Barb Daubenspeck, Program Director and Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bellevue University—as well as a licensed mental health professional working part-time in the community—pinpoints the word “transformation” to define the many paths her life has taken. As she has moved through personal heartaches and professional challenges, she has consciously focused on allowing herself to transform, and she brings this mindset to her work as a program director, professor, and counselor.
Dr. Carla Jackson Bell, Dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS) and Professor of Architecture at Tuskegee University, is a trailblazer. She is the first African American woman Dean of an Architecture and Construction Management school in the United States. Additionally—of only twenty African American women who are tenured architecture faculty in the nation—she is the first woman to become tenured in Tuskegee’s Department of Architecture. Under Bell’s leadership, Tuskegee’s architecture program earned the maximum eight-year term of re-accreditation from the National Architectural Accrediting Board for the first time in the school’s history, and the Construction Science and Management program became accredited for the first time.
Amber Wagner has established a vibrant and growing applied computer science program in her three years as assistant professor at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). Her irresistible excitement about computer science, as well as her thoughtfulness regarding its range of potential uses, invites a diverse array of students to solve a wide variety of problems using tools afforded by the discipline.
Dr. Jinghe Mao, Dean of the Natural Science Division and Professor of Biology at Tougaloo College, has a twenty-year track record of supporting both students and faculty members by establishing high-quality research experiences and cutting-edge facilities on campus.
Perhaps it is because I am a millennial, but when I hear the word “simulation,” I cannot help but think of The Matrix and Neo taking the red pill. In some regards, higher education reminds me of The Matrix, in that educators and students are living in two completely separate worlds simultaneously—professors are both lifelong learners as well as leaders in the classroom, forcing them to straddle the dynamics of being a professional in the field as well as a shaper of minds.
Dr. Stephanie L. Batkie, Associate Teaching Professor of English, Director of Writing across the Curriculum, and Director of Writing Center at Sewanee, is a prolific scholar, innovative and inviting pedagogue, and exceptionally supportive and collaborative faculty member at The University of the South.
Romita Ray, Associate Professor of Art History at Syracuse University, employs both arts and culture to forge connections between people across disciplinary boundaries. In her scholarship and teaching, she focuses on the art and architecture of the British Empire in India, and she serves on the editorial board of the Journal of South Asian Studies, but her strengths lie in creating opportunities for all kinds of people to take part in common human experiences.
Anjali Sahay, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Gannon University, is an energetic researcher and community partner who works within and beyond the university to promote intercultural understanding and collaboration
James Padilioni, Professor of Religion at Swarthmore College, has a wide array of interests: ritual cultures and plantation lifeworlds, folk Catholicism, Black queer performance, pharmacopic traditions in the African diaspora, Black mystics and cosmologies, and the ontology of race—to name a few.
I am delighted to celebrate the contributions made to higher education by Dr. Jared Richman, Associate Professor of English at Colorado College, and not least of all because I am indebted to his lucid, interdisciplinary, and wholly engaging scholarship, which has taught me invaluable lessons as a young scholar.