2013-2014 Faculty Biography
Andrew Abian received his MS in physics from the University of Washington, and BS in mathematics with a minor in physics from the University of Iowa. He has also studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, and statistics at Columbia University in New York. Prior to teaching at UW Bothell, he taught both math and physics courses at a wide range of community colleges in the Seattle area, as well as in Austin, Texas. He has also worked as an actuarial analyst, and software developer. Andrew currently teaches mathematics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Differential Equations, as well as Introductory Physics Labs at UW Bothell.
Rucha Ambikar holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her past research has focused on the intersections of post colonial nation building; with focus on education and religion. Currently she is working on research projects that examine the impact of new religious movements on immigrants working in the technology sectors in the US. Rucha has worked for UW Seattle as a post-doctoral researcher in the Information School and was most recently an Instructor in the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work at Seattle University. She also holds MA degrees in Mass Communication and Sociology.
Alexandre Barchechat received his Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Davis in California. He has taught a wide variety of classes ranging from College Algebra to graduate courses in 3 -manifolds. His area of interest has changed from geometric topology, in particular triangulations of three-manifolds, to math education.
Joey Benitez - received his MS in mathematics and BS in education from the Colorado State University, and a BS in mathematics from the University of South Florida. He was a software developer for over 30 years at Century Link. Prior to teaching at UW Bothell, he taught both math and computer science at a wide range of colleges and universities in the Seattle area, including Bellevue College, Washington State University, Shoreline Community College and Cascadia Community College. Joey currently teaches mathematics courses ranging from Algebra to Calculus.
Karena Birk holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University, and a BA in Classics from the University of Washington. She has taught at Cornish, Bainbridge Dance Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and The Ohio State University, among others. After training at the Cornish Preparatory Dance Program and the Richmond Ballet, she went on to dance professionally with the Colorado Ballet, Lehua Dance Theatre, ARC Dance, and is currently a member of Catherine Cabeen and Company and Redd Legg Dance. She has been privileged to dance works of Trisha Brown, Anna Sokolow, Antony Tudor, George Balanchine, Fanny Elssler, Wade Madsen, Deborah Wolf, Hannah Wiley, and many others. Her MFA studies focused on dance performance, notation, history, and pedagogy, and she holds a Teaching Certification in Labanotation. She is a member of the Congress on Research in Dance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and the National Dance Education Organization.
Tasha Buttler has been teaching at UW Bothell and UW Seattle for ten years. Most of her current courses draw on material from political economics as well as how the human psyche is explored and represented in literature from around the world. She has a M.S. and a Ph.D. and has worked for the public defender’s office, in environmental sciences, and as a liaison between private industry, government, universities, and the public. She is interested in models of how people learn so as to engage students as they develop critical reflexive thinking and passions for their pursuits. Her research investigates the role of exile and translation as forces of psychic and social change. She enjoys the translation of literature from Portuguese and Spanish and most recently has been involved in taking students on study abroad.
Gary Carpenter, has been a northwest artist for 25 years focusing primarily on his relationship with nature through a wide variety of mediums. He has studied at Cornish College of the Arts, the School of Visual Concepts, the Pratt Fine Art Center, and the Gage Academy and received his BFA and MFA from the University of Washington. He has an active studio practice and has recently completed sculpture commissions at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in Ilwaco, WA, at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley, NV and at the Skagit County Public Health and Safety Building in Mt. Vernon, WA. He has taught at the University of Washington and is currently teaching at the University of Washington Bothell.
Lisa Citron, is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Washington and conducts research in plant ecology and ethnobotany in the estuaries of coastal Washington. This research led her to develop a course that explores the intersection of ecology and culture and guides students through original research in this interdisciplinary area. An educator for more than 20 years, she holds a Washington State Teaching Certificate and is committed to serving students of diverse learning styles, fostering a sense of ownership in their work, and building skills that will serve them academically and professionally long into the future.
David Conners, studied business administration, economics, and the law at the University of Washington, as well as at the University of Oregon, before teaching economics at St. Lawrence University and Washington State University. Currently, David also provides economic consulting services to attorneys as a Forensic Economist, specializing in the calculation of "economic damages" in a wide variety of lawsuits, both actual and potential. David's style of teaching is to encourage "learning-by-doing" by requiring his students to read current articles on a regular basis from the Internet, newspapers, and journals – and practice their analytic skills by applying relevant methods of economic analysis to these real-world scenarios.
