All full-time Avila Faculty are welcome to apply for Affiliate Faculty membership with the Center for Global Studies & Social Justice (CGSSJ) at Avila University. Affiliate Faculty membership includes all faculty granted such status in accordance with i) the expectations and requirements found here, as well as ii) the Mission, Values, and Outcomes of CGSSJ. These Affiliate Faculty are expected to contribute towards our University understandings of global studies & social justice through the public sharing of knowledge and perspective. Furthermore, Affiliate Faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in important decision-making conversations and meetings with regard to global studies & social justice. Ultimately, the sustainability and wisdom of global studies & social justice at Avila depends upon this important group of people leading Avila University in these areas.
Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs both Avila Singers and University Singers. Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.
In May, Dr. Coburn has been chosen to present her scholarship at the International Symposium: The Nun in the World: A Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council at the University of Notre Dame Global Gateway Campus in London, England. With scholars attending from eight countries on four continents, she will present her paper, “The Road to Justice Runs through Selma: Catholic Sisters, Vatican II, and Transnational Activism.”
Dr. Garber-Miller presented on the following: “From the Classroom to the Great Beyond,” Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education Conference, March 4, 2015, Jefferson City, Missouri; “Classroom Teaching,” ETENI School International, March 19-20, 2014, Rwanda, Africa; “Global Studies Library Film Series Presentation,” Avila University, April 15, 2014. Kansas City, Missouri; “Caribbean Connections Culture, Society and Education: A Dialogue between Cuban and U.S. Educators,” February 1, 2013. Havana, Cuba. She was also a Foods Resource Bank Conference Participant, Feb. 5-6, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Truman Lecture Series Panelist, Lost Boys of Sudan, Avila University, Oct. 9, 2014. Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Garber-Miller is the Dean in the School of Education at Avila University and a Professor of Education. She specializes in literacy, the language arts, international education, TESL/ESOL, and cross cultural studies. She is also a former K-12 educator. In recent years she has taught and participated in international education and advocacy projects in Armenia, Botswana, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia. Dr. Garber-Miller enjoys taking students into other areas of the world to engage in educational, social justice and advocacy work as part of academic courses, service learning and volunteerism.
Dr. Garber-Miller presents for an array of professional organizations as well as consults and provides professional development for K-12 schools and districts. She serves on the national Network for Teacher Education Preparation, the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Board, the Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation, and the Missouri Council of Education Deans.
Nilufer Guler, PhD
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: Office: 912, Foyle
Assistant Professor of English
Phone: (816) 501-3691
Bradley Poos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Foyle Hall, 916
Dr. Poos specializes in the historical and sociological foundations of education and has particular expertise in the areas of race and schooling in the United States. His research has largely focused on using oral history to explore the lived experiences of people of color around issues of segregation and desegregation. Dr. Poos began his career in education as a middle school and high school social studies teacher, before working as a middle school counselor and is certified in both secondary social studies and K-12 counseling and guidance. Dr. Poos teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and advises middle and secondary education students, as well as student teachers. Additionally, Dr. Poos serves as the faculty sponsor for the Avila Education Association (AEA) and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society (KDPi).
Dr. Leslie Dorrough Smith joined our department in 2009 and teaches courses in World Religions, Islam, Feminist Philosophy and Introduction to Religious Studies. We are happy to announce that starting in the Fall semester 2011, Dr. Dorrough Smith will be a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Avila. For the 2010-2011 academic year, she is a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.