The Honors College Faculty Fellows Program
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2015-2016.
Dr. Carol L. Benton, Professor and Program Coordinator of Communication Studies
Professor Benton did her doctoral work in Communication with an emphasis in Performance Studies at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. At UCM she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Interpersonal Communication, Improving Listening, Family Communication, and Nonverbal Communication. In addition, she has provided workshops and trained groups in the area of performance studies and gender/diversity studies. She is the author of published articles, book chapters, and academic papers exploring the performance of personal and intimate narratives as well as mindfulness in intrapersonal and interpersonal interactions. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Benton will explore the difficulties and "dark side" of interpersonal communication and the importance of mindfulness for listening to the self.
Dr. Aqualus Gordon, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science
Professor Gordon received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. His primary academic interests include male psychology, sexual psychology, and sports psychology, as well as various intersections of identity and culture. Before coming to UCM he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of New Hampshire, where he specialized in men’s mental health issues. In his HONR 3000 colloquia, Dr. Gordon will examine the complex intersection of masculinity, identity, culture, class, and ethnicity.
Dr. Ashley Wellman, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Professor Wellman holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of Florida (UF). She also received her Forensic Death Investigation Certification through the School of Pharmacy at UF. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of cold case homicide survivors and other victims of violent crime. In addition to her research on the subject, Ashley serves a confidential victim advocate to the UCM community, routinely leads and contributes to campus and community events on sexual assault and dating violence, and has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies with cold case homicide investigations. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Wellman will explore issues of victim advocacy and the injustice of wrongful convictions in the United States.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2014-2015.
Dr. Micah Alpaugh, Assistant Professor of History
Professor Alpaugh joined the UCM faculty in Fall 2012 after completing his doctorate at the University of California-Irvine and spending two years teaching at Mount Allison University and the University of Pennsylvania. Alpaugh is currently completing a manuscript, entitled Nonviolence, Violence and the French Revolution: Political Demonstrations in Paris, 1787-1795 for Cambridge University Press. He has published articles in French History, the Journal of Social History, European History Quarterly, and Annales historiques de la Révolution française. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Alpaugh will explore the complexities of history, protest, revolution and democracy throughout the Atlantic World.
Dr. Kathleen Desmond, Professor of Art History
Professor Kathleen Desmond earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MA and Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Dr. Desmond’s research focuses on college art teaching and learning, aesthetics and art criticism and contemporary art and artists. She has published more than seventy articles in art journals and written more than a dozen art exhibition catalogs. Her book, Ideas about Art, was published in 2011 by Wiley Blackwell. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Desmond will explore the relationship between artistic inquiry and practice and critical thinking.
Dr. Katie Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences
Professor Jacobs earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership from William Jewell College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology at the APA-Accredited Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (ISD). Her current research interests include school-based youth suicide prevention, measurement development, and program evaluation. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Jacobs will explore recent interdiscliplinary work on lifespan, human development, and poverty in modern societies.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2013-2014.
Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Professor of Geography
Professor Keshav Bhattarai earned his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Economics from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), and a Ph.D. in geography at Indiana University. Before coming to the US, Dr. Bhattarai served in various leadership capacities at the Ministry of Forest in Nepal. His research and teaching focus on land use dynamics, contemporary environmental changes, demographic changes, urban planning, and tourism. Professor Bhattarai has published papers in wide variety of journals in the areas of geography, environmental management, tourism, geographic information systems, among others. His books include the Historical Dictionary of Nepal (co-author) and Household Land Ownership and Forestry. His most recent book-length project is entitled, Contemporary Environmental Changes in Nepal: A Geographic Perspective. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Bhattarai will explore the changing environmental impacts on the economy and livelihood of South Asia.
Dr. Jennifer Carson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Jennifer Varriale Carson is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. Her work focuses on domestic terrorism within the United States and local, national, and international counterterrorism efforts.
Dr. William Sewell, Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Literacy
Dr. William Sewell is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Literacy and Coordinator of the Educational Foundations Core. Professor Sewell's research interests include multi-modal intertextuality, content area literacy, digital pedagogy, and middle and secondary English education. He has authored or co-authored over 13 articles in peer reviewed journals ranging from The Journal of Educational Foundations to English Education, and has presented his work at numerous regional and national conferences. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Sewell will explore emergent trends in digital humanities and education.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2012-2013.
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Professor of Educational Technology
Professor Odin Jurkowski has been teaching at UCM since 2002. With an MLS in library science and a EdD in instructional technology, he originally taught technology courses within the graduate library science program, and then later coordinated the graduate educational technology program. As the Chair of the Department of Career & Technology Education, he has led the transition to a completely online educational technology program. His interests include distance education, online communication, and web based and open source tools. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Jurkowski will explore the history ofeducational technology and also the views of technology as seen through writers of science fiction.
Dr. Lee Liu, Associate Professor of Geography
Professor Liu earned his undergraduate degree at the Northeastern Normal University in China, and his Ph.D. in geography at Texas A&M University. Before coming to the US in 1987, Professor Liu served as a researcher for the Changchun Institute of Geography at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. His primary academic focus is on China’s environmental, economic, cultural, and social sustainability. Professor Liu has published papers in multiple journals, including Sustainable Development, Population, Space and Place, The Professional Geographer, The Chinese Economy,and Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, Ecological Economics, Asian Population Studies, as well as having two publications in the flagship geography journal, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Liu will continue to explore questions of cultural geography and sustainability in China.
