Announcing New Faculty 2017-18


Faculty Hiring recently completed nine successful national searches in winter 2017! Many thanks to the dedicated work of Search Chairs; the students, staff and faculty who served on the search committees; and to our Faculty Hiring DTFs for their careful reviews, engaged participation, and generous hospitality toward candidates. 

 We are pleased to announce the newest members of the Evergreen Faculty for fall 2017.

Prita Lal, PhD—Food Justice/Food Policy

Prita holds a BA in French and Anthropology from Tulane University; an MA in South Asian Studies from Columbia University; and a PhD in Sociology from State University of New York at Stonybrook, as well as a Certificate in Urban Agriculture from Farm School NYC.  Her dissertation, “Appropriating a People’s Movement: The Relationship Between Community Gardens and Gentrification in New York City” examines intersectional environmental oppression.  Prita has taught courses in Sociology, International Migration, Urban Life and Culture, and Social Movements in the CUNY and SUNY systems.  She has worked in numerous community-based organizations, most recently for Roots Heritage Urban Food Hub, Florida, where she developed the Urban Farmers Training Program.    

John Caraher, PhD—Physics

John received his BA/BS in Philosophy and Physics, and his MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Michigan.  He is currently associate professor of Physics and Astronomy at DePauw University, where he has taught courses in Physics, Energy, Mathematical Methods, and Quantum Mechanics since 2005. John has received grants, fellowships, and awards, and is currently researching the effects of temporal correlations between photons on two-photon absorption in alkali metals.

Melissa Nivala, PhD—Mathematics

Melissa holds a BA from Boston University, and an MS and PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington.  She has been a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, a Lecturer at UW Seattle, and a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University.  Since 2014, Melissa has been a professor of Mathematics at South Puget Sound Community College, where she teaches Precalculus, Calculus, Math in Society, Differential Equations, and Statistics.  Melissa is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including an NSF fellowship investigating the role of noise in models of biochemical kinetic equations.  

Vuslat D. Katsanis, PhD—Writing & Literature

Vuslat received her MA in Visual Studies and her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Irvine, with a Certificate of Emphasis in Critical Theory.  Her dissertation examines themes of identity and estrangement in Turkish cinema.  Since 2013, she has been a visiting professor of Rhetoric and Composition and Faculty Manager of the Writing Center at SOKA University, California.  A translator and multi-media performance artist, Vuslat has published translations of Turkish short stories and poetry, and has exhibited her improvised performance and installations in California and internationally. 

Bradley Proctor, PhD—US History

Brad received his MA and PhD in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught classes in US History, African American History, and North Carolina History. Since 2015, he has been the Cassius M. Clay Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.  Brad’s dissertation focuses on Ku Klux Klan violence in the Carolinas during Reconstruction; he also researches and writes on interracial marriage and Black militias from the Civil War era through Reconstruction.

Philip Kreniske, PhD—Developmental Psychology

Phil received his MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  He has taught courses in General, Child and Developmental Psychology, as well as Research Methods, at Pratt Institute and Hunter College.   Phil’s dissertation focused on “How interactive writing media influenced the way first-year students made sense of their college transition.”
 He recently received a postdoctoral fellowship in public health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, where he will be researching the relationship between HIV/AIDS and school retention for girls in Uganda.  Phil will be joining the Evergreen Faculty in January 2019. 

Maria Isabel Morales, PhD—Latin@ Studies

Maria Isabel received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University, and her PhD in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education from Washington State University.  Her dissertation provides an exploratory case study of Mexican American children of (im)migrant workers in cherry orchards. She has taught a range of courses at both EWU and WSU, including Youth Cultures and Identity, Chicana Feminist Thought, Teaching Elementary Social Studies, and Diversity in the Classroom.  She is currently Director of the Unity Multicultural Education Center at Gonzaga University, and has received numerous awards and honors for her work, which she has presented regionally and nationally.   

Dion Gouws, PhD—Business Management/Entrepreneurship

Dion received his MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Scotland; his Masters in Accounting and Business Management from Devry University, Chicago; and his PhD in Commerce from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Chair of Accounting and Finance at the University of Virgin Islands, where he has taught since 2011, and designed BA and MA programs in Accounting.  Dion is currently Consultant to the Board of the Virgin Islands Economic Development Commission, and has served both in the Ministry of Environment and Fisheries in Angola, and as a consultant to South Africa’s post-Apartheid government on issues of globalization, regional cooperation, and integration.  

Julia Heiniccius, MFA3D Fine Metals
Julia holds a BFA from University of Washington and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Arts. She has served as adjunct faculty at Evergreen since 2015, and been a Visiting Critic at Rhode Island School of Design and University of Oregon’s MFA program.  Julia has also taught at North Seattle College and Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle.  She has received several awards and grants for her artistic work, which has been exhibited at the SOIL Gallery in Seattle, as well as around the Northwest region. 

Also the five faculty hiring searches from fall 2016 are listed below to complete our list of new faculty hires for 17-18.    

Lalita Calabria, PhD--Plant Biology

Lalita received her BS from Evergreen and her PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has served as adjunct faculty here since 2010, teaching in a range of interdisciplinary programs and courses in Biology, Plant Biology, Bryophytes, Plant Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation, and Invasive Species.  Lalita also manages Evergreen’s Natural History Museum, is a Curator of Bryophytes and Lichens at the Evergreen Herbarium, and has numerous grants, fellowships and publications in her field. 

Shawn Olson-Hazboun, PhD—Environmental Social Science (MES)

Shawn received her BA from Evergreen, an MS from University of Colorado in Environmental Studies, and her PhD in Sociology from Utah State University.  Her dissertation addresses US public responses to renewable energy and climate change, including in rural and religious communities.  Shawn has taught a range of courses in Sociology, Social Problems and Sociological Theory, Environmental Justice, and Renewable Energy and Climate Change.  Shawn also has received grants, fellowships, and teaching awards, and has several publications on public views of renewable energy, climate change, and rural development. 

Robin Schneider, PhD—Analytical Chemistry

Robin received her BA in Chemistry from Cal State University Los Angeles, and her PhD in Geochemistry from Colorado School of Mines.  She is currently assistant professor at St. John’s University, NY, and also taught at Colorado School of Mines, including courses in General Chemistry, Geochemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis. Robin has received grants, fellowships, and teaching awards, and has several publications on hydrogen peroxide production and environmental implications. 

Alex Swiftwater McCarty, MiT—3D Indigenous Studio Arts

Alex holds BA and MiT degrees from Evergreen, and has 20 years of experience creating and exhibiting 3D sculptures, paintings, and print work.  As an indigenous carver and artist, Alex has worked as the lead carver at Evergreen’s Longhouse Carving Studio, and has taught programs in the Studio Arts and Native American Studies as an adjunct since 2014.  Alex also served as Visual Arts Teacher at Chief Leschi School, and his masks, prints, and carvings have been exhibited at the Burke Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, and many other places around the Northwest. 

Stokley Towles, MFA, MLIS—Faculty Librarian & Interdisciplinary Arts
Stokley holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and an MLIS from the University of Washington. He has served as adjunct at the Evergreen Library since 2010, and been employed at Seattle Central College and the Seattle Public Library.  Stokley has also taught at Colorado College and Antioch University Seattle. His artistic work encompasses extensive research-based performance projects, including most recently the 2016 Behind the Wheel: Life on the Metro Bus and the 2013-15 Flushed: Into the World of Wastewater Treatment

Congratulations to all our new regular faculty members!