Master's in Applied Arts and Sciences

Meet Our Faculty

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With wide-ranging theories, philosophies, and pedagogical perspectives,

MAAS faculty are as diverse in thought as the students they inspire. Their experience ranks them among the most senior educators on staff and has earned them an impressive list of accolades, honors, and distinguished teaching awards.

MAAS faculty work with students personally to create a program that's perfectly suited for each individual. And, guided by their instructors, students have the freedom and flexibility to explore one of the most diverse curricula offered at a university.

Kathleen Forbes
Director of the MAAS Program

Kathleen has worked with the MAAS program since 1994. She is responsible for the overall planning, delivery and assessment of the program, including faculty recruitment, course offerings, curriculum development, and new academic initiatives. She is a board member of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP).

Thanks for all the help and contributions you make to our discipline. I like that you don't take yourself too seriously, yet your ideas, programs, and experience are among the best."

–Jim Pappas, President Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Julee Johnson
MAAS Program Advisor

Julee, a former graduate of the MAAS program, has worked with the program since January 2004. She is the go-to person for questions about the application process, registration instructions, course selection, transcript review, purchasing books, program design, graduation process, etc. Julee is available to help.

Julee’s accessibility and ability to serve as mentor, trouble shooter, and liaison for faculty, students, and administrators alike drive the program toward ever-increasing success. Julee’s ‘can do’ attitude inspires and encourages everyone to become all they can and more."

–MAAS Student


James A. Anderson

(Ph.D., University of Washington) Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor in the History Department at UNCG. His fields of study include Late Imperial China, Modern China, Pre-Modern Southeast Asia, and High Medieval Europe. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2006–2007 academic year in Beijing and a Luce Fellowship at the Library of Congress in 2004. His new book is titled The Rebel Den of Nung Tri Cao: Eleventh-Century Rebellion and Response along the Sino-Vietnamese Frontier.

Janne G. Cannon

(Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where she worked for more than thirty years, teaching microbiology and doing research on infectious diseases in humans. Her particular research focus for most of that time was on the bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. Since 2009, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Liberal Studies at UNCG where she has taught courses for the MAAS program, including "Emerging Issues in Biology" and "Global Perspectives in Biology." She also teaches a seminar course entitled "Plagues" for undergraduate Honors students. Dr. Cannon is also a volunteer mediator and community mediation instructor for Alamance County Dispute Settlement & Youth Services in Graham, NC.

Rob Cannon

(Ph.D. University of Delaware) Dr. Cannon is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology where he has been a faculty member since 1972. He regularly taught courses in general microbiology, virology, immunology, and principles of biology. He has taught courses in the MAAS program for many years. For fun, he is an avid tennis player, a recent golfer, and a private pilot. He is a Hospice volunteer and also has been a community mediator for 15 years.

Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater

(Ph.D., University of New Hampshire) Dr. Chiseri-Strater is a Professor of English and a member of the Rhetoric and Composition faculty who teaches courses in creative non-fiction, composition and reading theory, literacy studies, and research methodology. She has been a literacy educator for over thirty-five years. Her book, FieldWorking: Reading and Writing Research, is in its second edition.

James E. Evans

(Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) Dr. Evans specializes in eighteenth-century British literature and offers seminars in fiction and drama. He is the author of Comedy: An Annotated Bibliography of Theory and Criticism, A Guide to Prose Fiction in the Tatler and the Spectator (with John Wall), and numerous essays on Restoration Comedies, fiction (by Fielding, Smollett, and Richardson), and early British periodicals. A contributor to Broken Boundaries: Women and Feminism in Restoration Drama, he is at work on a study of gambling in late Stuart comedy and culture. A piece of that project appeared recently in Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Evans was a winner of the 1999–2000 Teaching Competition of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Tony Fragola

(MPW from the University of Southern California) A Professor of Broadcasting/Cinema, Tony has written and directed short films and published scholarly articles on European directors. He has been working on a series of documentaries in Sicily, including A Beautiful Memory: A Mother and Her Sons Against the Mafia. His current project focuses on lands confiscated from the Mafia and turned over to farm cooperatives, especially in the area of Corleone, made (in)famous by The Godfather.

Jeff Jones

(Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of History. His specific area of research is Russian-Soviet history and he is interested in 20th-century global history. Dr. Jones recently received the UCEA (University Continuing Education Association) Excellence in Teaching Award, which is presented to individuals who have provided outstanding teaching, course development, mentoring of students, and service to continuing education.

Charlie Headington

(Ph.D., University of Chicago) Charlie Headington teaches a variety of courses at UNCG and in the community. Most of them encourage people to examine themselves and society, and make constructive changes in how they think and live. He likes to garden, walk, cook, be with his family, and learn Italian.

