School of Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty
Dr. Leslie Willey, Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Leslie Willey is professor and the dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, director of the Stephens College Children’s School and director of the Master of Education program. She earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, studying literacy and early childhood education, and a B.A. from Stephens College. Willey has taught in both public and private early childhood and elementary classrooms and has served as an educational consultant to schools, providing professional development to teachers throughout the U.S. She also worked as a consultant and provided professional development through the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. Willey often presents at state and national conferences.
Steph Borklund, Assistant Professor
Steph Borklund is an assistant professor of digital filmmaking. She has more than 10 years of experience as a producer, director and editor. Her works include documentaries, narratives, and corporate and industrial videos. She previously worked as director of post production in California for Left Coast Productions, where she won several Telly, Aurora and Summit Creative awards (editing) for her corporate and industrial work. Borklund embraces the power of the film medium and continues to create educational and meaningful films. Her most recent film, I Am One, a short film about bullying, is nearing completion and getting ready for distribution. Other recent works include being first assistant camera on Getting Away Together, a PBS television series, and co-producing and editing the documentary Hollywood East, a film documenting the silent film era in Jacksonville, Fla. Her most rewarding job has been teaching at Stephens and having the opportunity to teach the next generation of female filmmakers. She earned her M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. from the University of Kansas.
Margaret Campbell, Director, Student Success Center
Margaret Campbell directs the Stephens Student Success Center and coordinates the Honors House Plan. She arrived at Stephens in 1974, having earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and a B.S. in English from Missouri Southern State University. She has applied her teaching credentials to composition, women’s studies, and liberal arts courses for new enrollees and currently assists students with writing and study skills in the Student Success Center.
Kelly Hulse, Assistant Professor
Kelly Hulse is an assistant professor of equestrian studies. She has been a trainer and instructor at Mark Hulse Stables in New Bloomfield for more than 20 years. She is a licensed USEF judge. She is a past board member of the Missouri Horse Shows Association. She has also been an instructor at Kelwood Stables in Oregon City, Ore., and at Sea Beauty Farms in Chesterfield, Mo. She has a B.S. in Equestrian Science from William Woods University.
Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut, Associate Professor
Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut is an associate professor of English and creative writing. She specializes in scriptwriting and new script development. She is a playwright, a screenwriter and a script consultant. Her plays have been produced, showcased and workshopped in California, New York, Chicago and in venues in the South and the Midwest. Kogut also writes, directs and produces short films through her production company, Envelope Sky Productions. One of her current research projects is the examination of "below the line" career opportunities for women working in the film industry. Another research interest is transmedia storytelling, which is ways in which a story unfolds through various media. She looks forward to the release of her transmedia storytelling project and the accompanying web series. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Sean Livengood-Clouse, Associate Professor
Dr. Sean Livengood-Clouse is director of The Children's School at Stephens College. He teaches education, psychology and counseling courses in the Education programs at Stephens, where he’s been on faculty since 2006. He also serves as the certification officer for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies’ educational programs. Livengood-Clouse has a B.A. in Psychology and master's degrees in Counseling Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. As of this summer, he will also be a licensed psychologist. He is an expert in life span and child development, counseling psychology, multicultural issues in psychology. In addition to his faculty position, Livengood-Clouse provides therapy for clients at a non-profit, no-fee family mental health clinic in Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Eric Marx, Associate Professor of Psychology
Prior to coming to Stephens, Dr. Eric Marx was a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at Australian Catholic University. He has also held positions at the University of Southern Queensland and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University Graduate School, Department of Psychology, a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. in Philosophy from Ouachita Baptist University. He is an executive board member for the Association for Moral Education and is a member of International Society for Justice Research.
