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Christopher Gadomski 
Theatre

Doudna Fine Arts Center 2045
581-3219
cgadomski@eiu.edu

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

Education:
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
217-581-6362
blaughlinshul@eiu.edu

Office Hours: 
T, W, R 12:15-1:45pm

Education:
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
History

Coleman Hall 3280
581-3310
bmann@eiu.edu

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.

Education:
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
Music

Doudna Fine Arts Center 0355
217-581-6087
amneal2@eiu.edu

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

Education: 
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
mcniesen@eiu.edu

Alan D. Pocaro
Art
Doudna Fine Arts Center 1917
581-2059
adpocaro@eiu.edu

 

Ruben Quesada
English

Coleman Hall 3562
rmquesada@eiu.edu

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

Education:
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
English

Coleman Hall 3775
jdsmith9@eiu.edu

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

Education:
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