Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Meredith Buchman, Program Coordinator extraordinaire for three of the sociology department’s research centers: the Program for Society and the Environment, the Culture Lab, and the Maryland Time Use Lab. A veteran of higher education, Meredith joined the University of Maryland in the spring of 2014, bringing fifteen years of higher education experience, two masters’ degrees, and plenty of personality to the department.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Meredith held a wide variety of positions from University Instructor to Outreach Manager. Meredith’s job responsibilities run the gambit from planning budgets, maintaining websites for three research centers, and assembling literature reviews for faculty members. Although she has only been with the department for a short time, Meredith has always had a deep love for the University of Maryland and felt a connection to the faculty and a fascination with the research being conducted in the sociology centers from the start.
Meredith has always had a deep passion for education, which she links to her parents, both of whom were teachers. Meredith hails from Mars (PA) and enjoys working closer to home these days. On her days off, Meredith can be found engaged in a competitive game of backgammon in the park with husband Brian or going on a field trip to the Smithsonian with two year old son Moses. When she isn’t busy at her desk, Meredith likes to steal away to the sociology graduate office for a hot cup of coffee with a touch of mocha or stroll down to the STAMP Student Union for a Philadelphia roll.
Meredith has always enjoyed games and was once a member of a video game guild. Asked about her hobbies, Meredith told me about her love of hiking, the great outdoors, and travel. She dreams of going to Grenada, Spain, to run wild with gypsies with her classical guitarist husband.
We are very lucky to have Meredith with us – she brings a great deal of passion to her work and is always looking for ways to improve the functioning of sociology department’s three research centers. While she has a great many job responsibilities, Meredith still finds the time to make everyone around her feel at home.
Stop by the Program for Society and Environment on the 3rd floor and say hello to the newest member of department’s administrative team, Meredith Buchman.