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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: 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: Brandon Wiggins, Physics

Raised just outside of Cedar City in the small town of New Harmony, Brandon Wiggins graduated from Southern Utah University in 2012 with a degree in pure mathematics and received his Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from Brigham Young University. Wiggins knew he wanted to come back to SUU after completing his advanced degree and is now an assistant professor of physics in SUU's College of Science and Engineering.

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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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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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Meet Our Professors: Bill Heyborne, Biology

Dr. Bill Heyborne has known since the second grade that he wanted to study science. Now as an associate professor of biology at Southern Utah University, Heyborne studies an assortment of animals alongside his students.

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