August 15, 2008

Twenty-four join College of Liberal Arts faculty

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University Carbondale welcomes 24 new faculty members this academic year into seven departments.

“Interviewing and hiring new faculty is one of the great joys of my job,” College of Liberal Arts Dean Alan Vaux said. “The very high quality of our hires is an impressive indicator of the quality of our programs. Once again, we have managed to attract enthusiastic, energetic, talented and accomplished colleagues.”

New faculty includes:

• Barbara Bickel, assistant professor in art education, School of Art and Design

Bickel earned her doctoral degree in art education at the University of British Columbia in 2008. She describes herself as an artist, researcher, educator and independent curator. Her research focus includes women, ritual, spiritual leadership, collaboration and restorative and transformative learning. Her art is part of the Kensington Fine Art Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Bickel co-founded The Centre Gallery, a not-for-profit gallery in Calgary that focused on women. Her recent publications explore “a/r/tography.” She has also placed articles in periodicals including “The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education” and “Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy.” Her education includes an arts-based master’s degree in education from the University of British Columbia, a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Calgary and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and art history and the University of Alberta.

• Sun Kyoung Kim, assistant professor in metals and jewelry, School of Art and Design

A native of Seoul, South Korea, Kim earned bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts, specializing in metals, from the Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, and then a second master’s degree of fine arts specializing in metals from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kim’s recent work is jewelry that “generates interaction between its wearers and locates the site of the work within those moments of interaction.” Kim’s awards include a Brodie Fellowship from the University of Illinois, and Educational Endowment Scholarship from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and a NICHE Award from the Rosen Group. Her art is part of such international exhibits as New Traditional Jewelry in Amsterdam, Craft Forms at the Wayne Art Center in Pennsylvania and the 40th Mid-States Craft Exhibition in Evansville, Ind.

• Robert A. Lopez, assistant professor in design, School of Art and Design

Lopez was design director for Product Interaction Research Laboratory, a project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that included designing interactive objects promoting “stealth exercise” for older Americans. He also researched Latino and Hispanic industrial designers in the United States through an Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Summer Research Grant. Currently, Lopez designs freelance. His teaching experience includes computer art and design, display and design and design fundamentals. His bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees are from the University of Illinois.

• Cortney Boyd, visiting assistant professor in glass, School of Art and Design

Boyd grew up in an artistic family, formalizing her arts education at Hastings College in Nebraska, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking and in art education. She went on to earn a master’s of fine arts degree from SIUC specializing in glass.

• Jay Bruce, lecturer in communication design, School of Art and Design

Bruce has more than 20 years of communication design experience, and currently serves as director of creative services in University Communications at SIUC. His campus experience includes overseeing the creative direction for SIUC and chairing the SIUC Visual Identity Committee. Bruce has won awards for his creative work from such organizations as the American Advertising Federation, International Communicator’s Awards, Printing Industries of the South, International Printing Industries of America, the Illinois State Fair and the State of Illinois Governor’s Award. Bruce earned his bachelor’s degree in visual communication from SIUC in 1993.

• Elizabeth Duncan, lecturer in communication design, School of Art and Design

Duncan is a 2003 graduate of SIUC with a bachelor of fine arts degree in communication design. She is part of the University Communications team, focusing on Web design and development, and she is working toward a graduate degree in higher education administration. Duncan worked with the University in several capacities before her current position. She created promotional publications as part of the former Media and Communication Resources department, and worked with Undergraduate Admissions to design and develop print and Web recruiting materials. She also designs freelance.

• Cynthia Roth, lecturer in communication design, School of Art and Design

Roth is an SIUC alumna, with master’s of fine arts degrees in both art and creative writing. She is an artist, graphic designer, writer, critic and the co-owner of an art studio. Her poetry appears in journals such as Dogwood, Mind the Gap, Pittsburgh Quarterly and Poetry Midwest. This year, Red Hen Press published “Letters to the World,” an anthology that includes one of Roth’s poems. She attended the Bread Loaf writers’ workshop and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Poetry at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her art exhibits include the Atlanta Art Festival, Islip Art Museum and Knoxville Museum of Art. She specializes in “unique books and installations incorporating her photos of rivers, sheer fabric and typography.”

• Aaron Scott, lecturer in design, School of Art and Design

Scott holds a master’s degree in fine arts in industrial design from Purdue University. He taught industrial design at Purdue, including perspective drawing and three-dimensional design. He also worked with Goode Ski Technologies, contributing to graphic design, manufacturing methods, and new product development. He also has experience with retail product display. His current research includes an examination of how consumers perceive irregularities in form, function and material in products, and how that perception can be best used in marketing and product development. Scott also received grants to develop contemporary furniture and proposed public sculptural plazas.

• Greg Wendt, lecturer in communication design, School of Art and Design

Wendt has a master’s degree in telecommunications from SIUC and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the New York Institute of Technology. Wendt was active for nearly a decade in the film and television scene in New York City, working on such projects as the feature film “Crocodile Dundee II,” and a music video for Def Leppard as well as dozens of documentaries, commercial and independent productions. At present, he works in the ISS department of Morris Library here at SIUC as a video producer and instructional technology specialist.

• Gary Linebaugh, lecturer, Center for English as a Second Language

Linebaugh earned his doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007 and his master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Texas at El Paso. An award-winning teacher, Linebaugh’s teaching experience includes New Guinea, Mexico and China. He comes to SIUC from Venezuela, where he was Senior Fellow in a teaching position with the U. S. State Department. He specializes in phonetics and phonology.

