About the Authors
Autumn Hayes is an educator, freelance writer, and poet; her poetry, articles, and short fiction have appeared in The Washington Spectator, Storm Cellar, The Seattle Review, African American Review, Teachers & Writers Magazine, and the micro-fiction anthology 140 and Counting, among others. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and serves as one of the Assistant Directors of the Texas State University Writing Center.
Dr. Scott Bowman is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice and the Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion and Diversity. He has published two-edited books, several book chapters, and in many peer-reviewed journals, including Criminal Justice Policy Review, Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology,and Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. His research areas include juvenile justice, youth development, and race/ethnicity, class and the criminal justice system. In his commitment to Social Justice, he also works on numerous inclusion and diversity projects and programming on campus and in the community.
Charise Pimentel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction within the College of Education. Her areas of specialty include: Race and Education, Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, and Critical Media Literacy. The courses she teaches include such titles as, Multicultural Teaching and Learning, The Politics of Language, Bilingual Education Principles and Practices, and Literacy Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children.
Dr. Octavio Pimentel joined the Masters in Rhetoric and Composition Program in The Department of English at Texas State University in 2005. He has taught various undergraduate and graduate classes in the area of cultural rhetorics. Dr. Pimentel has authored or co-authored 3 books: Racial Shorthand: Racial Discrimination Contested in Social Media, Historias de Éxito within Mexican Communities: Silenced Voices, and Communicating Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Technical Communication. He has also authored 20+ articles and presented at 30+ national and international conferences.
Miguel A. Guajardo
Miguel A. Guajardo is a Professor in the Education and Community Leadership Program and a member of the doctoral faculty in School Improvement at Texas State University. His research interests include issues of community building, community youth development, leadership development, race and ethnicity, university and community partnerships, and Latino youth and families. He was a Fellow with the Kellogg International Leadership Program and the Salzburg Seminar. A sample of this work is highlighted in the 2016 book he published with a team of colleagues: Reframing Community Partnerships in Education: Uniting the Power of Place and Wisdom of People.
Dr. Aimee Kendall Roundtree is Associate Dean of Research in the College of Liberal Arts. She is a Professor and Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Technical Communication program at Texas State University. She is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and an editorial board member of Technical Communication Quarterly and WAC Clearinghouse Publications. She has worked at the Texas Medical Center and Air Combat Command, Langley, Air Force Base.
Miriam F. Williams
Dr. Miriam F. Williams is a Professor of English who previously worked as a policy analyst, policy editor, and program administrator for the State of Texas. Her research on race, ethnicity, and public policy writing includes three books and articles in her field's most prominent journals. As Presidential Fellow (2011-2012), she co-authored Texas State’s proposal for reclassification to an Emerging Research University. From 2013-2018 she served as Director of the M.A. in Technical Communication Program. In 2017, she was the first person of color elevated to Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing.
Amanda E. Scott
Amanda E. Scott is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Texas State University where she also serves as an Assistant Executive Editor for Porter House Review and manages the Lindsey Literary Series Digital Archive. Her research explores relationships between documentation design, representations of racial identity, and social inequities, and has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly.
Christine Norton, PhD, LCSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Texas State University. She received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. She has a MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a MS in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Dr. Norton is the Foster Care Liaison Officer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and helped found FACES (Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success).
Toni Watt is a Professor of Sociology at Texas State University. Dr. Watt received her PhD in Sociology with an emphasis in Demography from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research methodology, drugs and society, and mental health. Her research is both academic and applied and focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth who have experienced trauma and/or the foster care system.
Scott Kampschaefer, LCSW has served as a part-time faculty member at Texas State from 2017 to 2018, and is a clinical social worker in Austin, Texas. He has an extensive background in working with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder at a clinic for older adults with these disorders in Austin. He currently works with adults and adolescents in private practice.
Samuel Saldívar is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas State University, and he examines examine how Latinx character are constructed in narrative fiction, film, television, and comic mediums. He also explores how these ethno-racial constructions are engaged in broader U.S. America.
Sara A. Ramírez
Sara A. Ramírez, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her research agenda engages Chicana and decolonial feminist literature, visual art, and theory alongside trauma studies. Her first book is tentatively titled “Lo/Cura: Subjects of Trauma in Chicana Cultural Productions.” She is also executive editor for Third Woman Press and co-editor for recent editions of El Mundo Zurdo, selected works from the meetings for the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa.