Speakers / Facilitators
|Judith A. Aiken is an Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences at the University of Vermont where she teaches courses in leadership, curriculum leadership, and human resources development. She also supervises the field-based internship program for students pursuing endorsements as school administrators. Dr. Aiken's research interests focus on the preparation and development of educational leaders, women in leadership, ethical leadership, and teacher supervision and evaluation. Her professional publications include a number of book chapters, journal articles, and a forthcoming book on social justice leadership in a global context.
|Emily Bernard is Associate Professor of English and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies. Her published works include: Remember Me to Harlem: The Letter of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten (2001), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Some of My Best Friends: Writers on Interracial Friendship (2004), which was chosen by the New York Public Library as a Book for the Teen Age, 2006; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, which received a 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work -- Biography/Autobiography. Her essays have been published in several anthologies and journals, such as American Scholar, Modernism/Modernity, Oxford American Magazine, Studies in American Fiction and Reader's Diges, and have been reprinted in Best American Essays, Best African American Essays and Best of Creative Nonfiction.
Bernard has received fellowships from the Alphonse A. Fletcher Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University. In 2008-2009, Bernard was the James Weldon Johnson Senior Research Fellow in African American Studies at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. Her newest book, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, will be published by Yale University Press in February 2012.
|Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation at the Democratic National Committee and the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. She is also the author
of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR, and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.
Aside from working for the full recovery of her native New Orleans, Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, working within the political system in order to strengthen it, and running for public office. In her presentations, she addresses our current political environment, hot-topic legislation, campaigns, and voting.
Political Beginnings. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood. The candidate won, the swing sets were installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as Campaign Manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.
Accolades. In August 2009, O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its “20 Remarkable Visionaries” for the magazine’s first-ever O Power List. Washingtonian magazine named her among the “100 Most Powerful Women,” Essence magazine called her one of the “Top 50 Women in America,” and she received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s highest award for political achievement.
A former member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, responsible for leading the state’s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes, Brazile is the proud recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University and Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically black, Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.
Ms. Brazile is also the founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, DC.
|Bernard F. "Chip" Cole is Interim Dean and Professor of Statistics in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Vermont. His career as a biostatistician spans 18 years and is distinguished by more than 130 published articles in the peer-reviewed methodological literature and the biomedical-research literature. Professor Cole's articles have been cited over 4,000 times in the scientific literature.
Professor Cole's major area of methodological research involves statistical models for quality-adjusted survival analysis in clinical trials and meta-analysis. These methods are designed to more completely evaluate treatment trade-offs as an aid to decision-making for individual patients. He also developed methods for longitudinal data analysis and the handling of informative missing values. His applied research activities focus on cancer epidemiology, specifically large clinical trials of chemopreventive agents against colorectal cancer.
Professor Cole earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics at Boston University in 1992, and he completed post-doctoral training in Cancer Biostatistics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health in 1993. Professor Cole joined the faculty at Brown University in 1993 where he worked on early phase cancer clinical trials. In 1997, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth College where he became Director of Biostatistics at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and began working on large-scale cancer trials. Professor Cole was Director of Statistics at University of Vermont, a post he has held from 2007 until 2009. He is now Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Cole remains an active researcher and serves as an expert statistician for two major clinical trial groups, the Polyp Prevention Study Group and the International Breast Cancer Study Group. He frequently performs professional service, and presently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Lifetime Data Analysis. He is frequently called upon to serve on Study Sections for the National Institutes of Health. Professor Cole continues to teach statistics both at the undergraduate and graduate levels at University of Vermont.
|Patricia Hill Collins|
|Patricia Hill Collins is a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and Charles Phelps Taft Emeritus Professor of Sociology within the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her award-winning books include Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (1990, 2000) which received the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; and Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism (2004) which received ASA’s 2007 Distinguished Publication Award. She is also author of Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (1998); From Black Power to Hip Hop: Racism, Nationalism, and Feminism (2005); Another Kind of Public Education: Race, Schools, the Media, and Democratic Possibilities (2009); and The Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies (2010) edited with John Solomos. The 8th edition of Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology, edited with Margaret Andersen, a reader widely used in classrooms in over 200 colleges and universities, will be published in 2012. Professor Collins has taught at several institutions, held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States and internationally, served in many capacities in professional organizations, and has acted as consultant for a number of community organizations. In 2008, she became the 100th President of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to this position in the organization’s 104-year history. She is currently finishing Public Conversations, a collection of essays and speeches on major themes from her work, including black feminism, critical education, public sociology, racial politics and intellectual activism, forthcoming from Temple University Press.
|Dennis DePaul currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Business Operations in the Division of University Relations and Campus Life at the University of Vermont, managing the financial and human resource activities for eleven departments. As a scholar practitioner, he conducts numerous diversity and multicultural trainings across campus and holds a lecturer position in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program in the College of Education and Social Sciences. Dennis earned his Bachelor's degree from Johnson State College in Vermont and his Master's of Educational Leadership from Troy University in Alabama. In addition to his professional life, Dennis spends a considerable amount of time volunteering within his community. He has served as President and Board Member for several organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont and currently serves as President of the Board for Vermont’s Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children with cancer.
|Professor Ewald teaches courses in constitutional law and American politics. Within public law, his current research focuses on voting rights, the institutions of suffrage, and criminal justice. He is author of The Way We Vote: The Local Dimension of American Suffrage (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), and co-editor of Criminal Disenfranchisement in an International Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His work on felony disenfranchisement and other collateral consequences of criminal convictions has been published in Publius, the Justice System Journal, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. More broadly, research interests include race and the law, American political development, and comparative courts. Professor Ewald encourages you to stop by his office any time to admire pictures of his children, Oscar and Stella.
|Lacretia Johnson Flash|
|Lacretia Johnson Flash is the Assistant Dean for Conduct, Policy, and Climate for the Division of Student and Campus Life at the University of Vermont. In her role as Assistant Dean, Dr. Flash serves as Chair of the Division’s Diversity Council, providing leadership for major divisional diversity initiatives including the division’s ongoing diversity professional development series, and multicultural competencies assessment process. She also serves on the President’s Commission on Racial Diversity at the University of Vermont.
Lacretia earned a doctorate from the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Vermont. Her dissertation research was on Developing a Measure of Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs Organizations. Dr. Flash has presented nationally on her work, including: From Ambivalence to Action: Institutional Steps Towards Becoming a Multiculturally Affirming Campus, Innovative Strategies and Tools for Assessing Multicultural Competence in Student Affairs Organizations, and a model of organizational multicultural competence that emerged from her research.
Lacretia was awarded the Susan Hasazi ALANA Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Doctoral Education from the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont and received research grants from the American College Personnel Association and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Lacretia has also has co-taught a graduate course on survey research methods.
Beyond her professional work and scholarly pursuits, Lacretia is an avid mixed-media artist specializing in polymer clay and fiber, as well as a balletomane (lover of ballet).
|Kathy Fox is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont. She came to UVM in 1994 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of research specialization have been related to social problems interventions, most recently with a focus on social control. Her most recent work is on offender reentry programs, specifically about the role of community in offender reintegration. She has current projects related to that subject, as well as the role of mass media in offender legislation and in sustaining moral panics about crime. Professor Fox teaches in the areas of criminal justice and deviance/social control.
|John Gennari has been a member of the UVM faculty since 2001. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program. Trained in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, he is a U.S. cultural historian with interests in the expressive arts and literature, race and ethnicity, cultural criticism, food, sports, and creative non-fiction writing. His teaching at UVM has included such courses as "Jazz and the Cultural Imagination," "Black Popular Culture," "Italian-American Literature and Culture," and "Food Culture and Writing." He is the author of BLOWIN' HOT AND COOL: JAZZ AND ITS CRITICS (University of Chicago Press, 2006), recipient of The ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Criticism and the John Cawelti Award for Best Book in American Culture. He is currently working on a book examining how practices of expressive ethnicity in music, film, sports, cooking and eating reconfigure our understanding of Italian-American and African-American culture.
|Dr. David Gibson received his Ed.D. from the University of Vermont in Leadership and Policy Studies in 1999 and works as an educational researcher, professor, learning scientist and innovator at local, state and national levels of education. He consults with project and system leaders, formulates strategies, and helps people articulate their vision for innovation. Dr. Gibson’s research focuses on complex systems analysis and modeling of education, web applications and the future of learning, and the use of technology to personalize education via cognitive modeling, design and implementation. His articles and books on games and simulations in learning follow from his role as creator of SimSchool, a classroom flight simulator for preparing educators, and eFolio an online performance-based assessment system.
