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Faculty Experts

Huston-Tillotson University Experts for Media Interviews

Linda Y. Jackson
Director of University Relations


Carol L. Adams-Means, Ph.D., M.A., Journalism, University of Texas Austin; Post-Doctorate, Management and Marketing, University of Florida Gainesville
Associate Professor of Communication

Areas of Expertise: African American culture, African American culture and history in Texas and East Austin, African American women, new media.

Carlos M. Cervantes, PhD, The Ohio State University; Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE)
Chair, Department of Kinesiology
Areas of Expertise:
Adapted Physical Education, Disability Studies and Visual Impairments, Physical Education Teacher Education, Health and Physical Activity Promotion and Health Disparities. Fluent in both English and Spanish.

Robert M. Ceresa, Ph.D., Florida International University
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Areas of Expertise: Political development and participation, the organizational effectiveness of community/civil society groups and organizations, urban and racial/ethnic politics.

Mike Hart, MA, University of Tennessee; M.F.A., Texas State University
Assistant Professor of English/Communications

Areas of Expertise:  Language and emerging media, especially web development and digital design.

Ruth A. Kane, Ph.D., M.Ed., and B.S., Education, University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor and Chair Department of Educator Preparation
Areas of Expertise:  Educational Leadership, Special Education


James Kraft, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Areas of expertise:  Interreligious dialogue; the impact the serious consideration of religious diversity has on the justification of religious belief; religion and violence; the rationality of religious belief; and religious disagreement.

Amanda M. Masino, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Biology

Areas of expertise:  Genetics, cellular and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology. Research interests include skeletal muscle developmental genetics and environmental toxicology.

Rosalee Martin, Ph.D., LPC, LCDC, LMSW-ACP, University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Sociology

Areas of expertise:  Alcohol and drug abuse; sexual abuse; counseling; HIV/AIDS; conflict resolution; gang behavior;  welfare issues;  human sexuality;  social work; etc.  Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor; Licensed Master Social Worker; Advanced Clinical Practitioner.

Debra L. Murphy, Ph.D., M.P.H., Texas Christian University
Professor of Psychology
Principal Investigator/Coordinator of the HT Health/Mental Health Connection Project (an HIV/AIDS Project)

Areas of expertise:  Racial disparities in health and mental health, including the implementation, evaluation, and research of prevention and intervention programs in the area of health promotion and disease prevention, including HIV/AIDS, specifically with regard to minorities, women, and youth.  Other areas of focus:  eHealth and Youth Empowerment. 

Katherine Durham Oldmixon, Ph.D., English UT-Austin, M.F.A. Creative Writing University of New Orleans
Chair, English Department, Director of the Writing Program, Professor of English, Co-director of the Poetry at Round Top Festival, Senior Poetry Editor, Tupelo Quarterly
Areas of research:   Literary Studies, with emphases in English medieval literature, poetics, British and world literatures, language and culture, folklore and cultural theory; Writing Studies, with emphases in Creative Writing/Poetry, writing centers, and multimodal composition. Ethnographic research in Caribbean cultural performance, especially salsa, and an active member of the salsa community in Austin.  A poet and works with local poetry, art and theater organizations, past president of Austin Poetry Society.  Serves as a trustee for the Shanti Foundation for Intercultural Understanding.  Has strong community connections with ProArts Collective, Puerto Rican Dance and Folklore, Texas Writers’ League, Texas Book Festival and various Latino organizations and artists.

Horacio Peña, B.A., M.A. National University (Nicaragua); Ph.D., UT-Austin
Professor of Spanish

Areas of expertise: Mexican American and Latino studies.  Noted author.

Laura K. Smith, Ph.D., Journalism, University of Texas Austin; M.A. Journalism, University of Florida, B.S. Telecommunication, University of Florida
Assistant Professor of Communication

Areas of Expertise: Broadcast news production and processes, multi-platform journalism, journalistic standards and practices, media ownership rules and regulation, diversity and localism, media analysis and research tools, women and minorities in the media, race/class/gender and news, community media/civic journalism.

Janice Sumler-Edmond, Ph.D. Georgetown University; J.D., UCLA School of Law
Professor of History and Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program

Areas of Expertise:  United States History, African-American History, and Antebellum America and the Reconstruction Era, and Women’s History.
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Jeff Wilson, Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Canterbury; Post-Doctorate, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Initiative for Global Health. Harvard University.
Dean, University College and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise: Research:  Health Disparities, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Outdoor Air Quality, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Sustainably Housing, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Spatial Epidemiology. Administrative: HBCU and HSI Retention, Strategic Planning, Benchmarking, College-Level Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Teaching: Second Life and Distance Learning; Teaching Methods for First-Generation College Students.