Nashman Affiliate Faculty
We are proud of our GW faculty across our undergraduate and graduate programs who are part of community engaged scholarship in their research and practice with students. Their work makes GW a place that centers research that benefits our community and that helps students learn how to make a difference in the world beyond GW.
If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate Faculty member with the Nashman Center please contact Dr. Wendy Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Lisa Benton-Short Chair of the Department of Geography, Director of the Sustainability Academic Program, Associate Professor of Geography
I firmly believe that GW has the explicit responsibility and obligation to prepare students with the knowledge and practice of being socially responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and increasingly interconnected world. One way to do this is to integrate Service-Learning into the classroom. For many years I have integrated Service-Learning into many of my upper-division courses. I have done so to show students the power of geography to make a difference. I organize class based projects for a community partner. For example, in my urban planning class, I organized students to work with Casey Trees to map campus street trees. In my urban geography class, I’ve assigned students to map social services in DC and to produce an analysis of accessibility to these services on behalf of our community client, So Others Might Live, a community based organization that focuses on the homeless and the poor. So Others Might Live, in turn, has used this information to fill gaps in services, and to apply for grants. In my graduate seminar on Urban Sustainability, I have had students conduct research around sustainability planning for the Urban Land Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Integrating Service-Learning requires significant time to initiate, organize and manage. But I believe strongly that Service-Learning enriches the classroom experience and challenges students to learn valuable practical skills and can transform their thinking about subject matter. By integrating Service-Learning into my classes, students learn by doing.
Manuel Cuellar Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literatures and Cultures
Manuel R. Cuellar is an assistant professor of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures in the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University. His research and teaching at GWU focus on Mexican and Latin American literary and cultural studies with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality, combining ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and studies of contemporary and classical Nahuatl. Dr. Cuellar has been a practitioner of Mexican folklórico dance, as an instructor and performer, for over 20 years. It is precisely his strong background in Mexican traditional dance that has led him to explore its impact in the configuration of lo mexicano (“Mexicanness”) as part of his intellectual project and the relationship that dance has to questions of citizenship, indigeneity, and queerness in Mexico. This scholarship now extends to US Latinx Studies with a focus on community-engagement as part of an initiative of the Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at GWU.
Elizabeth Fisher Professor of Classics, Classics & Semitics
Involvement with the DC community as a GW faculty member began in the early 80’s at a GW information session on GW’s neighboring School Without Walls. A teacher there was excited about the prospect of Latin at SWW and brought television instructed Latin into the SWW curriculum, offering an occasional opportunity for our undergraduates to assist as discussion leaders for SWW students enrolled in Latin. When that teacher left to be part of the DC School Board, a new partnership.She visited my GW Advanced Latin class and inspired our GW students with her enthusiasm for secondary school Latin teaching as a career offering abundant employment opportunities, a satisfying life style, and the prospect of affecting students’ lives at an important point in their intellectual and social development. Together, Jane Brinley and I developed an undergraduate Latin teaching internship for GW students at SWW and launched it in Fall 2012. Since then, we have had eight interns in the SWW classroom; one is now teaching at DCPS Charter Latin School. We would like to explore the possibility of opening this program for GW classical humanities students at the SWW/Francis Stevens campus located a short walk from GW on N Street NW. A program description is available at http://www.paideiainstitute.org/aequora.
Leslie Jacobson Professor of Theatre
Has spent over 40 years producing, writing, directing, and teaching theatre committed to addressing societal challenges and giving voice to people often marginalized by the dominant culture. She has created theatre with women in the prison system, with the homeless, at risk youth, and in a number of communities internationally. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Horizons Theatre. Under her leadership from 1977 to 2007, Horizons introduced Washington audiences to over 100 new plays and playwrights, receiving a variety of awards, and Jacobson has been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award in the category of Outstanding Director three times. She has been a Professor of Theatre at The George Washington University since 1977, where she developed a number of new courses at the University, including a course exploring Theatre for Social Change; and serving as Department Chair for 13 years. You can see some of her work at the link https://vimeo.com/album/3667122.
Larry Medsker Director of the Data Science Program, Research Professor of Physics
Director of the Data Science graduate program and co-director of the GW Teach program. His work in Physics Education Research includes studies of active learning in SCALE-UP environments, and he is on several grants that improve graduation rates for STEM majors, with focus on women and other under-represented students in STEM majors. As PI for a $1.5M NSF Noyce grant he will be responsible for managing Noyce scholarship awards for students who plan to become STEM teachers in high-need schools. This project involves collaboration with the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service to engage freshmen and sophomores in work with high-need populations. These students will be eligible to apply for Noyce Scholarships in their junior and senior years.
