Dr. Dwyanna Smith

Dr. Dywanna E. Smith received her doctorate in language and literacy from the University of South Carolina.  Her dissertation interpreted how eighth grade African-American girls perceived obesity in their daily lives and analyzed what happened when opportunities were given to create counter-narratives about race, gender and size.  Informed by Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Theory,… Continue reading Dr. Dwyanna Smith

Dr. Rebecca Godwin

Rebecca Godwin is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Piedmont University. She received her PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Davis. Her research centers around the taxonomy and phylogenetics of trapdoor spiders. She teaches a number of courses ranging from introductory biology to invertebrate biodiversity. Her interests include evidence-based teaching and facilitating inclusion… Continue reading Dr. Rebecca Godwin

Dr. Julia Schmitz

Julia Schmitz is an Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the QEP at Piedmont University. She received her PhD in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and did a post-doc with the SPIRE program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Her research centers around researchingE. coli in the wetlands as… Continue reading Dr. Julia Schmitz

Marie Cochran

Marie T. Cochran uses visual art to ignite sustainable collaboration in the pursuit of social justice. Born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia, she received degrees from the University of Georgia (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).  Selected exhibition venues include the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Lyndon Johnson Presidential… Continue reading Marie Cochran

Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster

Jacqueline Jones Royster is former Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2010-2019) and Professor Emerita at both The Ohio State University and Georgia Tech.  Her research focuses at the intersections of the history of rhetoric, feminist studies, and cultural studies, with interests in the connections between… Continue reading Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster