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Meet Our Professors: Jana Lunt, Math Education

Dr. Jana Lunt got her first taste for math education as a tutor in high school. Now as an associate professor of mathematics at Southern Utah University, she helps students understand how to teach math to others, specifically students wanting to become math teachers themselves.

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Meet Our Professors: Kris Phillips, Philosophy

To his students Dr. Kris Phillips is more than just an assistant professor of philosophy at SUU. He is engaging, hilarious, personable and is always there for them in and out of the classroom.

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Meet Our Professors: Iliana Portaro, Spanish

Dr. Iliana Portaro has been an assistant professor of Spanish at Southern Utah University since 2013. She specializes in 19th and 20th-century Latin American literature, women’s studies, and the intersection between literature and journalism.

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Meet the SUU Women's Network

By Kenzie Lundberg on January 21, 2019

in Campus Resources, Cedar City

This spring, the Southern Utah University Women’s Network (SUUWN) is continuing its initiative to promote education and professional development through a variety of events, panels, and conversations.

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Meet Our Professors: Michael Crotty, Dance

As a dance artist and teacher, Michael Crotty seeks to make dance accessible to all bodies, all of the time. He is relentlessly seeking opportunities to critically engage students and educators in activities that integrate dance into an individual’s relevant area of interest.

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Meet Our Professors: Liz Olson, Anthropology

Growing up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Liz Olson knew she was interested in pursuing intercultural relations, however, it was not until her sophomore year in college that she found anthropology. After taking her first course, she switched her major and never looked back.

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Meet Our Professors: Jennifer McKenzie, Special Education

With over 20 years of experience in special education, Jennifer McKenzie is now an assistant professor of special education at Southern Utah University. She has a passion for helping teachers manage challenging student behaviors and teaches both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Meet Our Professors: Toa Tawa, English

Born and raised in Tauranga, New Zealand, Toanui (Toa) Tawa grew up in a family that valued education and knew from a young age that he would be a teacher. After obtaining both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Southern Utah University, Tawa spent time teaching at Cedar High School and Canyon View High School and is now a lecturer of English at SUU.

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Meet Our Professors: Leilani Nautu, Education

Dr. Leilani Nautu is an assistant professor of education and the executive director of K12 Programs at Southern Utah University. She focuses on experiential education, diversity, disability, and inclusion, and excellence in teaching and learning.

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Meet Our Professors: Michelle Orihel, History

Dr. Michelle Orihel, associate professor of history at Southern Utah University, is known for her use of contemporary popular culture in class like “Assassin’s Creed,” Disney’s “Pocahontas,” and “Hamilton: An American Musical” to generate students’ interest in the early American past. She is also a fan of bringing history into the present with projects like translating the letters of John and Abigail Adams into a series of social media posts.

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