|Joel M. Goldberg is the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the University of Vermont. Prior to his appointment as Interim Dean in 2011, Dr. Goldberg was actively involved in the Dean’s office, first as Interim Associate Dean from 2004 to 2005, and then as Associate Dean from 2005 to 2011. As Associate Dean he was responsible for all curricular issues, including assisting departments/programs in preparing/submitting for review and implementing changes in courses, majors, and minors offered. He also served as liaison between the College and the Graduate College regarding graduate program issues, advising/reviewing grant proposals with CAS faculty involvement, as well as assignment and allocation of Graduate Teaching Assistantships to graduate programs in the College.
Dr. Goldberg received his A. B. in Chemistry and Religion from Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He came to UVM in 1982 as an Assistant Professor of chemistry, and in 1988 became an Associate Professor of chemistry. From 2003 to 2011 he was Co-Coordinator/Director of the Environmental Sciences Program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
His research has involved the development, characterization, and application of new atomization/excitation sources specifically designed for the direct elemental analysis of solids. This has centered on the development of novel pulsed plasma sampling sources, such as magnetically-confined or imploding plasmas suitable for coupling with an appropriate excitation plasma (such as an ICP) for quantitation via atomic emission spectrometry.
|Domenico Grasso is Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. Previously he was Dean of the College of Engineering and Mathematics at UVM, and holds a B.Sc. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, an M.S. from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. Prior to joining UVM, Dr. Grasso was Rosemary Bradford Hewlett Professor and Founding Director of the Picker Engineering Program at Smith College. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, a NATO Fellow, and an Invited Technical Expert to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Engineering Science, and has served as Vice-Chair of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and President of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors. He has served on advisory boards at Johns Hopkins, Colgate, Olin College, Notre Dame, WPI, and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Grasso has also chaired a U.S. Congressional briefing entitled “Genomes & Nanotechnology: The Future of Environmental Research” and was co-founder along with Dr. Sally Ride, the first American women astronaut, of TOYChallenge, a national design challenge intended to engage 5th-8th graders in science, engineering, and design.
Dr. Grasso views engineering as a bridge between science and humanity, making it particularly well suited for incorporation into a liberal arts universities. His classes, although technically rigorous, also explore the societal and philosophical issues facing engineers and scientists.
|Susanmarie joined the faculty at UVM in 2008. She directs the Writing in the Disciplines Program faculty development offerings, drawing on her prior experience as Director of Composition (1995-2006) and Department Chair (2006-2008) at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. Her research interests explore how values about writing are enacted in curricula, program design, and assessment. Her publications include Basic Writing as a Political Act and The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus in the Wake of the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement.
|Wanda Heading-Grant is the Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President for Multicultural Initiatives at the University of Vermont. Dr. Heading-Grant has also served as the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs and Academic Initiatives and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. She has spent her career focusing on issues of social justice, education, and equity. Dr. Heading-Grant holds a Clinical Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Social Work, and she is a member of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. She has served on the Girls Scout Council of Vermont Board of Directors and United Way of Chittenden County Board of Directors. She has received the City of Burlington's MLK Service Award, the 2010 United Way of Chittenden County Community Impact Award, the 2011 Vermont Women in Higher Education Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award, and she is also a member of the Phi Gamma Mu National Honor Society.
|Dr. Sue Kasser is an associate professor within the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at the University of Vermont where she teaches courses in adapted physical activity, fitness in special populations, and senior seminar. Her professional efforts are aimed at the inclusion of all individuals into physical activity. Specifically, her research focus is geared toward the physical and psychological outcomes of exercise for individuals with multiple sclerosis. She has focused primarily upon postural control, balance and gait as they relate to mobility, and functional competence in this population. In addition, Sue is also interested in the social construction of disability and effective practices that strive to create and construct accepting, empowering, and accommodating environments in which all people can be physically active. Her work in this capacity involves attitudinal research participant health beliefs.
Sue has over 20 years of teaching experience within community and school-based programs and remains a strong advocate for including individuals with varying ability levels into all aspects of physical activity. She has presented on both national and international levels in the area of inclusive physical activity and has been successful at developing many campus-based and community-based exercise programs for adults with neuromuscular disabilities.
|Khristian Kemp-DeLisser is the Coordinator of Student Retention and Assessment at the University of Vermont's ALANA Student Center.
