Douglas Chismar, B.A., M. Div., Ph.D.
American University (Philosophy; Minor - History); Ashland Theological Seminary (Theology); Ohio State University (Philosophy). Former Director of the Chowan College Center for Ethics, Murfreesboro, N.C.; Chairperson of the Department of Philosophy at Ashland University, N.C. Dissertation: "Empathy: Its Nature, Determinants, and Importance for Moral Decision-Making." Extensive record of collaborative presentations and leadership in interdisciplinary studies and ethics across the curriculum programs.
Ann H. Albritton, B.A., M.A., M.Phil, Ph.D.
Eckerd College (Humanities); University of South Florida (Art History); City University of New York (Art History); City University of New York (Modern and Contemporary Art History). Fellow, Civic Education Project, Bucharest, Romania, 1993-1995. Research: Sonia Delaunay; Contemporary Art, Latin American Art, Art of the African Diaspora, and Women Artists. Numerous catalogue essays and reviews.
Carolyn Bloomer, B.A., M.A.Ed., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Cultural Beliefs
Wichita State University (English; Minor - Art); University of Hartford Art School (Art Education); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Anthropology of Meaning). Field Research: China. Author: Principles of Visual Perception; writer for Critique: The Magazine of Graphic Design Thinking, and Adobe. Speaker: Mead Annual Report Conference; International Institute for Information Design; Poynter Institute for Media Studies. http://www.carolynbloomer.com/
Nicole Caron, B.A., M.A.
Coordinator of Writing
Pitzer College, Claremont, CA (English); Portland State University, Portland, OR (English). Ms. Caron has 10 years experience teaching composition at community colleges and universities in Oregon, Connecticut and Florida. She spent the 1990s working for and consulting with community colleges, metals manufacturing companies, and other small businesses designing and developing training programs, directing technology adoption programs, writing grants and marketing and strategic plans. Nicole also co-owned a small marketing company. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines and trade novels and trade journals. She lives with her spouse and Golden Retriever in Clearwater. Her passions include writing novels and participating in two annual writing contests: The 3 Day Novel Contest and the National Novel Writing Month contest. www.nicolecaron.com
Susan Doll, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Kent State University (Art History, Minor: Ceramics); Ohio State University (Art History); Northwestern University (Film History and Theory); Northwestern University (Film History and Theory). Previous teaching experience includes film studies at Oakton Community College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Daley City College, and Northwestern University Extension Service. Dr. Doll is a writer and researcher for commercial DVD labels, arts organizations, and Turner Classic Movies. She is the author of Elvis for Dummies, Understanding Elvis, The Films of Elvis Presley, and Marilyn: Her Life and Legend; and co-author of Florida on Film (University Press of Florida). Susan is also author of the interactive children’s book I Love Lucy; and a contributing writer for Blanche Lazzell: The Making of an American Modernist (West Virginia University Press).
Anthony Rice, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Coordinator of Art History
Virginia Commonwealth University (Fine Arts); University of North Carolina (Fine Arts). Major exhibitions: Brooklyn Museum; Smithsonian Institute; Corcoran Gallery of Art; Baltimore Museum of Art; High Museum of Art. Collections: King Juan Carlos of Spain; National Museum of American Art; High Museum of Art; Library of Congress. Texts illustrated: Seven Persian Fables; A Letter of Columbus. Grants: National Endowment for the Arts.
Christopher Robinson, Ph.D.
University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL (Cognitive Science). For the past twenty years, Dr. Robinson has pursued an integrated vision of the social sciences. As an undergraduate at New College, he studied classical languages, translated texts, wrote two young adult encyclopedias on astronomy and archaeology, and even found time to get a degree in Psychobiology. After this, he spent seven years in graduate school teaching whenever a school would give him a class, tutoring high school students, while earning his doctorate. His main research area has been the study of memory in the real world; this has included studying people’s memories for recent events, reconstructing historical events based on written records, and serving as an expert witness for criminal cases. For the past ten years, Dr. Robinson has continued to integrate the social sciences by taking and teaching courses throughout these fields (such as the Psychology of Fine Art, and Psychology and Law).
