UT Tyler GATE
Dr. Hui Wu
Hui Wu (Ph.D. Texas Christian University 1998) is professor of english and chair of the Department of Literature and Languages at The University of Texas at Tyler. Before joining UT Tyler, she served as associate professor of rhetoric and writing, director of the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Education Project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and founding executive director of the Confucius Institute for Arkansas at the University of Central Arkansas.
Her scholarship encompasses classical rhetoric, comparative studies of rhetoric, global feminist rhetorics, and archival research in rhetoric and writing. Her essays appear in scholarly anthologies and journals, such as College English, College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Review and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Her essay “Lost and Found in Transnation: Modern Conceptualization of Chinese Rhetoric” has won the 2009 Theresa J. Enos 25th Anniversary Award for the best article in rhetoric review.
Wu’s Chinese translation (Jiangxi Education Press, 2004) of C. Jan Swearingen’s Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies offers Chinese academics an alternative perspective of the history of Western rhetoric. Her critical anthology in translation Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women was published by Lexington Books in 2010. She continues to study post-Mao Chinese literary women’s writing, while studying and translating China’s first book on rhetoric, Master of the Ghost Valley (400-320 BCE).
Dr. Robert Sterken
Robert Sterken (Ph.D. Texas Tech University) is associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Tyler and regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations, international political economy, international law and Asian Politics as well as American Government. When not writing his international relations blog, his research interests are focused on nongovernmental organizations.
Dr. Sterken has several years of direct legislative experience which inform his teaching of power and politics. His work in the international arena has afforded Dr. Sterken many opportunities to travel, teach and study around the world, including a course on NGOs at King's College, London, each summer. He also regularly teaches in an exciting Compass program in which students study international relations in five European cities. Dr. Sterken's works include publications in the International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, the Harvard University Library of Political Research Online, Political Research Quarterly, and the Texas Journal of Political Studies.
Dr. Catherine Ross
Dr. Ross, (Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin, 1998), is associate professor of English at UT Tyler and 2011 winner of the UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. A child of three generations of army officers, Dr. Ross was born in Germany, has lived all around the U.S., attended American high schools in Germany, and studied at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. She has traveled widely in Europe; and has participated in scholarly conferences in the U.S., England and Spain.
Dr. Ross approaches her scholarly studies of 19th-century British literature from a new-historicist cultural perspective. Her other academic work includes the history and practice of rhetoric and the history of science and its relationship to literature and cultural production. She has published on the poets William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Browning; the Romantic-era chemical philosopher Humphry Davy; pedagogy; and the effects of the classical educational tradition on culture and writing in 19th-century Britain. She is presently at work on a book, Trying all things, The Educational Impulse in the British Romantic Period.
Dr. Ross has taught British literature and rhetoric and composition for 12 years at UT Tyler; additionally, she has taught in the UT Tyler Honors Program and continues to work on curriculum development for the Department of Literature and Languages. Her commitment to undergraduate education includes a belief in making the historical and cultural contexts of all texts as real and present for today’s students as possible. To this end, learning about life and society in other lands is essential, and it is this belief that attracted her to participate in the GATE Program.
Dr. Mickie Mwanzia Koster
Dr. Mickie Mwanzia Koster is an assistant professor of history at The University of Texas at Tyler. She has a B.A. in mathematics and information science from Chatham College, M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, M.A. in history from Cleveland State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Rice University.
She teaches both introductory courses in history along with upper-level and graduate courses like World Civilizations I and II, History of Pre-Colonial Africa, History of Colonial and Modern Africa, and History of East Africa. In her courses, she is keen to pull in global themes like identity, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, culture, capitalism, trade, nationalism, power, environment, technology, peace and war that take on varied contours depending on time and place.
Dr. Koster’s research interests focuses on African liberation, revolution, and empowerment. Her manuscript under review, The Power of the Oath: The Making of Mau Mau in Kenya, 1952-1960 examines the centrality of reconstituted oath rituals taken by the freedom fighters to join the Mau Mau war.