Emily Morrison Asst Prof of Sociology & Director of the Human Services Program
Director of the Human Services & Social Justice Program, housed within the Department of Sociology. The heart of Prof. Morrison's research focuses on the experience of intersubjectivity, exploring how people shape and are shaped by the people and environment around them. One context in which relationships are vitally important is within health care. Research shows that the doctor-patient relationship directly affects health outcomes and yet, there is little understanding about how healthy relationships emerge from an enactive approach and so she seeks to address this gap. The essence of this research also informs her broader interests in service-learning, civic engagement, and cultivating meaningful learning experiences.
Dolores Perillán Spanish Teaching Instructor and Community Engagement Coordinator
In Dolores Perillán’s classes, stories of community engagement in GW date back to 2002, when students were asking “Why ~ Por qué?” Her Spanish class back then partnered with a DC dual language school, still partners till today. Year after year, other students have kept asking many questions, and providing hands-on answers that maintain alive their quest. Community engagement, thus, becomes a fertile hearth of many stories, a radiant spark, as we step out of comfort zones and stretch together, to learn and practice while we serve. Operación Impacto shines its glow-extending aura, as core values are explored, embodied, shared with many in César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Larry Itliong GW Day. Students are the advancing force and vigor, community partners, our educators and heroic figures who keep striving to provide their best. As a recipient of awards and grants in this long journey, I ask myself, “How can the professor be receiving accolades and tributes?” The question stays unanswered … until together, we ALL prevail!
Till we saturate time and eras, that the men and women of races, ages to come, may prove brethren and lovers as we are. (Walt Whitman. From To Him Who Was Crucified. Autumn Rivulets)
Poetica21, A shared journey of trust at the service of beauty and kindness is Dolores’ life-time motif and research. Word in Action: Language Learning as Life Experience her day-to-day.
Dr. Jordan Potash is interested in bringing art therapy into the community to foster personal wellbeing, enhance relationships, and promote attention to social concerns. These projects take on different forms such as running an art therapy studio for runaway and homeless youth, facilitating arts-based civic dialogue for cross-cultural understanding, encouraging arts for advocacy with LGBTQIA youth, or offering stress management arts workshops. Although his students complete intensive internships, they frequently join him in these and other projects as way to maintain service as central to our profession. In addition to these extracurricular activities, he supervises students working in and evaluating art therapy in community agencies as part of their culminating (capstone) projects.
Courses: ARTH 6210: Counseling/Art Therapy Process, ARTH 6212 Creativity, Symbolism, and Metaphor, ARTH 6235: Social and Cultural Diversity, ARTH 6251: Research Methods in Art Therapy, ARTH 6242: Psychopathology – Art and Diagnosis, ARTH 6292: Special Projects – Culminating Project
Community Partners: Sasha Bruce, YouthworksCamp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC (Wendt Center for Loss and Healing), Beatley Library
Phyllis Ryder Director of the Writing Center in the University Writing Program, Associate Professor of Writing
Her work focuses on service-learning and composition, teaching academic literacy, faculty-librarian partnerships for teaching academic research, rhetoric of democracy and public and community writing. She has chosen to teach first-year students for the past decade. Her goal is to put writing in context, so that students reflect on their identities as scholars and citizens, develop habits of critical and situational thinking, and link what they are learning to larger issues and specific communities. In her classes, students explore writing within the context of the DC community. Her work, "Cultivating Change through Counterpublic Writing Pedagogy”, was part of the 2017 conference on college composition and communication. She is leading a faculty learning community on social movements in partnership with the Nashman Center beginning in January 2018.
Director of the Sustainability Minor Program and an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University. At GW, she regularly teaches introductory biology and sustainability courses and laboratories to non-science majors. Currently, she teaches five different courses: Introduction to Sustainability; The Biology of Nutrition and Health; The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms; Food, Nutrition, and Service; and Understanding Organisms through Service Learning. The last 2 courses are service learning courses, which allow students to interact with the community on issues related to food, food access and security, food desserts, pollution, ecological issues, and human impact on other organisms.
Dr. Scully received her MS, specializing in forensic science research with a concentration on fiber evidence and a PhD with a research focus on developmental biology from The George Washington University. She has worked for a nonprofit agency training prosecutors nationwide on how to present forensic evidence—specifically DNA—in criminal cases and is the author of the book Discovering Biology in the Lab: An Introductory Laboratory Manual as well as Why We Eat Food.
Greg Squires Professor of Sociology and of Public Policy and Public Administration.
