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.
Obermann Graduate Institute Advisory Board
Barbara Eckstein (English, CLAS) co-directed the Graduate Institute in 2014 and 2015. Her own engagement work includes co-leading the The People's Weather Map, a digital humanities project. She is also a member of the Oakdale Community [Prison] Choir. In 2014, she co-directed the Obermann Humanities Symposium, Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene.
As a recent Obermann Fellow in Residence, Eckstein continued her previous research into the relationship between story and sustainability, e.g., in Sustaining New Orleans (Routledge, 2005), Geohumanities (Routledge, 2011), and American Literary History (2012), through a project focused on the historical relationship between humans and mosquitoes in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. From the ancient site at Cahokia (IL) to the Civil War prison at Alton (IL) to the prairie bogs confronting surveyors of the Iowa Territory, what stories have been told about this insect that is the subject of much contemporary debate as climate change alters the geography of mosquito-borne human diseases?...
Carolyn Colvin is a faculty member in the Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) program in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning. She has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs in the College of Education, as program coordinator of LLC and English Education, and as Chair of the University Diversity Committee. She currently chairs the University’s Research Council. In her scholarship, she works on literacy for immigrant adults, parent teacher communication, literacy and the U.S. Citizenship test, and the connections between local rural economies and the arts. Her work has appeared in Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Multicultural Education, and at various conference proceedings.
Colvin co-directed the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy in 2013 and 2014. She has directed the Obermann Working Group "The Scholarship of Public Engagement" for several years....
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. In 2008, he was awarded the University of Iowa's President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence for creative utilization of service-learning and for engaged scholarship through teaching. Dr. Just also received the David J. Skorton Award for Staff Excellence in Public Service (2010) and the International Studies Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2011). Just co-directed the Obermann Graduate Institute in 2015 and 2016.
David Gould served as the Obermann Public Scholar from 2013-2016. He currently coordinates programming for the Belin-Blank Center. Dave was the Associate Director of Professional Student Development in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and developed a number of courses, including Life Design: Building Your Future and Reimagining Downtown. He has won multiple teaching and staff awards. He is passionate about reimagining higher education and improving the lives of young people.
Jacki Thompson Rand is an associate professor in the History Department and co-directs the American Indian and Native Studies Programs. Her courses focus on federal Indian law and policy, museums and memory, and public history. Her current research focuses on violence against Native women in the context of a southeastern American Indian community.
Jennifer Teitle has her PhD from the University of Iowa in Teaching and Learning. She is a graduate student advisor for the Graduate College and works on initiatives involving alternative academic careers, engagement, and career planning.
Jessica Anthony is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Dance. In 2015-16 she co-directed Dancers in Company, the UI's longtime traveling company. She helped to segue Dancers in Company into a learning/performance experience with a strong public engagement component. For its first year with this approach, the company studied water, meeting with experts from across campus and community, and then devising performances that shared their learnings. A former Graduate Institute Fellow, Anthony led several workshops between undergraduates and incarcerated young women at the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo, Iowa. The goal of her work is for dance to become a vehicle for bringing displaced and silenced stories to the public.
Jessica Pleyel is an MFA candidate in the UI's Intermedia Art Department and a conceptual artist and curator. Her studio practice is multi-faceted, and includes sculpture, costume design, performance, social practice, video, and playwriting. She explores familial relations, intersectional feminism, gender activism, and the performative nature of hunting in her art. She is currently working on an exhibit entitled We Are Survivors in which she collaborates with other artists who create work as a means to raise awareness, educate, and heal from sexual assault. She has exhibited internationally and is the recipient of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, the Virgil M. Beall Scholarship, and the Ana Mendieta Memorial Scholarship.
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. He is also interested in medical and social work research on narrative, hospice, death and dying, and chronic/terminal illness.
Shanti Sellz is the Local Foods and Planning Specialist for Johnson's County's Planning, Development and Sustainability department. Sellz is also the owner of Muddy Miss Farms, a local organic vegetable farm, and the co-founder of Green Share LLC, a local collective that supplies organic foods to local businesses.