Her new research project focuses on African poverty, youth social movements, popular culture and justice. This research is based on Kenyan field work (oral interviews and surveys) as well as archived files in Africa, Europe and the United States. She regularly conducts presentations on her work in the United States and in Africa. In July 2011, Dr. Koster presented on Mau Mau at Egerton University in Nakuru, Kenya and Maseno University in Kisumu, Kenya.
She is particularly excited and interested in the GATE program because the opportunity it offers students to think and become more global. Global knowledge and understanding will position students to effectively participate in a changing, diverse and integrated world.
Dr. Stephen Krebbs
I was born and raised in what’s known in West Texas as the “hub of the plains” or Lubbock. Aside from my freshman year of high school when I attended San Marcos military school, all my K-12 education was spent in Lubbock public schools. Upon graduation, I attended Texas Tech University majoring in philosophy and I minored in communications.
After my B.A. degree, I moved to Southern California. After working several years in sales, I attended California State University, Long Beach, where I earned an M.A. degree in philosophy. After graduation from CSU Long Beach, I moved to Boulder, Colorado, where I completed 36 hours of post graduate work in philosophy. From Boulder, I moved to Tyler, Texas, where I have been teaching since 1982. In 1990 in conjunction with my teaching duties at UT Tyler, I began my doctorate program at the University of Texas at Austin, where I earned my Ph.D. Throughout my university education in philosophy, my area of interests were primarily existential philosophy and Asian philosophy, specifically Buddhism.
The courses I have taught over the past 30 years include intro philosophy courses, ethics, ancient and medieval philosophy, history of psychology, modern philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, comparative religious philosophy, and existentialism, et al. I have conducted travel study courses to China, Thailand-India-Nepal and Turkey. In 1992 I was chosen to be one of the American philosophers to travel to China to meet with scholars there through the Eisenhower Scholar Institute.
Beginning in 1999, I was the first director of the Freshman Seminar—a required critical thinking course for all entering freshman, and in 2008 I created the Asian Studies program. Also in 1999 I was chosen to participate in the Fulbright Scholar program in Turkey, where I spent five weeks immersed in that culture.
In 2006, I was chosen the University of Pennsylvania to participate in their Japan Seminar program, which culminated in three weeks in Japan directly studying and experiencing all facets of Japanese culture. The following year I was asked to return to Japan where I entered a Tofukuji Zen Monastery in Kyoto. I lived and worked that summer as a lay Zen Buddhist priest under the direct guidance of Zen Roshi, Keido Fukushima. In 2009, I created with Dr. Barbara Haas the proposal that led to the creation of the GATE program.
Mrs. Susan Doty
Susan Doty is the director of the Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy and a senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Tyler. She completed her undergraduate work in biology at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and has an M.B.A. from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Mrs. Doty has been teaching economics for over 20 years and is in her fifth year at UT Tyler. She has taught at the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the Maxwell School of Public Policy at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
She serves on the executive committee of the National Association of Economic Educators. Her professional interests are in instructional design, especially the use of technology in the classroom, and economic and financial literacy in K-12 education. She is the mother of four and grandmother of one, and her personal interests include gardening and duplicate bridge.
Dr. James Newsom
Dr. Newsom has been at UT Tyler since 2000. His degrees include M.A. (history) at The University of Texas at Tyler, M.A. (political science) also at The University of Texas at Tyler and a Ph.D. from Texas Christian University. He is the author of a forthcoming book, Grand Phalanx of Intrepid Infantry: The 7th Texas.
He has presented to numerous historical groups such as the Sons of the Texas Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans and Daughters of Confederate Veterans, and has given numerous on-campus and off-campus Constitution Day lectures.
Dr. John Harris
John Harris received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in classics, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature (major in Latin and Greek) from the University of Texas at Austin, between which courses of study he taught Latin and French in several North Texas high schools. His doctoral work finished, his teaching focus shifted toward world literature in translation.
