Vivian is quite the renaissance woman! Prior to moving into the world of academia and archaeology, she's served as a trial court paralegal for 16 years; missionary teacher in Asia; research/administrative assistant at University of Chicago, teaching assistant for the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE); contract instructor at Dominican University; graduate assistant, website coordinator, librarian at Andrews University and a research associate of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University. Vivian's research pursuits have provided unique ethnographical, ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological and excavation opportunities in Australia, Egypt, Greece, Haiti, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Italy (Rome, Sicily, Tivoli), and Turkey.
Much of Vivian's research and academic achievements would not be possible without the following gracious fellowships:
- Leona Memorial Endowment Scholarship. Andrews University, 2018-2019
- Hasel Memorial Fund Scholarship. Andrews University, 2013-2019
- Forum for Theological Exploration Fellow, 2017-2018
- William Randolph Hearst Distinguished Fellow, 2017-2018
- Graduate Research Fellowship. Office of Research & Creative Scholarship at Andrews University, 2016-2017.
- Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellow. American Center of Oriental Research, 2016-2017
- Platt Excavation Scholarship. American Schools of Oriental Research, 2016- 2017
- Annual Meetings Travel Scholarship. American Schools of Oriental Research, 2016
- Columbia University - APAHA: Hadrian's Villa Excavation Fellow, 2015