Faculty Affiliates

Faculty Affiliates help the center to advance the work and sustain the values described on our home page. The position of Faculty Affiliate is held for two years and is renewable.

In 2020-21, faculty affiliates will help lead Geneseo faculty, students, and other stakeholders in discussions about the role of digital learning at the institution. These discussions will include the appropriate balance of physical-presence and online instruction in the curriculum and in students' course load. One outcome of the discussions will be a draft strategic plan for digital learning at SUNY Geneseo.

Mohammad Sadegh Ansari

Sadegh Ansari is Assistant Professor of History of the Pre-Modern Islamic World at SUNY Geneseo. His research interests include the history of science, history of music, and the intellectual history of the pre-modern Islamic and Persianate Worlds. His works have recently appeared in the Journal of Abbasid Studies and the Journal Philological Encounters.

Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin is a professor in Geneseo's mathematics department. Originally in the computer science department, he came to Geneseo in 1990, and joined the math department in 2013. His scholarly interests include computer graphics, ways in which the fields of mathematics and computer science inform each other, and the role of computer science (and other STEM disciplines) in contemporary liberal arts colleges. He is also an active supporter of open educational resources, engaging in a number of OER production and adaptation projects, as well as using open materials in his own courses wherever possible. Dr. Baldwin holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees in computer science from Yale University, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Ken Cooper

Ken Cooper is Associate Professor of English at SUNY Geneseo. His ecocritical writing has appeared in MFS: Modern Fiction Studies; Technology and Culture; and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. He has directed or collaborated upon several digital humanities projects that foreground innovative undergraduate learning and research. Since 2014 he has co-coordinated, along with special collections librarian Elizabeth Argientieri, a bioregional culture project called OpenValley that partners with community organizations—most recently a Mt. Morris, NY art gallery housing a collection of more than 200 paintings from the 1930s that were created for the Federal Art Project. Along with Professor Joseph Wiebe (University of Alberta), he co-created “Storied Landscapes: 21st-Century Nature Writing” for the Mellon-funded COPLAC Digital project. Beginning in 2018, he was project director for a first-semester course on sustainability called the Geneseo Green Quotient, developed collaboratively by faculty-student teams from seven different academic disciplines at SUNY Geneseo. Most recently, in Fall 2019 he facilitated the hybrid online/site-specific art exhibition ParaDigital: Contemporary Artists’ Books.

Jess Fenn

Jess Fenn is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing and a Faculty Fellow in International Programs at Geneseo. Dr. Fenn teaches courses in creative writing, gender studies, and literary theory, with a particular focus on ethical and reparative modes of reading and writing. Critical digital pedagogy provides the foundation of Dr. Fenn’s teaching and administrative engagements, which together emphasize reflection, authentic peer response, and transformative learning.

Scott Giorgis

Scott Giorgis is Professor of Geological Sciences. He joined the faculty at SUNY Geneseo in 2004. His geological research focuses on the movement of magma in the crust and quantifying how rocks bend or break. As a teacher-scholar, his work has centered on using Google Earth and the Augmented Reality sandbox to quantitatively assess pedagogical approaches for improving students’ three dimensional visualization abilities.

Claire Gravelin

Claire Gravelin Ph.D. joined the SUNY Geneseo faculty as an Assistant Professor in Psychology in 2019. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology, with a minor in quantitative psychology, from The University of Kansas. While pursuing her degree, Dr. Gravelin served as a graduate teaching fellow for the University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence, where she assisted faculty in their pursuits of transforming their courses based on the principles of active learning. Dr. Gravelin has two broad avenues of research. The first concerns exploring the causes and consequences of the marginalization of women, particularly in the domains of sexual assault and women in leadership and STEM fields. The second avenue explores best practices in teaching and learning. In combining her two interests, Dr. Gravelin continually challenges herself to find new ways to incorporate digital literacy into her courses; from website design, to podcasting, to wiki-pages, Dr. Gravelin hopes to give students practice with transferable skills they can utilize regardless of academic pursuits.

Aaron Heap

Aaron Heap is a Spencer J. Roemer Supported Professor and has been a member of the SUNY Geneseo faculty since 2007, teaching within the Department of Mathematics. In 2011, he was honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. In his time at the college, he has been a proponent for the use of online educational resources. He is the creator of ProofSpace, an online repository of innovative digital course materials intended to be used for a mathematical proof-writing course. He is a problem author for WeBWorK, an open source online homework system. He is also a WeBWorK consultant for the Mathematical Association of America. His mathematical research interests are in knot theory, and he is currently working on creating an interactive website and digital archive for knot mosaics.

Savi Iyer

Savi Iyer is a professor of physics and has been at the college for over 25 years. Her interest in academic advising, curriculum development, and innovative instruction delivery systems goes back to her graduate student days. At Geneseo, she was responsible for overseeing online instruction during the early days when college offerings went from two or three sections to around fifty over a period of five years. Dr. Iyer’s current interest lies in exploring innovative ways of teaching hands-on courses, especially science labs, in an online or hybrid environment while maintaining the high-level of learning outcomes achievable in traditional in-person labs.

Sturges Hall at SUNY Geneseo

Kelly Keegan teaches courses in Secondary Education, English Education, and secondary literacy in the School of Education. Dr. Keegan has been online as an instructor for over 16 years and has seen significant changes in process, pedagogy, and general feelings toward how online learning is approached and how students respond to it. Her primary interests are in Young Adult Literature, graphic novels, online/offline communities of practice, visual literacy, and developing strategies for teacher candidates to engage K-12 students in social action and social justice through literacy and literature practice in the classroom. She has been teaching at SUNY Geneseo since 2007.

