Staff and Faculty

Program Mailing Address:

SSU Extended and International Education
ATTN: Amy Unger
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Staff

Amy Unger, Program Advisor, completed her degrees through Cal State University, Northridge and San Jose State University. She holds a BA in Communications, a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, and Master's degrees in Education and Library & Information Science. In addition to her teaching background, her work has included advisement for College of Education students at Cal State Northridge and assistance for library patrons in both PK-12 schools and public libraries before relocating to Sonoma County.

Phone: 707/664-2601 Fax: 707/664-2613
amy.unger@sonoma.edu

Office: Rachel Carson Hall Room 63

Faculty

The Saturday BA Hybrid program faculty is comprised of professors from different disciplines. Each brings a unique viewpoint to the curriculum and discussions. Faculty can be reached through the e-mail links below, or leave a message with the Program Coordinator.

Eric McGuckin, Faculty Coordinator: Following interdisciplinary training in anthropology including religious studies, politicaI-economy, and archeology, I conducted two years of ethnographic research in India, Nepal, and Tibet in the 1990’s. My dissertation focused on the impacts of tourism and globalization on Tibetan artistic and religious culture. While tourism, Tibetan exiles, and global politics have been the main subjects of my academic writing, since joining the faculty at Sonoma State, I have been primarily dedicated to teaching and advising. The Hutchins School has afforded me the opportunity to develop coursework in a broad range of subjects that interest me, much of it outside my academic “discipline," such as Death and Dying, Conspiracy Theories, and the Anthropology of Humor. I am honored to serve the student based practices of the Hutchins School in the LIBS Saturday Degree Completion Program with working adult students!

Christina Nichol attended Hutchins as an undergraduate and completed her MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida. She has taught in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Russia, and the republic of Georgia, where her debut novel, Waiting for the Electricity, is set. Christina’s primary interests include documentary filmmaking, oral histories, impacts of globalization, creative process, sacred traditions, and environmental issues.

Laurie Stuhlbarg holds an MA in English from Stanford University and an MS in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, where she is finishing her doctoral dissertation on communitive and rewilding experiences in the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. She has taught writing and interdisciplinary courses in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University, the Integrative Thinking and Writing Program at Keene State College, and the English Department at Bridgewater State University. Her journalism and interviews have appeared in national and local publications including Scene 4, Intuition, and various regional newspapers in New England and the Bay Area. In addition to teaching and writing, Laurie has worked as an editor for individuals composing scholarly and creative projects, and done fundraising, community outreach, and media relations for nonprofit arts and social justice organizations.

Carlos D. Torres: You can call me Professor Torres or even Professor T. I received my doctorate at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the subject of social anthropology with an emphasis in media anthropology. For my graduate research, I concentrated on the ethnographic media produced in Chiapas, Mexico. I have researched Maya-produced media in diverse formats, comprehensively documenting aesthetics, narrative devices, and the sociopolitical context of this media. Now I look at citizens' media produced globally to understand how this media is contributing to the world-wide mediascape through independent reportage and to the production of textual and testimonial truth.

Beth Ann Turner:  Beth Ann Turner teaches LIBS 380: Identity and Society and LIBS 470: Senior Project for the Hutchins Degree Completion Program. She is on the faculty of the SSU Department of Music and coordinator of the Second-Year Research and the Creative Experience program for the SSU School of Arts and Humanities

Nancy Uber-Kellogg: Nancy Uber-Kellogg writes memoirs and fiction. She has taught in the Saturday Hybrid Liberal Studies Program since it began in 1997. Initially the writing instructor, she later became a Senior Project course teacher as well. Nancy’s education includes a B.A. in Environmental Design (Antioch College), M.A.’s in Dance Criticism and in English (Sonoma State), and a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition (Purdue University). During graduate studies, Nancy focused on communication across cultural divides. She explored Zora Neale Hurston’s use of double voicing—the practice of creating statements that will be understood one way by members of a culturally dominant group and another way by members of an oppressed group. Her dissertation is a case study of Anglo college composition instructors who taught writing to Native American students, either at tribal colleges or at universities that offered classes especially for Native students. She was curious to hear about “moments of encounter” the teachers had with their students, times when they had to search for classroom practices that both they and the students could accept. One issue that they all struggled with was how to answer why should young students share their opinions when their cultures say the elders should speak on behalf of everyone. In addition to teaching, Nancy has worked as an editor and writer for nonprofits and individuals.

Barbara Widhalm: I am excited to join the Saturday Degree Completion Program faculty team! I currently also teach at Peralta Community College District, St. Mary's College of California and John F. Kennedy University. Originally from Vienna, Austria, I have a Bachelors in languages with a minor in environmental economics, a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and earned my Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a global citizen who has lived, studied, and worked in Russia, Austria, and the U.S. I have a passion for the wellbeing of the planet and all its inhabitants. My dissertation research focused on designing dynamic learning experiences that congruently mimic living systems in learning content, process, and structure. To my teaching I bring 20 years of experience working in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in various nonprofit and educational settings. I am also the owner of a small cottage food bakery making gluten-free low- and no-sugar treats derived from traditional Viennese recipes. And I am the proud mom of a recent high-school graduate who is about to embark on a global gap year.