Dr. Stephen Workman joined the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as Director of Admissions in March 2009. He received his Ph.D. from the Coastal Resources Management Program at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. His areas of emphasis included Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, and Social Science and Coastal Policy.
After receiving his B.S. degree in Business Administration and Political Science from Mankato State College (now Minnesota State University-Mankato), Dr. Workman spent three years working in organization management and corporate governmental affairs before joining the U.S. Navy. He was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, and served in various analysis, air operations, and personnel management shore and sea duty assignments for 23 years. He earned a master’s degree in Government from Georgetown University while assigned to duty in Washington, D.C. He retired from active duty as a Commander (O-5) in 2000.
After retirement from the Navy, Dr. Workman earned a master’s degree in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University before entering their Coastal Resources Management Ph.D. program in 2002. While a student at ECU, he edited the Maritime Studies Program’s Stem to Stern newsletter for the 2001 and 2002 editions. Dr. Workman was selected as a NOAA Knauss/Sea Grant Legislative Fellow for 2005, and was assigned to the personal staff of Congressman Wayne Gilchrest, a Republican representing Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Chesapeake Bay area. He is currently assisting NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries African American Heritage Voyage to Discovery project as a historical researcher.