Julia Frasure spent almost twenty years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a Budget Assistant when she began taking courses at Wright State and discovered anthropology. She had harbored an interest in archaeology for years, and at Wright State she was able to combine coursework with field experience in the summer. She served as a supervisor for the WSU Field School in Archaeology for four years, and went on to obtain her M.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois, writing a thesis on the ancient Olmec culture. After a brief stint doing archaeology in Oaxaca, Mexico, she returned to Ohio and worked as an adjunct instructor at Sinclair, the University of Dayton and Wright State for eleven years.
In December of 2002, Julia was hired by the National Park Service. She is currently the Lead Park Ranger at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. She supervises the desk staff at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton and conducts programs on- and off-site for visitors and civic groups. Julia is a wonderful example of a nontraditional student who persevered in obtaining the academic training that has allowed her to make a significant career for herself in a closely related field.