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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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Why Do More Than 400 SUU Students Study Psychology?

The fourth most popular bachelor degree in the United States is psychology, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.  Why do this many students study psychology? What are the benefits of studying psychology at SUU?

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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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Psychology Major Uses EDGE To Become More Fluent In ASL

Southern Utah University psychology major Lauren Roylance has been hard of hearing most of her life. Thanks to the encouragement of her SUU Academic Advisor, Roylance was able to use her EDGE project to learn more about American Sign Language (ASL) and become fluent enough to use interpreters in her classes.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Study Philosophy

Is philosophy an interesting class to round out a college schedule or is it something more? Is it a good choice for a major? Here are three reasons why you should consider studying philosophy:

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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: Kevin Stein, Communication

Dr. Kevin Stein got his start on his high school debate team and attended SUU searching to find a field that would appeal to the “debater” inside, and he found it as a professor. Now as a professor of communication at Southern Utah University Stein's research is in apologia rhetoric (public apology) and political campaign communication. 

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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: 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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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

As the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15, Dr. Elizabeth Olson, assistant professor of anthropology, offers a special topics short course, HIST 2924/3924 that includes a series of special events, including lectures by Jose V. Borjon, Gustavo Arellano, Dr. Gene Anderson and Professor Ruth Gomberg-Munoz, as well as film screenings and class discussions.

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