Undergraduate research mentors in the liberal arts:
Dr. Stephen L. Black - Anthropology
Research Interests: Archaeology: Hunter-Gatherers, North America, Texas, Public, Methodology.
Bio: Associate Professor of Anthropology Steve Black, PhD Harvard 1990, specializes in the prehistoric foraging peoples of greater Texas, archaeological methodology, public education, and Cultural Resource Management. Black’s ongoing research program, Ancient Southwest Texas, involves archaeological field investigations in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas (see www.texasbeyondhistory.net/pecos/). Since 2009 Black has directed three field schools and numerous research expeditions in the Lower Pecos. For the past four years he has led the investigation of several dry rockshelters in Eagle Nest Canyon on the U.S.-Mexico border. His team is using traditional and cutting-edge research methods as they tackle the challenge of excavating fragile well-preserved deposits with the mantra “Low impact, high resolution.” Learn more about ASWT research here: https://aswtproject.wordpress.com/.
Dr. Emily Brunson - Anthropology
Research Interests: Medical anthropology, applied anthropology, qualitative methods, social network analysis, childhood vaccination, health care access, health disparities, health policy.
Dr. Beth Erhart - Anthropology
Research Interests: Primate behavior.
Dr. Michelle D. Hamilton - Anthropology
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, diseases in antiquity, taphonomy.
Dr. Nicholas Herrmann - Anthropology
Research Interests: Bioarchaeology; Forensic Anthropology; Skeletal Biology; Archaeology; Isotopic Research.
Dr. Ana M. Juarez - Anthropology
Research Interests: Latinx cultures, Latin America, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, Globalization, Tourism, Immigration, and Cemeteries and Funerary Practices.
Bio: Dr. Ana M. Juarez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. Her interests focus on social stratification, especially regarding race, class, gender and sexuality in Latinx, Maya and Latin American communities. Using third-world feminist and critical cultural studies approaches, she has published on topics such as Latina Sexuality, funerary and mortuary practices among Mexican Americans, and how Mayas in Tulum, Mexico negotiate the process of globalization and tourism with respect to marriage, religion, ethnic relations, and the environment. She has conducted fieldwork in Texas, Mexico and Guatemala, and directed an NSF-funded field school in Guatemala and Tulum between 2007-2009. She currently teaches courses on ethnographic methods, Mexican American cultures, gender and sexuality, and theory in Anthropology.
Ms. Sophia Mavroudas - Anthropology
Research Interests: Bone histology, Age-at-death estimation, Accuracy and precision investigations of anthropological methods.
Dr. Jill Pruetz - Anthropology
Research Interests: Biological anthropology, primatology, ecology & behavior of chimpanzees and other primates.
Bio: Dr. Jill Pruetz is Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University, specializing in Biological Anthropology at Texas State University. She received her bachelor’s degrees in 1989 at Texas State and received a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1999 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.As a primatologist, Dr. Pruetz has studied the behavior of non-human primates such as chimpanzees, spider monkeys, howling monkeys, moustached tamarin monkeys, patas monkeys, and vervets in various locales. Countries in which she has conducted fieldwork include Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Kenya, and Senegal. Dr. Pruetz is especially interested in the influence of ecology on primates and the implications of such findings on early human feeding, ranging, and social behavior. She has been directing the Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project in southeastern Senegal since 2001. Her research has been funded by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and others. The goal of her ongoing Fongoli Savanna Chimpanzee Project is to study chimpanzees in a habitat similar to that of early hominids in order to identify important selective pressures that may have influenced early members of our own lineage.
Dr. Richard L. Warms - Anthropology
Research interests: Various including African culture, ethnic and individual identity, history of anthropology, relation of economy to culture and society, materialist theoretical perspectives particularly Bourdieu, Ortner, etc..
Bio: Longtime Texas State anthropology professor. More at http://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/people/faculty/warms.html.
Dr. Daniel Wescott - Anthropology
Research Interests: Forensic anthropology, skeletal biology, bone biomechanics, taphonomy, decomposition ecology, computed tomography.
Ms. Lindy Kosmitis - English
Research Interests: Origins of civilization, world religions, writing of the Indian diaspora, postcolonial studies, memoir.
Dr. Aimee Roundtree - English
Research Interests: Medical Communication, Science Communication, Technical Communication, Text Mining, Qualitative Research, Usability Research, Visual Communication, Digital Media.
