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ERS Program Coordinator
(Wasco, Warm Springs, Eastern Cherokee) (Enrolled: Eastern Band of Cherokee)
Chair & Associate Professor of Native American Studies
PhD in Native American Studies, University of California (Davis)
Dr. Brook Colley is an Associate Professor and Chair of the SOU Native American Studies program. Colley’s research is focused on federal Indian law & policy, Oregon Tribes, intertribal relations & conflict, and community health & healing. Her book Power in the Telling: Grand Ronde, Warm Springs, and Intertribal Relations in the Casino Era was published in 2019 by the University of Washington Press and it was a finalist for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis, and is currently working on an intertribal Indigenous-led collaboration to enhance first food access and first food production in Southern Oregon. She lives in Jackson County with her daughter, and two pups named Honey and Leonard Cohen.
PhD, Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Teaching and Learning, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001; MS, English and Psychology, SOU, 1984; BS, Secondary Education: English, California Polytechnical Institute, 1970
After teaching in the K-12 public school system in Southern California for 32 years, Dr. Adams fulfilled her goal to become a full-time teacher educator at SOU in 2006. Her passions include culturally responsive school reform, multicultural education, and social justice.
Alma Rosa Alvarez
PhD, English, University of California, Santa Barbara; MA, English, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, English and Mexican American Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Dr. Alvarez teaches U.S. Literature with a specialty in U.S. Ethnic Literature. She loves the way literature guides students through new experiences. Dr. Alvarez’ research interest is in the formation of the Chicanx canon. In her spare time, she likes writing poetry.
BA, Rutgers College; MA, PhD, City University of New York
Edwin Battistella is the author, most recently, of Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology. His work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Politico, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregonian. Battistella is on the editorial board of The Oregon Encyclopedia and is the co-editor-in-chief of journal Language and Linguistics Compass.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Health Administration Program Coordinator
PhD, Bowling Green State University, 2014; MS, University of the West Indies, 2005; BS, University of the West Indies, 2002
Dr. Gibbs is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the department of Sociology and Anthropology. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Healthcare Administration program and a researcher at the Southern Oregon University Resource Center (SOURCE). As a trained social demographer, Dr. Gibbs uses quantitative methodologies to investigate issues pertaining to health disparities among individuals throughout the life course.
Senior Instructor – Art History
MA, Art History, University of California, Davis; BA, Art History and Humanities, California State University, Fresno
Longshore’s courses explore and analyze art and creativity from a variety of perspectives including globalization, activism, sustainability, critical theory, race, gender, and ethnicity. She particularly enjoys mentoring students as they develop activist art projects in collaboration with local community agencies. She serves on the SOU Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Council and advises the City of Ashland Public Arts Commission when new proposals are being considered. She is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in Ashland and enjoys singing in the Rogue World Ensemble, salsa dancing, and practicing archery.
BA, Bennington College; MA, PhD, Stanford University
Dr. Maltz is a Professor of English at Southern Oregon University. She is the author of British Aestheticism and the Urban Working Classes (Palgrave, 2006) and the editor of Arthur Morrison’s 1896 novel A Child of the Jago (Broadview, 2013). Her classes include The Animal in Literature; The Decadent 1890s; and Slumming in the Nineteenth Century.
Kylan Mattias de Vries
Associate Professor – GSWS Chair
BA, Communication, Antioch University, Santa Barbara; MA, Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale; PhD, Sociology, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Pronouns: he/him/his or they/them/theirs
Dr. Kylan Mattias de Vries holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Sociology and Anthropology programs, and he as serves as Chair of GSWS. His scholarly interests include inequalities, intersectionality, transgender studies, critical race studies, and social psychology.
Southern Oregon University’s Distinguished Teaching Award – 2017.
Professor – Sociology and Anthropology
PhD and MA, University of Arizona; BA, Guilford College
Dr. Jessica Piekielek’s research and teaching interests include conservation, environmentalism, applied anthropology, border and migration studies, Mexico, U.S., and Latin America.
