Hello and welcome to my Earlham College Profile page. I’m so excited to be a part of the Earlham College community for Fall 2022. Let me share with you a little about myself. I have a Master of Arts in Education with a specialty in Curriculum and Instruction and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the University of Nebraska, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Studies and Environmental Psychology from the University of Utah. I have been teaching college-level English language learners since 2003. Since moving to Richmond in 2018, I have been teaching at IUE as an adjunct instructor for both the department of English and Communication. I have also been working for Richmond Community Schools as a substitute teacher at RHS.
In the past I have been an active member of the TESOL Midwest chapter and have also attended several International TESOL conferences. I enjoy participating as both a presenter and participant. I have worked hard over the last twenty years to stay current in the area of international education. At the University of Nebraska, I worked as the lead proctor for all TOEFL testing and placement of incoming international students. I also took on the role of developing new classes as necessary to meet the needs of the varying levels of international students.
I have spent time living abroad in several European countries. I love traveling and experiencing new cultures. One of the highlights of my life was the privilege I had to teach English at Shandong University in Weihei, China. What a true learning experience.
I speak German and know what it is like to get to learn a second language. I love speaking German with my husband, and consider it our “secret” language from our children. I have been married for over 30 years and am the mother of four wonderful children. We recently welcomed our first grandson to the family.
I believe in all things international students and want to help you feel welcome here as you start your studies at Earlham College! Please feel free to reach out at anytime!
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
I have my Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and a Bachelor of Science in special education for the visually impaired and elementary education. I am working on an Ed. D. in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Adult Education. I have been teaching college-level English language learners since 2007 and have been teaching English to students of all ages and levels since 2005. I have extensive experience presenting at local and international TESOL conferences on a variety of topics. I also contribute to Earlham’s comparative languages & linguistics (CLL) major and co-convene the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor in preparing individuals for future careers in language teaching. Since arriving at Earlham in 2014, I have added the role, knowledge and duties of international student advising to my repertoire, assisting students on F-1 visas throughout their four-year journeys. I have a passion for fostering student success in as many ways as possible.
Senior Career Coach
Corey serves as a coach, guide and mentor to students as they navigate their Epic journey at Earlham. In addition to overseeing the Science and Environment Career Community, he leads the Center for Career Education’s (CCE) Peer Coaching Program and acts as the CCE’s liaison to the Center for Environmental Leadership. Corey collaborates with students to explore their interests, values, and strengths; develop impactful application materials; think critically about their goals; and pursue a sense of meaningful work in their local and global communities.
He holds a B.S. in youth ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.S. in psychology from Northwestern College. Before joining the Earlham community, Corey worked in career development, residence life, community and civic engagement, and counseling psychology. He has published research on the cognitive science of religion and mindfulness-based behavior therapy.
When not in the office, you can usually find him spending time with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Silas; roasting coffee; or getting pulled around a new hiking trail by his two dogs, Mulder and Blue.
Director of the Spanish Language Program, Border Studies Program
Diego Bustos studied economics and history at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He his finishing a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of New Mexico, focused on the relationship between rhetorical strategies present in a corpus of cultural performances and novels, and the imagination on development in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. With an emphasis on cultural citizenship and transnational discourses on social inclusion, his scholar work informs his approach to teaching language and culture, and vice versa: both imagined as contested fields in the struggle for liberation. His life in the border has reinforced his interests for these topics and the urgency of their articulation within a broader transnational frame. He has been involved in different projects in the region, from the extinct Revista Coroto, based in El Paso, to the Interdisciplinary Colombian Studies Group, in Albuquerque. He is currently working in the Colombian Syllabus, a group project intended to situate critically the current social unrest ongoing in his native country.
Asst. Director of Epic Communications and Career Coach
I am a 2015 Earlhamite with a degree in Comparative Languages and Linguistics (focusing on Spanish and Japanese) and a minor in (what was called) Business and Nonprofit Management. As a student I enjoyed basketball, Dance Alloy, and BSU as a student. I am a Richmond, Indiana native who lived in the Tohoku region of Japan for two years. When I am not chasing down my toddler, I currently love creating designs, tinkering with data visualization, and binging Peaky Blinders.