His duties include directing the Summer Enrichment Scholars Program, the high school-to-college bridge program, providing general advising and consulting to students, and developing and implementing the center's assessment efforts. Khristian holds a B.A. in Newspaper Journalism & English from Syracuse University, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Vermont and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in UVM's Education Leadership & Policy Studies program, researching LGBT college student of color perceptions of campus climate.
|Dr. Lee Knefelkamp is Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been a senior associate with the American Association for Higher Education in Washington, D.C., an academic dean of Macalester College, Dean of Education at The American University, Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in College Student Development at the University of Maryland, and she was named the 1998 Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
|Jane E. Knodell was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont on December 13, 2010. Professor Knodell served as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President beginning July 1, 2009. She has been a member of the faculty of the University of Vermont since 1986, and has served the University in a variety of administrative roles, including Chair of the Department of Economics, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Provost for Budget and Capital Planning. As an administrator, she has produced detailed studies of student learning in the undergraduate economics program (with Prof. S.A.T. Rizvi), university-wide academic space needs, basic needs and equitable compensation, classroom scheduling, and international education.
Knodell earned her bachelor’s degree with honors and distinction in 1976 from Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in Economics, also from Stanford, in 1984. Her work on the monetary history of the U.S. is wide-ranging, exploring stabilization and integration by the Second Bank of the United States in the 1820s, the evolution of open market operations by the Federal Reserve Bank in the 1920s, and the causes and effects of the financial deregulation of the late twentieth century. Knodell’s work on the nature and role of early central banking institutions has been published in leading economic and financial history journals.
Knodell is an active member of the Burlington community, having served on the City Council from 1993-1997, and again from 1999-2009. She was elected President of the City Council in 1999 and 2000. She has also served on a variety of Vermont non-profits and municipal boards seeking to advance economic development through enhanced access to capital.
|Leslye is currently the Director of the University of Vermont's (UVM) Custodial Services Department. She brings 30 years of leadership and executive leadership experience in the areas of facilities management, custodial services, hospitality and conference services. Prior to escaping to the Green Mountains, Leslye served in the role of Associate Director of Housing Facilities Operations & Services at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (UMASSD) and as the Deputy Assistance Director for Facilities Operations at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Leslye is a member of the adjunct faculty at a local institution of higher education and has presented numerous presentations and workshops in her area of expertise. Leslye is a doctoral student in the Leadership and Policy studies program in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont. Leslye is in the process of writing her dissertation at this time. Leslye is a member of the international honor society Pi Gamma Mu.
|Dr. Douglas O. Lantagne is the Dean and Director of Extension at the University of Vermont. He spent 14 years at Michigan State University in an Extension/research position before moving to UVM. Dr. Lantagne has held several positions with University of Vermont Extension, including northwest regional chair, associate director, interim director and now dean and director. During that same time, he chaired the New England Extension Director’s association and the Northeast Association of Extension Directors, completed a four-year term as a member of Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), chaired the search committee chair for the new ECOP national executive director, and served on various other national committees and task forces. He has recently rejoined ECOP as a representative from the Northeast Region and is current past chair of ECOP. Dr. Lantagne is also a fellow from the first class of the Food System Leadership Institute (FSLI). Under his leadership, UVM Extension is a strong proponent of the food systems transdisciplinary research, education and outreach Spire of Excellence recently embraced by the faculty and leadership at the University of Vermont.
|Fayneese Miller is Dean of the College of Education and Social Services and Professor of Human Development, Educational Leadership and Social Policy at the University of Vermont. Prior to her appointment as dean at UVM, she was Associate Professor of Education and Human Development and a past Director of the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Dr. Miller developed and chaired the first Ethnic Studies Program at Brown University. Dr. Miller is a social psychologist who specializes in the psychosocial development of youth, with special emphasis on such topics as alienation, social identity, and cross-racial friendships. She has conducted research on black males that was funded by the Eli Lily Foundation. Dr. Miller serves on the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Truancy Prevention Association (NTPA) Board. Her work includes a study on perceptions of racial/ethnic bias for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a project on school-based truancy courts for the Rhode Island Family Court. In collaboration with NTPA, she recently completed a benchbook on truancy for family court judges. Dr. Miller has been a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and was a National Science Foundation and Salzburg Fellow. She was a member of the American Council of Education (ACE) 2004-2005 Fellow’s class—a Washington-based fellowship program that prepares future senior executives in higher education. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science Task Force on diversity in higher education and the Annie Casey Foundation and Joint Center for Political Studies focus group on reproductive health. Dr. Miller is chair of the Vermont State Board of Education.