Professor of Music – Music Education
BM, Music Education, University of the Pacific; MA, Music Education, California State University (Sacramento); EdD, Music Education, University of the Pacific
Dr. Purslow is a Professor of Music and before that an Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Purslow has more than 30 years of teaching and administrative experience at the university, community college, high school, and middle school levels. Purslow earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Music Education with a minor in Higher Education Administration from University of the Pacific and a Master of Arts in Music Education from CSU Sacramento, and Bachelor of Music from the University of Pacific. Purslow is also a professional saxophonist who has performed with The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Motown’s Funk Brothers, Bobby Shew, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Mark, Joe Williams, Morgan James, Mel Torme, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and Britt Festival Orchestra. Purslow has toured internationally with the Mazama Saxophone Quartet, performing in China, England, and Scotland. Purslow is a published arranger of music for saxophone ensembles. Her research interests include access to the arts for children in rural communities and community music organizations for youths. Purslow is distinctive for her research on guitarist Joseph “Smilin’ Joe” Bruhl and Youth of America on Stage.
PhD, Communication, Indiana University, 2003; MA, Communication, Ohio University, 1997; BSC, Communication, Ohio University, 1996
Dr. Alena Ruggerio (she/her/hers) teaches Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Argumentation, and Critical Thinking, Advanced Public Speaking, Becoming a Communication Scholar, Political Communication, Women Transforming Language, Evaluation of Public Communication, and Conflict Management. She has led study abroad programs in Oviedo, Spain, and Athens, Greece. She was honored to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award from Southern Oregon University, the Outstanding Visiting Faculty of the Year Award from AHA International, the Most Warm and Welcoming Professor Award from the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University, and the Frances A. Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award from Indiana University. The editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Press) and co-author of The Practice of Feminism: Communicating for Social Change (Waveland Press), Dr. Ruggerio’s research at the intersection of rhetoric, feminism, and religious studies has appeared in book chapters, scholarly journals, and web publications. She is active in the National Communication Association and the Western States Communication Association and serves as Affiliate Faculty of the SOU Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council.
Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012; MA, Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BA, Criminal Justice with Sociology minor, University of Northern Colorado, 2007
Shanell Sanchez joined the Criminology and Criminal Justice department in 2016 after teaching 3 years at Colorado Mesa University. Dr. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Sociology. Her primary research and teaching interests include social inequality, social change and justice, qualitative research methods, comparative crime and justice, and race and crime.
INL Program Coordinator – Advisor – Instructor
MA, Organizational Leadership, Columbia University, 1998; BA, Amherst College, 1990
Moneeka is the Program Coordinator of the Innovation and Leadership Degree and the advisor to the students. She teaches both Organizational Communication and Intercultural Communication for SOU. Solving organizational puzzles and proposing creative solutions is one of her favorite endeavors.
Carey Jean Sojka
BA, Woman & Gender Studies, Luther College, 2007; BA, Sociology, Luther College, 2007; MA, Women’s Studies, University at Albany, SUNY, 2010; PhD, Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, 2017
Dr. Carey Jean Sojka is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her research and teaching interests include transgender studies, embodiment, gender, sexuality, race, disability, and fat studies. She also conducts community trainings on transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer issues in our region.
Southern Oregon University’s Distinguished Teaching Award – 2020.
Associate Professor – Sociology and Human Service
PhD and MA, Sociology, Syracuse University; BA, Social Science, University of Michigan
Dr. Szott is a medical sociologist who uses qualitative methods to study drug use and addiction. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University along with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies. During her doctoral studies, she completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse doctoral fellowship program. Her research examines how public health programs, such as needle exchange, and health care practitioners conceptualize the health of people who inject drugs. Her current project focuses on heroin use and harm reduction responses in rural contexts. Her work comes out of a concern for the ways drug users are treated by institutions entrusted to care for them. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Health, and Critical Public Health. Kelly enjoys getting to know her students and doing creative and community-based projects in her classes.
Chance White Eyes
Assistant Professor – Native American Studies
PhD in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, University of Oregon
Dr. White Eyes is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University. His teaching and research interests include Native American Epistemologies and Storytelling, Education, Native American Philosophy, Narrative Analysis and Creative Writing in Research, Native Masculinities, and others. His research is focused on issues of access and success for Native American peoples in postsecondary education.
PhD, Associate Professor
PhD, Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2010; MA, Communication, Pepperdine University, 2005; BA, Studio Art, Humboldt State University, 2003
Precious Yamaguchi teaches intercultural communication and new media, with a special emphasis on video game production and culture. Her book on the Japanese American internment was published in 2014.