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New Tenure-track Faculty

Five new tenure-track faculty have joined the College during the 2013-14 academic year.  Please drop by to welcome them this year.

New Tenure Track Faculty

Dr. Duke Austin

Duke Austin studies and teaches about the intersection of race, class, and gender in the United States. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Spring 2010 where he received multiple awards for outstanding teaching as well as the 2008 President’s Diversity Award.  Following graduate school, Dr. Austin served as a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University where he published research on contemporary race relations in the Southern United States.  Dr. Austin’s research interests include: Stratification of Race, Class, and Gender; Stratification in the Context of Disaster; Community-Based Organizations; Homelessness; Ethnographic Methods; and Mixed Methods. His teaching specialties include: U.S. Race and Ethnic Relations; Sex, Gender, and Society; Social Construction of Sexuality; Qualitative Methods; Social Statistics; Introduction to Sociology; Violence in U.S. Society; and Deviance in U.S. Society.


Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III

Dr. Dorsey Mitchell Butler III is a native of Raleigh, NC. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Mitch is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Music Performance.  Mitch was the trombonist and leader of the jazz/fusion group Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006 and is currently leader of Modus Bone and the Mitch Butler Trio. These groups serve as entertainment and educational ensembles for the Midlands of South Carolina, as well as the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.  These groups perform in venues ranging from night clubs to jazz festivals to music seminars. Butler was also the solo trombonist in the well renowned North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra led by Jazz Trumpeter and Educator Jim Ketch from 1999 to 2006.

Dr. Danielle Gaudry

Dr. Danielle Gaudry is Assistant Professor of Music at California State University East Bay where she is Director of Bands. She conducts the Wind Symphony, the Chamber Winds and the contemporary music ensemble Orchestre dB, in addition to teaching classes in instrumental music education and conducting. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Dr. Gaudry taught band and jazz band at the high school level for seven years. She also served as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces for fourteen years, both as a Director of Music and as the Conducting Instructor for the Music Division at the Canadian Forces Logistics and Training Centre. Dr. Gaudry received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and her doctoral research focused on early chamber wind ensembles and their repertoire.

Dr. Sukari Ivester

Sukari Ivester, Ph. D., 2006, University of Chicago. As part of her training, Dr. Ivester completed an NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health in 2009. Trained with specialties in urban sociology and social epidemiology, her general research interests are gentrification and the social and structural determinants of health outcomes, particularly among urban populations. Her research experience includes several evaluations in the areas of Maternal/Child Health and Substance Abuse Prevention funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since 1998.  Dr. Ivester was a Research Fellow at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley when she joined the department as a lecturer in 2007. She joined the department as an Assistant professor in 2013. Her current course offerings include Medical Sociology, Urban Sociology, Social Psychology, Race and Ethnicity, the two-quarter Research Methods sequence.


Dr. Yung-I Liu

Yung-I Liu received her M.A. in journalism and Ph.D. in communication from The Ohio State University. She conducts research in strategic communication, political communication, and new media and communication technology. In her academic career, she draws on her industry experience of holding middle-management-level strategic marketing communication roles in corporate and agency positions in well-known international companies in Taipei City, Taiwan. She was an assistant professor with the School of Communication at Cleveland State University before her move to the Bay Area. At Cleveland State and Ohio State, she taught seven different graduate and undergraduate courses in research and statistical methods, communication campaigns, advertising, public relations, persuasive communication, and visual communication design. Liu served on several committees at the departmental, college, and university levels, and collaborated with community organizations and industry professionals. Her service to the profession includes reviewing journal and conference manuscripts in the discipline.

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