2014-2015 Engaged Faculty Fellows
Seven distinguished individuals from six different departments across campus comprised the 2014-15 Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence. The CCE supported the fellows as they developed innovative applied learning classes with significant student engagement projects that addressed community issues in local schools, libraries and downtown Binghamton. The work of the Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence was showcased at the inaugural Institute for Community-Engaged Teaching, Research & Scholarship at Binghamton University on March 18-19, 2015.
Assistant Professor, College of Community and Public Affairs
Tania Alameda-Lawson is an assistant professor of social work. A Cuban immigrant, her research interests center on innovative designs for collective parent, family and community engagement; full-service community schools; and interprofessional education and training programs. As a fellow, Alameda-Lawson will develop an inter-disciplinary course to assist students and community members explore how local institutions such as libraries are valuable community spaces. Her work has been published in leading education and social work journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Research on Social Work Practice, Children and Youth Services Review and Children & Schools.
Research Assistant Professor, Health and Wellness Studies
Lina Begdache received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Binghamton University and is a certified Nutrition Specialist-Scholar. She teaches courses on nutrition related diseases, metabolism, and cell and molecular biology in the departments of health and wellness studies and biology. As a fellow, Begdache will develop a course to support the integration of nutrition curriculum into local schools. Begdache is the recipient of several awards, including the Binghamton University Excellence in Teaching Graduate Student award and Outstanding Dietetics Student award which she received from the New York State Dietetic Association in May 2014. Her research interests include nutrigenomics, epigenetics, neurodegeneration and nutrition and mental distress.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Siobhan Hart received her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and currently teaches anthropology courses. The Engaged Fellows for Teaching Excellence Program will support Hart in developing a course that examines the tangible and intangible aspects of cultural heritage and current approaches that engage with contemporary local, descendant and diasporic communities. She is interested in using collaborative archaeology to confront the erasures of Native American peoples and histories in New England in the interest of broader equity and social justice efforts. Her research interests include indigenous archaeologies, community-based practice, heritage, cultural property and the dynamics of colonialism. As Co-Director of the Pocumtuck Fort Archaeology and Stewardship Project (PFASP) in Deerfield, Massachusetts, her current project engages multiple stakeholder communities in the investigation and preservation and stewardship planning for a 17th century Native American site. The project includes student research projects focused on material culture, exhibit design, and the development of community-based heritage products.
Anne Larrivee teaches bibliographic instructional classes and serves as a research liaison for anthropology, social work, human development and Africana studies. As a fellow, Larrivee will work on developing a course to provide students with a basic understanding of the roles and settings in which social workers practice, with particular emphasis on an assets-based approach to building local communities. Larrivee studied family and community services at the University of Delaware and received her Master's in Library and Informational Sciences at the University of South Florida. Larrivee also serves as an advisor to Binghamton University's Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Associate Professor of English
Jennifer Stoever teaches courses on African American literature and race and gender representation in popular music and is director of the Binghamton University Sound Studies Collective. The Engaged Faculty Fellows Program for Teaching Excellence will support Stoever in the design and implementation of an artistic historical soundwalk in Binghamton, a project intended to provoke a better understanding of how the past of an area shapes its present and how present occupants locate themselves in the community and come to know each other. Stoever has served as a fellow at The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, participating in the research group on Sound: Culture, Theory, Politics, and is editor-in-chief for Sounding Out!: The Sound Studies Blog. She received her PhD in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California and her dissertation, "The Contours of the Sonic Color-Line: Slavery, Segregation, and the Cultural Politics of Listening," was a 2007 finalist for the American Studies Association Dissertation Prize. Stoever is on the editorial board of the Journal of Popular Music Studies and has published in Social Text, Social Identities, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies and Sound Effects. Her essay on "Blackboard Jungle, the cold war, and the early cultural history of tape recording" was recently published in American Quarterly (September 2011).
Lecturer, Health and Wellness Studies
Jennifer Wegmann teaches health and wellness courses to engage students in the development of personal tools important for life-long health. Her courses assist students in improving nutrition, self-care and attitudes toward wellness. As a fellow, Wegmann will design a course in collaboration with the local schools that addresses self-esteem and self-worth. Wegmann received her MA in social science from Binghamton University and has earned the ACSM Health and Fitness Instructor Certification. She was also voted as one of the top 300 College Professors by the Princeton Review. Wegmann is currently working on her PhD in the College of Community and Public Affairs and her research interests include body image and eating disorders.
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English
Lisa Yun teaches courses with special focus on literature, culture, race and Asian Americans and Asian diasporas. Her students have gone on to careers in law, education, public service, arts, scientific research and medicine. Yun also serves in several leadership positions, including her founding of the Community Engagement Program, a structured course-based platform that cultivates and supports students with a passion for service, success, and self-development. As a fellow, Yun will develop digital content and platforms and further research on local narratives of migration and belonging. Yun received her BA from Yale University and PhD from University of Texas and is the author of Coolie Speaks (Temple University Press, 2008), a groundbreaking study of the earliest Chinese labor migration to the Americas. She has also written on topics of campus hate crime, cross-racial liberatory movements and Afro-Asian cultural politics.