Daphne Lange Rosenzweig, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Mount Holyoke College (Economic Geography; Minor - Art History, British Empire History, Political Science); Columbia University (East Asian Art & Archaeology; Minor - Far Eastern Languages & Literature); Columbia University (East Asian Art & Archaeology; Minor - Far Eastern Languages & Literature). Fulbright Fellow, National Palace Museum, Taiwan. Author of numerous books, catalogues and articles on Asian art. Book reviewer for Tibet Journal, China Review International, Journal of Asian Studies, National Gallery of Art. Fellow, Royal Asian Society-Korea and American Oriental Society. Museum exhibition curator, museum consultant; lecturer at international conferences; accredited appraiser of Asian and Islamic art. https://webspace.ringling.edu/~drosenzw/
Tim Rumage III, B.A., M.A.
Bowdoin College (Biology & Psychology); Boston University (Biology). Consultant for comprehensive environmental planning. Former director, scientific and technical illustration program, Rhode Island School of Design. Board Member, Florida House Foundation. Numerous publications. http://web.me.com/trumage/Site/Welcome.html
Robert Stanton, B.A., M.A.
Coordinator of Comparative Arts
Bates College (English); University of Cincinnati (English). Previous teaching experience: University of Cincinnati; Art Academy of Cincinnati; University of Maine at Augusta; Boston University; University of Houston-Downtown; California State Polytechnic University. Academic residencies: Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, 1975; Visiting Scholar, American Academy in Rome, 2000 and 2007. Research: literature and the arts as expressions of significant socio-cultural and philosophical ideas. His works have been published in Theatre Annual, Text and Presentation, and Proceedings. https://webspace.ringling.edu/~rstanton/
David Steiling, M.A., Ph.D.
Coordinator of Literature
Boston University (Creative Writing & English); University of South Florida (Literature). Poet, performance artist, new vaudevillian, journalist. Currently engaged in research and writing on the literature of comics and the graphic narrative. http://webspace.ringling.edu/~dsteilin/
Ryan Van Cleave, B.A., M.A. Ph.D.
Northern Illinois University (English; Minors - Music, Philosophy); Florida State University (English); Florida State University (English). Dr. Van Cleave is the co-founder and director of C&R Press, a non-profit literary organization that publishes books from new and emerging writers and provides free community writing workshops. He is the author of five collections of poetry, has served as editor of Contemporary American Poetry: Behind the Scenes and co-editor of six other textbooks and anthologies, and is the recipient of numerous writing and publishing awards. His latest book is Unlocked (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011), a YA novel. Dr. Van Cleave is also a frequent conference speaker on the subjects of digital culture, digital addiction, social networking and creative writing. www.ryangvancleave.com
Christopher Wilson, B.Arch., M.A., Ph.D.
Temple University (Architecture); The Architectural Association, London (Histories &d Theories of Architecture); Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (Architecture). Dr. Wilson has worked professionally as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is a registered architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has been teaching architecture and design students at the university level since 1997, both in design studios and lecture/seminars. Dr. Wilson has presented scholarly papers at conferences in Austria, Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan, and has published articles in refereed journals and chapters in edited books.
Long-term Part-time Faculty
Anamari J. Boyes, B.S., M.S.
University of Navarre, Spain (Environmental & Agricultural Biology); University of Navarre, Spain (Environmental & Agricultural Biology). Ms. Boyes’ professional experience includes work as a Staff Biologist at Mote Marine Laboratory in different fields, during which time she has managed many of the laboratory duties, overseeing extensive field work operations, and collaboration with other programs at Mote Marine. For the first five years of her career, she focused on invertebrate taxonomy and sea grass ecosystems. Since then she is an HPLC specialist analyzing algae pigments, involving technical aspects of HPLC analysis, as well as posterior analysis of chromatography for the Phytoplankton Ecology Program.