Sharon Crowley, who has a degree in Biology and is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington, is writing on Genotopias: Biopower and Embodied Subjectivity in Late Capitalism. Her research interests include Genomics, Evolution, Cultural Theory, and Teaching with Technology, and Literature.
Robert Farkasch earned his Ph.D. in International Relations and also holds degrees in Economics and Psychology. He has taught in a wide range of institutions, both online and in physical settings, and has won several teaching awards, including the ASUWB Teaching Award University of Washington Bothell in 2003.
Brandon Finley holds a Ph.D. in Earth System Science from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a research associate and lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell. His research is focused on oxidation processes in the atmosphere and includes field work in Guam and Cape Verde. In addition to research, he enjoys teaching science and has five years of university level education experience teaching Earth science and chemistry. For the past year he has worked with other CUSP faculty members to improve the science education and the chemistry curriculum at UWB and served on the architecture committee during the planning phase for a new science building on campus. He is currently working on a book detailing his experiences while doing scientific field work in Cape Verde.
Wei Gao earned an MFA in English Creative Writing (prose fiction) and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington. Her course offerings include Interdisciplinary and Research Writing, Discovery Core series, and Chinese Cultural & Language Studies. Among her innovations, Wei recently presented “Critical Core Glossaries in a Multi-Lingual Approach” at the Seventh annual Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum (CLAC) conference at the University of Richmond VA, as a part of her on-going efforts to enhance the UWB campus as a multi-lingual learning environment.
Diana García-Snyder is Part-Time Lecturer in Dance at the Center for University Studies and Programs (CUSP). She earned a M.F.A. in Dance Research, Education and Choreography at the University of Washington in Seattle. Diana is Co-Founder of DAIPANbutoh Collective Dance Company and has performed internationally in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Japan and Korea with renowned dance companies and choreographers, and for the past years as solo dancer in Japan and Korea presenting interactive-multimedia dance performances. Diana teaches, Dance for Health, ballet, modern/contemporary dance, and Butoh (a dance originally from Japan) as well as improvisation, video dance and choreography. She is a certified Pilates instructor and also teaches yoga. www.diana-garcia.com
John Godek is a full time Lecturer in Marketing at the University of Washington Bothell. He obtained a PhD in Marketing and a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and a B.S. in Management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He previously taught Marketing and Entrepreneurship for six years at the University of Oregon, and also spent two years teaching Leadership and Management at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. His research interests include consumer and managerial decision making, with special emphasis on identifying the influence of firms' individual level marketing efforts (customization and personalization) on consumers' decision processes and choices. His research was awarded the Franco Nicosia Award for the Best Competitive Paper at the Association for Consumer Research annual conference, and has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
Ben Gonio is a Seattle-based actor, playwright, producer, and teaching artist. He received a B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University. He attended the Moscow Art Theatre Exchange Program. A certified Stage Combatant (emphasis in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, and Quarterstaff) he has an M.F.A. in Acting from The University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program (one of the top 5 graduate programs in Actor Training based on U.S. News & World Report, 2004). Ben has taught at University of Arizona School Of Theatre Arts where he lead workshops in Suzuki Training and Viewpoints Training. He is currently a Lecturer for The University Of Washington where he teaches acting classes. Ben studied under regional theatre luminaries Jon Jory, Peter Brosius, Mladen Kiselov, Joe Dowling, Julian Patrick, Marsha Mason, Andrei Droznin, Anatoly Smeliansky and Bob Parks. He has also collaborated with notable stage directors, Tina Landau and Mark Weill; as well as playwrights Naomi Iizuka, Kevin Kling and John Olive. He has shared the stage with Hinton Battle, Sab Shimono, and Patti Coheneur. Credits include film, television, commercials and voice-overs. He continues to work for regional theatre companies such, Tony Award winning Minneapolis Children's Theatre, Houston's Arena Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre as well as local Seattle companies including Seattle Repertory Theatre, 5th Ave Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company and Alice B. Theatre. He is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, and Actors Equity Association. Ben is also a consultant in the areas of corporate organizational development, developing innovative and creative methodologies in employee training for both private and public sectors; exploring interpersonal communications, cultural sensitivity in the workplace, presentation skills, and physical/vocal dynamic presence for corporate employees. Ben was also one of the recipients of the 2007 Artist Trust Grant for his new solo show: "As Boundless As The Green Earth" and a recipient of the 2009 City of Seattle, Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Grant, for his recent solo-show project about Carlos Bulosan.