He worked with several non-profit advocacy groups and government agencies on a variety of housing and community development projects. He has been an expert witness in fair housing lawsuits, a consultant to civil rights law enforcement organizations, and an organizer and participant in several university-community partnership activities. He is a member of the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) which conducts and advocates for collaborative community based research and the Scholars Strategy Network which connects scholarly research and researchers with non-academic organizations. He served on the Board of the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation in Milwaukee including one term as President, the Advisory Board of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, the Board of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Program in Washington DC, the Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, and the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington DC. He has collaborated with ONE DC in organizing three conferences on equitable development in DC.
Nadia Volchansky Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
In over ten years of academic experience, she has focused her efforts on leading students in local and global development through design activism. Her international initiatives include work in Haiti, South Africa, and currently, Puerto Rico. She has also worked with local organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, including the D.C. Central Kitchen, Bethesda Cares, The Closet, New Hope Housing, Inc., and others, helping clients with infrastructure, facility, and other challenges. She introduces students to design activism in her classes, as well as via the annual GW Interior Architecture Design Charrette, an inter-disciplinary design competition, in partnership with local community entities. Her interests are centered on design thinking and activism, specifically, on applying creative problem-solving to conventional design challenges, as well as non-design needs. She is currently working on an MBA, intending to blend strategic and design thinking as a unified problem solving tool in organizational and business environments.
School of Law
Phyllis Goldfarb Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law
Jacob Burns Foundation Professor of Clinical Law and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, she has represented a number of clients on a pro bono basis, including death row inmates and one of the Framingham Eight, incarcerated for killing her batterer. Her scholarly focus is on the relationship between theory and practice and the impact of the theory-practice relationship on legal education and the legal profession. Her publications and presentations have addressed divergent topics such as legal education, clinical education, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, critical theory, feminist theory, racial justice, the death penalty, and domestic violence. In 2012, she received the Clinical Legal Education Association’s national award as Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers. In 2014, Dean Goldfarb became an Editor-in-Chief of the Clinical Law Review (CLR), following several years of service on CLR’s editorial board. In 2014, she was appointed a member of the Committee on Clinical Legal Education of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
Lottie Baker Assistant Professor Curriculum and Pedagogy
Leads the English and foreign language teacher education programs in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and teaches courses in language education. Her research interests in community engaged teaching involve participation of university students in organizations serving immigrant populations. Specifically, she is interested in the impact of experiential learning from community organizations on factors affecting students' foreign language acquisition. She is conducting mixed methods research on GW students participating in Operación Impacto and has presented her preliminary findings at local and national conferences. She is also engaged in work that connects language teacher education candidates to schools and organizations that support bilingual immigrant youth to succeed in American schools.
Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration Nashman Affiliates
Leah Brooks Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Studies why cities do what they do. Why are they formed the way they are? What makes urban development persist and why? What organizations make for healthy neighborhoods and why? How do forms of government change outcomes in urban areas? She teaches a course on Data Visualization for Masters of Public Policy students in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. The course teaches students theoretical and technical skills to tell stories in pictures – where “pictures” are compelling visual illustrations of numbers and data. As the major project for the course, students engage with a community partner to either create a new or improve existing data visualization.
School of Nursing
Joyce Pulcini Director of Community and Global Initiatives Chair of the Acute & Chronic Care Faculty Community has led or overseen service learning trips for students to Haiti, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Uganda and has developed Global Health Courses for graduate and undergraduate students. As Director of Community and Global Initiatives, the school has greatly increased its international reach in service learning trips which now have increased to about eight trips per year which provide nursing students with rich international community health experiences. Her other area of research is in school health for children with asthma and school nursing. She was a founding member of the Massachusetts School Nurse Research Network in 2004, an organization which is still in operation and fosters research productivity with practicing school nurses. She is currently involved with two community grants around coordination of care for children with asthma and their families. Her second grant was the Rodham Institute Academic Community Development Award for 2016, entitled, Engaging communities to enhance coordinated asthma care.
Dana Hines Assistant Professor of Nursing, focuses on health disparities among gender and sexual minorities with a particular emphasis on transgender women. To date, most of her work has focused on transgender women living with HIV; however, she has recently begun expanding her work to include strategies for HIV prevention, which is desperately needed to curtail the growing HIV epidemic in this population. During her NIH-funded F31 pre-doctoral fellowship she examined the illness trajectories of HIV-positive transgender women living in Indiana, and results from this work informed two currently funded projects to a) address strategies to create transgender-friendly environments of care and b) a community-engaged project of intervention mapping to inform development of a transgender-peer navigator program for health care encounters.