As a career coach, it is not just resumés and cover letters with me. One of my favorite parts of being a career coach is collaborating with students to map out their four years at Earlham and beyond. In an appointment with me, we will strategize how to go from Earlham to your ultimate career goals with the opportunities provided to you by Earlham and other outside sources. Outside of one-on-one appointments, I collaborate most with the Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Creativity (CEIC) to bring together resources for students interested in the arts, business, and technology.
Come find me in LBC 120!
Academic Director, Border Studies Program
Geoff Boyce (PhD) is Academic Director and one of four full-time faculty in the Earlham College Border Studies Program, an off-campus liberal arts program that uses the U.S. / Mexico border region as a critical site for unpacking contemporary global realities. Dr. Boyce’s research and publications attend to the transnational dimensions of immigration and border policing, and their uneven dissemination of human vulnerability across scale.
In the Border Studies Program Geoff teaches a course titled “Movement and Movements: A Political Economy of Migration Seminar.” This seminar combines reading, discussion, and regional excursions and is intended to provide robust insight into:
- the political, economic and historical processes that drive and condition contemporary patterns of human migration
- the political and geographic structures that categorize and define distinct persons and migration practices
- the evolution of international boundaries as tools for managing the flow and status of people and things
- the connections between constructions of citizenship, national identity, racism, militarism and criminalization
- how historical and contemporary social movements that articulate with these phenomena, and
- resistance and alternatives to contemporary migration and development regimes proposed by grassroots social movements and other civil society actors in Mexico, Central America and the United States.
Geoff’s recent scholarly publication includes:
Boyce, G. and S.N. Chambers. 2021. “The Corral Apparatus: Counterinsurgency and the Architecture of Death and Deterrence along the Mexico / United States Border” Geoforum 120, 1-13.
Launius, S. and G. Boyce. 2021. “More than Metaphor: Settler Colonialism, Frontier Logic and the Continuities of Racialized Dispossession in a Southwest US City” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111(1): 157-174
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, and W.J. Jacobs. 2021. “Constructing a Desert Labyrinth: The Psychological and Emotional Geographies of Deterrence Strategy on the U.S. / Mexico Border” Emotion, Space and Society 38, 100764.
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, S. Launius and A. Dinsmore. 2021. “Mortality, Surveillance and the Tertiary “Funnel Effect” on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Geospatial Modelling of the Geography of Deterrence.” Journal of Borderlands Studies 36(3): 443-468
Boyce, G. 2020. “Immigration, Policing, and the Politics of Time” Geography Compass 14(8): e12496
Boyce, G. and S. Launius, 2020. “The Household Financial Losses Triggered by an Immigration Arrest, and How State and Local Government Can Most Effectively Protect Their Constituents.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 8(4): 301-317
Boyce, G., S. Launius, J. Williams and T. Miller. 2020. “Alter-Geopolitics and the Feminist Challenge to the Securitization of Climate Policy” Gender, Place and Culture 27(3): 394-411
Boyce, G. 2019. “The Neoliberal Underpinnings of ‘Prevention Through Deterrence’ and the United States Government’s Case Against Geographer Scott Warren” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(3): 192-201
Boyce, G., S. Launius and A. Aguirre. 2019. “Drawing the Line: Spatial Strategies of Community and Resistance in Post-SB1070 Arizona” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 18(1): 187-216
Boyce, G., S. Chambers, and S. Launius. 2019. “Bodily Inertia and the Weaponization of the Sonoran Desert in United States Boundary Enforcement: A GIS Modeling of Migration Routes through Arizona’s Altar Valley” Journal on Migration and Human Security 7(1): 23-35
Gentry, B., G. Boyce, J. Garcia and S.N. Chambers. 2019. “Indigenous Survival and Settler Colonial Dispossession on the Mexican Frontier: the Case of Cedagi Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham Indigenous Communities” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(1): 65-93
For more see: https://earlham.academia.edu/GeoffreyBoyce
Specialties and InterestsBorders and borderlandsTransnational migrationPolicingSocial movementsPolitical economyHuman geography
Senior Director of Off-Campus Programs
Associate Director of the Center for Global Health
Career Community Coach: Health & Medicine
Hello again – my job is to help students who are interested in careers in health & medicine identify potential careers and opportunities. I have worked at Earlham since July 2017, first as a Career Coach and now as the Associate Director of the Center for Global Health. I also serve on the Health Careers Advisory Committee (HCAC) here at Earlham and am a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).