|Dr. Stacey Miller currently serves as the Director of Residential Life in the Division of University Relations and Campus Life at the University of Vermont, a position she has held since 2003. Over the course of her career she has facilitated countless training sessions and workshops locally, regionally and nationally focused on diversity awareness, social justice education, and intercultural communication. She also serves as a lecturer/scholar practitioner for cultural pluralism for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESA) graduate program in the College of Education and Social Services. Stacey received her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University. She also currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Howard Center for Children and Family Services.
|Beth Mintz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Vermont. She teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and is currently working on a book on college student debt. Her earlier research focused on corporate structure and the corporate elite, business participation in health care reform, and capital formation within the health care system. More recently, she has examined the intersection of gender, race, and ethnicity in U.S. labor markets.
|Frederick C. Morin|
|Dr. Morin was named the 17th Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in August 2007. He is Professor of Pediatrics and serves on the Board of Trustees of Fletcher Allen Health Care as well as the Board of the Fletcher Allen Partners. He serves as a member of the University of Vermont Strategic Initiatives Project Steering Committee and TRI & Research and Strategic Values Committees and the Provost Council of Deans.
Dr. Morin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University School of Medicine. After a residency in Pediatrics at Stanford University and a research fellowship in neonatology at University of California San Francisco, he joined the University of Rochester as assistant professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. In 1986 he moved to University of Buffalo, and in 1989 was named chief of the Neonatology Division at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and associate professor of pediatrics and physiology. He became full professor in 1994, and was named chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 1997. He also served as interim vice president for health affairs at University of Buffalo and interim dean.
Internationally known for his groundbreaking research on persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and the uses of nitric oxide, Dr. Morin is the author of more than 70 publications and the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and others.
|Gayle Nunley, Ph.D., is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Internationalization and Associate Professor of Spanish. Gayle joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1988. She completed her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at Princeton University (B.A. Dartmouth, M.A. Middlebury, M.A. Princeton), specializing in 19th-20th century Spanish literature and film. Her research has focused on comparative avant-garde literature and film of the 1920s and 1930s and, more recently, on strategies of cross-cultural representation. Her book Scripted Geographies (Bucknell University Press 2007) falls into this latter category, as does her current book project, nearing completion, entitled Booking Passage: Spanish Women's Travel Writings (19th Century through 1936). She enjoys teaching a wide variety of courses in both Spanish language acquisition and on themes more closely related to her own areas of research, including a first-year seminar on how the Spanish Civil War has been represented in literature and film and courses for UVM's Global Studies program on globalized mobilities and cultural identity.
Gayle has held numerous leadership and service roles at the Department and University levels including Chairing the Department of Romance Languages from 2003 to 2011; Faculty Senate Professional Standards Committee (1997-2001, Co-Chair 2000-2001); Director of European Studies; service on the Global & Regional Studies Executive Council; and the International Advisory Council (Co-Chair, Curriculum Subcommittee).
She was appointed Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Internationalization in July 2011.
|Sharon is the Assistant Director for Apartments and Family Housing (AFH) at the University of Vermont. At AFH Sharon works with non-traditional students from many countries and across the nation. Prior to her work at AFH, Sharon was the manager for Aggie Village Apartments at Colorado State University.
Sharon worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at the Government Veterinary Lab in Jamaica in the area of virology and poultry pathology. She served as the Chair of the Science Department at Stann Creek Ecumenical College in Belize, Central America where she taught high school and junior college science for five years. During this time Sharon served as student council moderator, 4-H Club founder and advisor for community children and served on several committees responsible for the planning of social events.