Bio: Aimee Kendall Roundtree teaches courses in usability research, medical and science writing, digital media and technology, Web publishing and accessibility, visual design, and technical communication. She has helped with social media campaigns for organizations including the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing and Connexions journal. She also serves as a medical writer and qualitative researcher in the Texas Medical Center, where she has participated on research teams at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Houston Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies. She worked as a communications specialist for the Texas Medical Foundation and public relations officer for Air Combat Command at Langley AFB. She is currently working on several projects, including research into emergency incident reporting, big data methodology for text mining, usability for underserved communities, and technical and simulated data in public discourse.
Mr. Twister Marquiss - English/University College
Research Interests: Creative writing, fiction writing, narrative writing, professional writing, literary editing, American literature, American fiction, contemporary American fiction, contemporary literature, and literary critical theory.
Bio: Twister Marquiss, M.F.A., is director of the Common Experience at Texas State, and he is a senior lecturer in University College with faculty appointments in English and Honors. His Honors course, "Plotting the American Experience," examines the past 20 years of American fiction through an interdisciplinary lens, focusing on the critical theory of plot in novels and stories. He also teaches creative writing and professional writing, and his fiction and photography have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Callaloo, San Pedro River Review, and elsewhere. He is the former senior editor of the journals Southwestern American Literature and Texas Books in Review, and he served as co-editor of the Journal of Texas Music History and copy editor for The Journal of Research on Women and Gender.
Dr. Alan Schaefer - English
Research Interests: European cinema of the 1960s and 70s, popular music, Texas music, Irish literature, Czech literature, technical and professional writing.
Bio: I teach a course in the Honors College titled European Cinema of the 1960s. In the Department of English I regularly teach technical and professional writing, sophomore literature, and first-year college writing. I am currently teaching a course titled Writing About Music.
I edited Homegrown: Austin Music Posters, 1967 to 1982, which was published by University of Texas Press in 2015, and I co-curated the Homegrown exhibit at Texas State's Wittliff Collections. I serve as co-editor of the Journal of Texas Music History. I recently served as guest editor of Southwestern American Literature for an issue focusing on music of Texas and the southwest. I have presented papers on Irish writers Flann O'Brien and James Joyce.
Dr. Elizabeth Bishop - History
Research Interests: Historian of the Cold War in the Arab world, I work with Honors and other students. Recent research grants I've received include a TRESN and GRRI "Between Law and Religion: Peace Partisans in Najaf, Iraq." I'm also active in the American Institute of Maghreb Studies, and co-chaired their 2017 annual conference in Tunisia with Brock Cutler (Radford University) and Jacob Mundy (Colgate University).
Dr. Sara Damiano - History
Research Interests: Early American history; women's and gender history; economic history; legal history.
Dr. Lynn Denton - History
Research Interests: Public History - museums, historic sites, commemoration.
Dr. Jessica Pliley - History
Research Interests: Women's History, History of Sexuality, Sex Trafficking, Modern Day Slavery, Women's Rights.
Bio: Jessica R. Pliley is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender History at Texas State University and holds a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. She is the author of Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI (Harvard, 2014) and Global Anti-Vice Activism (Cambridge, 2016). She is the co-director of Yale University’s Working Group on Modern-Day Slavery and Trafficking at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. She also is the book review editor for the Journal of Women’s History. Dr. Pliley is a Fulbright specialist and serves on the advisory board of the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project “Trafficking, Smuggling and Illicit Migration in Gendered and Historical Perspective, c. 1870 – 2000.” Her work has appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her current research explores the long history of anti-trafficking movement from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. For more information please visit her website at jessicapliley.com.
Dr. Ellen D. Tillman - History
Research Interests: 19th-20th century military history and the Americas, especially naval history, race, military interventions, military occupations, and US-Latin American relations.
Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-Garcia - History
Research Interests: Early and Late Modern European, Spanish, Mediterranean, and Transatlantic history, with interests in print and digital technology, knowledge creation and distribution, visual culture, urban space, youth and queer culture, fascism, anarchism, exile and displacement, education, and health care. He is also interested in public history, digital and museum curation, museum education, and methodology.
