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A conversation between Cathy Mazak (UPRM) and Elizabeth Manley (XULA) on academic writing.

Catherine Mazak is originally from New Jersey. She earned her B.A in English from Indiana University, Bloomington; M.A. TESOL from University of Arizona, Tucson; PhD in Critical Studies in the Teaching of English from Michigan State University. Mazak joined the English Department at UPRM in 2005. The courses she teaches are the Basic English courses (INGL 3101, 3102), Linguistics Seminar INGL 4028, Graduate Research Methods INGL 6006, and Current Topics in Linguistic Theory INGL 5025. Her Teaching or Research Areas are Translanguaging in higher education, bilingualism and learning, qualitative research methods, linguistic ethnography. Also her Currents projects are Co-founder and Co-director of CeIBA, Center for research on bilingualism and learning; Affiliated researcher University of Illinois at Chicago Bilingualism Research Center.

Elizabeth Manley is Associate Professor of History at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is the author of The Paradox of Paternalism: Women and Authoritarian Politics in the Dominican Republic (University Press of Florida, 2017) and co-author of Cien Años de Feminismos Dominicanos (AGN, 2016)with Ginetta Candelario and April Mayes. She has published articles in The Americas, The Journal of Women’s History, and Small Axe, is a contributing editor for the Library of Congress’ Handbook of Latin American Studies, and is the co-chair of the Haiti-Dominican Republic section of the Latin American Studies Association.

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A conversation with Amber Fallucca on ePortfolios.

At the University of South Carolina, Dr. Amber Fallucca manages the assessment initiatives aligned with USC Connect, including requirements for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and Graduation with Leadership Distinction. She also provides support for office and campus-based initiatives supporting a developing culture of integrative learning.

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A conversation with David Robinson-Morris on Ubuntu, Buddhism, and higher education.

Currently, the Western higher education milieu can only be described as an economic epistemological regime of fear, where neo-liberal ideology and market-driven educational discourse shapes and restricts thinking, and institutions of higher education are suppliers of consumer-driven demand—not institutions of higher learning, but supermarkets of economical knowledge acquisition.

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A conversation with Iman Shervington on young people and their interactions with new media.

Iman Shervington is the Director of Media and Communications for the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, a national nonprofit based in New Orleans whose programming works to improve overall wellness in communities of color. Iman grew up in New Orleans and earned her BA in International Relations from the University of Southern California. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Columbia University. As a filmmaker, she uniquely uses her media training in civic and public programming and campaigns. As a core dissemination and outreach strategy she uses digital media platforms to amplify her work with community health programs, curriculum development, participatory action research and media literacy, among other areas of expertise. She has also collaborated with both community partners and university programs for film projects and social campaigns.

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A conversation with Lisa Schulte-Gipson on service learning.

Dr. Schulte received her BS from Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA). She attended SUNY Albany where she earned both her MA and PhD in Social/Personality Psychology.

Dr. Schulte has worked at Xavier University since 1993. Throughout her tenure at Xavier she has served both the University and Department in many capacities. Her current research focuses on both the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and positive psychology (specifically as related to enhancing well-being among students).

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A conversation with Cheryl Talley on what it means to be a Black scientist

Dr. Cheryl Talley is an associate professor in the department of Psychology at Virginia State University. She teaches Neuroscience in the Behavioral and Community Health graduate program and conducts research in student retention in STEM. Dr. Talley received her Bachelor's degree in Biopsychology from James Madison University and her Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Psychobiology. Having shifted her research interest from rats' brains to freshmen minds, Dr. Talley co-leads a team of graduate student and undergraduate researchers in examining affective factors associated with motivation in African American students with particular interest in science and math aversion.

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A conversation with Curtis Wright about Student Affairs.

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A conversation with Regan Gurung about the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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