Faculty aiding in the development and implementation of the Women In Leadership Learning Community
Emily L. Newman holds a Ph.D. from The Graduate
Center, City University of New York, and is currently Assistant Professor of
Art History at Texas A&M University – Commerce. Often exploring the
intersections between popular culture, feminism, and art, her research focuses
on the way contemporary artists have addressed female body image. She has
presented at national and international conferences, speaking on a wide variety
of topics including food and performance, rape in contemporary art, Lady Gaga
and meat as clothing, using Stephen Colbert and The Simpsons as helpful
entries into art history, and photographs confronting anorexia and eating
disorders. Originally from Oklahoma, she enjoys spending her time reading,
swimming, and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Derek Lester: I graduated with a PhD in Educational Administration, with a Higher Education focus, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at TAMUC. My research interests include student engagement and persistence, and the differences among academic environments. I am most interested in the overlap of engagement and persistence as it relates to the creation of academic and social environments at increase the positive outcomes for college students and society. I enjoy teaching courses related to research methodology and design, student development and persistence, organization and governance, and history of higher education. I was born and raised in the Seattle area, and I enjoy hiking, skiing, and mountaineering.