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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.  

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Juan Chavarria

Dr. Chavarria is Assistant Professor of accounting, information systems and finance in the School of Business. He teaches courses in business technology, computer systems analysis and design, and management information systems.

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Roberta Eichenberg

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. 

Deborah Hann

Deborah Hann

Dr. Hann is Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Social Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Geography: Geographic Education from Texas State University San Marcos. Her research focus has been on literature in U.S. schools and how geography "is 'hiding'" in the schools. At ESU she teaches World Regional Geography along with upper level courses such as The World in Film, Food Geography, Cartography, Geographic Information Systems Applications, and others. She studied abroad in Cambridge, England, and was an intern at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles and at the National Geographic Society. Every year she writes questions for the National Geographic Society's geography bee.

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Ellen Hansen

Dr. Hansen is Professor of Geography in the Department of Social Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. She teaches a variety of upper division courses, including Gender, Place and Culture, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography. She also teaches regional courses including Geography of Middle and South America, Middle East and North Africa, East and Southeast Asia. Her research interests include gender issues in international development, especially in Latin America; issues of privilege; and experiential learning. 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.

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Mallory Koci

Mallory Koci is Instructor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Her teaching interests are focused on social justice education, gender construction, critical theory, and interdisciplinary problems. She earned 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 and an online section of Issues in Ethnic and Gender Studies, available to students enrolled in the Honors College and to distance and other highly motivated students

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Brice Obermeyer

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.


Greg Robinson

Professor Robinson concentrates his research in Central American literature and has written several articles constructed on similar themes identity, race and gender found in short-stories from the 20th century writers located in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama. His teaching interest reflects a diverse approach which likewise embraces authors from Mexico, South America, and Brazil including the culture of Latin America with an emphasis in Latin American cinema.

Professor Robinson actively participates in various national and international conferences such as: The International Conference of Central American Literature (CILCA), The Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC), and The Louisiana Conference on Hispanic Languages and Literatures, among others. He has contributed in various student study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Panama and Spain.


Rochelle Rowley

Dr. Rochelle Rowley earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (2005) from Fort Hays State University, a Masters of Arts in Sociology (2007) from Wichita State University, and her Doctorate in Psychology (2012) from Wichita State University.Her teaching and research reflect her interests in civic engagement, underrepresented groups, leadership, and social change. Dr. Rowley advises three recognized student organizations: Sociology Club, People Respecting Individuality & Diversity in Education (P.R.I.D.E.), and SAFE, an organization about raising awareness around sexual assault and violence. Recently (2014), Dr. Rowley took several P.R.I.D.E. members to the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Ally Conference in Kansas City, MO. Sociology Club members, with the assistance of Dr. Rowley and co-advisor Dr. Gary Wyatt, presented research on cyberbullying at the Midwest Sociology Society Conference in Omaha, NE. Dr. Rowley is a member of ESU's Leadership Initiative working closely with the Kansas Leadership Center. She incorporates civic leadership principles into her courses and student organizations. In the Emporia community, she serves on the board of directors for S.O.S. of Emporia, and teaches healthy relationship education to single individuals for Catholic Charities in Emporia.

Carol Russell

Carol Russell

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.

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Marcia Schulmeister

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.

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Rachelle Smith

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.