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Supporting social embeddedness requires a network of community-engaged practitioners and scholars whose work is recognized, highlighted and valued. In order to cultivate a robust network and bring recognition to those who do work with community partners, we developed an ongoing list of faculty and staff who report their social embeddedness activities in Collaboratory. Explore their social embeddedness activities in Collaboratory!
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An internationally acclaimed Scholar, Professor Souad T. Ali is head of Classics and Middle Eastern studies, founding chair of the ASU Council for Arabic and Islamic Studies; coordinator of Arabic Studies; associate professor of Arabic literature and Middle Eastern/Islamic studies in the School of International Letters and Cultures (SILC). She is simultaneously an affiliate graduate faculty member in English, women and gender studies, religious studies, and justice and social inquiry; as well as an affiliate faculty member in the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, African and African-American studies, Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, Institute for Humanities Research, and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. A scholar with international recognition, Professor Ali is a recipient of several awards, including the ASU Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (2017); the ASU Outstanding Advisor of the Year (2019), among others.
As a Research Scientist at the Decision Theater, Dr. Amresh conducts research in the development of Serious Games and previously he led the Computer Gaming curriculum initiatives at Arizona State University, where he founded the Computer Gaming Certificate, Camp Game and UTBC summer programs. He was the founding program chair for the Simulation Science Games and Animation program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and his industry pursuits included working for Ronin Entertainment as a Graphics Software Engineer known for Star Wars: Force Commander and Bruce Lee Quest of the Dragon games. He is the author of Unreal Game Development, a popular book used for teaching game development skills for high school students. He has given numerous talks on using games in the classroom for enhancing math and science learning. He is currently researching the development of software tools to improve game-based learning outcomes.
Connor Baskin is a Career Coach on the undergraduate side of the Career Management team at W. P. Carey School of Business, specifically partnering with Supply Chain Management and Business (Sustainability) students. Connor brings a substantial breadth of industry knowledge, grounded in both frequent employer interaction and personal experience, coupled with an empathetic approach to all of his students. The most exciting part of Connor’s job is helping students align purpose with their work through values-based market analysis. In addition to his role at W. P. Carey, Connor has worked for the U.S. Department of State, Intel, and a successful educational technology start up. Connor holds a B.S. in Supply Chain Management and a B.A. in German from Arizona State University, and a M.A. in German from Indiana University.
Jason Briggs is the Director of the Office of Global Initiatives at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Iowa, Juris Doctor from Creighton University and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from The George Washington University. After serving as a Senior Legislative Assistant in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, he worked at the law firm of Covington & Burling. Jason also served as a Community-Based Organizational Development Volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand, worked with the United Nations Development Programme as the Regional Legal Coordinator on a project to combat human trafficking in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and was an International Justice Advisor for the US Department of State-International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s Justice Sector Support Program in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to joining Barrett, The Honors College, Jason was a Program Head/Lecturer in the Masters of International Relations program at Webster University and delivered BA/MA courses on topics such as public international law, US foreign policy and human trafficking at campus locations in Thailand and Austria.
Jared is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships and leads the Center for Entrepreneurship at Arizona State Universities W. P. Carey School of Business, where he runs the popular Founder's Lab and Opportunity Nexus Programs. With a background in new business design & experiential programming, Jared focuses on engaging students and stakeholders with 'the Business of Entrepreneurship' through experiential education based on real-world opportunities. His expertise also includes his research around Impact Entrepreneurship and Democratizing Access to entrepreneurial opportunities.
Dr. Carr Kelman currently serves as associate director for conservation solutions with the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, and co-directs the Conservation Solutions Lab. Her research investigates policy dimensions of sustainability issues, such as the key elements of adaptive collaborative management of natural resources, and how to manage tradeoffs and foster synergies between biodiversity conservation and human development. She has studied stewardship contracting in Arizona national forests, Integrated Conservation and Development Projects in Indonesian national parks, and the global trade in electronic waste. Two major themes in Dr. Carr Kelman's research are the complex relationships between conservation and development, and the design of nested, multi-scalar institutions for the collaborative governance of social-ecological systems. She oversaw the implementation of the global development research program at ASU, which was funded by USAID Global Development Lab as a Research Innovation Fellowship, for five years. She teaches a graduate seminar on biodiversity conservation and collaborative management, and undergraduate courses on international development and on policy and governance for sustainability. She has also taught courses on environmental politics and corporate social responsibility at other universities.
Stephen Carradini teaches courses on online professional communication in the Technical Communication program. He uses qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate how people who work outside large organizations use online and offline professional communication to do their work. Musicians are the focus of his most recent research. He also studies disciplinarity in academic fields using corpus analytic methods.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, The Design School and Senior Sustainability Scientist
Dr. Chingwen Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Design School and a Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Dr. Cheng is dedicated to engaging transdisciplinary research for Climate Justice Design where both procedural and distributive justice being integrated into green infrastructure planning and design for resilient and sustainable communities. Her frontier in Climate Justicescape investigates spatial patterns of socially vulnerable groups exposed to climate change associated hazards provides integrated social-ecological-technological systems understanding and inquiry for building just and sustainable environments.