In addition to running some of the center’s key programming, I also advise our student clubs/organizations: Health Club, MAPS, and HOSA, and supervise the Pre-Health Peer Mentors — who are all wonderful and happy to meet with you!
When I am not working in the CGH, you can find me in the classroom teaching a LIFT course for our first-generation students or assisting with the McNair Program.
Chances are if you have met a fluffy, high-energy, cocker spaniel taking his student friends for walks around campus . . . it’s Earl. In addition to my dog baby, we recently added a human to the mix. I can’t wait for you to meet Ingrid!
Global Programs Coordinator
Julie Whalen started her career by teaching English Language Arts at the high school level. There, she had the opportunity to do a summer study abroad in Peru through a Fulbright Grant. The experience was meaningful and sparked a love of travel and a passion to help others find similar experiences. She began promoting study abroad at the high school level, working in exchanges with both Spain and Japan, as well as a domestic study in South Dakota. She now helps Earlham students who are interested in studying abroad reach their goals.
Julie believes in the promotion of cultural competency and empathy and is passionate about making international study a reality for all students who seek to learn about the world through a new lens.
Assistant Director of Partner Relations
I am a proud Earlham alumni happily serving in this new role of Assistant Director of Partner Relations.
I have been here for 16 years at Earlham and I have loved being here. For my hobbies I act in and costume plays at the Richmond Civic Theater. I am a huge nerd for sci-fi and LOVE Marvel. I have 3 kids and have been married for 30+ years.
Director of Student Services, Border Studies Program
Kate is an activist, cat-lover/ cat mom, horse-back-rider, avid hiker, and mom to Octavio and Ximena. Originally from Champaign, Illinois Kate has called many places home throughout her life-time. She attended Beloit College (Beloit, WI) where she majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She resided in Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of Washington-Seattle and completed a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Affairs. She also called Chicago, Illinois home for several years working at the Cook County Department of Public Health (2002-2006) and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (2013-2016). Kate came to Tucson for the first time in 2010 as a volunteer with the humanitarian-aid organization, No More Deaths (NMD). It was then that she fell in love with the Sonoran desert, with Tucson, and with the fierce community of activists that reside and resist here. Living in Tucson she has continued to work and volunteer with NMD–she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and the Abuse Documentation Coordinator and helped to publish the report “Disappeared: How U.S. Border Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis“. She has been an Instructor with the Border Studies Program since 2017 and currently oversees the Field Study program component as well as teaches the Field Study Practicum course. But the real teacher here is The Border–Kate is honored to be a part of creating a container for which learning can happen.
Senior Career Coach
Katie Breslin is a Senior Career Coach for the education, public affairs and social justice career communities at Earlham College. She came to Earlham to attend seminary at Earlham School of Religion, after becoming a convinced Friends while working for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). Katie worked in FCNL’s young adult program as the manager of the Advocacy Corps program, the programmatic lead of Spring Lobby Weekend, and the recruitment of FCNL’s paid internship program and program assistant program. Before working for FCNL, Katie worked on reproductive rights advocacy from a prochoice, Catholic lens, primarily with Catholics for Choice’s grassroots network. Katie is also a freelance writer on issues related to religion, culture, sexuality and technology.
Katie is originally from northeastern Pennsylvania in a small town called Hazleton. She moved to Washington, DC in 2009 to attend Trinity Washington University, where she got her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She now lives in Richmond with her wife, Sam, and their three pets, Rufus Bones, Jada and Willow.
Associate Director of Career Education and Student Employment
Lea is the Associate Director of Career Education and Student Employment. She has been working in the CGCE, where she started out as a career coach, for the past 5 years. She manages on-campus student employment at Earlham, oversees the Science and Environment Career Community and supervises some of the Peer Career Coaches. In her free time you can find her spending time with her cats or playing roller derby at the Skate.
Melissa Cox is the Administrative Assistant in the Center for Global and Career Education. Melissa has been at Earlham for 16 years. She has been in her current role, with the Center for Global and Career Education, for five of those years. Previously, she work with the M.A.T. program for eleven years. Melissa also teaches yoga in the Athletic and Wellness Center.
Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs; Professor of Chemistry; Pre-Health Advisor
Dr. Michael Deibel has been at Earlham College since 2000 and is currently the Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Chemistry at Earlham College. In this role, he oversees the Epic Centers and Programs and provides leadership for the Epic Journey signature program. Previously, he served as the co-Director of the Center for Global Health and the Director of the Integrated Program in Health Sciences. Throughout his career, Mike has been passionate about community engagement and partnership and establishing innovative programs, such as a Community Medicine program and a Quality Science minor. He has led multiple institutional grants, the most recent one focusing on the implemention of a 4-year career discernment program built on the book Designing Your Life.
He holds a B.A. in both Chemistry and Mathematics from Capital University as well as a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, and has been a long-time member of the teaching faculty at Earlham College. His current research has focused on the use of portable instrumentation for environmental and archaeological analyses. Recent projects have included determination of lead (Pb) contamination in soils, analyses of Chinese pottery and jade, and pigment analyses of Egyptian coffins in Richmond, Indiana.
In addition to his work at Earlham, Mike has established himself as a leader in health professions advising, serving for the past 10 years on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, and currently serving as its President. He has also served on several boards in the Richmond community and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the Amigos Latino Center.
Mila P. Cooper
Executive Director of Career Education and Community Engagement
Mila Cooper oversees Career Education and Community Engagement. She is an experienced student-centered administrator. Prior to arriving at Earlham, she served in a number of positions including Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Director of Community Outreach & Service-Learning.
Mila holds a B.S. in communication studies, an M.A. in higher education administration, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). She is a Level III trainer in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Resolution. Mila is passionate about advocating for and mentoring college students, collaborating with faculty to design service-learning and community-based curricula and supporting her team in the CGCE.
Personally, Mila enjoys spending time with her family – husband Gerald, two daughters and one granddaughter, and traveling. She is committed to social justice and is involved in a number of community-based initiatives.
Specialties and InterestsCareer Education, Community Engagement, Service/Community-Based Learning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership Development
Nellie Jo David
Director of Academic and Community Engagement, Border Studies Program
Nellie grew up on the borderlands, traditional Hia-Ced O’odham territory, just West of the Tohono O’odham reservation and North of Sonora, Mexico. She is currently undertaking a number of projects documenting the historical and legal significance of indigenous peoples on the borderlands. Her research interests include stories that document indigenous relations across international borders, inspired by her own family history.
Nellie went to undergrad at Arizona State University and had a variety of interesting majors before obtaining a B.A. in Political Science in 2006. After witnessing several forms of human rights abuses during a time of workplace raids, SB1070 (papers please law), ethnic studies bans, and increased militarization, she decided to pursue a higher education in hopes to become better equipped to challenge these xenophobic institutional policies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Indigenous Law and Policy at Michigan State University in 2014, where she was active in NALSA (Native American Law Students Association). She is currently working on her dissertation (SJD) with the University of Arizona. The topic explores the interrelations between resource extraction, militarization, and settler colonialism on O’odham land.
Interim Director of Community Engagement & Service-Learning
O’Jeanique started her career in higher education immediately after graduating from Wittenberg University with her bachelor’s degree in International Studies: Global Issues and Culture. There, she learned how to advocate for herself and others, which led to an unexpected shift in thought about her career. She is passionate about working with students – meeting them where they are to help achieve their goals and advocate for their needs.
O’Jeanique moved to Dayton, Ohio, to start her career at Earlham College in 2021. She lives with her husband, Ricardo, and their pup, Wesley.
Executive Director, Center for Global Education
Roger Adkins is a scholar-administrator with a complex profile that includes extensive administrative work and expertise in global learning, ongoing interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and teaching in both domestic and international settings. They are a passionate interculturalist who strives to make global learning accessible for every student, both in on-campus and off-campus settings. They studied abroad in Iceland and have led short, faculty-led programs in the UK (England, Wales, and Scotland). They have also visited or worked in: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tunisia. They are also a dedicated educator who believes in helping today’s students prepare for a world of rapidly evolving circumstances and inevitable shifts in professional life.
Roger identifies as queer, lives with a disability (not visible), and comes from a working-class background. They were also a first-generation college student. They are passionate about inclusiveness and are very happy to serve as a mentor or advocate for students from diverse backgrounds. They identify as gender nonbinary and use they/them/their pronouns.