Bio: Dr. Louie Dean Valencia-García is an Assistant Professor of Digital History at Texas State University. Prior to joining Texas State, Dr. Valencia-García served on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. He currently serves on the Research Editorial Committee for EuropeNow, the monthly journal of Council for European Studies at Columbia University. His forthcoming book, Antiauthoritarian Youth Culture in Francoist Spain: Clashing with Fascism, will be published with Bloomsbury Academic. Dr. Valencia-García has held fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the United States Library of Congress, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, and Santander Universities, amongst others. He is a member of the Scientific and Editorial Committee for the Archivo de la Frontera, a UNESCO project of the Centro Europeo de la Difisión de las Ciencias Sociales at the Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. He has curated and contributed to multiple exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, and has presented and published his work internationally to academic and public audiences. He has also taught for the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America at Princeton University.
Dr. Valencia-García received his A.M. and Ph.D. in Early and Late Modern European History from Fordham University in New York City, and graduated in the Honors College at Texas State University with a B.A.I.S. in European Studies and B.A. in Spanish. Link to faculty page here.
Dr. Ron Haas - Honors College
Research interests: Radical and Utopian Thought, Counterculture, New Social Movements, Sexual Liberation.
Bio: Ron Haas received his PhD in History from Rice University in 2007. An intellectual historian of Modern Europe and the United States, Ron is particularly interested in radical and utopian thought in the 1960s and 1970s, and he has written extensively on the May ’68 movement in France, French Maoism, and Guy Hocquenghem, a prominent radical and philosopher of the French ’68 generation who spearheaded the early gay liberation movement of the 1970s.
Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya - Modern Languages
Research Interests: Language Change, Historical Linguistics, Language Contact, U.S. Spanish-Business Spanish-Spanish in the Professions, Borderlands Spanish, Medieval Spanish, Spanish-Arabic Contact, Applied Linguistics- Second Language Acquisition, Language Loss.
Dr. Margaret Dunaway - Modern Languages
Research Interests: Spanish-American literary production of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly as it relates to national identity formation, economic development, consumerism, and material interests as compared to "immaterial" or culturally-significant pursuits.
Bio: A love of music and logic was, I believe, the source of my fascination with Romance languages. I was fortunate to have the chance to develop these interests during the years I lived in Europe (in French and Spanish-speaking countries). I was educated in Europe and the US, at International Schools and then Rice University (BA in Spanish and French); The University of Texas at Austin (MBA); and Harvard University (PhD). I held positions in business and in academia where I worked with Honors Students in a mentorship role. Following an extended leave to devote all of my energy to raising my children, I am thrilled to return to teaching as a Senior Lecturer in Spanish at Texas State, to resuming my own research agenda, and to possibly serving our undergraduates as a research mentor.
Dr. Andrea Golato - The Graduate College / Modern Languages
Research Interests: Conversation Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, German Applied Linguistics.
Bio: Dr. Andrea Golato became dean of The Graduate College at Texas State University in July of 2013. She holds the equivalent of a master's degree in translation studies with a specialization in economics from the Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz at Germersheim, Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in German applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining Texas State University, she held faculty appointments at the University of Oregon, Utah State University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was also one of the associate deans of The Graduate College. Since her arrival at Texas State University, Dr. Golato has created professional development opportunities for graduate students, increased scholarship funding, and made changes to policies and procedures reflecting best practices at the national level in graduate education.
Dr. Golato’s research falls within the methodological framework of conversation analysis. Specifically, she investigates the connection between grammar and interaction on the one hand, and language use in different cultures on the other. She has published a research monograph and a textbook as well as a series of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in refereed venues. She has mentored master's and doctoral students in multiple departments in both their research and teaching efforts. In 2005, she received the University of Illinois’s Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring
Dr. Peter Golato - Modern Languages
Research Interests: Conversation analysis; French linguistics; general linguistics; applied linguistics; second language learning and teaching; language and social interaction.
- Dr. Antonio Gragera - Modern Languages
Dr. Catherine Jaffe - Modern Languages
Research interests: Spanish literature, 18th-20th century, women writers, quixotism, Spain.
Dr. Carole Martin - Modern Languages
Research Interests: French Literature and Civilization, Interdisciplinary research conducted at the crossroad of International Studies and Humanities.
