Meet our 2016 Fellows

Dr. Marie Butler

As Professor of Sociology at Oxnard College California, Dr. Butler specializes on women’s questions in the so-called ‘third world’ with a special focus on the Middle East. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Davis. She also holds an M.Ed. degree in counseling psychology from Georgia Tech University, Atlanta, and a B.A. in history and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Oxnard, Dr. Butler teaches a number of courses ranging from Social Problems, Contemporary Marriage and Family, Sex Roles, Crime and Society, Race and Ethnic Relations, to mention a few. Dr. Butler has previously taught at a number of colleges in the California system as well as at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She is a recognized teacher. Among others, she holds the Mark Dever Award for Excellence in Teaching from Oxnard College and the California State University Outstanding Professor Award given by disabled students. While at the 2016 Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab, Dr. Butler will design a new global studies elective course on women in developing nations focusing particularly on Egypt, India, and Mexico.

Dr. Joseph Day

Dr. Joseph Day is currently Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Community Health program at Governors State University (GSU) and a member of the South Suburban Community College (SSC) Health Sciences Advisory Board and the South Suburban Family Wellness Alliance. He earned his Ph.D. at University of Illinois at Chicago in Public Health. Dr. Day’s research experience and teaching interests include racial and ethnic health disparities, health behaviors, such as underage drinking, tobacco, and drug abuse which place youth at greater risk for teen pregnancy and for contracting sexually transmitted infections. Dr. Day has also worked on projects related to homelessness, the social/emotional development of children from low-resource, urban communities, and sickle cell disease. Dr. Day is currently working on several projects including, an examination of the association of elementary school students’ substance use, psychological distress, and risk behavior. He is a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, and The Journal of Women and Social Work. For his work on disadvantaged youth, Dr. Day received the 2007 Black History Maker Award from the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During the 2016 Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab, Dr. Day will collaborate with his colleague Dr. Serena Wadhwa to develop a health course for incoming freshmen. The curriculum will provide an opportunity for students to develop a comparative understanding of global and domestic community health issues as well as awareness of solutions that are available in today’s global society.

Dr. Wilma Fletcher-Anthony

Dr. Fletcher-Anthony is the Director of the Counseling Center at Queensborough Community College, City University New York. She has earned a Ph.D. in general psychology from Capella University. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University and a B.A. in science education from the University of the West Indies. While her counseling interests focus on multicultural influences in decision making, parenting, and the development of skills for achievement of academic and career goals, Dr. Fletcher-Anthony also researches and publishes on issues of separation and reunification particularly in relation to West Indian immigrants to the U.S. Grants through the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab will support her in the revision of a college orientation course that is required for all first semester students at Queensborough Community College. She will tailor the course Strategies for College Success to focus on the multi-cultural education of under-served students with a predominantly minority and immigrant background.

Judith Graham

Ms. Graham is Associate Professor in the Humanities and Social Science Department at Oglala Lakota College, South Dakota, where she facilitates communication studies, English and literature courses, both face-to-face and online. She has previously taught at Sinte Gleska University and the St. Francis Indian School. She earned ABD status from the University of South Dakota and holds a Master of Science in college teaching from Northeastern State University. During her participation at the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab, Ms. Graham will complete the development of a new course,  Engl 483: Global Issues for Oglala Lakota College’s Humanities and Social Science Department. Geared primarily towards communication and English majors, this course will launch online in Spring 2017 and will be accessible to learners through all of OCL’s nine community-college centers, which serve the Oglala Sioux tribe.

Annie Kadala Harris

Annie Kadala Harris is Reference and Instructional Librarian at Davidson County Community College, North Carolina. She holds a Master in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, and a B.A. in English from the College of Charleston. She has recently participated in the World View Global Distinction Workshop at UNC Chapel-Hill where she collaborated on creating a globalized module for a sociology course. At Davidson, Ms. Harris serves as a member of the International Education Committee and the Scholars of Global Distinction Subcommittee, while also being the community college representative at NC Live. Ms. Harris will participate in the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab in order to design strategies for how to enhance library resources in support of the Scholars of Global Distinction Initiative in North Carolina’s community college system. 

James Hart

Mr. Hart is Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Languages and ESL Department at the County College of Morris (CCM), New Jersey. His career in languages and linguistics started in 2001 when he was hired as a summer ESL instructor for the ASPECT program at Manhattan College in the Bronx. Mr. Hart has also taught at the Berlitz Language School and TASIS, a private American School on the outskirts of London. In addition to education, Mr. Hart has experience in several language- and linguistics-related fields, including translation. Mr. Hart studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, and has visited Peru and Spain. While completing his master’s degree in applied linguistics at Montclair University, Mr. Hart worked on the MELD project, a database of English language learner essays. Mr. Hart’s participation in the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab and subsequent grants will support the development of CCM’s own faculty-led study abroad programs.

Adam D. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman is Adjunct English Language Instructor at Gateway Community College, Instructor in the Writing Program of the English Department at Arizona State University (ASU), and Humanities Instructor for the Comparative Cultures Program at Northern Arizona University (NAU). He has a rich teaching portfolio. He has designed and taught courses not only on English composition, critical reading, and writing but also on global ecological aesthetics; humans, civilization and the wild; human values in tech society; and global literary and visual aesthetics. Mr. Hoffman holds a master’s degree in English literature from Northern Arizona University and a B.A. in religious studies from the University of Arizona. He is recognized as a highly meritorious teacher both at ASU and NAU. Participation in the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab will enable Mr. Hoffman to develop a new humanities course that will expose students to the cultural and linguistic commonalities that Eastern (Chinese/Mandarin) and Western (Greek/Italian/English) languages share.

