Faculty Spotlight

College faculty briefly talk about their backgrounds, as well as their teaching and research.

Anita Mannur

photo of Anita Mannur(Department of English)

"I really love to introduce students to texts, authors, and perspectives that they haven't previously read. On a basic level, they may not have previously known this sort of content but may share some identity with them. It's gratifying to see that moment in a classroom when a student gets excited that they've accessed a new area of interest or a new passion!"

Read what Dr. Mannur had to say about her food-related research.

Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc

photo of Aleksy Tarasenko-Struc(Department of Philosophy)

"I want my students to walk away from my class with intellectual humility. No one has all the right answers, particularly to the difficult, complex question that philosophers address. And when you are humble as a thinker, one advantage that you have over somebody who is not is that you are usually in a position to understand their arguments better than they'll understand yours."

Read what Dr. Tarasenko-Struc had to say about his research related to moral philosophy and ideas of dehumanization.

Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis

photo of Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis(Department of English)

"I believe that teaching is a reciprocal arrangement between teachers and students. That is, learning is a two-way, interactive process that involves reflection, collaboration, and active engagement on the part of both students and teachers. The classroom should be a safe place for exploring and discussing complex ideas as well as a nurturing environment for creativity."

Read what Dr. Etter-Lewis had to say about her research, teaching, and Project Dream Keepers.

Amélie Davis

photo of Amélie Davis(Department of Geography; Institute for the Environment and Sustainability)

"I relish passing on knowledge and techniques that I've learned and seeing the amazing things students do with all of it. My favorite part of teaching is the one-on-one interactions with students; I enjoy learning about students' aspirations and trying to help them get there."

Read what Dr. Davis had to say about her lab and research.

Qingcong Yuan

photo of Qingcong Yuan(Department of Statistics)

"The students are very good in terms of their learning attitude, their interest to do research projects, and their plans for their future career. They bring new ideas and suggestions to the class and to the program. I really enjoy working with students and helping them prepare for their future."

Read what Dr. Yuan had to say about why she likes teaching at Miami.

Lisa Werwinski

photo of Lisa Werwinski(Department of Statistics)

"As a faculty member, I enjoy being able to focus on my students and how I can encourage them and help them be the best that they can be. I consider it an honor to be a part of my students' journeys and always love receiving emails from students years later telling me that they are grateful for what they learned in my class."

Read what Ms. Werwinski had to say about her unique path to teaching at Miami.

Dale Ehrlich

photo of Dale Ehrlich(American Culture and English Program)

"You can tell the students are invested in what they're learning, and we share a common goal of improving their ability to communicate in English. We are confident in our goal and the need to learn."

Read what Mr. Ehrlich had to say about his favorite courses to teach.

Haosheng Yang

photo of Haosheng Yang(Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures)

"I enjoy teaching a lot — especially the intellectual communication I have with my students, who call me Yang-laoshi ('teacher' in Chinese). I feel passionate about sharing my literary knowledge with my students."

Read what Dr. Yang had to say about her research.

Jonathan Strauss

photo of Jonathan Strauss(Department of French and Italian)

"My favorite thing about teaching is getting an unexpected question or comment from a student that reveals something new about our discussion. For that reason I always make a point to listen carefully and adapt to student needs."

Read what Dr. Strauss had to say about his research and his love of hang gliding.

José Amador

photo of Jose Amador(Department of Global & Intercultural Studies)

"In my teaching, I try to develop students' critical thinking and writing skills in order for them to achieve their fullest potential. This entails a lot of classroom work and discussion. I encourage an atmosphere of open dialogue that is fact-based. Students must critically engage with primary sources to come up with potential answers to a historical question. My teaching philosophy is about engaging students with critical ideas that allow them to understand the past and reflect on the present."

Read what Dr. Amador had to say about his research on the transnational circulation of medical ideas.

Cameron Hay-Rollins

photo of Cameron Hay-Rollins(Department of Anthropology)

"I work to ignite my students' interest and passion in engaging with the world around them. Anthropology is very strange to a lot of people until they wrap their heads around it! So I usually start courses weighing class time towards lectures to give students a sense of how anthropologists think, and then shift the balance towards open discussions, so that the students and I learn from each other."

Read what Dr. Hay-Rollins had to say about her passion for improving global health and well-being.

David Berg

photo of David Berg(Department of Biology)

"Bringing passion and enthusiasm into my courses is important to making students into active thinkers. We do a lot of inquiry-based and hands-on activities: laboratories, field trips, and even a bit of simulation modeling. Everything is designed to encourage the students to actively manage their own learning and to rely on their interest in what we are doing to help stimulate them."

Read what Dr. Berg had to say about his research in evolutionary and conservation biology.

Janardan Subedi

photo of Janardan Subedi(Department of Sociology and Gerontology)

"Providing my students a realistic understanding of life is very important to me. We all need critical knowledge, but it has its own limitations. I give students practical, day-to-day life examples to help them understand what life, society, health systems, diseases are all about. I always tell them that practical knowledge is as important as critical knowledge: so you need experience, to see the world, to travel, and go abroad."

Read what Dr. Subedi had to say about his research as a social epidemiologist.

Lynette Hudiburgh

photo of Lynette Hudiburgh(Department of Statistics)

"Teaching is never boring. I love having an opportunity to develop relationships with my students. What's really exciting is when they come back and tell me how they can apply what they learned in my class to another."

Read what Ms. Hudiburgh had to say about her hybrid learning approach to teaching.