Steering Committee

Karen Manners SmithKaren Manners Smith

Karen Manners Smith is a social historian who received her doctorate in American history from the University of Massachusetts. She has a degree in English and American literature from Brandeis University. She specializes in American women's history, but also teaches courses in immigration history, the gilded age and progressive era, and modern England. Professor Smith has taught a biography course and three film classes at Emporia State, and plans several others in the future. She prefers to teach history classes that focus on discussion and explore multiple approaches to historical subject matter through art, literature, and material culture. All her American history courses emphasize issues of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. Dr. Smith took the students from her Immigration class to New York in the Fall 1999 semester.  She plans future history field trips to Chicago and England, UK, in conjunction with upcoming history courses. 

Ellen HansenEllen Hansen

Dr. Ellen Hansen is Professor of Geography and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. She has taught at Emporia State University since 1999, offering World Regional Geography as well as a variety of upper division courses, including Gender, Place and Culture, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Geography of Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, and various other courses, most of which are applicable to the Ethnic and Gender Studies Minor program.  

Her research interests include life at the U.S.-Mexico border, where she lived for a year while doing fieldwork for her doctorate. She also is interested in gender issues in international development, especially in Latin America. She lived in Ecuador for over two years a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Andes. Recently she has become interested in writing about teaching and learning, and research about new immigrant destinations in the U.S. Midwest.

 Away from ESU, Dr. Hansen is an avid spinner of yarn and knitter.

Susan KendrickSusan Kendrick

Susan Kendrick, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Kendrick arrived at ESU in 2001, and teaches courses in Early Modern/Renaissance British literature and Anglo-American women writers before 1830. She is the author of Elizabeth’s Use of Virginity to Enhance Her Sovereignty: Managing the Image of a Sixteenth-Century Queen was published in 2009. Her current project is the completion of the Gwenn Davis / Beverly A. Joyce eight-volume bibliography of American and English women writers from 1500-1900. Dr. Kendrick serves on the Ethnic and Gender Studies Steering Committee, the editorial board of the University Press of Kansas, and is a member of the Renaissance Society of America, the Shakespeare Society, the Queen Elizabeth I Society, and the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, which houses the Ethnic and Gender Studies Program.

Rachelle SmithRachelle Smith

Dr. Rachelle M. Smith is the Director of Composition and an Associate Professor in the Dept of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. She is currently serving as the Chair of the General Education Council for the 2010-2011 academic year. Dr. Smith received her PhD at Texas Christian University; her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Englihs are from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, African American women's literature, and science fiction.


Nathaniel TerrellNathaniel Terrell

Obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, August 1993. He obtained his BA and MA in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is currently the Chair of the Division of Sociology and Anthropology.  His area of teaching includes criminology, social deviance, juvenile delinquency, social psychology, homelessness, research methods, introduction to sociology, and social stratification. His research interest includes homelessness, community correction, and criminology. 

Roberta EichenbergRoberta Eichenberg

2003 Capillary Attraction Mellenic Gallery Kansas City MO
2002 Mini-Grant Kansas Art Commission Topeka KS
2003 Evolution Pittsburgh Glass Center / TA Pittsburgh PA
Transformation Redeer College / TA Redeer Alberta CAN
2002 Glass Sculpting Pilchuck Glass School / TA Stanwood WA
1986 Master of Fine Art Ohio State University Columbus OH
1984 Master of Art California State University Chico CA
1981 Pilchuck Glass School Flora Mace + Joey Kirkpatrick Stanwood WA
1979 Bachelor of Arts California State University Chico CA 

Dr. Heidi HamiltonHeidi Hamilton


Dr. Heidi Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication  and Theatre.  She joined Emporia State University in 2004.  Dr. Hamilton received a M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.

In the department, she teaches courses in rhetoric and persuasion including: Theories of Persuasion, Social Movements, Consumerism & Advertising, and Communication and Gender.  She also serves as the director for the Public Speaking course.

Her scholarship focuses on both foreign policy rhetoric and gendered rhetoric. She has a chapter on the anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan appearing in the book: Media Depictions of Women as Brides, Wives and Mothers and a co-authored chapter on Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice as the first female secretaries of state in the book Gender and Political Communication in America. Her work on celebrity and political activism has appeared in the American Communication Journal.  

Kevin RabasKevin Rabas

Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and co-edits Flint Hills Review. He has four books: Bird’s Horn, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, and Spider Face: stories.


Elizabeth (Betsy) YanikElizabeth (Betsy) Yanik

Elizabeth (Betsy) Yanik received her Ph D in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky and is now a Professor in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science at Emporia State University.  Dr. Yanik is the Assistant Director of the Women and Mathematics Network, a national organization for directors of outreach programs for young women.  Dr. Yanik has recently been asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Women & Mathematics Education.  She is a co-organizer of SMASH -Summer Mathematics and Sciences Holiday- a nonresidential summer program for 9th grade girls which is funded by Tensor grant.  Dr. Yanik is also co-organizer of MASTER IT -Mathematics and Science To Explore caReers Investigating Together- which is a residential summer program for 24 rising 8th grade and 24 rising 9th grade young women.  This is funded by a National Science Foundation grant.  Her major contributions in the area of ethnic and gender studies include: 

           Sonia Kovalesky Day A day of recognition for women in mathematics; 

Expanding Your Horizons A day-long conference for middle school girls which includes workshops and discussions aimed at helping young girls say interested in math.
Catching Your Dreams: An event for Girls Scout Brownies that centers around science and math activities.