Dr. Colleen Pilgrim

Dr. Pilgrim is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Schoolcraft College, Michigan, where she teaches courses on abnormal psychology, human development, child psychology, and learning and memory. She holds a master’s and a Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University.  As a long-time member of the Schoolcraft International Institute, she has an established record promoting global issues on campus and in the community. This part of her work has focused on applied issues, particularly the intersection of cross-cultural psychology with issues of global import.  She has recently been part of a team that incorporated social and cultural awareness into all psychology courses on the Schoolcraft campus and that globalized the college’s core social psychology course.  Dr. Pilgrim has previously taught at the University of Detroit, Mercy and Wayne State University. She was also research investigator at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor. While at the Global and Area Studies Summer Lab,  Dr. Pilgrim will develop a new cross-cultural psychology course for Schoolcraft College to be launched in Spring 2017. She also plans to create a stand-alone global learning module that can be integrated into all campus psychology courses.

Dr. Gregory Rabb

Dr. Rabb is Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for International Studies & Study Abroad at Jamestown Community College as well as adjunct professor at Clarion University. Dr. Rabb holds a B.A. from Canisius College, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo. At Jamestown, he teaches courses on American and world politics, the European Union, micro- and macro-economics, global business and business law. He is the 2011 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and has been the past recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to study in the Netherlands, a Northwestern University fellowship to study the Holocaust, a Columbia University fellowship to study East Asia as well as several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a National Mentor for the College Board on the East Coast, he regularly conducts workshops for middle and high school teachers in pre-advance placement skills and advanced placement courses in US and Comparative Government and Politics. While at the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab, Dr. Rabb will re-design three courses core to the Associate’s Degree in Global Studies at Jamestown Community College.

Dr. Carolina Rocha

Dr. Rocha is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, specializing in Latin American film. She holds a B.A in Latin American History from the Argentine Catholic University, and both M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas Austin. Dr. Rocha has received numerous fellowships and awards for her research in Latin America, including the Upper Midwest Initiative Grant for field research in Argentina. While at UT Austin, she was awarded a Bruton Fellowship for her graduate studies; and, in 2014, she traveled to the University of Liverpool as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Rocha is the author of Masculinities in Contemporary Argentine Popular Films, as well as several edited volumes covering Latin American history, culture, and gender. Dr. Rocha will utilize her fellowship at the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab to conduct research on national history within Brazilian contemporary cinema for course development. This new course will allow students to learn about another nation in the Americas that has been considered a melting pot; and whose varied population can act as a powerful point of comparison with the history of the US.

Douglas Rosson

As Adjunct Professor at Illinois Central College, Mr. Rosson teaches performing arts and humanities courses with global content. Previously at Bradley University and Thallahassee Community College, he directed and co-produced a number of successful plays with students. Under his direction Tony Kushner’s Angels in America was reviewed by the Peoria Journal Star as one of the fifteen most important arts events in Central Illinois while Anton in Show Business was selected as alternate for ACTF Region Three Festival. Mr. Rosson holds a Master’s in Fine Arts from the National Theater Conservatory and has completed postgraduate studies at the International Center for Advanced Theater Studies, University of Helsinki. Participation at the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab will enable him to design a cross-disciplinary class in performance studies that will expose students to the Norwegian and Russian theatrical revolutions at the turn of the nineteenth century. Through this course, students will also have the opportunity to examine the impact that these traditions had on representational performance and communication style in twentieth century theater, film, and television.

Derek Shouba

Derek Shouba is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Morton College, a Hispanic-serving institution located in Cicero, IL.  He is a community college leader with twenty years of experience in higher education administration and teaching. He has taught American, European, and world history at a variety of colleges and universities, including DePaul University, Loyola University, North Park University, Roosevelt University, and Columbia College. Mr. Shouba is an alumnus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and is currently earning his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in Management in Community College Leadership. Mr. Shouba is also the Membership Secretary of the Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs (ICISP), a recent NAFSA Academy graduate, and a Fulbright Scholar. Over the past seven years, Mr. Shouba has become a serious student of the Soviet Union in the interwar years. He maintains a personal blog on how people have both theorized and experienced the Russian revolutionary project. During the Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab, Mr. Shouba will use library resources and meet with University of Illinois faculty to enhance Morton’s comprehensive campus internationalization plan.

Dr. Serena Wadhwa

Dr. Wadhwa is an Assistant Professor in addiction studies and behavioral health at Governors State University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, specializing in health psychology. Dr. Wadhwa is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in counseling. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Besides teaching and research, Dr. Wadhwa works in a variety of roles as a consultant, presenter, trainer, and contributor to various blogs and radio talk shows. She has presented on various topics in the Midwest and published numerous articles on topics relating to addiction, stress, and health. She has two books on stress coming out in 2016 and is the creator of the Stress Intelligence Coaching Program. The 2016 Global and Area Studies Summer Research Lab will provide Dr. Wadhwa with the opportunity to meet with faculty and centers involved in the Illinois-Njala Global Health Initiative. She will also collaborate with her colleague Dr. Joseph Day on the development of a first-year global health course for GSU students.