These projects align with two major priorities outlined by the Institute of Medicine: a) to develop a comprehensive understanding of the unique health needs and experiences of transgender people and b) to develop interventions that specially address health inequities experienced by this population. She has clinical and administrative qualifications in HIV, including experience as a public health practitioner for a Ryan White HIV/AIDS Services Program.
School of Media and Public Affairs
Dr. Imani Cheers
Dr. Imani Cheers, Assistant Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs. A former DC Rape Crisis Center community organizer, Dr. Cheers spent the last two decades working with vulnerable populations in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically she worked on issues impacting women and girls and the intersection of technology, conflict resolution, climate change and maternal health. As a scholar, her research explores the representation of black women in Hollywood and currently I'm working examining the creation, implementation and impact of Apartheid in South Africa, Namibia and Palestine.
Steve Roberts is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs,community involvement has been a major part of Professor Robert’s life as a GW professor. He writes a regular column for Bethesda Magazine that focuses on people making a difference in Montgomery County. One recent column [http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/Bethesda-Magazine/September-October-2015/A-Unique-Farm-Market/] told the story of Rosa Linares, an immigrant from El Salvador who grows crops from her native country on a lot next to her house and sells them to other Central American immigrants at a farmers’ market in Takoma Park. He serves on the board of the Montgomery County Historical Society, Montgomery Hospice, and Bread for the City, a vast social service organization centered in Washington D.C. He maintains a network of hundreds of his former students at GW, what his colleagues sometimes call his ‘Breakfast Club”. On many weekday mornings, he can be found at the same table at Founding Farmers, dining and talking with former students. These conversations infuse his teaching with the latest information and innovation in politics and media. In addition, they connect the latest crop of students with GW grads who provide them with jobs, internships and advice. These alumni are living out an admonition he tells every new class at GW: what happens here is not free. What you owe back for any help you get here is to help someone else. Almost all of them are eager to join that virtuous circle of community engagement.
School of Medicine
Sandy Hoar Assistant Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health has developed and taught courses, given a wide variety of lectures, works on a number of domestic and international committees, and is active giving local, regional, domestic, and international presentations on a wide variety of medical and public health subjects. Academic Interests include pragmatic public health and appropriate technology, infectious disease and tropical medicine, cultural competency and community-oriented and community-based primary care (COPC, CBPHC), community-based participatory research (CBPR), and community-campus partnerships, service learning, and working with children as change agents. Current community-engaged activities include being a University Coach with the Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES), the Community-Based Primary Health Care (CBPHC) workshop planning committee with the American Public Health Association, including supervising a student abstract and breakout session, supporting Mission to Heal (providing surgical operations and training around the world), board member for Health Improvement and Promotion Alliance, HIP-Ghana, and a just completed white paper on the appropriate response to limited-English proficiency patients in an outpatient clinic.
Susan LeLacheur Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, service to the community is largely based in my clinical passion for the care of people with HIV/AIDS. She was a member of the DC HIV Prevention Community Planning Committee from 1996-2000 and on the District of Columbia Mayor’s Advisory Council on HIV Reporting in 2000. I am a volunteer clinician at Whitman Walker Health providing primary and HIV care from 2001 to the present. At GW I served as a faculty preceptor for the Interdisciplinary Student Community-Oriented Prevention Enhancement Service (ISCOPES) until 2012 and for the GW student-run Healthcare, Education, and Active Living Clinic (HEALing) Clinic through 2017.
Gaetano Lotrecchiano Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics, is faculty at George Washington University since 2005 and spent some of that time as faculty at Children’s National Medical Center. Committed to the training of well-rounded health professionals with the knowledge, insight, and critical thinking skills to navigate the changing American healthcare environment. As such he stresses the growing need for cross-disciplinary skills and the need for agents of change who are interdisciplinary brokers. His research interests include complexity leadership, transdisciplinary team science, and individual and organizational change in healthcare. He is the faculty moderator for the GW University Seminar “Creating a Culture of Collaboration at GWU” and Senior Scholar within the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Research (CHIPR). Serves as the co-chair of the National Science of Team Science Network and is the vice-chair of the International Society for Systems and Complexity Science in Health.
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, directs the joint degree PA/MPH program. He teaches a course called Health, Justice and Society which includes a service learning component where currently the PA students work with community PAs to produce patient education materials that are specific to their population and meet health literacy principles. He also facilitates collaboration between community health clinics and PA and/or public health students to work various projects identified by the clinics. His passion is in preparing health practitioners to serve in undeserved communities.
