Faculty Stories

Our faculty is more than 360 strong, and each professor has a unique story to tell. Meet the passionate educators and scholars who will guide your journey as you pursue your intellectual passions.

Portrait of Chinelo Okparanta

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Chinelo Okparanta, English

The real reward of writing, according to Professor Chinelo Okparanta, English, is sharing stories that connect us in meaningful ways.

Professor Erin Jablonski

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Erin Jablonski, Chemical Engineering

As Professor Erin Jablonski, chemical engineering, pursued her education and career in a male-dominated field, she has paid careful attention to factors that could undermine student success in grades K-12.

Portrait of Neil Boyd

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Neil Boyd, Management

Professor Neil Boyd, management, teaches his students that organizational sustainability must balances three bottom lines: financial, environmental and social.

Portrait of Erica Delsandro

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Erica Delsandro, Women’s & Gender Studies

Professor Erica Delsandro , women's & gender studies, routinely shakes up her students' understanding of social constructs such as race, gender and sexuality — often by helping them view the world through the lens of literature produced in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Portrait of Beeta Baghoolizadeh

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Beeta Baghoolizadeh, History and Africana Studies

As a professor of history and Africana studies, Beeta Baghoolizadeh teaches her students that even official records have an editorial viewpoint that has been curated to emphasize some facts and leave out others.

Portrait of Sarah Lower

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Sarah Lower, Biology

Professor Sarah Lower, biology, studies the connections between the genetics of fireflies and the history of their evolution in different environments.

Portrait of Thomas Kinnaman

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Thomas Kinnaman, Economics

Professor Thomas Kinnaman, economics, isn’t afraid to challenge prevailing beliefs about environmental issues and policies, even if the data contradicts popular pro-environmental opinion.

Portrait of Kate Suslava

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Kate Suslava, Management

Professor Kate Suslava, management, who once planned to study Italian dialects as a graduate student, merges linguistics and management in her current research.

Portrait of Matthew Slater

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Matthew Slater, Philosophy

Professor Matthew Slater, philosophy, studies the impact of scientific literacy on political division.

Portrait of Terri Norton

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Terri Norton, Civil & Environmental Engineering

A civil engineer who studies disaster preparedness and recovery, Professor Terri Norton studies better ways to aid disaster victims during their most vulnerable times.