial Library, Dothan, AL . (May 1988-Oct. 1988)

Biochemical Test Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program (ADAPCP), USMCA-Göppingen, Germany. Developed and implemented Unit Alcohol & Drug Coordinator (UADC) training and certification program; certified to use drug prescreening device; wrote SOP for the position and LOIs for the UADCs; monitored and maintained chains-of-custody, insuring appropriateness of procedures and sample integrity. Earned service award. (Sep. 1986-Nov. 1987)

Secretary/Receptionist, ADAPCP, USMCA-Göppingen, Germany. Earned service award. (Nov. 1985-Aug. 1986)

Clerk/Typist, Assistant Chief of Staff, G2, 1st IDF, Göppingen, Germany. Secret clearance. (May 1984-Oct. 1985)

Computer Operator/File Clerk, First American Title, Seattle, WA. (Jan. 1981-Aug. 1982)

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Résumé / Kateri Travis Swears / kswears@gci.net / revised 11/6/97