Bio: Dr. Carole Martin, Professor of French, Ph.D., with distinction, New York University, Texas State University Honors Professor, Honorary Professor of International Studies, Exchange Faculty, Université Rennes, France
Awards in the past five years:
Faculty Development Leave; Alpha Chi National Honor Society’s “Favorite Professor”; Honorary Committee Member, National Commemoration of the Tercentenary of Les Illustres Françaises (Organized by the CNRS, the BNF and Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Courses taught in the past five years:
• Masterpieces of French Literature: Literary Institutions in France; Queer Love in 18th-20th C French Literature; Marie-Antoinette and Revolutionary Literature; Women of Letters (1745-1825)
• French Film: French Poetic Realist Cinema; Cinema and its Relationship with Other Arts; French Civilization through Film
• French Civilization: French Reading Comprehension and Written Expression for Graduate Students—The French Press; French Listening Comprehension and Oral Expression for Graduate Students—The French Media; Education in France and Abroad
• Advanced French: Advanced French Language for Graduate Students; Acting French (a Theater and Film Production course); Creative Writing in French (a Composition and Stylistics course)
• French for the Professions: Business French
• Courses taught in English: Intimations of the Great Paris; French Cinema from the New Wave to Contemporary Film; Surrealism and Film; Film Analysis; Travel and the Critical Mind; Responses to the French Revolution; American Expatriates in Paris
• French for the Professions, comprised of 3 upper-division courses, including student mentoring, preparation for the Diplômes de français professionnel delivered by the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris, and administering of examinations over the period 2001-2017
• Summer Study in France at Université Rennes2, comprised of a language component in French, from introductory to advanced levels, and a culture component taught in Paris, including various topics developed for the Honors College
Imposture utopique et procès colonial: Denis Veiras—Robert Challe. Charlottesville: Early Modern France Critiques, 2000. Distributed in France by Honoré Champion. With Preface by Frédéric Deloffre, General Editor of Challe’s Complete Works. Collection Editor: David Lee Rubin, University of Virginia.
Publications in the past five years:
•“Portraits dans les Voyages aux Indes de Robert Challe et de Guy Tachard.” Enjeux, formes et motifs du portrait à l’époque classique. Eds. Marc Hersant, Catherine Ramond. Amsterdam: Brill / Rodopi, forthcoming.
• “Robert Challe et le commerce: escale à Pondichéry.” Bulletin de la Société des Amis de Robert Challe, Robert Challe et le commerce 16 (2017): 27-46. http://robert-challe.org/sites/default/files/Bulletin-Challe-2017.pdf
• “1713, ou la clé d’une lecture ironique des Illustres Françaises.” Paris 1713: l’année des Illustres Françaises. Ed. Geneviève Artigas-Menant. Louvain: Editions Peeters, 2016. 277-291.
• “La brodeuse des Confessions: figure iconique, procédé rhétorique et pratique sexuelle.” La question sexuelle: interrogations anthropologiques, éthiques et politiques de la sexualité dans l'oeuvre et la pensée de Rousseau. Ed. Jean-Luc Guichet. Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2012. 113-131.
• “Topique, lieu et lieu commun.” Rev. of Topique(s) du public et du privé dans la littérature romanesque d’Ancien Régime. H-France Review 16.52 (April 2016): 1-7. http://h-france.net/vol16reviews/vol16no52martin.pdf
• Rev. of Faïck, Denis, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: la cité et les choses. Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France 3 (2014): 741-742.
• “Trumpocoque: y a-t-il risque d’infection invasive?” http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2015/10/15/trumpocoque-y-a-t-il-risque-d-infection-invasive_1404762 . Libération (10/15/2015): 1-4.
• Reviewer for H-France Review; Revue d’Histoire Littéraire de la France; Eighteenth-Century Fiction; Romanische Forschungen; Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture
Funded Grants in the past five years:
Tournées Film Festival Grant, French American Cultural Exchange; Common Experience Grant; Equity & Access Diversity Plan Funding (awarded to organize “Journeys Through Film: An International Cinema Festival”, Texas State University, 2012)
Dr. Patricia Schiaffini-Vedani - Modern Languages
Research Interests: China and Tibet.
