Saint Mary's College recently welcomed the following five new faculty members to campus:
Peter Freund, Ph.D. comes to Saint Mary's from Berkeley City College, where he co-founded and directed its successful Multimedia Arts Program. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown Berkeley, the five-major program now has more than 1,500 enrollees. At Saint Mary's, Freund will head the new Media Arts area of the Art & Art History Department, teaching courses in critical theory and media art production. Freund did his doctoral work at the University at Buffalo and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate with the Center for Cultural Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Outside of teaching, Freund straddles the traditional divide between art production and critical scholarship, drawing inspiration from the cross-fertilization between the two activities. Much of his work focuses on the rhetoric of overlapping media. This summer, he traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was invited to present two solo shows of his video work.
Cynthia Ganote is joining the Saint Mary's faculty in the Sociology Department. Most recently, she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville, and before that, she got her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Ganote's work focuses on a concept called social capital, which is the resources we have access to by virtue of our immersion in social networks. Specifically, she examines how social capital can be used strategically to increase resources in poor communities. Recently, she collected data in Belize, Central America on this topic. Ganote is also interested in critical pedagogy, or education as a form of social justice. She is concerned with race, class and gender inequalities, and she teaches courses in race and ethnicity, class inequalities, social protest, and social problems. She just relocated to North Berkeley, where she hopes she has time to actually sample some of the fantastic cuisine.
Emily Hause, Ph.D. has taught in the Psychology Department for two years, and is now in a tenure-track position. Prior to coming to Saint Mary's, she spent 10 years at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and four years at California State University Sacramento. Hause's research is in the area of decision making and organizational attitudes. She teaches the statistics and research methods courses, which she calls "everybody's favorite." She is looking forward to working and learning with the campus community.
Shyam J. Kamath, Ph.D. is a professor and executive director of Global Business and Executive Programs, where he will be responsible for growing the School of Economics and Business Administration's global portfolio of MBA and short-term executive programs and for launching an SMC global executive MBA program in the Bay Area. Previously, Kamath worked at California State University, East Bay: Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Simon Fraser University (Canada): the University of Madras (India); Thammasat University (Thailand); IMADEC University (Austria); Hartford Management Centre (Singapore); United Institute of International Education (Hong Kong); Academy of National Economy (Russia) and Beijing Administrative College and Xiamen University in China. Kamath lives in San Ramon with his wife, Kiran, who is also an educator. His hobbies are numismatics, history, film, travel and tennis. He is an American and Canadian citizen of Indian origin and speaks a number of languages with varying levels of fluency.
Douglas Long, Ph.D. has taught at Saint Mary's since 1994 as an adjunct, and now is in a tenure-track position in the Biology Department. His research on evolutionary biology of vertebrate organisms, such as sharks, snakes, bats and vultures, has led him to nearly 50 different countries, more than 50 published journal articles and the discovery of 10 new species of fish. Hailing from coastal Southern California, Long has degrees from UC Riverside and UC Berkeley. He finished two postdoctoral positions in ichthyology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and was hired as collections manager, and later as chair, of the Ornithology & Mammalogy Department at the Academy. He has worked as a taxidermist, security guard, custodian and an organizer with Burning Man. In his rare moments off campus, he spends time at his 130-year-old Oakland home with his wife Laura, their many animals, aviaries and outdoor tiki bar.
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