Sharon has a passion for intercultural communication and has had over 10 years of training in and facilitating intercultural development assessment and training of organizations, groups, and individuals, as well as coaching individuals on their path to intercultural competency. Sharon is a trained Medical Technologist and has Master’s degrees in Animal Science and Student Affairs in Higher Education. She is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory, Cultural Detective and a Gallop StrengthsQuest educator. She facilitates diversity training at the university and in the community.
|Patricia Prelock, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates the parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders through the Vermont Interdisciplinary Leadership Education for Health Professionals (VT-ILEHP) Program, a Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB) federally-funded interdisciplinary training grant. She also serves as Project Director for a State Improvement Grant to facilitate the implementation of a distance education graduate program to prepare speech-language pathologists in rural Vermont communities to serve children with communication disorders in the schools. While at the University of Vermont, Dr. Prelock has been awarded more than 9 million dollars in state and federal funding as a PI or Co-PI to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in autism spectrum disorders. She has over 115 publications and 390 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. Dr. Prelock received the 1998 Friends Award through the Vermont Parent Information Center and the first annual Autism Society of Vermont Excellence in Service Award in 2000. She also received the University of Vermont’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Prelock was named an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and a University of Vermont Scholar in 2003. She was awarded the Puppets Choice Award through Kids on the Block of Vermont in 2010 for her work in autism. Dr. Prelock earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language, and a Hanen-certified SLP for It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words. She is the 2012 President-Elect for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
| Brian Reed is an Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs and Associate Professor of Exercise and Movement Science. Brian received his undergraduate education at UVM, where he earned a B.A. degree in Zoology (1972) and a B.S. degree Summa Cum Laude in Physical Therapy (1974). He did his graduate work at Temple University School of Medicine, where he earned the Ph.D. degree in Physiology (1985). He has been a licensed physical therapist since 1974, and continues to serve as a consultant to area clinicians.
Brian teaches and does research in the areas of applied exercise physiology and therapeutic modalities. Recently he initiated an interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research project to harvest pooled electrical energy generated by aerobic exercise machines in the University’s fitness center. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Clinical Electrophysiology and Orthopaedic specialty sections of the APTA. He is an active manuscript reviewer for the journals Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, and The British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Brian has held numerous leadership and service roles at Department, University, regional and national levels. He was the Associate Dean for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences from 2002-2009. He was appointed Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs in July 2009.
Brian has received various honors including the Faculty Senate’s Faculty Recognition Award (2001). In addition, he was the invited keynote speaker at the First International Physiotherapy Congress in Forteleza, Brazil, April 10-13, 2003, where he was made an honorary member of the Brazilian Physiotherapy Association at that time.
|Cynthia Reyes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches courses in literacy education and the teaching of English language learners. She is the program coordinator for Middle Level Education, and she chairs the College of Education and Social Services Committee on Diversity Initiatives. Her teaching and writing focuses on issues of reading for young adolescents, identity, diversity and multicultural education. Her current research interests involve work with English language learners and preservice educators on the topic of digital technology, and the use of digital story to support reflection and writing. She has published in literacy journals, as well as in the Journal of Educational Foundations, and has contributed to a volume in the Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education.
|S. Abu Rizvi is dean of the University of Vermont's Honors College, where he has also been Interim and Associate Dean. A Professor of Economics, Dean Rizvi has been on the faculty at the University of Vermont since 1987, and served as chair of the Department of Economics and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before moving to the Honors College.
Dean Rizvi teaches first-year students in the Honors College. In addition to his roles as a teacher and administrator, he is a productive scholar in the area of microeconomic theory, focusing on general equilibrium and game theories. A book by him and David P. Levine, called Poverty, Work and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order, was published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of studies on the assessment of learning, recruiting for diversity, student retention in college, and elitism in honors programs. He has served on the Diversity Curriculum Review Committee and the President’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
|Valerie Rohy is a Professor in the English Department. She is the author of Impossible Women: Lesbian Figures and American Literature (Cornell, 2000) and Anachronism and Its Others: Sexuality, Race, Temporality (SUNY, 2009), and the co-editor of American Local Color Writing, 1880-1920 (Penguin,1998). She has published essays on sexuality, race, and American literature in such journals as GLQ, Genders, and Modern Fiction Studies. In 2006 she won UVM's Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award.
|Mara Saule is the Dean of University Libraries and Learning Resources at the University of Vermont. She provides leadership, strategic planning, and overall management of fiscal, curricular, scholarly, and budgetary responsibilities for the Bailey/Howe and Dana Medical Libraries.
Since 1985, Saule has held several positions at UVM, including Associate Dean and Director of Collection Management Services for the Bailey/Howe Library, Vice-Provost for Enrollment Management and International Activities, and Executive Assistant to the President.