Paula Brooks-Jawitz, B.S., M.S, Ph.D.
Brooklyn College (Elementary Education); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction); University of Maryland (Reading Curriculum/Instruction). Adjunct in Children's Literature and Writing Books for Children. Full time Academic Resource Center reading/study skills specialist with expertise in cognitive style, mnemonics, test development, and reading comprehension. Past teaching experience includes: University of Maryland Graduate School, Co-Director University of Maryland Reading Center Summer Program, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota Campus. Field of research and publications include Mental Imagery, Text Illustrations and Children's Story Comprehension and Recall, Reading Research Quarterly and Induced Mental Imagery and the Written Language Expression of Young Children.
James Condor, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Mathematics; Minor - Computers); Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Mathematics; Minor - Education); University of South Florida (Mathematics; Minor - Computers). Teaching experience: Manatee Community College, Bradenton, FL; Edison Community College, Fort Myers, FL; Lander College, Greenwood, SC; University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA. Dr. Condor is the author of two Critical Thinking Workbooks for Alan Bluman’s Elementary Statistics textbook [McGraw-Hill], and created a complete set of instructional videos for Larson & Farber’s Elementary Statistics textbook [Prentice Hall]. He is a member of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Florida Two-Year College Mathematics Association, and the Sarasota Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Condor has also presented at state and national conferences on the link between mathematics and art.
Karla Gore, B.S., M.M.A.
Western Washington University (Biology with Marine Biology emphasis); University of Washington, School of Marine Affairs (Marine Affairs). Professional experience: Instructor, NOAA Fisheries Protected Species Workshops; Fisheries Biologist/Natural Resource Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Service, St. Petersburg, FL; Natural Resource Management Specialist, NOAA Fisheries Service, Honolulu, HI; Outreach/Education Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries Service, Honolulu, HI.
Emily Hall, B.A., B.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Mercer University, Macon, GA (Spanish); Mercer University (Environmental Science); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Engineering Sciences); University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Engineering Sciences). Professional experience: Staff Scientist, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL. Dr. Hall’s experience at Mote Marine Laboratory has included the management of multiple laboratory and field analyses as crew leader for monthly red tide and Sarasota Bay water quality monitoring, and collaboration with FWRI [Fish and Wildlife Research Institute], START [Solutions To Avoid Red Tide], and Sarasota County for the research and monitoring of the relation between nutrient patterns and algal blooms.
Neil Marinovich, B.A., M.A.
Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI (History); Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (History). Master thesis: “American Industry and Finance, and German Rearmament: A Case Study of Standard Oil, DuPont and General Motors and Their Relations with Interessengemeinschaft-Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft”; a copy of the thesis is in the United States Library of Congress. Professional experience includes: Adjunct European & American History Instructor, Career Choices Center Coordinator, Manatee Community College; Career Training Advisor, Manasota Industry Council/Manatee Community College; Business Technology Instructor, Washtenaw Community College/Business-Industry Center, Ann Arbor, MI.
Christopher Nank, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Ohio University (English); Florida State University (Literature); Florida State University (Literature). Dr. Nank’s teaching experience includes University of Maryland-University College, College Park, MD; Prince George’s Community College, Largo, MD; Beacon College, Leesburg, FL; Florida State University, Tallahasse, FL; Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL. While teaching at Beacon College, Dr. Nank had the opportunity to work with programs created exclusively for mentoring students, many with learning disabilities and diverse cultural backgrounds, through a college-level curriculum.
Jacqueline Smith, B.A., M.A.
Florida State University (Psychology; Minor - English); University of South Florida (American Literature). Ms. Smith has been published in Studies in American Culture and American Quarterly. Adjunct in Writing.
