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Meet Our Professors: Megan Brunsvold, Dance

Megan Brunsvold has been teaching, choreographing, and performing throughout the country for the past seventeen years. Now, Brunsvold has taken her talents to Southern Utah University to be an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theater Arts and Dance. Her experience and talents have landed her this position where she is able to work with students day in and day out, making art through the form of dance.

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Meet Our Professors: Howard Hu, Hospitality Management

Born in Taiwan, Dr. Howard Hu’s passion for hospitality started in his family-owned restaurant and grew into sharing the business as a professor of Hospitality Management at Southern Utah University. Along with his courses, Hu also helps students to obtain ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification, ServSafe Alcohol Certification, and Security Management Certification every semester.

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Meet Our Professors: Angela Pool-Funai, Public Administration

Dr. Angela Pool-Funai’s first exposure to teaching came during graduate school after spending 15 years working in the nonprofit sector and on the staff side of higher education. That experience as an adjunct instructor was all it took for her to fall in love with teaching.

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Meet Our Professors: Bruce Howard, Chemistry

As an SUU alum, Dr. Bruce Howard shares his university pride and passion for chemistry daily with students. Teaching at SUU since 2002, Howard pushes students to think critically and develop analytical skills about chemistry, biology and the world around them.

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Meet Our Professors: Kelly Goonan, Outdoor Recreation

Dr. Kelly Goonan developed a passion for the outdoors while working at summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. For ten summers during her high school and college years, she worked at the Boy Scout camp, Sabattis Scout Reservation. Her duties included teaching outdoor skills such as swimming, snorkeling and lifeguard certification and taking scouts on wilderness trips.

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Meet Our Professors: Lisa Arter, English

Before teaching at Southern Utah University, Lisa Arter was a middle school teacher in southern California. Recognizing new teachers were coming into classrooms ill-prepared, she went back to college to train pre-service teachers to ensure they thrive in their career after graduation.

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Meet Our Professors: John Meisner, Education

John Meisner has a deep love of education. He is a former middle school English teacher, Iron County School District professional development, ESL and new teacher induction coordinator. And after earning both his bachelor and master degrees at Southern Utah University, he has been on both sides of the classroom at SUU.

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Meet Our Professors: David Berri, Economics

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David Berri has a goal to live in all 50 states. From a childhood in Detroit then Lincoln, Nebraska to graduate school at Colorado State and teaching at Coe College, California State University - Bakersfield and Southern Utah University, Berri has checked off six states so far.

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Meet Our Professors: Wendy Sanders, Theatre Arts

Wendy Sanders found her love for costume design early in her life. She sees this field as a problem to solve and with many possible solutions. In the nine years she’s been with SUU, she’s been able to work closely with her colleagues and see the results of her work with the students, from thread to stage.

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Meet Our Professors: Russell Wrankle, Art and Design

Russell Wrankle took his first ceramics class as an undergraduate and he was hooked. Working as a studio artist was his passion and then decided that SUU gave him exactly what he needed as a teacher. His office features his art as well as the student’s projects. Russell spends much one-on-one time with his students working on 3D art.

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