Heidi Hamilton, Director
Dr. Heidi Hamilton is 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.
Roberta Eichenberg is Associate Professor of Art, and has been teaching in the Department of Art at Emporia State University since 2000. She received her MFA from Ohio State University. She currently teaches sculpture and glass courses and is the Galleries Director for the Norman R. Eppink and Gilson Memorial galleries located in King Hall on ESU campus.
Her artworks are exhibited locally and around the country in juried and invitational exhibitions. The pieces she creates are mixed media, and deal with personal politics, the struggle for power, and the desire for empathy.
Dr. Hansen is Professor of Geography in the Department of Social Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She teaches World Regional Geography as well as a variety of upper division courses, including Gender, Place and culture, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, and other topical and regional courses. Her research interests include women’s lives at the U.S.-Mexico border, and gender issues in international development, especially in Latin America. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador for over two years, where she worked with women’s groups to develop animal husbandry practices, and taught knitting. She is a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, which recently awarded her its Distinguished Service Award. She also received the President’s Award for Distinguished Service to Diversity at Emporia State University.
Mallory Koci is Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her teaching interests are focused on social justice education, gender construction, critical theory, and interdisciplinary problems. She received her Master of Arts in English and Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Ethnic and Gender Studies from ESU. Currently, she teaches the Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies class and hopes to expand Ethnic and Gender Studies course offerings in the future. She recently began offering an honors section of Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies, available to students enrolled in the Honors College and to other highly motivated students.
Dr. Miracle is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (M. A. and B.A.) and of Bowling Green State University (Ph.D.). As Associate Professor of History she teaches courses on the American Colonies, the American Revolution, Early Women’s History, Sex and Sexuality in Early America, to name a few. Her research interests lie in Colonial America, Women’s history, and the art of teaching. She is the organizer and coordinator of ESU's Constitution Day, held on September 17 every year, in which hundreds of middle and high school students are invited to the ESU campus to learn about the U.S. Constitution.
Dr. Obermeyer is an anthropologist who specializes in American Indian ethnography (Plains and Eastern Woodland), Tribal Historic Preservation, NAGPRA compliance and the politics of federal recognition. His publications, grants and research have primarily been carried out in collaboration with the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma with whom he has worked since 2001. He established and directs the Delaware Tribe's Historic Preservation Office, located on ESU's campus.
Dr. Obermeyer has been on faculty at ESU since 2004 and has been actively involved in several campus wide programs including the Athletic Advisory Board, Advisory Board for the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Ethnic and Gender Studies minor. Along with the two sections of Contemporary Cultures (AN210) that he offers every semester, Dr. Obermeyer also offers two upper division Anthropology electives, among them are courses on Human Evolution and Civilization, and Native Peoples of North America. He also directs the Field School Experience in the summer, offering ethnographic research experience to students.
Associate Professor Dr. Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and co-edits Flint Hills Review. He is Chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages and Journalism. His books include Bird’s Horn, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, Lisa’s Flying Electric Piano, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, Spider Face: stories, and his most recent, Eliot's Violin: Poems. He is co-author of Green Bike (with Simmons and Graves, 2014). His poetry has been published in a wide variety of journals and books.
Dr. Carol L. Russell has a doctorate in Special Education; an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies; and a B.A. in Art, minoring in Psychology. She has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 35 years, and teaching in the fields of Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education for 30 years. She is co-executive producer of I Can Move, an inclusive creative movement video series for children with differing abilities, produced in conjunction with South Dakota Public Television.
She has authored articles and presented regionally, nationally and internationally on various topics, including artistic creativity, inclusion, inclusive creative movement, children with special needs and their families, sibling issues of children with special needs, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, ADA and accessibility, Person First Philosophy, curriculum adaptations / modifications, public policy, and advocacy.
Dr. Marcia Schulmeister is Associate Professor of Geology and the Head of ESU’s Earth Science program. She has actively supported the advancement of women in the sciences since 1992 as a founding member of a local Association for Women Geoscientists Chapter and in subsequent leadership roles at the organization’s local and national levels. She regularly participates in ESU’s “Expanding Your Horizons” math and science program for middle school-age girls as a career mentor and workshop leader.
Dr. Schulmeister’s research and teaching focus on geology and water. She has developed an international perspective on water resource management through work in Germany, China, and Thailand. In addition to her academic background in hydrogeology, she has worked as a professional hydrogeologist for the Kansas Geological Survey, the Kansas Bureau of Environmental Remediation, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Illinois State Water Survey. She has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America, and as an officer for the national society’s Hydrogeology Division and for the National Groundwater Association. She is an active member of the Kansas Water Resources Institute Advisory Council, and is a licensed professional Geologist.
Dr. Smith is Associate Professor in the Dept of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism. Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. at Texas Christian University; her undergraduate and Master's degrees in English are from the University of Oklahoma. Her teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, African American women's literature, and science fiction.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Yanik
Dr. 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. She 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; and Catching Your Dreams, an event for Girls Scout Brownies that centers around science and math activities.
Dr. Joyce Zhou, Assistant Professor of marketing in the School of Business, joined ESU in the fall of 2009. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of consumer behavior, advertising and international marketing. Her papers have been published in multiple academic journals, including the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Business Research, International Marketing Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and many others.
Dr. Joyce Zhou always tries to provide hands-on projects in her classes. In the past semesters her students have worked with community organizations on projects that improve local community functions. During these projects, the students interacted with clients and learned how to make critical business decisions to help the organizations move forward. Some of these organizations include Newman Regional Health, Emporia Main Street and the Emporia Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Zhou also invites business managers from established companies to give presentations to her classes about real life business events.
Currently, Dr. Joyce Zhou is a faculty advisor to ESU’s Marketing Club and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association. She loves to work with students and always encourages them to conduct discipline-related research and present their research papers at regional, national and international conferences. In 2011, Dr. Joyce Zhou received the ESU Outstanding Recognized Student Organization Advisor of the year award.