Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Three New Faculty Arrive in EFLJ

We have three new colleagues in EFLJ this fall.
Dr. Karina Vazquez, Assistant Professor of Spanish, received her PhD in Latin American Literature, specifically in Argentinean narrative and its relation with the cultural and social perceptions of work. Her professional and personal goals are the same, she says, "to make social justice something possible, no matter the community, the country or the place where we are." She looks forward to exploring how language, literature, and culture can work across the curriculum in activities that involve study abroad, service learning, and work.

Dr. Kay Siebler, Associate Professor of English and our first Director of Composition, recently moved to St. Joe from Storm Lake, IA where she was a tenured English department faculty, women's studies coordinator, and director of writing at Buena Vista University. Her book, Composing Feminisms, published this year by Hampton Press, gives a historical overview of how feminist pedagogy has shaped the field of composition. Kay is looking forward to creating connections between composition instructors here at MWSU and working with graduate students in the new Masters of Applied Arts in Written Communication program.

Tulsa, OK native Dr. Michael Charlton, Assistant Professor of English, received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. His MA thesis focused on depictions of family in the films of Orson Welles, though he changed his emphasis to composition and rhetoric for his doctoral work at OU, where his dissertation focused on the history, theoretical influences, and future of visual rhetoric. He is very pleased to start teaching here at Missouri Western and is adjusting to life out in Savannah, where he lives with his six year old retriever mix, George (named after George Orson Welles). His major research interests include technical and professional writing, visual rhetoric and film, writing across the curriculum, and horror fiction.

Welcome to EFLJ!

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