Nancy Nelson Hodges

(Ph.D., University of Minnesota) Dr. Hodges is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Department at UNCG. Dr. Nelson Hodges’ research emphasis involves the exploration of dress in history, culture, and society. Specifically, her research focuses on issues of gender as related to dress. Current research topics include women, education, and the textile and apparel industry in North Carolina; cross-dressing and the Internet; the social psychology of apparel consumption; and women and the creation of knowledge within the clothing and textiles field.

Larry Lavender

(Ph.D., New York University) Larry Lavender is a Professor of Dance at UNCG. He holds an MFA in Choreography from UC Irvine and a Ph.D. in Dance Education from NYU. Prior to coming to UNCG in 2002, Larry was Head of Dance and Director of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate degree program at the University of New Mexico. Larry's primary areas of teaching are dance criticism, choreography, writing about art, and creativity studies.

John J. Lepri

(Ph.D., North Carolina State University) Dr. Lepri is Associate Professor in the department of Biology. He has conducted research on the chemosensory and endocrine coordination of mammalian reproduction at UNCG, the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and NCSU. In addition to his research on pheromones and hormones, he has taught a wide variety of courses in vertebrate and human physiology.

Carrie Levesque

(Ph.D., Duke University) is a Lecturer in Liberal Studies at UNCG. With a background in Russian literature and Women’s Studies, she has a wide variety of teaching interests, from women’s memoirs of war and terror to social and economic issues in American motherhood. She spends her free time studying Norwegian (and Norwegians) after moving with her family to Bergen, Norway, in fall 2012.

Robert Miller

(Ph.D., University of Illinois) Dr. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Physics. As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he was instrumental in the founding of the MAAS program in 1985.

Alexandra Schultheis Moore

(Ph.D., University of Rochester) associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, teaches postcolonial studies and human rights in literature and film. She is the author of Regenerative Fictions: Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, and the Nation as Family (2004) and co-editor, with Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, of Theoretical Perspectives on Human Rights and Literature (2011). They are also co-editing a volume on Teaching Human Rights in Literary and Cultural Studies. Moore has published essays in journals including Genders, Humanity, Peace Review, South Asian Review, and Twentieth-Century Literature as well as in various edited collections. Her current monograph project, Between Mourning and Advocacy, examines human rights as a mode of framing and reception for contemporary literature.

Ben Ramsey

(Ph.D., M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in New York) Dr. Ramsey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UNCG. His current research interests are in spirituality and politics.

Joseph Rosenblum

(Ph.D., Duke University) Dr. Rosenblum grew up in Connecticut in a family where the greatest sin was raising one’s voice, though buying retail ran a close second. Since 1980, he has taught at UNCG. Among his books are Shakespeare: An Annotated Bibliography (1992) and A Reader’s Guide to Shakespeare (1998). In 1990, he won second prize in the Oxford University Press English Detective Fiction contest with a story about a thief who leaves Shakespearean quotations in lieu of the objects he steals.

Dr. Hephzibah Roskelley

(Ph.D., University of Louisville) teaches courses in rhetoric and composition and American literature and culture. She holds the Carlisle Professorship in Women's and Gender Studies and serves on the North Carolina Humanities Council. Herspecial interests include pedagogy, literacy, theories of composition and gender studies. She is the recipient of the 2003 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Stephen Ruzicka

(Ph.D., University of Chicago) Dr. Ruzicka is an Associate Professor of History. His interests as a classical historian focus on periods of cultural change. He is the recipient of the 2000 Alumni Teaching Excellence Award.

Ann Saab

(Ph.D., Harvard) Dr. Saab is Professor Emeritus of History at UNCG. She has served as Associate Dean of the UNCG Graduate School and Head of the History Department. Her research interests focus on cross-cultural understanding and misunderstandings.

Jeffrey K. Sarbaum

(Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton) Dr. Sarbaum is a Lecturer of Economics at UNCG. At SUNY Binghamton he specialized in experimental, labor international, and urban economics and was an award-winning economics teacher.

Deborah Seabrook

(MFA, UNCG) Ms. Seabrook was educated at Cornell University and has taught English at UNCG for almost twenty years. She has published in Best American Short Stories, 1985 and The Virginia Quarterly Review. A chapbook of her short stories, Margins of Error, was published by Unicorn Press in 2005.

Susan W. Thomas

(Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro) has taught in the History Department at UNCG since 2008. Her primary research interests concern the social, political, and economic development of the American South, with an emphasis on the early twentieth century penal system, racial identity, and the working class. Dr. Thomas incorporates a global perspective in her teaching and challenges her students to recognize the close relationship between the past and events in the world around them.