Alison Watkins, B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
Agnes Scott College (Math); Bard College (Writing); Florida State University (Literature). Poet, bookmaker. Publications: The Visionary Ethics of W.B. Yeats and The Ghost Tree. Adjunct in English, Comparative Arts, and Topics in Liberal Arts. https://webspace.ringling.edu/~awatkins/
Linda Brant, Ph.D., M.F.A.
Texas Tech University (Ph.D. Clinical Psychology); Lesley University College of Art and Design (MFA, Visual Art). Dr. Brant is a licensed psychologist living in Orlando, Florida. She has held positions in both academic and applied settings, serving as the Coordinator of a federal grant for training Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists at the University of Central Florida, working as a staff psychologist at various hospitals and outpatient centers, teaching courses at Winthrop University and the University of Central Florida, and serving as Assistant Dean for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Brant's academic interests extend across the disciplines of Psychology, Human-Animal Studies and Visual Art. Her art practice explores the complexities of inter-species relationships through the mediums of sculpture and photography. She uses focused interviewing, field work and mapping techniques to explore the concept of honoring, particularly as it pertains to non-human animal life. Dr. Brant has two dogs (rescues) one of which is a certified therapy dog. www.lindabrant.net
Virginia B. DeMers, B.A., M.A.
Director of Academic Resource Center
Vassar College (Religion; Minor - Philosophy/English); University of South Florida (English Literature). Virginia is a published poet, and has 20 years experience teaching in writing, reading and study skills. In addition to teaching and literature at Ringling, she directs the Academic Resource Center, supervising all areas of academic support and arranging accommodations for students with disabilities. Her areas of interest include rhetoric and composition, literature by women and modern and contemporary poetry.
Phillippe Diederich, B.A., M.A.
Eckerd College (Creative Writing); New England School of Photography (Photography). An award-winning photojournalist with over fifteen years experience, Phillippe has covered news and feature assignments in the U.S. and Latin America for major national publications. He is a freelance photographer and regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, Mother Jones, Toronto Star, Cigar Aficionado, The Village Voice, The Washington Post, Sarasota Magazine, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Gulfshore Life Magazine, and Getty Images. In 1992 he consulted the photography department at El Listin Diario, the Dominican Republic’s largest daily newspaper, as it upgraded to a color digital press. Phillippe has exhibited widely in the U.S. including shows at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona, FL, the Center of Contemporary Art in Miami, FL, the Houston Art Car Museum, the State Capitol in Tallahassee, FL, the galleries at Florida Atlantic University and the El Paso Art Museum in El Paso, TX. His works are part of the permanent collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography as well as various private collections. He is the recipient of the Florida Artist Fellowship in photography. www.phillippediederich.com
Del Jacobs, B.A., M.A.
Loyola University of New Orleans (B.A. Mass Communications) and USF-Tampa (M.A. Mass Communications, M.A. Communication). Del Jacobs is the author of two books that explore cinematic representation: Interrogating the Image: Movies and The World of Film and Television and Revisioning Film Traditions: The Pseudo-Documentary and the NeoWestern. His background includes film production, promotion and exhibition, frequently tied together with critical research in recent articles such as “The Aggregate Spectator: 125 Years of Sights, Sounds and Moving Pictures” (2013, Cambridge Scholars Publishing in Media, Technology and The Imagination). A resident of Sarasota since 1976, Mr. Jacobs was owner and operator of Full Moon Productions, a local documentary film production and exhibition service that showcased issue-oriented non-fiction films. He is currently Director of Film & Media Studies at State College of Florida. Jacobs serves on the Sarasota Film Commissioner’s Advisory Board, and has worked closely with the Sarasota Film Society and the Sarasota Film Festival in Educational Outreach since their inception. He currently teaches Liberal Arts courses in the critical study of cinema at Ringling College.
Annie Jakowenko, M.A., M.A.T.
