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Joseph P. Derosier

Joseph Derosier

I am a professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and Lead of the French Program. My teaching centers students and aims to create spaces for students to explore francophone (French-language) literature, film, and culture. My courses are designed as spaces for students to explore the stakes of literature and film in identity, nationalism, and history from the medieval period to the present. I hope to foster effective communication in French for those learning the language and to encourage creative approaches to literature and productive collaboration between peers in my classes. I aim for my classes to give students a safe space to re-imagine how authors writing in French reimagine and rebuild the world they inhabit, how norms are created and resisted in literary and filmic works, and how we, as readers, interact with, respond to, and understand these texts.

My research focus is on the French literary world at the turn of the 13th century, when French was used as a literary, mercantile, and colonial language from England to the Crusader kingdoms in the Levant. This work insists on how narratives of Arthur and the Round Table help us understand the longer history of sovereignty’s relation to populations, bodies, and fictions of nation and nationhood.

I love being at Beloit because we’re a tight-knit community and I get to know my students and see the amazing work that they do across campus and the globe. I love being able to work with students from around the country and the world as they navigate their journey at Beloit, in study abroad, and across majors and minors. I’m constantly inspired by our students’ intellectual agility and forever grateful for the great work that they do. I’m fortunate to be able to teach courses tied to different Channels from Sustainability to Social Justice and to collaborate with students to make events happen that can create new spaces for us to think about our role in this world. I’m also an avid baker, a cat dad, a huge fan of falcon cams, I enjoy the farmer’s market and exploring Beloit’s parks and natural spaces, and I like to bike out in the country.

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Scott Espeseth

Scott Espeseth

I am a professor of Art, and I teach foundations, drawing, and printmaking, which includes media like etching, relief printing, and screen printing. I am also a practicing artist, and I exhibit my work regularly in national and international venues. I make drawings and works on paper that evoke the eeriness of everyday experiences.

I love teaching at Beloit because of the students. Beloit tends to attract students with a love of learning and an openness to new experiences and challenging ideas. The small community means it’s possible for me to collaborate across campus to support our students, and make sure nobody falls through the cracks. I love the campus, and watching it transform as we cycle through four distinct seasons. That’s right, I even like the weather!

In my free time, I enjoy gardening, cooking, film, and spending time with my family. I’m always down for a road trip or to take in an art exhibition. I’m looking forward to getting to know you as your first academic advisor!

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Susan Furukawa

Susan Furukawa

I am a professor in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the director of the Japanese Program. I teach courses on Japanese language, literature, and culture (including pop culture) and advise students majoring and minoring in Japanese as well as those interested in going to study abroad in Japan. My courses are cross-listed in Environmental Studies, Critical Identity Studies, Media Studies, and Asian Studies, and they are tied to different channels including Sustainability, Worldbuilding, and the Arts.

My research looks at popular historical fiction about samurai and considers how and why history and popular culture intersect in the ways they do. Many of my courses draw from my research interests; some of my favorites are Nightmare Japan, The Way of the Samurai, Japanese Popular Culture in Fiction and Film, and Japanese Women Writers. My goal as a professor is to create classes that are international, experiential, and accessible in ways that stretch students to discover their passions and to develop skills that will help them well beyond their time at Beloit..

As a graduate of a small liberal arts college myself, I have always known I wanted to teach at a place like Beloit. Faculty at Beloit are creative and collaborative, and students are intelligent, enthusiastic, and engaged. I have enjoyed the many opportunities to do research with students in Japan and here at home. What I love most about Beloit, though, is that it’s a place where if you can dream it, you can probably do it. This is true for faculty and students alike! I’m not sure you will find a more vibrant college community.

Outside of class, my life is a bit chaotic with three kids, two cats, and a dog. I enjoy camping, hiking, and writing. And, I love watching and playing sports. I look forward to getting to know you and helping you navigate your time at Beloit!

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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

I am the director of the dance program housed in the department of Theatre and Dance. I teach courses in dance technique, dance composition and anatomy/somatics/kinesiology for the HEAL program. I am passionate about using art for positive social change. As a choreographer I have been engaged in addressing social justice issues and I love collaborating with students on these projects. I also believe it is crucial to help students work safely and efficiently with their bodies by teaching them about how their bodies work, injury prevention, focusing/relaxation techniques, and healthy lifestyles.

I have been teaching at Beloit College for many years and love it because of all the ways I get to learn with and from the students! I enjoy the many opportunities to work with students as they find their passions and make progress toward their goals. I have repeatedly said that the best thing about Beloit is the students, and one of the things I appreciate most is how supportive they are of each other. I am also constantly inspired by their willingness to tackle difficult issues head on.

In my free time I enjoy relaxing with family and watching movies or T.V., listening to music and eating great food (I also have a slight addiction to popcorn). In the winter you can find me on the ski slopes and in the summer I love being outside doing all sorts of activities as long as it’s in the sunshine!

