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Meet the newest Arts & Humanities faculty


Christopher Gadomski 

Doudna Fine Arts Center 2045

Office Hours: 
Mon. & Wed. 10:00am-11:30am, Friday 10:00am-11:00am

Bachelor Of Arts in Theatre, Eastern Illinois University, 1998
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Scene Design & Technology, West Virginia University, 2002

Presently Teaching: 
THA2140 - Intro To Theatre

Professional Interests: 
Scene Design, Carpentry, Stage Properties, Sculpture, Painting, Stage Combat

Personal Interests:
Sculpture, Painting, Reading, Writing, Book Making, Sword Fighting, Paintball


Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz
Social Sciences

Coleman Hall 3556

Office Hours: 
T, W, R 12:15-1:45pm

BA, History & Secondary Education, Knox College ('98)
MA in American History, University of Missouri--St. Louis ('00)
PhD in History, Indiana University ('09)

Presently Teaching:
HIS 2020
SOS 3400

Professional Interests:
U.S. History, Women's History, Civil War era & memory of Civil War in American culture, American radicalism and reform movements, history education, scholarship of teaching and learning, social science education (9-12)


Brian Mann

Coleman Hall 3280

Office Hours:
Fall 2012 - M: 11:00-12:30, W: 8:15-8:45 & 11:30-13:30,
F: 11:00-11:30, & by appt.

MA (History - 2005) from The University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. candidate/ABD (History) @ The University of Texas at Austin

Presently Teaching:
"World History: The Twentieth Century World (HIS 1526G)" - two sections
"The Arab-Israeli Conflict (HIS 4775A)

Professional Interests:
Modern Middle East, 19th- & 20th-century Iran, Khuzistan, nationalism, imperialism, social movements

Personal Interests:
Watching baseball (New York Mets), listening to music (post-punk and classic rock), reading (20th-century fiction), cooking (Indian cuisine)  


Alicia Neal

Doudna Fine Arts Center 0355

Office Hours: 
M and F-9-10am; Wed.-2:15-3:15; Thurs.-4:30-5:30pm

Bachelor of Music Education-University of Colorado 
Master of Musical Arts-University of Colorado
Doctor of Music-Northwestern University

Presently Teaching: 
Wind Symphony 
Concert Band 
Conducting 1

Professional Interests: 
The music and life of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass; retention of students involved in band programs between high school graduation and the first year of college; supplementing the training of music education majors through participation, discussions, and reflections within the collegiate band ensemble

Personal Interests: 
Beer brewing, cooking, spending time with my two dogs, and watching football

Molly Niesen
Communication Studies
Coleman Hall 1820

Alan D. Pocaro
Doudna Fine Arts Center 1917


Ruben Quesada

Coleman Hall 3562

Office Hours:
Spring 2013 MW 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:30 p.m.

B.A./MFA University of California-Riverside
Ph.D. Texas Tech University

Presently Teaching:
Poetry Workshop (ENG 2003)
Composition & Language(ENG 1001G)

Professional Interests:
Creative Writing (Poetry & Poetics); Cultural Criticism & Literary Theory; Technology and Digital Humanities

Jamila D. Smith

Coleman Hall 3775

Office Hours:
Fall 2012 MWF 10:00-11:00a.m. and W 3:00-4:00p.m

B.A. (English) Xavier University of Louisiana
M.F.A. (Creative Writing-Children's and Adolescent Literature) Chatham University
Ph.D. (Education-Adolescent, Post-Secondary, and Community Literacies) The Ohio State University

Presently Teaching:
Freshman Composition (ENG 1001-009 and 026)
Children's Literature (ENG 3405)

Professional Interests:
Black feminisms; Intergenerational intersectionality in the lives and literacies of Black mothers and daughters; Reading and Writing Multicultural Children's and Young Adult Literature; Multi-genred approaches to qualitative research; New Literacy Studies (African American Female and Community Literacies)

Personal Interests:
Traveling abroad, community engagement, creative writing, reading memoir, young adult literature, and fiction