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Faculty Teaching in Honors

 Books, Susan

Sue Books, a professor in the Department of Secondary Education, teaches courses in comparative and international education, education and poverty, and teacher research. Her scholarship has focused primarily on issues of equity in U.S. schooling. She is editor of Invisible Children in the Society and its Schools (Erlbaum, 1998/2003/2007) and author of Poverty and Schooling in the U.S.: Contexts and Consequences (Erlbaum, 2004). In recent years she has enjoyed teaching and conducting research in South Africa as a visiting scholar and in Iceland and Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar. She lives in New Paltz with her husband (and lindy hop dance partner), Paul.


Carroll, Karanja Keita  

Karanja Keita Carroll is currently an Assistant Professor of Black Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He holds an MA and PhD in African American Studies from Temple University. His teaching and research interests include: intellectual history within Africana Studies, the disciplinary structure of Africana Studies, the contributions of Cheikh Anta Diop to African-centered thought, African/Black Psychology, African-centered Social Theory and African-centered Theory & Methodology. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Pan African Studies, Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education and Race, Gender & Class. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Pan African Studies.


Freeman, Phyllis

Dr. Phyllis R. Freeman is Associate Professor of Psychology and former Dean of The Graduate School at SUNY New Paltz (1999-2004). An experimental psychologist, she has been a college teacher for more than 35 years. Dr Freeman was the Liberal Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year in 1996-1997 (the first time the award was given) and was named the 2008 SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association Distinguished Teacher in March 2009. She is the author of published research in experimental psychology and in post secondary pedagogy and a co investigator on numerous federal, state, and nonprofit agency grants. She is the former chair of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, a clinical research associate at the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, NY, and Visiting Lecturer at New York Medical College School of Public Health. Dr Freeman is the coeditor with Professor Jan Zlotnik Schmidt of Wise Women: Reflections of Teachers at Midlife published by Routledge (2000)among other publications. 



Geher, Glenn

Glenn Geher is Professor and Chair of Psychology as well as Director of Evolutionary Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Glenn has taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels – including Statistics, Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology – and has recently won the New Paltz Alumni Association's Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, along with the Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence from the State University of New York. First and foremost, Glenn is a teacher, and his primary goal is to educate and support his students and work to faciliate their success as they develop across their careers.

Glenn's publications generally address two broad themes – the interface of human mating and cognitive processes (mating intelligence) along with the state of Evolutionary Psychology within the landscape of academia. Among Glenn's publications are an edited book published with Nova Publishers (Measuring Emotional Intelligence) and an edited book with Erlbaum (Mating Intelligence: Sex, Relationships, and the Mind's Reproductive System – co-edited with Geoffrey Miller). Glenn is also co-author of Mating Intelligence Unleashed (co-written with Scott Barry Kaufman – to be released soon by Oxford University Press). Glenn also has two other books in contract (a textbook on statistics (with Oxford) and a textbook on evolutionary psychology (with Springer).

Glenn loves evolutionary psychology – and, with this in mind, he worked with Alice Andrews, Mike Camargo, Rose Chang, Gordon Gallup, Heather Mangione, Sarah Strout, and David Sloan Wilson (among others) to launch the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) in 2007. This society has grown, and Glenn thinks it's the best evolutionary psychology society in the world!

In his effort to better integrate evolution into the behavioral sciences, Glenn has collaborated with David Sloan Wilson (and several other folks at Binghamton) to (a) develop SUNY New Paltz's vibrant evolutionary studies program and (b) to expand evolutionary studies across the world of higher education. Toward this end, along with Jen Waldo of New Paltz, Glenn and David recieved a large National Science Foundation grant that made for great advances in the expansion of evolutionary studies in the USA and beyond.

Glenn also directs the New Paltz Evolutionary Psychology lab, which includes lots of students (both undergraduates and graduate students). In his words, "these students are awesome!"

Glenn has many hobbies, including hiking, running, weightlifting, cooking, tennis, racquetball, basketball, roller hockey, ice hockey, football, fishing, canoeing, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, caving, swimming, travel, camping, and working on his blog: Building Darwin's Bridges (at evostudies.org). He's also lead guitar player for the Hudson Valley's only all-professor punk rock band: Questionable Authorities.

Glenn lives in a house in the woods on the fringes of New Paltz, NY with his wife Kathy and their two children, Megan and Andrew – and several pets. They have a lot of fun together! glenngeher.com

Gorlewski, Julie

Julie Gorlewski, assistant professor in the Department of Secondary Education, teaches courses in curriculum, assessment, and literacy. Her scholarship focuses on student and teacher writing, ethnographic inquiry, and critical pedagogies. She authored Power, Resistance, and Literacy: Writing for Social Justice (2011, Information Age Publishers), which was selected for a 2011 Critic's Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association. In addition, she co-authored Making it Real: Case Stories for Secondary Teachers (Sense, 2012) and Theory into Practice: Case Stories for School Leaders (Sense, 2012). She also co-edited Using Standards and High-Stakes Testing for Students: Exploiting Power with Critical Pedagogy (Peter Lang Publishers, 2012). She was recently selected as co-editor of English Journal.