Bio: Dr. Schiaffini-Vedani has a Ph.D. Degree by the University of Pennsylvania and an MA degree by Stanford University. She has taught courses about China, Tibet and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania, Pomona College, Southwestern University and Texas State University. Her research deals with Tibetan writers who write in Chinese, and she has published about this topic and Chinese-literature related topics in books and peer reviewed journals. Has recently conducted research in Tibetan areas in China about environmental problems in the Tibetan plateau. Her book _Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change_was published in 2008 by Duke university press. Dr. Schiaffini-Vedani is now translating a book of short stories by Tibetan writer Pema Tseden which will be published next year by SUNY Press.
Dr. Billy Fields - Political Science
Research Interests: Sustainable urban development, transportation, green infrastructure, resilience.
Bio: Billy Fields (Ph.D., Urban Studies, University of New Orleans) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He has examined resiliency from transportation, urban planning, public health, and hazard mitigation perspectives with publications in the Journal of Planning, Education, and Research (JPER), Journal of Public Health Policy, the Journal of Urbanism, the Journal of Urban Design, and Cityscape. He is also co-editor of the spring 2013 release by Island Press, Transport Beyond Oil. Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Fields was Director of the Center for Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans and Research Director for the Rails to Trails Conservancy where he developed and explored the concept of trail-oriented development.
Dr. Dianne Rahm - Political Science
Research Interests: Public policy for energy and the environment, sustainability.
Bio: Dianne Rahm, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science at Texas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her research interests include environmental policy, energy policy, science and technology policy. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters and seven books including: Climate Change Policy in the United States, Handbook of Globalization and the Environment, Sustainable Energy and the States, United States Public Policy, Toxic Waste and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century United States, University-Industry R&D Collaboration in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan, and Technology and U.S. Competitiveness.
- Dr. Jeremy Lee Wells - Political Science
- Dr. Amitai Abramovitch - Psychology
Dr. Jennifer Clegg - Psychology
Research Interests: Child development; Social cognitive development; Cross-cultural comparisons
Bio: My research focuses on how children develop tools for social learning and how cultural environments may impact this development. For more information please visit: http://www.jennifermclegg.com.
Dr. Maria Czyzewska - Psychology
Research Interests: Social and cross-cultural psychology.
Dr. Reiko Graham - Psychology
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, Social neuroscience, Emotion, Attention, Electrophysiology.
Bio: Dr. Graham's research is in the area of social/affective neuroscience; in particular, the electrophysiological and behavioral correlates of visual processing evoked in response to stimuli of motivational significance (e.g., social and appetitive stimuli). Current research interests lie in understanding how individual differences in attitudes and exposure to target stimuli moderate attentional processes and event-related potentials (ERPs) to appetitive and motivationally relevant stimuli like faces, bodies, food, alcohol, and tobacco. This research enriches our understanding of motivation from a basic science perspective, with implications for our understanding of phenomena such as social anxiety and prejudice, as well as health-risk behaviors.
Dr. William Kelemen - Psychology
Research Interests: Human Memory, Metacognition, Experimental Psychology.
Dr. Roque V. Mendez - Psychology
Research Interests: Broadly, my research interests are in social, personality, cultural and health psychology areas. Specifically, I investigate how personality factors interact with social and cultural factors to influence personal health decisions (e.g. adherence to medical advice) and the ability to recognize and detect different emotions in others. I am also interested in researching cultural differences in identity and the dynamics in interpersonal relationships.
Bio: I grew up in South Texas speaking, writing and reading both English and Spanish. I received my degrees (B.A.&PhD) in psychology at the UT Austin. I studied at Harvard U. in 1987 and 1988 on a fellowship. I have taught and continue to teach university courses in Mexico on occasion. At Texas State I enjoy teaching the Psychology of Diversity and Social psychology courses and mentoring students in research in order to prepare them for graduate school and their professional careers.
Dr. Crystal Oberle - Psychology
Research Interests: 1. Health psychology: I am interested in the reasons underlying healthy and disordered behaviors in eating, exercise, substance use, and sexual activity.
2. Learning and memory: I am interested in how student learning and memory is affected by various factors, such as music, memory training, and personal biases.
Dr. Randall E. Osborne - Psychology
Research Interests: Sport psychology - especially personality variables that influence vulnerability to and recovery from injury. Also, how athletes make attributions for their own and teammate injuries.
Forensic Psychology - especially police cynicism, causes and effects.
Prejudice, Discrimination and hate - especially how intercultural sensitivity and tolerance for ambiguity can be enhanced in individuals to decrease prejudice, discrimination and hate.
