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.
Dr. Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Director of the Comprehensive Writing Program and Assistant Professor of English at Spelman College, fiercely advocates for her pedagogical values: actively mentoring students, collaborating within the classroom and the larger community, and highlighting Black viewpoints and voices in all spaces. By taking the lead in establishing partnerships between historically Black institutions of higher learning and nearby historically Black towns, she has created new opportunities for students and professors at a variety of institutions to participate in community-engaged work.
Mount Marty College is a small, Catholic liberal arts college in Southeast South Dakota, an academic community that believes in the Benedictine values of community, lifelong learning, awareness of God, and hospitality. Professor Joe Rutten is director of their Benedictine Leadership Institute, the basis of the core curriculum at Mount Marty.
Soon after a program revamping by the Music department at Mississippi College, Dr. Will Bishop was named the first director of the newly established Worship Leadership Program.
Dr. Kevin Finn recently joined Colby-Sawyer College as Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and Director of Clinical Partnerships, bringing over ten years of teaching, research, and administrative experience-most recently as the associate dean for the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.