Aug 15, 2016
Join St. Edward's in welcoming 15 full-time faculty members who teach subjects ranging from religion to interactive games. Meet many of them in this quick roundup.
Carsten Andresen, assistant professor of Criminal Justice
From my earliest moments in the classroom, I was struck by the abilities of the students to consider controversial police issues in an analytical and thoughtful manner, both in their class discussions and written papers. I look forward to helping students to hone their intellectual talents to identify, diagnose and respond to justice challenges within the world.
Robert Denton Bryant, assistant professor of Interactive Game Studies
The biggest challenge in creating video games is to connect with players on an emotional level without letting the technology get in the way. I'm eager to work with the St. Edward's community to develop a unique humanities-based approach to video game production that will empower students to create moving works and to become leaders in the medium.
Raychelle Burks, assistant professor of Chemistry
Analytical chemistry is part detective work, part do-it-yourself MacGyver action, part classic chemistry, part cutting-edge science and lots of fun! I hope to share my passion for analytical chemistry with students and look forward to working together with them in the classroom and lab. I had the opportunity to work with great research students this summer — creative, engaged, self-starters that taught me as much as I hopefully taught them. This fall, I look forward to meeting and working with more student scholars
P.K. Chatterjee, visiting instructor of Finance
I have taught several courses in Finance at St. Edward's over 13 years, both in the graduate and in the undergraduate program, and have really enjoyed the experience. Making topics that can sometimes be complex simple enough to understand is uplifting. Also uplifting is the chance to associate with so many young people and help them to grow their knowledge and to grow as individuals. In turn, my students invigorate me.
Amy Concilio, assistant professor of Environmental Science
In addition to getting my students out to the field for hands-on learning opportunities, I am excited about getting involved in sustainability and social justice initiatives on campus and incorporating them into my classroom activities and discussions. I personally find it most rewarding and interesting to debate, discuss and work toward solutions for real-world environmental and social issues.
Ali Dadpay, associate dean of Academic Programs and professor of Economics
Business education in general, and economics in particular, are about deriving patterns for optimal decision making. In economics the concepts are derived from human behavior. I am always amazed by the insights student bring to classroom. They are the true practitioners, and inspire me to be an entrepreneur-educator, developing student-centered courses in quantitative analysis and microeconomics to teach them skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
Laurie Heffron, assistant professor of Social Work
Over the years I have had the pleasure of collaborating and interacting with students and faculty from St. Edward’s University and am excited to be joining this stimulating environment of growth and service. I am inspired by the opportunity to learn and work alongside students, faculty and the broader community in generating understanding and action around global-minded social justice initiatives, particularly those related to violence against women, forced migration, human trafficking, and the detention of immigrant women and children fleeing violence.
Thomas Moe, visiting professor of Computer Science
I want to help students achieve their educational and professional goals. Twenty-three years ago, I took a career exploration class from Brother James Kell at St. Edward’s University. After retiring from managing infrastructure and operations at the Texas Legislative Council, my career has come full circle as I join the department of Computer Science at St. Edward’s.
Kaitlyn Phillipson, assistant professor of Mathematics
I am excited to teach Mathematics for Liberal Arts. All the topics have direct real-world connections, such as finances, voting methods and understanding scientific studies. I enjoy showing students that math is not just some abstract concept, but it is tangible and useful in their everyday lives.
Mitchell Phillipson, visiting assistant professor of Mathematics
In my first semester at St. Edwards, I'm really looking forward to getting to know and work with students. I enjoy watching students learn and grow while introducing them to the fun and interesting concepts in Math they haven't yet learned.
Wesley Pollitte, assistant professor of Marketing
I am excited about being part of the St. Edward’s community. Being located in the dynamic Austin business community, St. Edward’s students have a unique opportunity to learn about global business. I look forward to engaging with the students as they explore these opportunities and prepare for their careers through experiential learning projects and community engagement.
Gary Slater, visiting assistant professor of Religious and Theological Studies
This will be my third year at St. Edward's, and my first as a full-time faculty member after two years as contingent. I think of my teaching in terms of two things: energy and agency. By putting energy into the teaching of great ideas and texts, I aim not only to convey my excitement in a way that students can share, but also to give students the agency to continue the learning process for themselves. For Fall 2016, I'm only looking forward to carrying these goals forward.
List of all new full-time faculty members
- Warren Andresen, assistant professor of Criminal Justice
- Emily Bernate, assistant professor of Spanish
- Robert Bryant, assistant professor of Interactive Game Studies
- Raychelle Burks, assistant professor of Chemistry
- P.K. Chatterjee, visiting instructor of Finance
- Amy Concilio, assistant professor of Environmental Science
- Ali Dadpay, associate dean of Academic Programs and professor of Economics
- Laurie Heffron, assistant professor of Social Work
- Juli James, assistant professor of Marketing
- Thomas Moe, visiting assistant professor of Computer Science
- Kaitlyn Phillipson, assistant professor of Mathematics
- Mitchell Phillipson, visiting assistant professor of Mathematics
- Wesley Pollitte, assistant professor of Marketing
- Gary Slater, visiting assistant professor of Religious and Theological Studies
- Jason Stinnett, visiting assistant professor of Spanish