Announcing New Faculty 2012-13 | The Evergreen State College

Announcing New Faculty 2012-13

Evan Blackwell (3D Art; Ceramics)

Evan has been teaching at Evergreen as a visitor since 2010.  He earned his M.F.A. in Ceramics from the University of Washington and B.F.A. in Ceramics/Sculpture from Alfred University's School of Art and Design. This year, Evan will be teaching in the program, Rites of Passage: Ceramics and Fine Metalwork, with Jean Mandeberg.

Michael “Tug” Buse (Film Studies – Adjunct)

Michael comes to Evergreen via Shenyang, China where he’s been teaching English and History. He earned an M.F.A. in Film Production from Chapman University and a B.A. in American History from Bowdoin College. He’s currently editing a feature length documentary film about a trip he took aboard a 14’ homemade, wooden sailboat. The trip began in South Dakota on the Missouri River and took him to the Gulf of Mexico via the Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Tombigbee and White Rivers, around Florida and up the East Coast, all the way to Freeport, Maine. Tug will be teaching in fall and winter with Carrie Margolin in the program, Afraid to Laugh: The Psychology and Media of Fear and Humor.

Laura Citrin (Social Psychology)

Laura has been teaching as a visiting faculty member at Evergreen since 2008.  She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary areas of interest are gender and emotions and she has brought these to the myriad of programs she’s taught at the college. This year, Laura will be teaching in the program Stop Making Sense, with Steven Hendricks.

Amjad Faur (2D Art Photography). 

Amjad is currently teaching at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He holds an M.F.A. in Photography from the University of Oregon and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Arkansas.  He will be teaching in the program Picturing Domestic Space: Sociocultural Perspectives, with Stephanie Kozick.

Brenda Hood (Business)

Brenda recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in the Learning Sciences, where she created a custom program to apply theories of learning to leadership capacity building and organizational development. She holds an MMA in Marine Studies from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University. She has taught as a visiting faculty member at Evergreen and at Saint Martin’s University. Brenda has extensive experience in public service, business, and non-profit organizations. Brenda will be teaching in the program Entrepreneurship and Power with Zoe Van Schyndel.  

Cael Keegan, (American Studies)

Cael has been teaching at San Francisco State University as a Lecturer in the Women and Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies Departments.  He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in American Studies from the University at Buffalo.  His primary areas of specialization are gender theory, queer theory, transgender studies, American history and politics, American popular culture, and affect studies.  Cael will be teaching spring quarter, Queer Pleasure and Politics with Greg Mullins.

Miranda Mellis (Creative Writing)

Miranda comes to Evergreen via Oakland, California where she had been teaching at Mills College.  She holds an M.F.A. in Literary Arts (Fiction) from Brown University and a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Naropa University. She will be teaching in the program Iconoclasms, with Lisa Sweet and Elizabeth Williamson.

Julie Levin-Russo (Communications/New Media/Journalism)

Julie earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Modern Culture & Media from Brown University and her B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College. Like many of our newly hired faculty, Julie maintains an active on-line presence. Julie will be joining the faculty in the fall of 2013. In the meantime, she will be participating in a seminar on feminism and new media as a Research Associate of the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.

John Schaub (Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics - adjunct faculty). 

He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. from New Mexico State University in Experimental Nuclear Physics, a B.S. from New Mexico State University in Engineering Physics, a M.F.A. from Emerson College in Creative writing, a B.S. from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Basic sciences, (physics, math concentrations) and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in English. John most recently taught at Valparaiso University.  In addition to his scholarly work in physics, he’s also a published poet and fiction writer. He will be teaching in the year long program, Mathematical Methods.