2023-2024 Faculty Associates
Associate Professor, Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
Justin's primary research interest is in how members construct networks of social support to reduce stress and burnout in their organizations. As part of his work with the Faculty Collaborative, he is facilitating a cohort of new faculty, developing curriculum around building a more supportive SCU culture, and helping colleagues seek peer support. He will be developing CAFE programing focused on support-related issues along with developing content on promoting support networks in the classroom. He is also actively involved in the LGBTQ Faculty Group.
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies and Sciences Department
C.J. promotes inclusive, evidence-based teaching practices and faculty development at SCU. He has led new faculty cohorts, organized writing retreats, presented at Teaching CAFEs, and supported faculty through the ACUE program. Additionally, C.J. was faculty director for the Spark Seminar program and contributed to two SCU Teaching and Technology Innovation Grant projects, including the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Research Toolbox.
Associate Professor, Anthropology Department
Mythri teaches courses in social and cultural anthropology with foci on human rights and humanitarianism, gender and sexuality, and religion and politics. She approaches her teaching opportunities and the classroom at SCU as an experience and space of mutual co-thinking and opportunity to question the world around us. A main motivation in Mythri's commitment to being a Faculty Associate is to mentor underrepresented and incoming faculty, particularly those faculty whose pedagogical approaches and representation in the broader landscape of academia need more infrastructural support.
Adjunct Lecturer, Economics Department, Leavey School of Business
Sofia teaches undergraduate courses in Macroeconomics, International Economics as well as Managerial Economics in the MBA program. Her research focuses in agricultural economics and, in particular, precision farming technologies and local food. Sofia has been awarded for her teaching excellence from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). She always looks for opportunities to connect with people who value teaching and with whom she can mutually benefit as educators. Sofia is committed to bring more faculty together, and work in new ideas and teaching projects.
Associate Professor, English, College of Arts and Sciences
Amy is a feminist historiographer of rhetoric who researches histories of rhetorical education and public memory. She brings her research ethic and expertise to bear on her work as a Faculty Associate by supporting pedagogies and practices that foster connection and collaboration in the classroom, on campus, and across the community; that address and redress historic and present-day inequity and injustice; that empower those who have been marginalized and disenfranchised; and that support the full development of individuals and their communities into the future. Through contributions to CAFE workshops and her leadership of the new ACUE microcredential program, her work as a Faculty Associate this year focuses specifically on supporting inclusive teaching and DEI, with a particular emphasis on supporting new faculty in their transition to campus.
Associate Professor, English Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Danielle specializes in African American literature and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries and is interested in the ways that literature, mass media, popular culture, and humor shape identity formation. In particular, her research and teaching reflect her interests in African American satire and comedy, the arts as activism, and the continuing influence of history on contemporary articulations of Black selfhood and belonging. As a Faculty Associate, Danielle uses her research expertise and experiential knowledge to contribute to and expand existing University initiatives to recruit and retain faculty from marginalized backgrounds. Specifically, Danielle is working to create robust new opportunities for mentorship and community for marginalized junior faculty as well as to establish clear paths to leadership for marginalized faculty at all levels.
Lecturer, Bioengineering Department
As a faculty in the School of Engineering, Emily loves discussing principles of key concepts and approaching problem solving. She is a molecular virologist by training with the emphasis on vaccine engineering and immune mechanisms. With 20 years of research and development experience in the biomedical industry, Emily also loves sharing her experience with students. Assuming many faculty with the same or similar interests, Emily would love to share and explore ideas and journey. Throughout her career in the industry, she’s been active members of the biomedical societies and produced numerous publications and patents.
Professor, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences Director, Neuroscience
In collaboration with Faculty Collaborative Co-Directors, Patti assists in creating learning goals, curriculum, and content for New Faculty Cohorts, and she also facilitates one of the cohort groups. In addition, she contributes to planning, programming, facilitation and leadership of the Chairs Leadership Forum. She is working this year with mid and late career faculty in particular.