Gavin Doyle earned an M.F.A. in Theatre Performance (with an emphasis in African-American Theatre) from the University of Louisville, and a B.A. in both Biology and Theatre from Roanoke College. He also holds a J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with a license to practice in California and Washington. He teaches Acting and other theatre-themed courses, is a founder and member of UW|B’s Third Thursday Theatre, and moonlights as a local Stage Manager, Director, and Actor. In his spare time, he is a freelance writer and editor, runs a literary fiction website, and is at work on both a young-adult novel and a children’s picture book. Gavin has two children and currently serves as a board member and treasurer of the Bothell Family Cooperative Preschool.
Peter Gruenbaum received his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and his BA in Physics from the University of Chicago. He did high efficiency solar cell research at Stanford and Boeing, and then transitioned into software, where he worked on one of the first Augmented Reality systems at Boeing. He worked for a few start-ups, then founded the company SDK Bridge, which specialized in explaining technology. His Software Development for Kids project works with youth from groups underrepresented in technology, and it has received funding from the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, the City of Seattle, Washington STEM, and several other sources. Peter currently teaches classes around introducing computer science, including Digital Thinking and classes where computer science majors learn to teach programming to middle school students.
Katrina Harack is originally from Canada but earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, on the topic of ethics and literature in relation to several 20th century American authors. She has published articles on issues of memory, trauma, gender, and ethics in literature, and remains fascinated by the issues of representation surrounding memory, time,and history. She is pleased to teach BCUSP writing courses for UW Bothell.
Nicole Hoover earned her MA in Mathematics from the University of California at Davis and her BA in Mathematics at San Jose State University. She has taught at junior colleges and universities in California, Louisiana and Washington State. Nicole left the position as Director of the Quantitative Skills Center at UW Bothell in 2009 to become a stay at home mom. She enjoys exploring the Seattle area with her daughter. In addition to returning to the classroom in CUSP, Nicole will soon be working on a quantitative literacy program through the Carnegie Foundation with Cinnamon Hillyard.
Howard Hsu is a photographer based in Seattle, WA. He received his Master of Journalism in documentary photography from U.C. Berkeley and his work examines at social change, human rights, and the environment. He has photographed at the local level as well as internationally in Japan, Burma, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. His latest project, Industrial Evolution, explores Seattle's South of Downtown (SODO) neighborhood as it transitions under the shadow of economic change and overseas manufacturing within an increasingly tech-driven region.
Vilma Illanes is a native Spanish speaker and has extensive experience in language teaching in a variety of settings. Vilma is a member of the faculty of the University of Washington . She has experience as a lecturer and developer of cross-cultural communication workshops. In addition, she is a Senior Language Consultant at International Language Consultants Group. Clients of the International Language Consultants Group have included Microsoft, Nintendo, Crowley Marine Services, Boeing, Starbucks Coffee Corporation, Space Labs Medical and PATH Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. Vilma is experienced in meeting the needs of students with a wide range of Spanish language abilities.
Charles Jackels Since 2012, Charles Jackels is Professor Emeritus of Computing and Software Systems and Physical Science. He joined UW Bothell in 1995 after eighteen years teaching physical chemistry and carrying out computational chemistry research at Wake Forest University. In addition to teaching chemistry and scientific computing at UWB, he served as Director of the Computing and Software Systems Program for a number of years. Recent scholarly activity, in collaboration with Professor Susan Jackels of Seattle University, has involved international service-based chemistry research for improvement of coffee quality with Nicaraguan and Rwandan small-holder coffee farmers. This project has included field work on farms in Nicaragua and laboratory studies in both Seattle and Managua.
Dan Jacoby - link to bio on School of IAS program page
Deborah Jacoby is an actor, director, and Part-Time Lecturer in the First Year and Pre-Major Program (CUSP) teaching acting, presentation skills, and general learning strategies. She earned her BA in Theatre and Musical Theatre from The University of Southern California and her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University, focusing on applied theatre and theatre for social change. Deborah has previously taught with The Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and The MCC Youth Company and Opening Act in NYC. She also currently teaches and directs at Shoreline Community College. Deborah is the Theatre Artist-in-Residence at the American Jewish University’s Brandeis Collegiate Institute and is passionate about connecting the arts and creative expression with student learning and development.
Heyang Julie Kae teaches interdisciplinary and research writing. A Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington, she is currently finishing her dissertation on juvenile delinquency discourse in late 19th century and 20th century U.S. cultural production. She specializes in Asian American literature, 20th century American literature, law and literature and child studies. In her courses, she emphasizes the intersections race, gender, sexuality and age in U.S. cultural production, with an emphasis on literature and film.
Kristine Kellejian earned her Ph.D. in English/Rhetoric and Composition from Washington State University. Kris teaches a variety of composition and gender studies courses for CUSP and Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her courses often focus on specific themes, such as digital technology, popular culture, comic books, local legends, and writing for the public good. She also specializes in Writing with Digital Media, Queer Theory, Writing Program Administration, Professional Development for Faculty, and Writing Assessment. Her current areas of interest are in e-portfolios for programmatic assessment and writing with social media.
Karrin Klotz is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in litigation and general business law matters. After completing a judicial clerkship for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, she served as a litigator on complex business litigation issues with Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop), a litigator on software piracy issues at Donahue, Gallagher, Thomas and Woods, as corporate counsel for Amdahl Corporation and Microsoft Corporation, and as Associate General Counsel for Wall Data Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Business Administration and an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School, specializing in business law and intellectual property law issues. She also has her own legal practice, specializing in representing entrepreneurs on the wide range of issues faced by small businesses operating on a worldwide level. She is the past chairman of the Public Information and Media Relations Committee of the Washington State Bar Association, and recently published a paper on intellectual property audits at the 9th World Congress on Intellectual Capital and Innovation.
Alka Kurian - link to bio on School of IAS program page
Milagros Loreto earned her MS in Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science from Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela. Her research has been focused on optimization. Dr. Loreto's most recent paper was a result of her Postdoctoral research at Duke University, where she combined the modeling of the urine concentrating mechanism of the rat medulla kidney with the use of numerical optimization techniques to maximize the urine concentration. Before joining the UW, she worked as Assistant Professor at Florida Memorial University where she taught mathematics courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to Modern Algebra, as well as the Calculus sequence.
Young Min - bio link UWB Education Program.
Barry Minai has been teaching at the University of Washington Seattle campus since 1979. While working on his PhD, he was hired as a math instructor for the Office of Minority Affair's Instructional Center, the academic branch of the Educational Opportunity Program. In the early 1990's he became the assistant director, and in 2001, became the director of the UWS Office of Minority Affairs Instructional Center. However, the majority of his time continues to be dedicated to teaching math and sometimes economics. Barry's principle mathematical interests are math education and mathematical economics
Hiroshi Miyamoto received his MS in international studies focusing on Asian education and politics from Central Connecticut state University, and BA in Asian studies from University of Colorado, Boulder. He taught both cultural communications and Japanese language and culture courses at a wide range of community colleges, as well as several Japanese Universities. Hiroshi currently teaches Japanese courses at UW Bothell.
David Nixon is a philosopher and artist with an interest in aesthetics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, music, science fiction, and The Meaning of Life. He got his Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Washington (Seattle) in 2004. He likes bicycling, playing the banjo, painting, writing poetry, acting, making short films and animation, and playing around on computers. This year (2010) he received a grant from 4Culture to create a 1-man show (music/theater/dance/animation/film) about the meaning of life called "Center-Cut Ham Dinner Night Slide Show." David is married and has two or three cats, at least one of which likes to sit on his shoulders as he types at the computer.
Robin Oppenheimer is an internationally-recognized media arts historian, educator and scholar who has worked in the field since 1980. She was the Director of 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle and IMAGE Film/Video Center in Atlanta. She has researched and produced several large-scale historical media arts events in Seattle including the Bellevue Film Festival exhibition at the Bellevue Art Museum (2000) and the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) Reunion Symposium at the University of Washington in 2002. She is a Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell campus and has a PhD from Simon Fraser University in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Her areas of interest and research include the histories and practices of community and alternative media, creative collaboration, and digital culture studies.
Alice Pedersen is a doctoral candidate in English at UW Seattle. Her research traces the politics of empathy in 19th and 20th-century literature. Before coming to UW Bothell, Alice taught on the Seattle campus for five years, where she also served as the Assistant Director of the Expository Writing program. Alice is dedicated to creating classes that weave writing, inquiry, and collaboration together in order to challenge students in a safe and productive manner. Her teaching interests include law and literature, gender and human rights, and the development of the genre of the slave narrative in modern and contemporary literature.
