Anita Barrett is a continuing Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism.She earned two of her four degrees at SIUC, a B.S. in Journalism (’88) and an M.A. in English (’91). She also holds an associate’s degree from John A. Logan, and earned her terminal degree, an M.F.A., from Syracuse University (’95). She has been teaching at SIUC since 2005. Before returning to SIUC, AJ worked in the public sector as the Entertainment Web Producer and multimedia assistant at the Palm Beach Post.
For the past year, AJ has served on the NTTFA collective bargaining team. For the University, MCMA and School of Journalism, she has served on numerous committees about curriculum and technology. AJ is still very proud of her students for winning third in the nation for best multimedia design for the Shawnee Forest website. AJ also dedicates one month after each spring semester in community service to fight cancer as a Caleb’s Awesome Possum Warriors team member in Murphysboro’s Relay For Life.
AJ believes the NTT should be renamed “Professional and Teaching Faculty” to eliminate the negative “non” from the title. AJ believes in a students-first mission and that NTT are critical to that mission. With regard to tight financial times, AJ wants to hammer home the message that NTT are part of the solution, not part of the problem. AJ promises an open and transparent presidency, and improved communication with NTT members.
Shawna Pope, M.S., CCC-SLP
Shawna Pope has filled the role of instructor and clinical supervisor in the Rehabilitation Institute at SIUC since fall of 2005. She has also participated on committees and served as a mentor in the McNair Scholar Program. Prior to that she had a varied work experience.
Ms. Pope began her career in Early Intervention (E.I.) in 1998. She provided home-based services for one year and center-based services at The University of Chicago for 18 months. During that time she attended numerous seminars on E.I. including a week session with Dr. Louis Rossetti. She also obtained seven years of experience working in skilled rehabilitation facilities. She obtained certification in Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular stimulation and developed an expertise in dysphasia therapy.
During the time Ms. Pope spent in Chicago, she also had the opportunity to work PRN in hospitals and covered a 9-month leave of absence in a school district serving children aged 4 to 13. Upon returning to her hometown of Carbondale, she obtained two years of experience working with adolescents in a residential setting for rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury. Here she developed expertise in providing functional therapy and compensatory strategy training. At SIUC she is currently teaching Basic Clinical Practicum CDS 493 and supervising graduate clinicians both in the SIUC Clinical Center and Carbondale New School.
Jim Wall is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Radio and Television, where he teaches in the Electronic Media Marketing sequence. Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Jim worked in the commercial broadcast industry for over twenty years in sales and marketing. Having earned both his B.S. and M.A. degrees from SIU-C, he exhibits personal responsibility and a vested interest in this university and his students.
Brooke Thibeault is the Associate Director of the Foreign Language and International Trade Program where she enjoys working closely with her students who study foreign languages and business and serve an international internship. She received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in German from the University of Maine in 1978 and was thankful to be able to stay home with her four children until they were all in school. Before coming to SIUC she lived with her family in Salzburg, Austria for three years, studying German while her husband directed a study abroad program. In 1990 she began working at SIUC with the FLIT program as the director’s bilingual secretarial assistant.
House of Delegates Interim Chair
Eileen Waldron has more than 20 years of experience in TV, print and online journalism. She has worked as a special projects producer and executive producer at various major television news operations from San Francisco to Philadelphia. While working at KPIX TV in San Francisco, Waldron covered the aftermath of the opening of the Berlin Wall. The station’s series of reports won a RTNDA award in 1990. Her investigative journalism projects have won many awards including an Emmy in 2000, an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001, and an Investigative Reporter and Editor’s finalist award for online journalism. Prof. Waldron received her B.A. in broadcasting from San Francisco State University in 1983.