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Meet Our Professors: Jeff Orton, Accounting

A Cedar City native, Jeff Orton grew up surrounded by the sights, sounds, and fanfare that make Festival City, USA recognizable. But he never could have predicted that he would find work as a professional in residence in the very same college he attended in his own young adulthood.

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Meet Our Professors: Steven Swift, Art & Design

As a lecturer of art at Southern Utah University, Steven Swift is following two of his passions: teaching and the arts. From working with his students to sharing new technologies and advancements in the arts, he hopes to share the value of learning with his students.

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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 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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