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Diversity Cluster Hire

In 2017, the College of Liberal Arts conducted a cluster search designed to attract a diverse group of academics invested in inclusive teaching and dedicated to scholarly contributions in this area. We successfully hired seven assistant professors across several departments and are pleased to showcase our first cohort! All have been involved in diversity and inclusion efforts in their departments, our college, the university, and in the community.

Meet the Diversity Cluster Faculty 

Jay BettergarciaJay Bettergarcia

Psychology and Child Development Department - Multicultural Psychology
Degree: Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from UC Santa Barbara
Research Interest: LGBTQ mental health and wellness and affirming approaches to mental health care for transgender and nonbinary people


Joan MeyersJoan Meyers

Social Sciences Department - Diversity in the Workplace
Degree: Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Davis
Research Interest: Diversity and inclusion in the workplace





Steven RuszczyckySteven Ruszczycky

English Department - Queer Studies
Degree: Ph.D. from University of Buffalo, SUNY
Research Interest: Queer theory, history and theory of pornography, sexual studies, disability studies, and the medical humanities




Emily RyallsEmily Ryalls

Communication Studies Department - Mediated Representations of Race and Gender
Degree: Ph.D. from University of South Florida
Research Interest: Cultural studies and feminist media studies, with a focus on popular culture and issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality



Amber WilliamsAmber Williams

Psychology and Child Development Department - Multicultural Psychology
Degree: Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Research Interest: Race in youth's self-concepts, their relationships with in and out groups, and academic outcomes



Roberta WolfsonRoberta Wolfson

English Department - Ethnic Literature
Degree: Ph.D. in English from UC Santa Barbara
Research Interest: Ethnic American Literature, comparative race studies, popular culture




Farah Al-NakibFarah Al-Nakib 

History Department - North African and Middle Eastern History
Degree: Ph.D. in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Research Interest: Urban history of Kuwait city before and after oil



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