He prepared such classes under the aegis of English departments at several universities in the southeast before attempting to operate a small publishing house through the budding Internet of the mid-1990s. When this venture failed to prosper, he transformed it into the charitable and tax-exempt organization, The Center for Literate Values. The center's quarterly journal Praesidium reflects his own growing concern over the degeneration of literate habits of thought: e.g., a respect for quiet places, a tendency to introspection, an awareness of the individual's separation from others, and a consequent valuing of individual responsibility and creativity.
Dr. Harris' specific scholarly interests have evolved largely in support of his study of the literate/post-literate "psycho-dynamic." Vergil's Aeneid, the subject of his Master's thesis and partial subject of his dissertation, continues to fascinate him as a brilliant literate mind's triumphantly failed effort to produce an oral-traditional landscape; his reading of Irish Gaelic folktales and autobiographical retrospectives (of which a great many have been tape-recorded or transcribed by scholars working in the field) often informs his research.
Dr. Michael Eidenmuller
Dr. Michael E. Eidenmuller serves as associate professor of speech communication. Dr. Eidenmuller teaches Communication Theory, Religious Communication, Advanced Public Speaking, Contemporary Rhetoric and Speech Fundamentals. His degrees include a B.A. in English from California State University at Long Beach, M.A. in mass communication from The Florida State University and a Ph. D. in speech communication from Louisiana State University.
Research interests include the rhetorical theory and criticism of evangelicalism and the interpersonal uses of private prayer. Dr. Eidenmuller is the author of a book/cd project with McGraw-Hill entitled Great Speeches for Better Speaking and is the founder of AmericanRhetoric.com, an internationally-recognized, educational website dedicated to rhetoric & public address. Dr. Eidenmuller is an associate editor for the Journal of Communication & Religion.
Dr. Amentahru Wahlrab
Amentahru Wahlrab (Ph.D. Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver) is assistant professor of political science in the Department of History and Political Science at The University of Texas at Tyler. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the politics of Africa, theories of nonviolence and international political economy. He also teaches undergraduate courses in the politics of Latin America, global studies and globalization, and American politics.
Dr. Wahlrab has traveled throughout Europe, India, and visited South Korea and Northern China as part of several Taekwondo tours (Dr. Wahlrab is a fifth-degree black belt in this Korean martial art and teaches classes in it for the UT Tyler community). His research interests lie at the intersections of globalization, political economy, political violence and political social theory.
He is currently working on a manuscript entitled Fostering Global Security: Nonviolent Resistance and U.S. Foreign Policy, which examines the role nonviolence plays both as a tool of and as a form of resistance to U.S. Foreign policy. His published works include original chapters in The Political Economy of Modern Africa: Wealth, Exploitation and Development, The Sage Handbook of Globalization, and Hip Hop and Social Change in Africa: Ni Wakati.
Dr. John Webb
Dr. John Webb received the doctor of arts from the University of Northern Colorado in saxophone performance/pedagogy, and an M.M.E. and B.M. in music education and jazz education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Webb was director of jazz studies and commercial music at Chadron State College, Nebraska, from 1984-1991. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Dr. Webb taught saxophone, jazz combo and cultural music of the Americas from 1991-2000. In 1997, Dr. Webb was appointed chair of the music department, where he served for three years until accepting the position of director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Tyler.
In 2005, Dr. Webb returned to the teaching field with courses such as jazz combo, jazz big band, jazz improvisation, jazz piano, jazz history, saxophone studio, cultural music and a unique seminar entitled "Practicing Happiness." He is putting the finishing touches on his book, Practicing Happiness: Improve Your Well-Being One Step at a Time, which will be published soon. He has also written Cultural Music Perspectives: Native American, African American and Latin American, Music in the U.S. Dr. Webb is an active jazz performer on saxophone, flute, piano and vocals.
His appearances have been with Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price, the Penguins, Freddy Cannon, Herb Jeffries, Crystal Gayle, Steve Wiest, Denis DiBlasio, Frank Mantooth, Ed Peterson, Dave Mancini, Allen Johnson, Mike Steinel, Jeff Eckels, Sparky Koerner, Harrell Bosarge, Kenny Werner and the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet.