Bio: Dr. Randall E. Osborne is Professor of Psychology at Texas State University.
Dr. Osborne received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He successfully defended his dissertation in the Fall of 1989 while serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College in Decorah Iowa. After serving two years as an Assistant Professor at Phillips University, Dr. Osborne joined the faculty at Indiana University East in 1992 and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1997. In 2005 Dr. Osborne was promoted to Full Professor at Texas State. Randall’s background is in Social Psychology but his teaching interests range from introductory psychology, forensic psychology, sport psychology and cross-cultural psychology.
For almost three years, Dr. Osborne served as chair of the Behavioral and Social Science Division at Indiana University East and the psychology department at Texas State from Fall 2001 to Fall 2005. His colleagues describe him as endlessly enthusiastic. He himself lives by the motto, “take your job seriously and yourself lightly.”
Dr. Osborne has published more than 50 teaching and research articles in scholarly journals, teaching journals, and applied journals. In addition, his more than 30 books include textbooks, resource manuals for faculty, study guides for students, a humor book about nerds and self-esteem, two co-edited books on Global Security and Social Justice and two fantasy adventure novels. Randall has served as Regional Coordinator for the Midwestern Region and then President of the National Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, served two terms as Southwestern Regional Vice-President of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology (from 2008-2012), has been a Psi Chi advisor for over 20 years and helped establish the Psi Chi chapters at Luther College and Indiana University East.
Over most of his career, he has emphasized the importance of connecting scholarship and teaching in such a way that teachers prioritize assessing if students are learning what we believe they are learning as a regular element of how we construct our courses. Additionally, his emphasis on intercultural sensitivity promotes an atmosphere of course design that infuses progress on Bennett’s Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as a primary goal for how we teach, what we teach, the assignments we develop and the assessments methods we use. The belief is simple, in a pluralistic world, educators should be concerned not just with content but with the degree to which students can or cannot interact effectively with others who are different from them (all manner of differences from economic, religious, racial, sexual orientation, generational, etc.). In other words, he believes that fostering progress along the continuum of intercultural sensitivity (moving students from the more "ethnocentric” levels of Denial, Defense and Minimization to the more “ethnorelative” levels of Acceptance, Adaptation and Integration) should be a goal of all courses and degree programs at the university and that ALL courses can be infused with such an emphasis.
- Dr. Ty Schepis - Psychology
Dr. Kristen Tooley - Psychology
Research Interests: Cognitive Psychology, language processing, memory and language.
Bio: Dr. Tooley received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2004 from Colorado State University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2009 from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Tooley then completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Illinois. She joined the Psychology faculty as an assistant professor in 2013. Dr. Tooley's research focuses on understanding language processes, particularly those related to syntactic structure and aspects of prosody. Dr. Tooley's research laboratory includes eye-tracking and speech processing capabilities.
Dr. Katherine Warnell - Psychology
Research Interests: Social development; cognitive development; individual differences; autism spectrum disorder; theory of mind.
Dr. Carmen Westerberg - Psychology
Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, memory, sleep.
Dr. Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek - Psychology
Research Interests: Health Psychology; medical provider-patient communication; patient adherence to treatment; mobile health interventions.
Bio: Kelly Haskard-Zolnierek received her B.A. in psychology from Claremont McKenna College in 2000 and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside in 2007.
Dr. Nathan Pino - Sociology
Research Interests: Criminology, Delinquency, and Social Deviance, Globalization, Socioeconomic Development.
Bio: Dr. Pino teaches courses in deviance, globalization, delinquency and criminology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In the summer of 2008, he served as a visiting scholar at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. During the spring semester of 2009, Dr. Pino served as a Fulbright scholar in Trinidad and Tobago, conducting research on police-community relations and police reform efforts. While in Trinidad he also taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of the West Indies.
Dr. Pino's diverse research interests include the relationship between globalization, development, and crime; policing and security sector reform in an international context; sexual and other forms of extreme violence; the sociology of deviance; the attitudes and behaviors of college students; and pedagogical issues in college teaching. He has authored or co-authored four books, over twenty academic journal articles, and numerous book chapters and book reviews. Dr. Pino has been recognized as a “Rising Star of Liberal Arts” at Texas State.
Dr. Rachel Romero - Sociology
Research Interests: Arts Based Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Popular Culture, Social Justice.