In 2014, Stephen Davis was appointed a full-time instructor at Arizona State University in the leadership and interdisciplinary studies faculty group, and he became the Academic Bowl coach for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts in 2015. In 2016, he was appointed lecturer while continuing to expand his teaching and service responsibilities. Davis assisted with ASU's internship-based study abroad program in Ireland in 2015, and he directed the program in 2016 and 2017.
Currently, a Liaison Librarian in the Social Sciences Division, Engagement & Learning Services, Wes Edens was assigned the dual roles of digital services librarian at ASU Library (Hayden) and Senior Librarian at Thunderbird School of Management from 2014-2016. Prior to that, he was Director, Merle A. Hinrichs International Business Information Centre, Thunderbird, from 2012-2014. From 1998-2012 he was Electronic Resources Librarian at Thunderbird. ORCID
Wendy Farr is an assistant division director and clinical associate professor for teacher preparation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. She earned her doctorate from Arizona State University in curriculum and instruction. Professor Farr has taught students with special needs for more than seven years (from early childhood to high school students) and was a school administrator/special education director for almost 10 years.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Joe Fortunato began his entertainment career as a research assistant on NBC's TODAY show in the summer of 1988. After graduating from Yale University the following year, he came to Los Angeles and worked at ABC in Children's & Family Programs and then the next few years developing movies for television at NBC. From there, he joined the Creative Affairs team at Shukovsky English Entertainment (SEE) to help develop primetime series for the company. He partnered with writer James Koonce, and together they worked as staff writers for the FOX comedy Living in Captivity under the tutelage of Murphy Brown creator Diane English.
Sharon J. Hall is an ecosystem scientist who explores the ecology of native and managed ecosystems that sustain people and other organisms within the community of life. To achieve these goals, Professor Hall and her research team focus on understanding the ecological feedbacks between humans and the environment. For example, her team is exploring the biodiversity of cities, as well as people's relationship to plants and wildlife in their home environment. Her team also explores how urban air pollution affects ecosystem health and functioning, and they explore how villages in the developing world cope with rapid environmental change, such as biological species invasions.
Sharon R. Harvey was the first founding faculty member with ASU Colleges of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. She directs the General Education program, as well as teaching religion, philosophy and sustainability courses. Her research interests include Heideggerian eco-phenomenology, phenomenological education, and religion and the environment. Harvey also works with local agencies in the promotion efforts for the prevention and containment of the invasive Quagga mussels, involving her students in community outreach and mussel education. She recently took a group of students on a Study Abroad course to Ecuador and the Galapagos to study conservation biology and ecological sustainability in three different ecosystems: the Andes Mountains, the Amazon Jungle, and the Galapagos Islands.
Events Coordinator, Knowledge Enterprise Events
Research Specialist, Mars Space Flight Facility
Jonathon Hill is a mission planner at ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility where he operates the THEMIS camera currently orbiting Mars on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft. He previously operated the Mini-TES instruments on the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity for over five years, and will participate in mission operations for the OSIRIS-REx sample return mission to the asteroid Bennu (instrument operations for OTES, the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer) and the Europa Clipper mission to Jupiter's icy moon Europa (instrument operations for E-THEMIS, the Europa Thermal Emission Imaging System). He graduated from Arizona State University with degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Geological Sciences and Russian, and in his free time, is currently finishing up a PhD in Geological Sciences with a focus on studying salt deposits in the southern highlands of Mars.
As the Pediatric Specialty Coordinator for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Diana Jacobson has designed and been lead faculty for the graduate pediatric curriculum that incorporates both an interactive online format and also utilizes dynamic synchronous and non-synchronous delivery of educational content using the latest technologies.
Currently, Indira serves as Manager for Thunderbird for Good, she oversees the implementation of Thunderbird’s commitments to DreamBuilder, an online entrepreneurship training program for women entrepreneurs. Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to: managing the relationship with the clients, managing relationships with partner organizations, processing all reporting and payments, managing external vendors, working with technology vendors on program development, and promotion of the program.
ASU has been a champion for sustainability since Dr. Crow's commitment led to the establishment of the nation’s first School of Sustainability in 2006. Since then, ASU has been making huge strides to develop, embed, and scale sustainable practices throughout the institution. This is reflected in ASU’s status as #6 in Sierra Club’s Cool School Ranking. Serving as a Student Involvement Coordinator, Kendon works with student leaders to raise awareness among the student body about sustainability practices and policies. He is instrumental in identifying pathways and opportunities through which students can engage in leadership outlets and practical experiences within the context of sustainability. In addition, Kendon supports and encourages students and student organizations to develop programs, competitions, and educational materials on sustainability-related topics. With the majority of the hard infrastructure in place, ASU is now poised to elevate the profile of sustainability through its most valuable and thirsty assets; our students.
Peter W. Jurutka is a professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and a professor of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, where he is a founding faculty member. He joined ASU in 2004 after serving on the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson where he also conducted postdoctoral research.