Saule earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as A Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is fluent in Latvian and Spanish and has a reading knowledge of Latin. A member of the American Library Association (ALA) for more than a decade, she was ALA Library/Book Fellow at the National Library of Latvia in Riga in 1992-93.
|Sanjay Sharma was appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont July 1, 2011. He comes to UVM with a unique background in both the private sector and academia including 16 years of senior management experience with international corporations and more than a decade of proven leadership within higher education.
A 2001-2002 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Sharma has won several research grants and has expertise in corporate environmental strategy, corporate sustainability, competitive strategy, stakeholder engagement, and organizational innovation. His research has been widely published in top management journals including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Marketing, among others. He has co-edited six books on corporate environmental management and sustainability.
Dr. Sharma began his academic career as an Associate Professor and Director of the Executive MBA Programs at Saint Mary's University in Halifax where he improved the national ranking of the EMBA program in Canadian Business from a ranking of tenth to third-place. He earned his Doctorate in Management in 1996 from the University of Calgary and his MBA in 1976 from Panjab University, India, where he received the University Gold Medal. He completed his undergraduate work in 1974 at the University of Delhi.
During his four-year tenure at Concordia, the sixth largest university in Canada with more than 45,000 students, JMSB established itself as one of the top business schools globally with its MBA program ranked among the top 100 in the world by The Economist and its EMBA program ranked among the top 100 by the Financial Times. He facilitated a strategic focus at JMSB on educating managers with excellence in traditional knowledge and an ability to manage for the future in a global, complex, multi-stakeholder and sustainable business environments. This focus was recognized by JMSB's ranking as 34th in the world in the Beyond Gray Pinstripes Survey by the Aspen Institute in 2010 and the school's inclusion among the top 300 business schools out of 13,100 globally by the Princeton Review. Sanjay enhanced the research profile of JMSB via external fundraising for research centers (including the David O'Brien Center for Sustainable Enterprise).
Prior to his arrival at JMSB, the largest English language business school in Canada with more than 8,500 students and 350 full-time and part-time faculty, Dr. Sharma held the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Organizational Sustainability and was professor of policy in the School of Business & Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He also conceived and served as the first director of the Certified Management Accountant's Centre for Responsible Organizations, an interdisciplinary center focusing on research and practice in the areas of organizational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, ethics, environmental management, social issues, and corporate governance.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sharma was a senior level manager at multiple international corporations.
|Sherwood Smith is a Lecturer in Integrated Professional Studies and has administrative responsibilities as Director of the Center for Cultural Pluralism at the University of Vermont (UVM). His work involves teaching a graduate course in Educational Foundations and undergraduate courses in Human Development, along with research on issues of cultural identity development and multicultural education. His most recent book was Our Stories II: The Experience of Black Professionals on Predominantly White Campuses, Smith and Taylor-Archer (2006).
|Dr. Thomas C. Vogelmann became Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2009, after holding positions of Interim Dean from July 2008, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology from 2002. A graduate of Syracuse University (Ph.D.), Washington State University (M.S.) and the University of Vermont (B.S.), Dr. Vogelmann worked for eighteen years at the University of Wyoming, where he attained the rank of Professor of Botany and served as the Interim Chair of the Department of Botany. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.
Dr. Vogelmann has received numerous awards and other recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including the Robertson Lecture for Outstanding Contributions to Plant Physiology conferred by the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Plant Physiology. He also received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Research, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research, and the Elbogen Award for Outstanding Teaching, all at the University of Wyoming. Most recently, he received the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM.
Dr. Vogelmann specializes in plant physiology and has published more than eighty scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings.
Dr. Vogelmann is an accomplished researcher, educator, and administrator.
|Mary C. Watzin is Dean and Professor in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, at the University of Vermont, where she has been for the last 20 years. Watzin holds a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She has received numerous awards and other recognitions for her teaching, research, and service, including the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence and the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation award from the Isle LaMotte Preservation Trust. She also received the Ibakari- Kasumigaura Prize recognizing her work with colleagues in Macedonia and Albania on transboundary water management. Watzin specializes in lake and watershed ecology and management, and has an active program of research focused on understanding how human activities, especially water pollution, land use alterations, and exotic species, influence ecosystem health.|