Syracuse University (Theater, Speech Communication); SUNY Cortland (English). Annie has been an actor since the age of 8 and a director since she was 18. She holds Permanent New York State Certification in English/Writing and Florida Certification in ESOL and English/writing. Annie has taught at Syracuse University, SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland and is currently on the faculty at State College of Florida, Bradenton. Her varied experience includes writing and editing for Carrier International and the Syracuse Post Standard. She is currently writing her blog, Morobinbarrystories.com, and completing a book. She commutes to Florida from her home in New York.
Anthony Lenzo, B.A., M.A.
New College, Sarasota, FL (Philosophy and Physics); Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN (Communication). In addition to his Bachelors and Masters degrees, Anthony received Masters-level film production training at Governors State University. He trained in improv performance at Chicago’s Second City and writing at the Writers’ Loft. He has written and directed several short films and served as director of photography for the independent feature film Alchemy in Hyde Park. He has taught public speaking, film and mass communication at Purdue University, Moraine Valley Community College, and the Chicago Wisdom Project. In addition to teaching Film & Narrative at Ringling, he also teaches film production and screenwriting at the State College of Florida. He is a past member of Chicago Filmmakers, the Chicago Screenwriting Network and the Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group.
Heather D. Lundy, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
University of Maryland, College Park (Art History and Archaeology); University of Illinois, Chicago (History of Art and Architecture). Heather is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Florida State University (Visual Cultures of the Americas, Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture; Minor – Modern and Contemporary Art History). Past teaching experience: Instructor [History of Art and Criticism I; History of Art and Criticism II; Art Appreciation; Great Traditions in Mesoamerican Art and Culture], Florida State University; Instructor [Form and Idea], University of Tampa. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Patricia Rose Teaching Fellow, Tallahassee, Florida, 2011-2014; Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow, Yucatán, Mexico, Summer 2008, Summer 2009, and Summer 2012; FSU International Programs Fellow, London, England, Spring 2014. At present she is also a consultant for the registrar at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art cataloging their collection of Pre-Columbian art. Research Interests: Ancient Maya Architecture, Pre-Columbian Art, Modern African Art and the African Diaspora. Conferences and presentations include Knot Just a Twisted Rope: Auto-Sacrifice and the Olmec Umbilical Cord; Reconnecting the Cosmic Umbilicus in the Maya Iconographical Repertoire. She is a member of the Southeastern College Art Conference and the Association for Latin American Art.
Baila Miller, B.A., M.A.
University of Memphis. Baila Miller completed post graduate work in the area of Instruction and Curriculum Development at The University of Memphis. Through her company, Miller Music and Fine Arts Programs, she has been presenting college level courses that explore the role of literature, paintings, architecture, sculpture, cinema, and photography, as well as orchestral and operatic influences in the development of European and modern American culture. For over a decade, she has been teaching through the Sarasota Library System, The Brandeis National Committee, Pierian Spring Academy, Road Scholar, Longboat Education Center, Sarasota Bay Club, The FSU Ringling Library, Historic Spanish Point, and Art Center Sarasota.
Catherine Mougalian, M.A.T.E.S.O.L.
Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA. After teaching Grammar, Reading and Conversation for two years in California community colleges, Catherine relocated to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she taught Basic English and Advanced Writing, and also trained future English teachers in preparation for success in their classrooms. In Nagoya, Japan, Catherine had the opportunity to teach Film Studies classes, Writing, and Latin American Culture Studies.
Amy Shepherd Nance, B.A., M.F.A.
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN [English Literature/English Writing]; Columbia University, New York, NY [Fiction Writing]. Past teaching experience: Visiting Instructor of English, University of Tampa, Tampa, FL; Adjunct Instructor of English, Manatee Community College, Bradenton, FL; CA/T Instructor of Creative Writing, Columbia University, New York, NY; Creative Writing and Composition Teacher, Bank Street College, New York, NY; Co-Teacher and Writing Center Tutor, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. Amy is a published author of short stories and nonfiction, including freelance articles for the 2006 Official Florida Family Vacation Guide and numerous online sites highlighting travel destinations throughout the state of Florida. She is currently completing work on a novel, Inventio.