Dr. Maranda Ward
Her participatory action research explores how urban youth serving as peer educators in an arts-based program actively construct their identities. As a former Knapp Fellow and she translated her dissertation research on youth identity into a youth-led canvas-based mural on preserving D.C. legacy. Dr. Ward's research is further converted into practice as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Promising Futures - a youth development pipeline for D.C. youth ages 11-24 that integrates a social justice approach to positive youth development using edu-tainment to invite youth to explore their civic and social identities, social inequities, and health seeking behaviors. She is also a certified trainer for three Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) evidence-based interventions: Focus on Youth + ImPACT, VOICES/VOCES, and Project AIM. She serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
She has strong commitments to service-learning, equity, community legacy, youth development, and honoring youth voice. She recently authored a curriculum based on the Social Change Model of Leadership for undergraduate GW business school students to implement a citywide social entrepreneurship venture with D.C. youth.
Black Lives Matter Faculty Learning Community
Community-based Participatory Research Faculty Learning Community
Erin Wentzell Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy and Health Care Sciences Course director for the doctorate of physical therapy program and teaches a community-based service learning course called Interprofessional Community Practicum. In this course students are partnered with community organizations that work with underserved populations. Over ten partnerships are part of the program, including Playtime Project for Homeless Kids, Catalyst Sports, MDA Camp, HSC Kids in Action, NRH Adaptive Sports, Special Olympics, Park Rx, and the Ministry of Education in Belize. The goal of these partnerships is to provide a true service learning opportunity that is collaborative and reciprocal. In addition to the course, she works collaboratively with the faculty in both Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. Her Physical Therapy students recently worked with a team of Mechanical Engineering students to create prototypes for a sustainable wheelchair to be used and built by individuals in Belize.
Millken School of Public Health
Amanda Northcross MSE, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in Milken Institute School of Public Health. She her research focuses on quantifying the impacts of air pollution and bridges environmental engineering, public health and environmental justice. With a background in environmental chemistry and engineering, she specializes in analyzing the chemical constituents of airborne pollutants and monitoring and assessing human exposures to cigarette smoke, cookstove pollution, and ambient air pollution. She also works to develop tools and methods that translate community experiences of environmental pollution into quantitative assessments.
Here in Washington, DC she along with colleagues and students are working with DC communities to develop a neighborhood based air quality monitoring network, the first of its kind in the region. Dr. Northcross's international collaborations have included a study in Guatemala quantifying the health effects of household air pollution from wood-fired cookstoves, and a randomized trial in Nigeria investigating whether replacing pregnant women's wood-fired cookstoves with clean-cooking ethanol stoves can reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes such as premature delivery and low birth weight. Currently she is working in North East Brazil in collaboration with local fishermen and women to assess the impacts of the neighboring petrochemical industry.
Uriyoán Colón-Ramos, Sc.D., M.P.A. , Associate Professor of Nutrition & Global Health Department of Global Health (primary) and Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, is a recent winner of the Nashman Prize for Community Engaged Scholarship brings a unique perspective rooted in sociology and policy to the field of nutritional sciences. She is currently the co-Principal Investigator of Water UP! (www.waterup.org) of the Avance Center Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health grant from the CDC, and the Principal Investigator of 'Water UP! Latino mothers and young children' and 'Shaping Our Kids’ Diets: Home and Neighborhood', and of studies that examine family environment, stress, and dietary risk factors for diabetes among Latinos/Hispanics. She employs mixed methods to identify and understand the dietary determinants of underserved, at-risk populations, and to better inform nutrition policies and programs. Her work has contributed to the knowledge of existing dietary disparities among Hispanic subgroups by country of origin, the process of translation of science into nutrition policy in Latin America, and the social and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors among vulnerable populations in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.
School of Business
Assistant Teaching Professor of International Business at the George Washington University (GW) as well as the Faculty Director of GW’s Center for International Business Education & Research (GW-CIBER). She teaches courses on international marketing management, green business, the cultural environment of international business, and foreign market analysis. She has developed and taught several online courses and regularly offers courses with real client projects. Since 2010, she has taught international consulting courses in Sweden focusing on marketing strategy in both the CleanTech and Healthcare industry.
Originally from Sweden, Dr. Helm holds a MSc in International Business and Economics with
German from Lunds Universitet, Sweden, as well as an MA in Germanic Studies from the University of Maryland. She received her PhD from Georgetown University in 2002. Prior to joining GW’s School of Business she was the Director of the Business, Culture and Languages Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Helm is pursuing research on cross-cultural differences in consumer perceptions of green products, sustainability innovation, and CleanTech marketing strategy. She is the Principal Investigator for a Teagle Foundation Grant titled “An Internationalized Liberal Arts Curriculum for Undergraduate Students,” with the University of Miami and Washington & Lee University. The goal of the grant is to deeply integrate liberal arts into the undergraduate business curriculum at GWSB and its partner institutions.