Impact — Summer 2022

About the Authors and Editors

Crystal Bickford is an Associate Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University and a former writing program administrator and academic support specialist. She has served three terms as the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE) president and is the current president of the Northeast College Reading and Learning Association (CRLANE) while also serving as the national special interest group leader in educational technology for the national CRLA. She has taught in higher education for nearly thirty years and holds expertise in interdisciplinary studies, composition, rhetorical studies, nonfiction writing, and business communications. She works for the American Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team Supervisor and enjoys photography, kayaking, and travel in her free time.

Ngina Chiteji is an Associate Professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and Associated Professor of Public Service the NYU Wagner School. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina. Her scholarship includes articles about macroeconomic policy, retirement saving, wealth inequality, and active learning strategies designed to incorporate data analysis in the classroom. She teaches both standard economics courses and courses that cross the boundaries of economics, political science, history, science, and philosophy.

Jeanne M. Hughes is an Associate Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire University. She teaches General Education composition and reading skills classes as well as upper-level linguistics, grammar, and literature. In all classes, her focus is on creating learning environments where students are both academically challenged and actively involved. She includes storytelling in various forms, including art, literature, social media, and guest speakers, as a foundational element in her classes, which provides students with a way to connect to others and to course content. Her current research is focused on teaching writing and critical thinking through personal stories and using literacy narratives to increase student metacognition.

John W. Mackey is Chair of the Social Sciences Division of Boston University’s College of General Studies, where he received the Peyton Richter Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching in 2016. He is a contributing author of The Modernization of the Western World: A Society Transformed (Routledge, 2017) and his work has appeared in Salon, The Conversation, Cognoscenti, The Globe Post, and We’re History.

Justina M. Oliveira earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She incorporates service-learning and civic engagement in many of her courses and enjoys utilizing the arts to encourage deeper learning of psychology content. Her research and publications focus on workplace and social issues ranging from experiences of law enforcement and their use of humor, ethical considerations in survey use, the public’s perceptions of transgender military veterans, and Latinas’ experiences of discrimination at work. She strives to involve undergraduates in research projects, and many have obtained authorship through these collaborations.

Marlis Schweitzer is Professor in the Department of Theatre and Performance at York University in Toronto. She has written and edited a number of books, including When Broadway Was the Runway: Theater, Fashion, and American Culture and Performance Studies in Canada (co-edited with Laura Levin). Her most recent book, Bloody Tyrants and Little Pickles: Stage Roles of Anglo-American Girls in the Nineteenth Century was awarded the 2021 George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association.

Rob Turner is a Lecturer in 20th- and 21st-century literature at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on American literature, with a particular interest in experiments in the epic mode. His first monograph, Counterfeit Culture: Truth and Authenticity in the American Prose Epic Since 1960, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.

Jeanine Williamson is the veterinary medicine and engineering librarian and a professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her research interests include characteristics of disciplines and the individuals working in them. She published a book in 2018 titled Teaching to Individual Differences in Science and Engineering Librarianship: Adapting Library Instruction to Learning Styles and Personality Characteristics. In addition to disciplinary characteristics, she is interested in collaborations between disciplines, particularly in One Health research.