Sara Linde Patel, Instructor; Program Coordinator of Equestrian Studies
Sara Linde Patel graduated from Stephens College and has been riding and competing since 1986. In her youth, she successfully competed on various levels of the Greater Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association. Having worked in various aspects of the industry, her knowledge ranges from training and teaching hunter jumpers to assisting at a major equine breeding facility and managing one of the top hunter jumper facilities in Dallas. Linde Patel was also a veterinarian technician for a small and large animal practice. She has been successful locally as well as on the “A” circuit of the North Texas Hunter Jumper Association as a coach and competitor. In addition to barn management in Dallas, she maintained a steady flow of up to 60 riding students as well as multiple horses in her training program.
Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland, Professor
Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland is a professor of literature, creative writing and women's studies. She has been on the faculty at Stephens since 1991. Parke-Sutherland, a former Fulbright Professor, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Michigan University, has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska and earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Michigan. She is also a published poet, with her latest collection, "The Dream Latitudes," in press.
Dr. Crina D. Silasi-Mansat, Assistant Professor
Dr. Crina Silasi-Mansat is an assistant professor in psychology where her specialization is in cognitive psychology. Silasi-Mansat recently finished her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University, College Station, and has an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her B.A. is in Law from Babes-Bolyai University (Romania). She has taught courses in introduction to psychology, developmental psychology, advanced statistics and SPSS, and theories of learning and cognition. In addition, she has specialized skills in statistics and software including SPSS, SAS, Matlab, Mplus, R and speaks six languages (Romanian, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian and English).
Kristine Somerville, Assistant Professor
Kristine Somerville teaches contemporary literature, advanced composition, language ethics, nonfiction workshop, fiction workshop, and the Harbinger publishing internship at Stephens College. Her short stories and prose poems have been published in various magazines, including The North American Review, Passages North, River City, Zone 3, The South Carolina Review and Quarterly West. Her essay "Katie Suber" received notable mention in Best American Essays, and her fiction has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her visual and “Found Text” features and omnibus reviews appear regularly in The Missouri Review.
Dr. James Terry, Associate Professor
Dr. James Terry is an archaeologist and art historian. He holds a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has participated in archaeological field work in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and Tunisia and, as a Fulbright Scholar, spent a year living in North Africa researching Late Roman and Early Byzantine tomb mosaics. His research interests include human sacrifice in ancient Greek art and the paleolithic roots of artistic pleasure.
Chase Thompson, Assistant Professor
Chase Thompson is a fourth-generation teacher with a passion for helping students find their creative voice through digital filmmaking and photography. Aside from teaching at Stephens, he is an independent filmmaker and photographer. His feature length documentary, Zielinski, was selected into Slamdance, True/False Film Fest and Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival, and it received Best Political Doc at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Golden Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival. Thompson is a screener for Slamdance and is working on his first narrative feature. In the meantime, he wrote and directed THRESHOLD (Fargo Film Fest, 2013) and Flat Black (Diamond in the Rough Film Festival, 2015). In April of 2014, Thompson led a group of students to Haiti to create a short documentary for the BuildOn organization. One of his photos from this trip was published in Photographer's Forum Best of 2014. Thompson is pursuing his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Television at Stephens.
Dr. Mark Thompson, Associate Professor
Dr. Mark Thompson is an associate professor of history and global studies. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto. Thompson teaches modern European, U.S. and world history, as well as the sophomore core courses, Government and Economics and Global Village. His research interests include the Indochina War, as well as the intersection of European integration and decolonization. His article "Defending the Rhine in Asia: France’s 1951 Reinforcement Debate and French International Ambitions" is forthcoming with the journal French Historical Studies.
Kerri Yost, Associate Professor
Kerri Yost is an associate professor of digital filmmaking. She is an independent filmmaker who learned filmmaking overseas in London, Austria and Poland while teaching English abroad. After returning home to Missouri, Yost focused on films about the people in the Midwest. Her feature film Neither Here Nor There documents Bosnian refugees starting new lives in Missouri, which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy. Her short films Billy and the recent X-Ray Man both won awards at film festivals. She is also the founder and programming director of the Citizen Jane Film Festival. She earned her M.A. from the University of Central Missouri and a B.A. from the University of Missouri–Columbia.