Kitsakos, Stephen

Stephen Kitsakos has been involved in a variety of roles in the professional and academic theatre for the past 30 years. A permanent member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of NYU, he received training as a theatre composer and lyricist. A writer member of ASCAP, he has received commissions from the BMI Foundation, Catskill Watershed Corp, Episcopal Diocese of New York, Fourth Wall Musical Theatre, the Smithsonian Institution, U.Conn at Storrs and SUNY Stony Brook. He wrote the libretto for the cantata The White Rooster, a Tale of Compassion (2009), for the Boston-based early music ensemble Tapestry in July, 2010 which is currently on tour. At SUNY New Paltz he directed the World Premiere of the play Red Masquerade by Jack Wade, a finalist for the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and The Wakeville Stories, by Laurence Carr, the inaugural play in the new play reading series. He is a regular contributor to The Sondheim Review and teaches each summer at Shantigar, the retreat of playwright Jean-Claude van Italie.

McCoy, Katherine

Kate McCoy is an interdisciplinary student of the history, philosophy, and politics of knowledge. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on drug use, drug dealing, and access to health care for drug users and environmental justice in New York City. Kate is also the educational director at The Brook Farm Project, an educational farm that features community supported agriculture and educational programming on sustainable farming and food systems. Her publications have been concerned with qualitative research methodology, poststructural theory, and the politics of knowledge around issues of race and drug use and, more recently, historical and contemporary uses of drug-crop agriculture in colonial processes. Kate's writings have appeared in Educational Researcher, Educational Theory, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Public Health Reports, Journal of Drug Issues, Addiction Research and Theory, among others. Kate is assistant professor of Educational Foundations and affiliated faculty of Women's Studies, American Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Honors Program at State University of New York at New Paltz. She received her PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.

Mentore, Gissel

Gissel Mentore joined the Chemistry Department as a lecturer in 2004 and has taught courses in Environmental Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Experimental Physical Chemistry. She is also the coordinator of General Chemistry Laboratory Instruction, which includes selecting and scheduling experiments for General Chemistry I and II Labs and preparing and publishing the lab manuals. Gissel has a PhD in Chemistry from RPI, where her research involved the characterization of ceramics and polymers using solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the editor and publisher of the Mid-Hudson Chemist, the newsletter of the Mid-Hudson ACS local section.

Roschelle, Anne

Anne R. Roschelle is an Associate Professor. Her teaching interests include social welfare, poverty, the social construction of   race, class, and gender through film, and racial-ethnic families. Anne is the author of numerous articles on the intersection of race, class, and gender with a focus on extended kinship networks, family poverty, homelessness, and work and family in Cuba. She is the author of No More Kin: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender in Family Networks, which was a recipient of Choice Magazines 1997 Outstanding Academic Book Award. Anne is an avid hiker and plays flute in a local rock band called Questionable Authorities.

Stapell, Hamilton M.

Hamilton M. Stapell is a historian of post-1945 Europe. His areas of teaching specialization include medieval and modern Europe, Latin America, and European intellectual history. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, and for the Revelle Humanities Program at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Stapell's research and writing focus on the political and cultural history of Spain since its transition to democracy in 1975. He has published articles on national and regional identity in the 'New Europe' and on Spanish culture. He is also the author of the new book entitled Remaking Madrid: Culture, Politics, and Identity after Franco.

Professor Stapell received his B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.

Uchmanowicz, Pauline

Associate Professor of English at SUNY New Paltz, Pauline Uchmanowicz is editor of the Composition Studies reader Considering Cultural Difference (2004) and author of poetry chapbooks Sand & Traffic (2004) and Inchworm Season (2010). Her scholarship has appeared in College English, Literature and Psychology, International Journal of Comic Art, and other journals; and her poems, essays, and reviews in publications such as Commonweal, Crazyhorse, Ohio Review, Massachusetts Review, New American Writing, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts Journal, Radcliffe Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, West Branch, Woodstock Times, and Z Magazine. She is series editor for the annual Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award.

Wolf, Reva

Professor Wolf teaches courses in and writes about modern art and art-historical methodology. Among her most notable publications are two books, Andy Warhol, Poetry, and Gossip in the 1960s (University of Chicago Press, 1997), and Goya and the Satirical Print (Godine, 1991). Her recent publications include an essay in a book of Warhol's interviews (Carroll & Graf, 2004), and an article about The Simpsons (Art Journal, 2006).

Professor Wolf also has been the recipient of a number of fellowships to support her research. She was an NEH Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in 1995-96, an Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University in 1990-91, and in addition has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at the Yale Center for British Art, an NEA Special Exhibitions grant, and a J. Clawson Mills Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Professor Wolf received a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and a B.A. from Brandeis University. Prior to coming to SUNY New Paltz, where she is Professor of  Art History, she was Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College.