• Elisa Harding Hunt, lecturer, Center for English as a Second Language

Hunt earned her master’s degree in applied linguistics, with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, from Ohio University in 2000. Her teaching experience includes Brigham Young University, Hawaii, Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts, University of Arizona and abroad in Korea and the Ukraine.

• Rod K. Brunson, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections

Brunson held academic appointments at the University of Missouri at St Louis and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He specializes in qualitative methods, policing, criminology theory, communities and crime, delinquency and gangs, violence and race, gender and social class, and crime and criminal justice. His research appears in such publications as Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, British Journal of Criminology, Gender and Society and the Journal of Crime and Justice. Brunson earned his doctoral degree in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

• Daryl G. Kroner, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections

Kroner comes to the center with a background in psychology. He earned his doctoral degree in psychology in 1999 at Carleton University. His master’s degree is in clinical psychology from North Carolina Central University. He served in a distinguished career as a psychologist for the Correctional Service of Canada. He authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and several externally funded research projects. His specialization includes assessment and identification of effective correctional treatment.

• Christopher W. Mullins, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Crime, Delinquency and Corrections

Mullins returns to SIUC after more than a decade. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English here in 1994, then went on to earn a master’s degree in sociology at SIUE. His doctoral degree in criminology and criminal justice is from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. His specializations include violence, gender and crime, international law and courts, genocide and crimes against humanity. His teaching roster here will include criminology theory and criminal violence. Recent publications include two books and articles in such journals as Criminology, Critical Criminology, Advances in Criminology Theory, Contemporary Justice Review, Humanity and Society and Crime, Law and Social Change.

• Yuko Kato, assistant professor in piano, School of Music

Kato earned her doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 2007. She taught at Bloomingdale School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music and the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York’s outreach program. Her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and others in the United States, Canada and England. Her awards include the Artists International Competition Jury Award, Carmel Music Society Competition Scholarship and the Dartington International Summer School Bursary Award.

• Douglas Worthen, lecture in flute and music history, School of Music

Worthen holds a doctoral degree in flute performance with a music history minor from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. His performance credits include recordings both solo and with the Mannheim Quartet. His international textbook, “The Anderson Etude Practice Book,” covers performance and other flute-related skills. Worthen co-owns and co-edits for Falls House Press, a Theodore Presser subsidiary, that publishes new flute music and republishes out-of-print flute music. He specializes in early music history and 18th century flute concerti.

• La Shonda M. Stewart, assistant professor, Department of Political Science

Stewart holds a doctoral degree from Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on local government and unreserved fund balances. She was a co-contributor to the volume “The Judicial Branch of State Government: People, Process and Politics.” She teaches courses in public administration.

• Adrian V. Velazquez, assistant professor, Department of Political Science

Velazquez teaches courses on public administration, program evaluation, organizational behavior and human resource management. He earned his doctoral degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include the effects of social exclusion in immigrants’ lives, incorporating an interdisciplinary viewpoint that includes public administration, criminal justice and social psychology perspectives.

• Joseph K. Young, assistant professor, Department of Political Science

Young earned his doctoral degree from Florida State University in 2008. His research specialties include violent conflict and civil war, and collective action by the populace during times of changing political contexts. He teaches courses on international security, terrorism, the international political economy as well as Latin American politics and theories of comparative politics.

• Chris Wienke, assistant professor, Department of Sociology

Wienke earned his doctoral degree from Pittsburgh University in 2003. His bachelor’s degree is from SIUC. His research and teaching areas include family, culture, sexuality and medical sociology, including marriage, family and work issues, mate selection, gender movements and qualitative methodology, social inequality and cultural sociology.

• Catherine Field, lecturer, Department of Sociology

Field, who earned her master’s degree from SIUC in 1998, served as coordinator of undergraduate advising for the sociology department. Her research and teaching specializations include social movements, race, class and gender and peace, war and social conflict. Field is also active in the greater Carbondale community, including the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois and the Stage Company.

• Rachel Griffin, assistant professor, Department of Speech Communication

Griffin earned her doctoral degree in culture and communication and diversity in higher learning from the University of Denver in 2008. Her master’s degree is from Central Michigan University in interpersonal communication. Her recent research focused on perceptions of race in the NBA. A paper on the topic earned her the top paper award at the National Communication Association -- African American Communication Division in 2007.

• Ross Singer, assistant professor, Department of Speech Communication

Singer holds a doctoral degree in communication studies with a special cognate in organizational communication from Bowling Green State University. His teaching background includes courses in organizational communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication and introduction to speech communication. Singer won the Doctoral Student Teaching Award at BGSU.

• Satoshi Toyosaki, assistant professor, Department of Speech Communication

Toyosaki returns to SIUC from University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, where he was an assistant professor. His doctoral degree is from SIUC, earned in 2005, in speech communication with an emphasis in intercultural and international communication. Toyosaki taught a wide variety of courses on intercultural communication and research methods. An award-winning teacher, he is also the newly elected chairperson of the Intercultural Communication group of the Central States Communication Association. His specialties include critical cultural studies and critical pedagogy as well as intercultural and international communication.

In addition, the Center for Archaeological Investigation welcomes visiting scholar Jeb J. Card. Card earned his doctoral degree from Tulane University in 2007. He specializes in early colonialism, material culture hybridization, ethnogenesis and ceramic analysis, particularly pertaining to Mesoamerica and Central America. As the CAI Visiting Scholar, Card will organize the Annual Visiting Scholar Conference and edit the papers from the conference into a CAI publication. Card will teach a seminar in his area of expertise and will pursue original research while at SIUC during this one-year appointment.