Charlotte Rasmussen received her Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Dalhousie University and earned a Ph.D. in Genetics from Oregon State University. She has spent many seasons conducting research in the field and then moving to the laboratory to assess genetic variation in a variety of organisms including pacific salmon and their parasites. Current research interests include population and conservation genetics of wetland plants and plant-fungal symbiotic interactions. Innately curious, Charlotte sees herself as a co-investigator learning and creating new knowledge with her students.
Loren Redwood holds a Ph D in American Studies from Washington State University where her research focused primarily on issues of labor exploitation as it interconnects with race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality. She taught courses in Women’s Studies, Comparative Ethnic Studies, and Sociology for nine years at WSU. She is new to the UW Bothell campus, having joined the faculty as a part-time lecturer this past Winter 2011. Dr Redwood also holds a Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Sacramento, and worked in the field of social service for many years prior to pursuit of doctoral work. This experience informs her commitment to social justice both in research and in the classroom.
Georgia Roberts - link to bio on School of IAS program page
Travis Sands earned his PhD in English from the University of Washington, Seattle. His research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first century US literatures and cultures, queer, sexuality, and gender studies, critical race studies, and neoliberal political economy. He currently has two book projects underway: one on sexuality, value and neoliberal subjectivity and the other on queer cultural politics, sovereignty and the state. His courses for CUSP focus on social justice and the “intersectional” relationship between forms of racial, sexual, gender and class domination in the making of US national citizenship. In all of his courses, Travis encourages students to approach critical inquiry and research as practices that transect the classroom and the multiple social spaces and institutions that students confront in their lives beyond the university.
Avery Shinneman - holds a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Minnesota. Her research is focused on understanding long-term changes in the environment, especially around water resources, due to changes in climate and land-use. Current research takes her to the U.S. Midwest for work on wild rice productivity in lakes on the Fond du Lac reservation and to central Mongolia where she is working on how climate and use of water resources are linked to rise and fall of the Mongolian empire. She is also interested in science outreach and enjoys teaching and discussing the process of science and the role of science in public policy.
Stuart Streichler - link to bio on IAS program page
Bilin Stiber received a BS in Physics from Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China), and a MS and PhD from the Department of Biophysical Engineering, Osaka University (Osaka, Japan). She was an Assistant Professor at Osaka University and since then has been a frequent Visiting Scientist there. She was a researcher at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, and a visiting researcher in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a General Partner in S-Squared Technical Consulting. Her research interests lie in the area of signal processing theory and applications, especially time- frequency distributions and applications to speech and biosignals.
Crispin Thurlow - link to bio on School of IAS program page
Greg Tuke - teaches Social Media and Social Change courses at the University of Washington-Bothell and at Seattle University, with a specialty focus in using video and live video conferencing across borders to enhance cross-cultural communication skills. He has 25 years of experience leading non-profit education organizations in the NW. He is the past Executive Director of three organizations; Powerful Schools, a Seattle-based education-reform organization, Bridges to Understanding, an international organization that builds cross-cultural organization through digital story-telling, and The Social Justice Fund, a foundation that funds social change organizing in 5 western states. He has a particular interest in the Middle East, and served as the Global Citizen Corps Manager for Mercy Corps, designing and leading cross-cultural virtual exchanges among Middle East students and activists, and US students. He currently leads Tuke International Consulting, providing training workshops in social media story-telling and consultation services to local and international non-profit organizations, and providing faculty training workshops on strategies for embedding virtual exchanges and international collaborations within university courses.
Katherine Voyles holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine where she wrote a dissertation on relations of scale in the nineteenth-century British novel. She is happy to teach Research Writing for CUSP.
Camille Walsh - link to bio on IAS program page
Chad Wilsey - earned a M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Landscape Ecology at the University of Washington in 2011. As a researcher Chad uses technologies such as remote sensing and computer modeling to address broad-scale ecological problems. He has studied the dependence of the endangered black-capped vireo on cowbird management and the potential impacts of climate change on several species of amphibians, birds, and mammals in the Pacific Northwest. In the classroom, Chad is committed to experiential learning as a framework for students to develop critical thinking skills and self-confidence.
Alan Wood is a founding faculty of the Bothell campus in 1990. He served there as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1995-1999 (and also as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the UW Tacoma from 2006-2007). His academic field is Chinese history, and for the last ten years he has published in the area of world history. He is working on a world history for a general audience, tentatively entitled One World: A Biography of Humankind. His other books include Limits to Autocracy, World Civilizations (a co-authored textbook), What Does It Mean to be Human?, and Asian Democracy in World History.