Alla Myzelev

Alla Myzelev received her PhD in visual and material culture from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. She is Assistant professor of Art History and Museum Studies at SUNY Geneseo where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary visual culture. She She is also a coordinator of Museum Studies minor. In her capacity as a faculty member of the museum studies and art history, she had developed several courses that encompass gender and digital humanities. She is currently exploring opportunities that Digital Humanities and Virtual Reality provide for teaching museum studies and art history. She has published extensively on feminism, activism, and material culture and is the author of Architecture, Design and Craft in Toronto 1900-1940: Creating Modern Living (Ashgate 2016). and editor of the essay collection Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm (Routledge (2017).

Olaoacha Nwabara

Olaocha Nwadiuto Nwabara received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in African American and African Studies and became a member of the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 2019. Her research examines global African cultural productions and cultural thought as African-centered artifacts and methods to correctively represent cultural identities as they engage the realities of race, ethnicity, and gender amongst transnational Africans. She teaches courses in global African literatures, most specifically West African, women’s, and migratory literature. Her courses focus on examining identity formation amongst diverse African (continental and diaspora) subjects and self-representation within literature and film.

Matt Pastizzo

Matthew Pastizzo has been a faculty member in the psychology department at SUNY Geneseo since 2003. He currently serves as the chair of the psychology department, which includes the psychology and neuroscience programs. He earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology with a specialization in psychology of language from SUNY Albany. He enjoys teaching psychology of language and statistics, and is enthusiastic about integrating technology into those courses.

Yvonne Seale

Yvonne Seale has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2016. Dr. Seale is a historian of women and the social history of religion, with a particular focus on the history of the Premonstratensian monastic order in twelfth- and thirteenth-century France. At Geneseo, she teaches classes on medieval history and digital humanities. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Medieval Monastic History, History Today, and The Public Domain Review. She is the recipient of the Teaching Association for Medieval Studies Teaching Award for College Educators, 2019-2020. You can follow her latest research on Twitter @yvonneseale.

Brad Taber-Thomas

Brad Taber-Thomas is Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY Geneseo. His research is at the intersection of cognitive, affective, and developmental neuroscience, focusing on the role that emotion and attention-related brain systems play in social-emotional functioning, development, and risk for psychopathology.Current research studies include: studying patterns of attention and brain function in children at risk for anxiety, developing novel methods for capturing behavioral and brain markers of psychological risk, and examining daily fluctuations in attention biases.

Steve Tulowiecki

Stephen J. Tulowiecki is an Assistant Professor of Geography who teaches courses in geographic information systems (GIS), statistics, and environmental issues. He teaches using software such as ArcGIS, QGIS, and Microsoft Office, as well as programming languages such as R and Python. His research focuses on the spatial distribution of forest conditions prior to European settlement in the eastern United States, and uses GIS and quantitative modeling as his research tools.

Karleen West

Karleen West, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations. She specializes in Latin American politics, with an emphasis on comparative institutions, political representation, and the politics of sustainability. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Latin American Public Opinion Project, and has been published in leading journals, including Comparative Political Studies and the Latin American Research Review. Her two books with Oxford University Press examine politics in Ecuador: Candidate Matters and Who Speaks for Nature? (with Todd Eisenstadt). Her interests in digital learning include student-produced blogs, such as Global Environmental Politics and COVID-19; the open-access short documentary based on her research, Who Speaks for Nature? A Film by Larry Engel; and Digital Open Modules on Environmental Sustainability (DOMES) (with Suann Yang), an open educational resource that enables teaching about sustainability across the college curriculum.

Paul Yan

Since graduating from McGill University with a Ph.D. in finance, Paul Yan has taught various finance courses at 8 universities in Canada, Singapore and the US. His publications include papers in the Journal of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Empirical Finance. He programs in several computer languages including R, Python, SAS, Octave, Matlab, and C. From 2003 to 2010, he worked at the Wharton School as a consultant helping researchers with their programs and data issues. He has published several books: Python for Finance (2nd ed., 2017, Chinese and Korean translations 2017), Financial Modeling using R (2018), and Hands-on Data Science with Anaconda (with James Yan,2018). He is an expert on financial data analytics. Three-word summary of his background: finance, programming and data.

Suann Yang

Suann Yang is an Associate Professor of Biology, and teaches introductory biology, ecology, and biostatistics at Geneseo. As a community ecologist, she uses quantitative and empirical approaches to study how altered landscapes shape the interactions between species. This perspective of response to change also informs her biology education research, where she focuses on how student and faculty populations react to curricular transformation. Her interests in digital learning include collaborating to develop open educational resources, such as Digital Open Modules on Environmental Sustainability (DOMES; with CDL affiliate Karleen West), a curriculum to teach sustainability through student digital products that are shared across courses; Integrating Biology and Inquiry Skills (IBIS), a freely-available active learning introductory biology curriculum; and Cats Teach Stats, a statistics curriculum that is designed to address statistics anxiety through the power of cute cat internet media. She also mentors faculty from multiple institutions in learning how to teach programming and data analysis in biology classes with an interactive tool, through the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Make Teaching R in Undergraduate Biology (Make TRUBLE) Faculty Mentoring Network.