Dr. Gregory Streich, Professor of Political Science
Dr. Gregory Streich is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages. His primary research interest is in the field of political theory and he has published numerous articles on theories of justice, democratic theory, and social capital. Most recently, he published Justice beyond “Just Us”: Dilemmas of Time, Place, and Difference in American Politics (Ashgate 2011) and co-authored U.S. Foreign Policy: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Greenwood 2011). Dr. Streich is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award (2008) and the Excellence in Scholarly Research/Creative Activity Award (2011), both granted by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Dr. Streich will focus on the historical and contemporary definitions of citizenship and national identity in the United States.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2011-2012.
Dr. Jessica Cannon , Assistant Professor of History
Professor Cannon specializes in 19th Century American History, with a focus on the Civil War and the U.S. South. She earned her Ph.D. in American History from Rice University in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, Professor Cannon was selected to serve as an intern for NASA’s Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, where she worked with documents from the Public Relations Office and wrote biographies of NASA engineers and astronauts involved in the manned flight programs over the last fifty years. Her current research involves the cultural and social history of the Border States in the long Civil War Era (1820 to 1880), with a focus on the creation and negotiation of regional identities. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Cannon will explore the human fascination with flight and the complex relationship among culture, society and warfare.
Dr. Somnath Sarkar, Professor of Chemistry
Professor Somnath Sarkar, who was born in India, began his teaching career in the US at Graceland University. Since coming to UCM in 1999, Dr. Sarkar has taught chemistry at all undergraduate levels, as well as collaborated with science teachers throughout Missouri in areas of curriculum development and instructional delivery. He has also previously taught in The Honors College. His current research is in organic chemistry, primarily the synthesis of special macromolecules that can be used for environmental remediation and drug delivery. He is also particularly interested in how science affects social norms and policies. He has been working with many science teachers in the state of Missouri at all levels for the past ten years, and has provided several professional development opportunities for science teachers. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Sarkar will explore issues of global warming and pharmaceutical research.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2010-2011.
Dr. Wendy Geiger, Associate Professor of Communication
Professor Geiger earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kansas. Her research areas of interest include persuasion in social justice movements and how stereotypes influence intergroup communication. In addition, she advocates for social justice through her association with Oxfam. Additionally, she has performed in “The Vagina Monologues,” presented lectures on gay and lesbian rights, and regularly includes service-learning experience components in her courses. Professor Geiger aims to engage her students in theories of communication in ways that will give them the tools they need to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the complex world in which they live. Among her many interests, Professor Geiger enjoys traveling the US and abroad, attending Kansas City Royals baseball games, reading, and hanging out with family. In her HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Geiger will explore issues of human rights and social justice from a global perspective.
Dr. Bryan Carter, Associate Professor of English
Professor Carter specializes in 20th Century African-American literature, with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance. He also has done extensive work in the area of visual culture. His most recent project, Virtual Harlem, combines these interests in the creation of a virtual reality environment of Harlem as it existed in the 1920s. Professor Carter has presented Virtual Harlem widely in the US and Europe. In 2004 he was a guest professor at the prestigious University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, where he developed Virtual Montmartre, an interactive web site and three dimensional recreation of the Lapin Agile—the oldest surviving cabaret in the area. Carter’s innovative work in virtual reality environments has won several grants from agencies as diverse as the National Black Programming Consortium and the Government of Norway. Additionally, Professor Carter regularly conducts workshops for the National Council for Teachers of English on Digital Humanities. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Carter will continue to explore the changing nature of culture in the digital age.
The Honors College Faculty Fellows for 2009-2010.
Dr. Lee Liu, Associate Professor of Geography
Professor Liu earned his undergraduate degree at the Northeastern Normal University in China, and his Ph.D. in geography at Texas A&M University. Before coming to the US in 1987, Professor Liu served as a researcher for the Changchun Institute of Geography at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Since 1991, he has taught various geography courses at three universities: Stephen F. Austin University, Southwestern Oklahoma University, and UCM. He has also been a summer visiting International Sustainability Expert at Dalian Nationalities University (China). His primary academic focus is on issues of sustainability. Professor Liu has published papers in multiple journals, including Sustainable Development, Population, Space and Place, The Professional Geographer, The Chinese Economy, and Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, as well as having two publications in the flagship geography journal, The Annals of the Association of American Geographers. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Liu will continue to explore questions of sustainability at the global and local levels.
Eric Honour, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Music Technology
Professor Honour studied saxophone and composition at the University of Florida (B.Mus, Performer's Certificate) and Northwestern University (M.Mus, D.Mus). His compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe, with performances at many national and international festivals and conferences, including ICMC, FEMF, Spark, SCI National, and others. In March-April 2009, he toured a program of music for saxophone and computer, with performances scheduled in Austria, Greece, Italy, England, and many locations in the United States (see www.erichonour.com/Tour2009.html). His music has been published by Roncorp, Inc. and Northeastern Music, and recorded on Capstone Records. Professor Honour's music has also been performed by such notable artists as Quintet Attacca, Q-02, Quintet of the Americas, Winston Choi, the Thelema Trio, and Quartetto Musicattuale. He is a member of the Athens Saxophone Quartet and a well-known soloist specializing in performance of music for saxophone and electronics. An avid home brewer and cook, who also makes wine, mead, cheese, and roasts his own coffee, Professor Honour is married to Mary Honour, a production stage manager at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. In his HONR 3000 Colloquia, Professor Honour will consider art and creativity in the digital age.
Dr. Anya Luscombe, Visiting Professor of Communication
Dr. Anya Luscombe teaches English, Rhetoric and Journalism at Roosevelt Academy, an international Honors College in the Netherlands. She has extensive work-related experience as a journalist, newsreader and program producer for commercial radio stations and the BBC in London. Her current research is devoted to an historical examination of the BBC Radio News. In Spring 2010, Professor Luscombe is a Guest Professor of Communications and Honors College International Faculty Fellow.