Predoctoral Diversity Fellows Join IC Faculty for 2010-11

This fall, H&S begins a new predoctoral diversity fellowship program. Four scholars in anthropology, art history, sociology, and speech communication will be in residence to teach classes, work with students, and complete their dissertations. According to Dean Leslie Lewis, "We expect that this program will introduce a large number of future faculty members to Ithaca College, will help to increase the diversity of our applicant pool for future faculty hiring, and will help to establish the College as a leading supporter of diversity in higher education. [We] anticipate that our fellows will add exciting dimensions to the curriculum, bring their enthusiasm to the classroom, and add to the intellectual vibrancy of H&S and the College."

Donathan Brown, fellow in speech communication, comes from Texas A&M University. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of race, rhetoric, and public policy, focusing on Latinos and African Americans. He will design and teach a new course entitled Communication, Race, and Public Policy. Brown and his students will engage subjects such as English-only, immigration, and reparations. Laurie Arliss, chair of speech communication, says that Brown's residence in the department will allow the department to enhance their curricular offerings: "These courses will bring texture and relevance to the study of rhetoric and public discourse. Donathan's presence at the College will further the important dialogue, already under way, about the value of diversity in higher education."

Art history fellow Jeffreen M. Hayes is an American studies doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary. She is writing a dissertation on contemporary African American visual culture. With an M.A. from Howard University in art history, she has extensive experience as a museum curator, including appointments at the National Gallery of Art, University of Delaware, and Hampton University Museum. She will teach a special topics course in art history called Introduction to African American Art: Fashioning an Identity. "I am looking forward to the intellectual exchange with my colleagues in art history and to learning from the students," Hayes says. "I am most excited about getting into the classroom and teaching African American art and visual culture."

Hollie Kulago, fellow in anthropology, is a Ph.D. candidate from Purdue University. She grew up on the Diné (Navajo) Nation. Her dissertation research focuses on Diné youth and how they define "community." Kulago will bridge three academic areas -- Native American studies, anthropology, and education. "For students to learn from someone who has grown up on the Diné Nation adds layers of knowledge and experience for students to gain a deeper understanding of Native culture," says Brooke Hansen, coordinator of Native American studies and associate professor of anthropology. Kulago will teach Learning across Cultures, a course cross-listed between anthropology and education, and will also participate in the planning of Native American Celebration Month.

Eric Pido, fellow in sociology, is finishing his doctorate in ethnic studies at the University of California-Berkeley. After completing his undergraduate degree, he helped to establish the first homeless court program in Los Angeles. Pido also has a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington and has worked with Muslim and Arab communities, advocating for individuals who had been detained through the USA PATRIOT Act. He will be teaching Immigration and Citizenship this fall. "Being given the opportunity to teach at a school like Ithaca College makes me feel incredibly fortunate. From the moment I was first welcomed into the College, I knew [it] would be a wonderful fit for my teaching and research aspirations."