Ania Nazarian, B.A., M.A., M.F.A.
University of Chicago; Indiana University; University of Illinois at Chicago; Indiana University. Ania is currently pursuing her Ph.D. from Indiana University. Past teaching experience: Instructor [History of Graphic Design], Indiana University; Instructor [Graphic Design I & II; Introduction to Two-dimensional Design], University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Conferences and presentations include Albrecht Durer’s “Saint Jerome in His Study” of 1514; A Reflection of Contemporary Times, Evan F. Lilly Memorial Biennial Lecture Competition, Indiana University; The Mask as an Unresolved Self-Portrait in the Work of Witold Wojtkiewicz and Stanislaw Witkiewicz, Midwest Slavic Conference, Ohio State University. She is a member of the College Art Association.
SuEllen Rader Regonini, B.S., A.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. (ABD)
Ohio State University (Medical Communication); International Academy of Design & Technology (Graphic Design/Multimedia Programming); University of South Florida (Instructional Technology, Applied Cultural Anthropology). Ms. Regonini is a scholar of media and economic anthropology, focusing on the entertainment industry and maker cultures. Her dissertation is an ethnography of entrepreneurial popular media fans and their creative, social and technological practices as they relate to the formation of various forms of capital within their in-person and online communities, as well as the entertainment industry. She has presented extensively on the rise of fandom-based philanthropies, creative practices of science fiction fandoms, and research methodologies for studying online communities. She has taught studio courses in Photoshop, graphic design, interactive media programming and design, and web design at IADT and the University of Tampa, visual literacy and intercultural communications at UT, and introductory anthropology and cross-cultural anthropology courses at USF. She is also a digital fine artist, and has shown her Photoshop-based works in shows at Ringling and elsewhere in Florida.
Robyn M. Rocklein, B.A., M.A., D.M.A.
University of Arizona (Music); University of Arizona (Music); Arizona State University (Music). Dr. Rocklein is a professional musician, scholar, and teacher of music, communications, and history, with her primary area of expertise concerning the artistic adaptations of women of antiquity in ancient Greek drama and mythology. Her secondary area of expertise is the late 19th Century Shadow Theatre of the Chat Noir. Accordingly, Dr. Rocklein’s research not only explores the music indicative of this period in France but also the fine art and literary expressions of how this early cabaret music influenced patrons of the cabaret such as Henri Rivière, Claude Debussy, and Paul Verlaine. Her teaching background includes courses on history, English, intelligence operations, and criminal justice, for the Department of Defense and Cochise College, and courses on music at the University of Arizona and at Arizona State University. She has presented original research findings and guest lectured for the College Music Society, the University of Leeds (UK), the University of Utah Department of Languages and Literature, and the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. In addition to her academic endeavors, she is an award winning mezzo soprano and has appeared as a soloist in England, Germany, and Austria, as well as throughout the US. She moved from Arizona to Florida in December 2012.
Elinor Rogosin, B.A., M.A.
University of Pennsylvania (English; Minor - Dance); Columbia University, Teachers College (English). Teaching experience: University of South Florida Academy for Lifelong Learning; the Berlitz Language Schools, Santa Monica, CA, and New York [ESL]; New York Public High Schools [English]; New York University School of Continuing Education. Elinor’s past professional experience includes work as an Independent Radio Producer/Interviewer with NYC’s WBAI-FM’s program Dance Focus, and as a journalist for various publications, including Longboat Observer, Dance Magazine, and Dance Scholars Newsletter. Her public relations has included the American Choreography Awards [Los Angeles, CA], Marcel Dekker, Inc. [NYC], Capezio Ballet Makers [NYC], and the International Committee for The Dance Library of Israel [NYC]. She is the author of The Dance Makers: Conversations with American Choreographers. Elinor is currently working on a memoir, Chasing Love: A Mother’s Journey.