Dr. Ann Beebe
Dr. Ann C. Beebe, associate professor of English, specializes in early American literature with a sideline in 20th-century American literature.
She has taught a wide range of courses, including Freshman Composition (1301/ 1302), Freshman Year Experience, Writing Literary Analysis and Interpretation, Sophomore American Literature Survey, American Literature through the Romantics, 20th-Century American Literature, 20th-Century American Novels, Harlem Renaissance, Civil War Literature, American Short Story, American Renaissance, American Sentimental Novels, as well as graduate seminars on Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Emily Dickinson and Washington Irving.
She has published articles on Denise Levertov, Marianne Moore, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and Marianne Wiggins.
Dr. Colin Snider
Dr. Snider is the author of "'A More Systemic Fight for Reform': University Reform, Student Movements, Society, and the State in Brazil, 1957-1968," in The Third World in the Global Sixties (New York: Berghahn Books, 2012) and he is currently working on "'Diploma Factories,' Development, and Dictatorship: Educational Reform, University Students, and Catholic Activism in Brazil, 1957-1980."
In addition to other publications and conference papers, Dr. Snider is currently working on a book project that uses universities to examine state-society relations and student activism in Brazil between 1955 and 1990, with a particular emphasis on Brazil's military dictatorship (1964-1985).
Other research interests include human rights and memory struggles, indigenous history, gender history and labor. In addition to courses he is teaching this year at UT Tyler, he has also in the past taught the History of Mexico, class on 1968 in the Global Context, and a borderlands course on the History of New Mexico.
Dr. Meryem Saygili
Meryem Saygili is an assistant professor of economics at The University of Texas at Tyler. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. degree from the Bogazici University in Turkey. Her research and teaching interests lie in the fields of international economics, macroeconomics and environmental economics. She likes reading and outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.
Dr. Paul Streufert
Paul D. Streufert, associate professor of literature and languages, specializes in classical literature and the use of classical literature in later works. Other research interests include early modern and 20th-century dramatic literature as well as semiotics. He has published articles on Euripides, the use of ghost characters in Aeschylus and Shakespeare, and Sam Shepard's film Silent Tongue.
He has published an article in MLA Approaches to Teaching the Graphic Novel (ed. Stephen Tabachnick) on Frank Miller's graphic novel 300, as well as a collection of essays entitled Early Modern Academic Drama with co-editor Jonathan Walker, published by Ashgate. In addition to his traditional scholarship on Greek Tragedy, Dr. Streufert has translated three plays of Euripides for performance.
His text of Trojan Women—which earned an honorary ACTF award for writing—was performed at George Fox University in November 2004 under direction of Rhett Luedtke. The following summer, Old Soul Productions and director Chris Taylor produced his script of Iphigenia at Aulis in Tyler, Texas. With the help of Dr. Scherb and the support of UT Tyler's Center for Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CCMRS), Dr. Streufert created UT Tyler's Latin program which offers a five-course Latin sequence (LATN 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302 and 3305) as well as an interdisciplinary minor in classical studies.
In addition to the Latin program, he has taught a wide range of Literature courses, including World Literature Survey I and II (Pre-Renaissance and Post-Renaissance), Studies in World Literature, Classical Literature in Translation, Senior Seminar and a special topics course on "Ghost Plays." Favorite authors Dr. Streufert routinely covers in class include Homer, Euripides, Catullus, Shakespeare, Nikos Kazantzakis, Umberto Eco and Sam Shepard.
In 2009 he was named the founding director of the Honors Program at The University of Texas at Tyler. As a language teacher and leader of a UT Tyler travel study in 2006, Dr. Streufert is passionate about international education. He often cites his own experiences of spending a semester studying in Cambridge during his undergraduate years as a formative moment in his life and academic career.
