Kevin A. Stein (Associate Professor) is a former graduate of SUU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in communication (1999). He has since completed a master’s degree in communication from Idaho State University (2002) and a doctorate in communication from the University of Missouri (2005). Stein’s primary research areas focus on the rhetoric of attack (kategoria), defense (apologia), and persuasive responses to defense (antapologia). Stein has published books and peer-reviewed articles in these areas as well as on various political campaign messages including debates, advertisements, acceptance addresses, direct mail brochures, and television talk show appearances. He has presented his academic work at regional, national, and international conferences, including presentations at the University of Athens in Greece and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Helen Boswell received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University at Buffalo in the areas of evolution and animal behavior. She joined the faculty at Southern Utah University in 1999, where she continues to teach biology to a stellar group of undergraduate students. She has authored two books, the nonfiction work MY FISH ATE YOUR FISH: CAN EVOLUTION AND RELIGION PLAY NICELY? and her most recent YA urban fantasy novel MYTHOLOGY. She resides in Cedar City, Utah with her husband and two young sons.
Dr. Kyle William Bishop is a third-generation professor at Southern Utah University, where he teaches courses in American literature and culture, film studies, and fantasy/horror literature. He has presented and published a variety of articles on popular culture and cinematic adaptation, including Metropolis, Night of the Living Dead, Fight Club, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawn of the Dead, The Birds, Zombieland, E.A. Poe, and The Walking Dead. He received a PhD in English from the University of Arizona in 2009, and his first book, American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture, is available through McFarland & Co., Publishers.
Michael Bahr has been the education director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival for fifteen years. He spent his early career as a theater teacher at public high schools in California and Utah, directed over 100 community and university productions, founded the Old Barn Theatre, and the Cedar City Theatre Company. He teaches at Southern Utah University in the Elementary Education Department and serves on the boards of Art Works for Kids, the SUU Center for Innovative Education, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. He has garnered many awards including the Utah Theatre Association Outstanding Contribution to Theatre. He is a nationally recognized advocate for arts education. In 2009 he was called to testify before the United States Congress about the economic impact of the arts in rural areas. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts with an Acting/Directing emphasis from Southern Utah University, with teaching certificates in theatre and history.
Melanie Skankey, known as Mrs. Mel by her students, originally entered SUU as a theatre performance major. After participating in an art out reach program she added a degree in education and graduated from SUU in 2010 with a degree in elementary education and theatre arts.
She was fortunate to get her dream job after graduation working as the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Art Specialist at North Elementary. She as loved working with the school as they transition to a STEAM school and working to show how the Arts can enhance students learning.
This year she as co-chaired as the district arts Coordinator, and has been able to mentor SUU students in the same art outreach program that converted her to education.
Chase Harrison hails from Bountiful, Utah, and is a junior majoring in creative writing here at SUU. He writes mostly short fiction, but is currently working on a longer work with integrated media designed for e-readers. He is also a “hack musician” and has dabbled in minor film and radio projects.