Professor Larry Jones, Associate Dean of the College, Biology
Larry Jones holds a Ph.D. (1976) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the faculty at Sewanee in 1977. He has done post-doctoral research at Rutgers University as well as for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and he has also taught at Swarthmore College and at Reed College. In 1993 he became associate dean of the college at Sewanee. In addition to administrative work for the College, including serving as Coordinator for Study Abroad, he teaches in the biology department part-time each semester. He also teaches a non-departmental half course entitled Intercultural Explorations: Living Abroad. Because of his work in study abroad he serves on the national advisory councils for several program providers and is a Fulbright reviewer. In 2013 the Institute for the International Education of Students honored him with the Volunteer of the Year award. He has also published seven books on genealogy.
Professor Jessica Siegel, Psychology and Neuroscience
Jessica Siegel received her Ph.D. from Oregon Health & Science University in 2011 and has been teaching at Sewanee for three years. She is the founder and chair of the new Neuroscience Minor at Sewanee. Her graduate research examined the long-term effects of in utero methamphetamine exposure on behavior and brain function in mice. At Sewanee, she has worked with students in the laboratory to examine the effects of adolescent methamphetamine exposure on behavior and brain function in a mouse model. Siegel also provides drug education classes for inmates at the Franklin County Jail and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Franklin County. Away from the office, Siegel enjoys boxing and the reaction she gets when she tells people she boxes.
Professor Ken Smith, Forestry and Geology
C. Ken Smith is a professor of forestry and geology at the University of the South, and he also serves on the University's land management team as the University forester and co-directs Sewanee’s Island Ecology Program. He is an elected commissioner at the Sewanee Utility District (water and wastewater management), and prior to coming to Sewanee in 1998, Smith obtained research and management experience in a variety of forested environments in North America, West Africa, and Brazil. Outside of Sewanee, Smith serves as a trustee for the Valles Caldera National Preserve, works on the Cherokee National Forest Resource Advisory Committee, serves on the national board of the Forest Guild, and is chair-elect for the Kentucky-Tennessee Society of American Foresters.
Professor Lauryl Tucker, English
Lauryl Tucker is an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies, specializing in modern and contemporary British and Irish literature. She is working on a book project about gender and parody in modern British literature, and has an article coming out this summer in Twentieth-Century Literature on the relation of parody and childhood to representations of Narcissus and Echo in the poetry of Stevie Smith. She has just completed a chapter on Dorothy Sayers, and is having a great deal of fun turning to another chapter on Stella Gibbons’ hilarious novel, Cold Comfort Farm.
Professor Jessica Wohl, Art and Art History
Jessica Wohl is beginning her fifth year in Sewanee as an assistant professor of art where she teaches courses in drawing, painting, and collage. She received her bachelor of fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute and her master of fine arts from the University of Georgia. Over the last 14 years, she has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally at venues such as Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville, the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Atlanta, Carol Jazzar Gallery in Miami, The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Babel Kunst in Trondheim, Norway, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Gallery in Helsinki and the Wood Duk Gallery in Seoul, Korea. Her recent work combines drawing, painting and installation with sewing and textiles, often sewing on photographs or making sprawling, sculptural installations with discarded, domestic fabrics and synthetic hair that portray the home as place of both comfort and despair. These works have been shown most recently in Contemporary Focus 2014, a three-person show at the Knoxville Museum of Art, and at the Robert Mann gallery in New York City. A true homebody, when not in the classroom, Jessica can be found in her studio or kitchen, with her three-year-old Boston terrier, Ike, at her feet. Her work can be seen at www.jessicawohl.com.
Dan Backlund, Professor of Theatre Arts
Dan is beginning his twenty-sixth year as a professor of theatre arts at Sewanee where he teaches scenic design, lighting design, scenic art, construction, CAD, model making, Asian theatre, and scuba diving. Since 1976, Dan has worked professionally as a designer, scenic artist, and member of the production staff for more than 500 projects in 19 states and two countries creating scenery, lighting, and environmental designs for theatre, dance, opera, television, special events, live concerts, designed public space murals, museum, library, and restaurant environments, as well as residential, commercial, and other public spaces. Dan received his undergraduate training at Bradley University in Illinois, and received his master of fine arts from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dan also serves as an assistant chief for water operations with the Franklin County Rescue Squad, and as a state instructor for Dive Rescue and Rural Search and Rescue classes. He also is a flight and instrument instructor (airplane), a master scuba diving instructor, and is certified as a master underwater criminal investigator.
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