Matthew Seguin, B.S., M.S.
University of Florida (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation); University of Central Florida (Biology). Matt is the husbandry supervisor (aquarium biologist) at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, FL. He has previously held biologist positions with the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo), Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove, and The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. He has lectured at the University of Central Florida, Santa Fe College, and The Oregon Coast Community College on the subject of fish and invertebrate husbandry and regularly works with the Mote Marine Laboratory education department helping to develop curriculum and speaking to various groups on current environmental issues and research being performed at the lab. He moved to Sarasota in 2008.
Carol Sparrow, B.M., M.M.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC (Vocal Performance); University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (Vocal Performance). Carol Sparrow has led a very active career as an international opera singer, performing leading roles with major houses and orchestras to critical and popular acclaim. She is known for her portrayals of Eboli, Santuzza, Brangaene, Azucena, Komponist, Musetta, and, perhaps most famously, the title role of Carmen. She has been engaged by the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Komische Opera Berlin, Staatstheater St. Gallen, Opera de Belles Artes (Mexico), Netherlands Radio Orchestra, and many regional opera companies across the United States.
Fiona Stewart, M.A., Ph.D.
Goldsmiths College, London, UK (Cultural Studies); York University, Toronto, Canada (Humanities). Dr. Stewart’s research interests revolve around the development of cultural and intellectual modernism in late 19th/early 20th century Europe within its socio-political milieu. Her work focuses on cultural resistance and transformation, while paying particular attention to issues of race and gender. Her doctoral dissertation examined the work of little-known Hungarian poet, illustrator and philosopher Anna Lesznai and the development of aesthetic modernism in Hungary at the fin-de-siecle.
Brian Tyler, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (ABD)
Washington University (Anthropology; Minor – History); Louisiana State University (Anthropology); University of Florida (Anthropology). Brian’s past research and employment includes work in a number of fields within anthropology, including primatology, archaeology, forensic anthropology, and medical anthropology. His dissertation research is concerned with the nature of social suffering in rural Guatemalan refugee communities following the end of the civil war, and how memories of a traumatic past intersect in the present with feelings about endemic poverty, political and institutional marginalization, and ongoing post-conflict violence. Brian has previously taught courses in anthropology at Louisiana State University, Florida State University, the University of Florida, and Hillsborough Community College. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Society of Psychological Anthropology, and Lambda Alpha.
Eleanor Wachs, B.A., Ph.D.
Hunter College (English Literature; Minor - Education); Indiana University (Philosophy). Dr. Wachs is a professional folklorist, writer and teacher and has taught folklore, writing, literature and anthropology at universities in the Greater Boston area, including Brown, U-Massachusetts-Boston, and MIT. She is currently the President of Florida Cultural Resources, a non-profit group dedicated to bringing folk art to the public. She is also President-Elect of the Florida Folklore Society, an academic organization in which professional folklorists present their research interests. Dr. Wachs has taught writing for several years, has been a museum curator, a grants administrator, and a technical writer in the software industry. Her background in writing includes academic publications, writing for the public sector and the software industry. She moved from Boston to Sarasota in 2003.
Heather R. White, Ph.D.
Princeton University (Religion). Dr. White is a historian of religion and sexuality in the twentieth century United States. She also teaches courses in religion and gender studies at New College of Florida and is currently finishing revisions to a book, titled Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights.
Ginna L. Wilkerson, B.F.A., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Texas Christian University (Dance), University of Florida (English Education), University of Aberdeen (Creative Writing – Poetry) Dr. Wilkerson began her career as a dance instructor and choreographer, later studying Comparative Literature and working as an instructor and academic advisor. She has been teaching composition in higher education for the past ten years, and her collection of poetry, Odd Remains, was recently published.