Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

School of Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

Dr. Ann Breidenbach, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ann Breidenbach is an assistant professor in the Women’s Studies and Creative Writing programs at Stephens. She earned her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While working on her dissertation, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Breidenbach began taking seminars in creative nonfiction writing and eventually enrolled in an M.F.A. program. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Boston in 2014. Breidenbach brings an interdisciplinary approach and her identity as a writer to her teaching. She is working on a manuscript titled Girlhood Cache, which is a memoir told through a series of flash non-fiction essays. Her current research project, “Feminist Activism and the Women’s Film Festival: a Site for Social Change,” explores the impact of women’s film festivals as a means of feminist activism.


Steph Borklund, Assistant Professor 
Steph Borklund is an assistant professor of digital filmmaking. She has more than 15 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 postproduction in Cali­fornia for Left Coast Productions, where she won several Telly, Aurora and Summit Creative awards (editing) for her corporate and industrial work. Her most recent short film, Chasing AllieCat is in postproduction. Other works include producing and directing I Am One (Citizen Jane Film Festi­val), a short educational film about bullying; co-producing and editing the documentary Hollywood East (Jacksonville Film Festival), a short documentary about the silent film era in Jacksonville, Fla.; and working as an assistant camera operator on Getting Away Together, a PBS television series. 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.


Monica A. Hand, Assistant Professor
Monica A. Hand is an assistant professor of English at Stephens. She is the author of the award-winning “me and Nina,” (Alice James Books, 2012), short-listed for the 2013 Hurston Wright Legacy Award and finalist for the 2012 Foreword Book of the Year. Her poems have been published in The Cortland Review, Pleiades, Oxford American, Spoon River Poetry Review, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, American Creative Writers on Class, and Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century. As a playwright and book artist, her academic research centers on contemporary poetry, dramatic literature and creative nonfiction written by people of the African Diaspora with an emphasis on female and queer writers. Hand earned an M.F.A. in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University.


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 an assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Stephens. Thompson, an independent filmmaker, is a fourth-generation teacher with a passion for helping students find their creative voice through digital filmmaking and photography. 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 next feature, The Legend of Sir Lattimore Brown. In the meantime, he wrote and directed Threshold (Fargo Film Fest) and Flat Black (2014). In 2014, Thompson led a student group to Haiti to create a short documentary for the buildOn organization; photos from the trip appeared in Photographer’s Forum Best of 2014 and 2016 publications. He is pursuing his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Television at Stephens. He earned a B.S. from Columbia College.


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 at Stephens. She is an independent filmmaker who learned filmmaking overseas while teaching abroad. After returning home to Missouri, she 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 documentary films Billy and X-Ray Man focus on soldiers who had extraordinary lives. Committed to helping women gain more access to the film industry, Yost founded the Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens in 2008. The festival has grown ever since, providing opportunities for female filmmakers to showcase their work to our local community and Stephens film students to learn about the film industry firsthand. She earned her M.A. from Central Missouri State University and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dr. Tegan Zimmerman, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tegan Zimmerman is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing. She specializes in contemporary women’s historical fiction, contemporary gender studies and literary theory. She has master’s degrees in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia) and Philosophy (University of Calgary) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Alberta). Her book “Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction,” forthcoming from Northwestern UP, examines the concepts of maternal history and maternal genealogy.

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