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Katherine Johnston

Katherine Johnston

I teach in the History department, as well as in the Environmental Studies and Critical Identity Studies programs. I am also involved in the Health and Healing and Justice and Rights Channels. My research focuses on the eighteenth-century Atlantic world, particularly plantation societies in the Caribbean and the American South. I study, read, and write about the history of race and the environment, as well as the history of the body.

I find teaching at Beloit to be incredibly rewarding, in part because I can teach so many different kinds of courses, and mostly because I find the students to be interested, curious, engaged, and passionate. I enjoy working closely with and mentoring students as they develop their interests both within and beyond the classroom. Building relationships with my advisees gives me the opportunity to help students navigate their college experiences, and prepare for careers and life beyond Beloit. I look forward to meeting you and to learning more about your ideas, questions, and passions.

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Kristin Labby

Kristin Labby

I am a professor in the Chemistry department. I also teach in the Health and Society and Biochemistry programs and advise students who are interested in going on to work in the health professions by working with the Health and Healing Channel and the Health Professions Advising Committee.

I trained as a medicinal chemist which draws upon organic chemistry and biochemistry. I’ve had over ten years of work in academic research labs, and have been teaching at Beloit for seven years. In my own research I am working towards solutions to the antibiotic resistance crisis. I also have interests at the intersection of chemistry and art; I incorporate technical studies of art and artifacts into my instrumental analysis chemistry courses. As a teacher, I strive to include hands-on labs and authentic research experiences into my classes whenever possible. My favorite part of working at Beloit is collaborating with students on research projects.

When not in the lab, I like applying my scientific thinking to gardening and baking (kind of like chemistry, but more fruitful or yummy outcomes!), and I like biking and walking/hiking, and reading (both science and non-science!).

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Chuck Lewis

Chuck Lewis

I teach courses in writing and literature, and I direct Beloit College’s Writing Program. Most of my published scholarship focuses on the American novel from the late 19th century to the contemporary period. My teaching interests also include interdisciplinary approaches to literature, the relationship between writing and other modes of communication such as photography, off-campus field writing, and creative writing.

I enjoy the discoveries of reading and writing with my students–what we find there, how and what we learn about each other, and the skills and habits of mind that we develop together. I value the opportunity to work with students from their first semester on campus to their senior capstone writing–in class, on individual projects, and even taking our writing practice off campus, from bicycling the backroads beyond Beloit to travel writing in places like Cuzco, Peru and Florence, Italy.

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Sylvia Lopez

Sylvia Lopez

I’m a professor of the Spanish language and Hispanic and Latinx literatures and cultures in the department of modern languages and literatures. I work with students interested in developing and putting their Spanish language and intercultural skills into practice in various settings. I contribute courses to the Latin American and Caribbean Studies minor and the Health and Society major. I also enjoy mentoring students with interests in three Career Channels: Health and Healing, Justice and Rights, and Worldbuilding.

In addition to being the advisor for the Spanish House and Voces Club, I work with students who wish to get involved with Beloit’s Latinx community, especially by volunteering at non-for-profit organizations. It’s especially rewarding for me to help students envision their futures and realize their goals both in and outside of the classroom.

I’m originally from Connecticut but have called the Midwest home for some time now. When I’m not teaching and preparing classes, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, baking, gardening, painting, and hiking. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know what you’re excited about and want out of your Beloit experience.

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Heath Massey

Heath Massey

I teach in the Philosophy department, as well as the Critical Identity Studies department. I’m interested in the history of philosophy, especially modern and contemporary thought, and my primary research interests are the philosophy of time and the critical philosophy of race. I specialize in Twentieth Century Continental philosophy, with an emphasis on phenomenology, existentialism, and Henri Bergson. In addition to European thought, I have a growing interest in Africana Philosophy and questions about the ethics and politics of identity and difference.

I really enjoy working with students to help you explore your questions and develop your thinking about issues of fundamental importance. I view the classroom is a place for discussion and debate, where we can develop our ideas in collaboration with one another and with the thinkers we read together. I also enjoy getting to know my students outside the classroom, hearing about your unique interests and aspirations, and helping you navigate your way through college and beyond. As your advisor, my role is to guide you on your journey by listening to you, answering your questions, connecting you with resources on campus, and assisting you in thinking concretely about your future.

When I’m not working, I like to spend time camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, or throwing the Frisbee. I also enjoy listening to music, watching movies, reading fiction, and hanging out with my wife and our ten-year-old son. I’m originally from the Southeast U.S., but I’ve really grown to love the Midwest, and I have a hard time imagining myself elsewhere. My time at Beloit has been amazing, thanks largely to my fantastic students and colleagues. I look forward to helping you make a smooth transition to college life and take ownership of your education at Beloit.

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Obioma Ohia

Obioma Ohia

I am a professor in the physics department. My research focuses on studying plasma physics using computational and analytical methods. My teaching interests include electromagnetism, computational physics, and introductory physics.

I look forward to working with students to explore new interests and plan towards future goals.

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Paul Stanley

Science education is my passion, and I have had the opportunity to practice this enjoyable pastime in multiple countries, with students from diverse backgrounds, in educational institutions that vary from bucolic boarding high schools to bustling urban universities. Though physics is my central focus, I investigate phenomena in quantum systems and in chaos theory as well as the science behind musical instruments. When you are on campus, you could find me working with students in the science building machine shop, the particle accelerator lab, in the CELEB MakerLab, or playing my trumpet in the College jazz band.

I love to travel. I was bitten by that particular bug just after finishing my undergraduate degree, and I spent the subsequent seven years on a remote tropical island in the South Pacific. Ask me about mosquitoes; I’ve been bitten by that bug as well. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer- there are a number of Beloit faculty who had followed that path- before deciding that a small liberal arts college would be my next calling. I speak a number of foreign languages, some quite obscure, but for the most part my linguistic fluidity is conversationally limited. I still travel extensively, and I think that language and culture are an important part of the liberal arts. As such I encourage my students and advisees to consider how they can broaden their own exposure to the world.

One of the most valuable parts of the Beloit experience is the opportunity to explore and try so many different, and often new, things. Working with students as they discover their own ambitions and goals, be that in music or entrepreneurship or physics or engineering or Asian culture, is what makes my job at Beloit College so satisfying and rewarding.

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Lisl Walsh, Associate Professor of GLAM

Lisl Walsh

I am a Classicist, and I teach in the departments of Greek, Latin, and ancient Mediterranean Studies (GLAM) and Critical Identity Studies (CRIS). As someone who studies and teaches the languages, literatures, and cultures of people who lived around the Mediterranean sea 2000-3000 years ago (including, but not limited to, the ancient Greeks and Romans), I really appreciate how this ancient material helps me to see our present moment from a different perspective and to ask different questions about how present and future humans “can” or “should” exist in the world. Also as a Classicist, I see it as part of my professional and personal responsibility both to acknowledge and to work against the racism, colonialism, ableism, and toxic masculinity that has been justified by the historical (mis)use and biased interpretation of these cultures.

I thrive in my teaching and mentoring at Beloit because I appreciate getting to know my students as “whole people,” and I feel privileged when I can help my students figure out what kind of future they want for themselves and their communities, what their values are, and how to start building that future in a relatively low-stress way while they are at Beloit. In and out of class, I love learning from and with my students, and it is a credit to Beloit students that I’ve never gone home without having thought or learned something new during the day.

I currently live in Madison, WI with my partner and three cats. At home, I love to read/listen to thriller novels (in Italian, to keep up my language skills), build stuff with power tools, craft, sew, babysit monarch butterfly caterpillars (in summertime), binge-watch good tv shows, and putter around my garden. Whether it’s because of covid stress or not, I don’t know, but these days I am often doing more than one of the above at the same time.

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Ron Watson

Ron Watson

I am a professor with a joint appointment in the Political Science department and Health & Society program. I am also one of the coordinators of our Health and Healing Career Channel and advise students who are interested in going on to work in a broad range of health and health-adjacent professions. I love being at Beloit because of the closeness of the community and the amazing students who come to share their knowledge and curiosity with us. Above all else, it gives me great pride to see students learn, develop and grow into the world-changing people I know they will become after their time at Beloit.

Though originally from central Virginia, I have lived all over the United States, including Florida, Indiana and New Mexico. However, the most formative of my living experiences as an adult is the more than 10 years I spent living and working in rural and urban Japan. My time there provided an unparalleled glimpse into the realities and possibilities of international relations, governance, policing and social cohesion, as well as the common difficulty of confronting a troubling and shameful past. This insight now deeply informs my own participation in government and efforts to fight for social justice and equity at home.

Whether we meet as a student in my courses, as one of my advisees or as partners in a research or entrepreneurship project, I look forward to learning and growing with you as we consider the challenges and solutions for managing dynamic issues and problems across the realms of politics, policy, health and social wellbeing, both on campus and beyond.

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Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams

I am a professor in the Anthropology department and also teach in the Health and Society and Data Analytics programs. As a bioarchaeologist (an archaeologist that studies human bones) I really enjoy working with students to better understand the health and lives of past people. I believe we can learn from the past to help us build a more equitable future.

I have always wanted to teach at a small liberal arts college, and am so lucky to have found my home at Beloit. I love working closely with students as they discover their passions and build the skills that will help them succeed after they graduate. Students have joined me in research here in Beloit and in Munich, Germany over the last several summers, and I can’t wait to bring more students with me on future projects. When not teaching or doing research, I love spending time with my miniature dachshund Freki, watching movies and TV, and crafting embroidery/cross stitch projects. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better and welcoming you to the fun and funky Beloit community!

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