Obermann Graduate Institute Advisory Board

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh
Cinematic Arts
University of Iowa

Anahita Ghazvinizadeh is an Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts. She received her BFA in film from Tehran University of Art and her MFA in studio arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Barbara Baquero

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College of Public Health, Community and Behavioral Health
University of Iowa

Barbara Baquero conducts community and behavioral health research guided by the community-based participatory research principles and the social-ecological framework. The focus of her research has been on reducing and eliminating health disparities for Latino immigrants in the U.S. through identifying, understanding, implementing, and evaluating interventions that incorporate social, cultural, and structural factors associated with obesity and chronic disease prevention and control.

Craig Just

Craig Just
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Iowa

Craig Just is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In 2006, he created "Design with the Developing World," a service-learning course focused on sustainable international development. In 2007, he co-founded the course "International Perspectives: Xicotepec" as an integrated example of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship.

Diane Williams

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American Studies and Sports Studies
University of Iowa

Williams is a PhD student in American Studies and Sports Studies. An educator, activist, coach, and athlete, she holds an MS in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College, an MEd in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies from Williams College. She has also taught middle-school geography and worked for nonprofit organizations.

Erik Fuhrer

Erik Fuhrer

Erik Fuhrer provides pedagogical support to graduate students through one-on-one consultations, class observations, and workshops as a Teaching & Learning Specialist in the UI's Center for Teaching. Erik has earned Master’s degrees in English and Literature and, most recently, an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame.

Jason Harshman

Jason Harshman
Teaching & Learning
College of Education, University of Iowa

Jason Harshman is Assistant Professor of Social Studies and Global Education in the College of Education. He teaches courses for pre-service teachers in social studies and graduate seminars on global education. His teaching includes professional development workshops with teachers across all content areas on global citizenship, Iowa history, and social justice.

Jennifer Kayle

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Dance
University of Iowa

Kayle is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the MFA Program in the Department of Dance. Her choreography is deeply informed by collaborative process as a form of collective knowledge-production. Together with The Architects, she is founder of Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation, a professional laboratory dedicated to ensemble improvisation. Her creative research examines issues of power, equity, and liberty.

Megan Gilster

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School of Social Work
University of Iowa

Gilster studies social determinants of mental and physical health, neighborhoods and mental and physical health, racial disparities in mental and physical health, community participation, and community social organization. View her full bio.

Nick Benson

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Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement
University of Iowa

Nick Benson currently serves as the Director of Community Development and Outreach for the Provost’s Office of Outreach & Engagement and the Program Director for the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. He shapes the university's community development initiatives by leading the IISC, the RC&D partnership, and other community outreach efforts. Full bio

Pat Dolan

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Rhetoric and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies
University of Iowa

Pat Dolan earned a PhD in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Iowa in 1994. He teaches a full range of courses in the Rhetoric Department. Pat's teaching interests include writing, early modern literature, wilderness literature, narrative, hospice, and death and dying. His research interests include Thomas More, early modern literature, literary representations of coercion, and literary representations of pain, disease, and death.

Sandra Daack-Hirsch

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College of Nursing
University of Iowa

Sandra Daack-Hirsch is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. Her BSN, MSN and PhD are from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Dr. Daack-Hirsch focused her master’s study on genetic counseling and care of children and families. She completed her PhD in the Parent Child & Family Area of study with an emphasis in public health and genetics. Dr. Daack-Hirsch teaches clinical genetics and is a consultant on numerous national projects to promote the education of nurses in genetics.

Tricia Zebrowski

Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Iowa

Zebrowski studies the problem of stuttering, from onset through treatment. During her residence at Obermann, she worked on the application of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change (TTM) to develop relapse prevention strategies for adolescents who stutter.