Dr. Matthew Stith
Dr. Matthew Stith's teaching and research interests focus on the intersection between cultural, military and environmental history in 19th-century America. To this end, his current book manuscript titled War in the Margins: Environment, Race and Guerrilla Warfare on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier During the Civil War (under contract with LSU Press) explores how nature, race and irregular warfare shaped the western edge of the Trans-Mississippi Theater during the Civil War. He has articles in Civil War History, Military History of the West, and the Arkansas Historical Quarterly.
Dr. Stith grew up in the country near Bartlesville in beautiful northeastern Oklahoma. After attending Missouri Southern State University for his B.A., he received his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. He moved to East Texas in the fall of 2011 after having taught at the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. When not hanging out with his wonderful wife and children or watching Sooner football, Dr. Stith enjoys fly fishing and otherwise wandering around outdoors.
Mr. Jesse Dobson
Jesse Dobson teaches College Composition I and II at The University of Texas at Tyler. He received an MA in English from UT Tyler and taught both high school and kindergarten before joining the UT Tyler faculty. He presented papers at UT Tyler's Art Matters conference in 2007 and the Annual Literature Conference in 2009. He also presented at the Pixels, Panels and Prose Colloquium in 2011. Dobson's research interests include the transition from high school to college level English classes, as well as the role of comics in education.
Dobson grew up in Ohio and Oklahoma before moving to Texas. He enjoys traveling to other states and countries, but is always happy to return to Tyler, Texas. As a father, Dobson spends much of his free time trying to convince his son that Spider-Man is the most interesting superhero. The rest of Dobson's free time is spent reading works from authors like Warren Ellis or David Wong and documenting his odyssey from a student of literature to a teacher of writing.
Global awareness is essential for any modern student. It can help students to think critically about their own writing process and how different cultures approach writing from multiple perspectives. Any author in today's world should consider how audience members from different cultures will approach a text. In addition, any educated audience member should read the works of authors from around the globe. The GATE program has provided Dobson with an opportunity to directly address topics like this with his classes.
Dr. Elizabeth Lisot
Dr. Elizabeth Lisot, assistant professor of art history at The University of Texas at Tyler, has spent many years teaching and studying in Italy. Prior to coming to UT Tyler, she lived in Italy for three years teaching art history courses to University of Dallas students on their Rome campus.
Along with other professors, she led tours around a variety of Italian cities and also in Greece. As a graduate student, Lisot studied in Rome and Florence. Dr. Lisot's specialty is Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. She enjoys sharing her love of Italian paintings, sculpture and architecture with her students.
Dr. Stephanie Odom
Dr. Stephanie Odom earned her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin, where she specialized in rhetoric and writing. Her research areas are in composition pedagogy and the relationships between literature and composition. She lived in Japan for two years after earning her B.A. at Austin College, and enjoys sharing her experiences from working and traveling abroad.
Mr. Patrick Muenks
Patrick Muenks is the coordinator for the Honors Program, associate director of the UT Tyler Archer Fellowship Program and an adjunct lecturer at The University of Texas at Tyler. He completed his B.A. in political science at Washburn University and his M.A. in communication at Drury University.
Mr. Muenks has been working with students through debate and public speaking in higher education since 2009. He has been the coach of several nationally ranked debate teams including teams at UT Tyler.
Additionally, he has worked at the Office of the Lt. Governor of Kansas, the Kansas House of Representatives and Boehringer Ingelheim (Governmental Affairs). His professional interest include rhetoric theory, recruitment of under-represented populations in higher education, and student internship work.
Mrs. Natalia Menkina-Snider
In 2000, Natalia Menkina-Snider graduated from Niznhy Novgorod State Linguistic University (Russia) with her M.A. in English and linguistics. In 2014, Mrs. Menkina-Snider graduated from UT Tyler with her M.A. in English.
Her major professional interest centers around immigrant experiences in the U.S. In particular, she focuses on transformation of immigrant identity shaped by transition from the Old World to the New World and the way it affects American cultural identity. In addition to Immigrant Literature, she has also taught Grammar and Composition II. Currently, she is working on the article "The Transition of Female Immigrant Identity in Mary Antin's The Promised Land."