MemberJayda Coons

I teach humanities courses in the Honors College at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I write about the British novel, visual culture, gender, and psychoanalytic theory. My book project, Strange Sights, explores how narrated visual experiences stage theories of intersubjectivity and knowledge making in nineteenth-century realist novels. In honors education, I’m involved in projects related to experiential learning and inclusive curriculum design.

MemberGrace Afsari-Mamagani

I’m a project manager and learning experience designer pursuing a PhD in literature. I’m particularly interested in digital pedagogy and technology integration in the humanities in higher ed. Professionally, I’ve worked with learners in K-12 environments, as well as college and graduate students, to make concepts like data, networked devices, and digital surveillance accessible and actionable. My literary criticism focuses on contemporary literature, the urban environment, and embodiment as a means of theorizing human-computer interaction, “play,” and experiential learning.

MemberChristine Flanagan

Christine Flanagan is Professor of English at University of the Sciences and was the recipient of the 2017 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor Flanagan is a faculty member in the University Honors Program, faculty advisor for The Elixir (the USciences’ literary journal), and coordinator of the Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities. In addition to developing interdisciplinary environmental humanities classes, travel-based coursework in the humanities, and a Minor in Creative Writing, Professor Flanagan’s teaching and scholarship reflects her varied interests and activities: writing fiction, nonfiction, and drama; scholarship on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor; and research on experiential learning and creativity.

MemberJeanne L. Gillespie

Dr. Jeanne Gillespie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Purdue, a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctorate in Spanish with a concentration in Colonial Latin American Literature from the Arizona State University.Gillespie has published in peer-reviewed venues on Spanish colonial literary and cultural studies as well as in several areas related to innovative pedagogies and interdisciplinary inquiry. Her current research passion is the documentation of plant materials and healing practices in indigenous Mexican documents, especially poetic and dramatic texts that were collected during the Spanish colonial administration. In conjunction with that research avenue, she is preparing an article on women’s voices in the Iberian colonial record that examines Native American women whose words and accounts have been recorded in Spanish documents.Gillespie is also working on an article examining the letters to and from the Duchess of Aveiro, Maria Guadalupe de Lencastre, a driving force in the Jesuit missionary endeavors in Latin America and Asia. She is preparing a book manuscript Performing Spanish Louisiana: Isleño Décimas and the Narratives of St. Bernard Parish, an analysis of Isleño texts, images, and folklore from this Spanish-speaking community in south Louisiana. Gillespie exhibits a passion for finding fascinating stories and rendering them into accessible narratives for reflection and further investigation. She also actively participates in the dissemination of innovations in teaching and learning, including collaborative and integrative learning, online learning, digital initiatives, study abroad and other experiential learning pedagogies. She has taught courses at all levels of Spanish language and cultures. In addition, she teaches in the Women’s and Gender Studies program and in Interdisciplinary Studies. Gillespie is married to musician, John Palensky and is the mother of three vivacious children. Her home is filled with good food, great music and much love.

MemberJesse Miller

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow of Literature and Medical Humanities in the UC Santa Barbara Department of English, as well as a faculty member in the Bard College Language and Thinking program. My teaching and research explore topics related to literary modernism, cultural approaches to health, illness, and disability, experiential learning in professional writing pedagogy, and the role of writing and the arts in precipitating social change. My current book project “The Birth of the Literary Clinic: Modernism, Bibliotherapy, and the Aesthetics of Health, 1916-1944” excavates a link between the work of American modernist writers such as Kenneth Burke, Djuna Barnes, and Jean Toomer, and early twentieth-century efforts to promote the practice of therapeutic reading. I have studied the contemporary application of this research on the history of reading for mental health as a 2015-2016 Humanities New York Public Humanities Fellow. I am also interested in contemporary small press literary culture and am Managing Reviews Editor for Full Stop Magazine (, a web publication aimed at engaging with contemporary literature and publishing with a focus on debuts, small press publications, and works in translation.

MemberChey Davis

I am a returning student in Social Work (MSW). I am working to transition out of being an Associate Professor of English at Delta College where I teach marginalizations  and social problems through the lens of language and power and the power of language. My newest research interests are data visualizations for the benefit of improving Mental Health outcomes for marginalized people, narrative life histories as therapeutic intervention, social work education and social justice work, and adventure, experience and outdoor therapy modalities. As such, I am doing everything I can to become more adept at navigating and impacting digital spaces.

MemberKirsty Millican

I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland’ in 2009. From 2009-10 I held a short-term lectureship at the University of of Aberdeen and from 2010 have worked for Historic Environment Scotland. I am currently Aerial Survey Projects Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) at the University of Glasgow. I am co-director of the Lochbrow Landscape Project, an archaeological survey project investigating the sites and landscapes at and around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway. My research interests include the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland, timber monumentality and the use of wood to build monuments, aerial archaeology and the interpretation of cropmarks, relationships between humans and the environment in prehistory, landscape archaeology and the integration of experiential and GIS approaches. My publications cover themes of Neolithic Scotland, cropmark archaeology, experiential and landscape archaeology.

MemberEllie Louson

…ective and engaging online courses. Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Communiqué, Innovative Pedagogy section. 102(Autumn): 42-44.

[2020] Integrated Courses: Benefits, Challenges, and Successes – Roundtable. Joint Panel, Society for the History of Technology/History of Science Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans (conference postponed).

[2020] Teach with “GORP” for Better Experiential Learning in HPS. Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. University of Western Ontario, Canada (conference canceled).

[2020] Design Your Experiential Courses with High-Impact Practices [co-authored with Bill Heinrich, Aalayna Green & Caroline Blommel]. Spring Conference on Teaching, Learning and Student Success, Michigan State University, USA (conference canceled).

2019. Res…

Dr. Ellie Louson is a learning designer in the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology and an instructor in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs College, MSU.