Professor Amy Austin (Ph.D. Emory University 2004) specializes in medieval and early modern peninsular literature. Her research focuses on the practices and theories of medieval reading, mysticism and spiritual constructions, visual studies, and theater and spectatorship. Most recently, Dr. Austin published "Love of Language as the Language of Love: Image, Reading and Translatio Studii et Imperii in Ramon Llull's (1232-1316) Arbre de filosofia d'amor (1298)" in eHumanista (December 2015). Dr. Austin has also published an article on theatricality in Spanish minor theater entitled “Escenificación corporal y autorreferencialidad en el entremés La casa holgona de Pedro Calderón de la Barca.” She is currently co-editing, along with contributing a chapter to the volume Ramon Llull and His Legacy (Brill 2017). Her first book, The Worlds of Ramon Llull: Mapping Translation in Medieval Iberia is currently under consideration at Brill Press. At UT Arlington, Professor Austin teaches third and fourth year undergraduate courses as well as graduate level courses in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.
Robin Macaluso is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Her research expertise is in the synthesis and characterization of solid-state inorganic compounds, including intermetallics and heteroanionic materials. She utilizes laboratory, synchrotron and neutron scattering methods to gain insights into the relationship between structural distortions and physical properties of semiconductor materials. She has published 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Chemical Society. During her time at UTA, Prof. Macaluso has taught undergraduate and graduate level chemistry courses and served as a Fellow for IDEAS (Innovation, Diversity, Excellence, Access, Success) for the NSF-supported Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists, for which she is also hosting a teaching workshop for inorganic chemistry faculty and postdocs. Prof. Macaluso also serves on committees to advocate for the engagement of women and under-represented students and faculty in STEM.
Kendra Wallis is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her background is in Physics, with research interests in solid state materials, positron annihilation techniques, and nanostructured materials. She currently teaches Engineering Problem Solving, which is a freshman level course for future engineers of all disciplines. Her teaching involves active engagement, with students working problems and writing programs during class. Dr. Wallis has served as a Faculty Fellow with the Collaborate UTA Professional Learning Community since 2018, and she has done research on the role of team composition by gender on teamwork performance. Besides being passionate about STEM education, she is an active ally for inclusive policies and providing education supportive of diversity.
Thomas Dombrowsky has been a nurse for over 40 years. While working as a staff nurse at Medical City Arlington, he received the PBDS Coach of the Year award and was also sponsored for an Evidence Based Practice Fellowship with the Joanna Briggs Institute and Texas Christian University. This motivated him to earn masters and PhD degrees and to transition into nursing education. As an educator he has maintained his close ties with the local practice community and brings a real life perspective into the classroom.
As a beginning researcher, he was awarded the Ferne Kyba Fellowship at UTA. He has pursued his own independent research projects as well as interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Dombrowsky is also active in the area of service, both in the university and the community. He has organized senior citizen health fairs at local churches. He teaches basic life support at Medical City Arlington. He serves as faculty advisor for the Male Student Nurses Association at UTA and regularly volunteers to judge exhibitions of student research such as the ACES event and Honors College presentations. He is a member of the CONHI Faculty Issues Committee.
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