Professors from Knox, Lake Forest, and Luther Colleges have been appointed to visiting faculty positions on off-campus programs in Africa and Europe during the 2015 spring semester and winter quarter/trimester.
Joan Gillespie, ACM Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs, announced that Richard Mtisi (Luther College) will be Visiting Faculty/Program Director of the Botswana: University Immersion in Southern Africa program, and Linda Horwitz (Lake Forest College) and Elizabeth Carlin Metz (Knox College) will have positions in Florence and London with the Arts in Context program.
In announcing the appointments, Gillespie emphasized the important contributions that visiting faculty make to ACM programs. “Not only do visiting faculty from ACM colleges enrich the academic offerings for our students,” she said, “they also join with our faculty advisory committees to ensure that our programs complement the on-campus curricula across the consortium.”
During the spring 2015 semester in Botswana, Assistant Professor Richard Mtisi will teach a course and guide students in their independent study projects. He also will lead the program orientation and field trips and serve as liaison to the University of Botswana in Gaborone, which hosts the program.
Mtisi received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa and has taught in the Africana studies and history departments at Luther since 2005. His courses have covered subjects in African history, the African diaspora, Latin America and the Caribbean, and environmental history.
Lake Forest College
Linda Horwitz, Associate Professor of Communication and Women and Gender Studies, will serve as Affiliated Scholar in Florence for the Arts in Context program. She will be in residence for the program’s spring 2015 semester, in which students study in both London and Florence, as well as for the overlapping winter quarter/trimester Florence-only option.
A feminist rhetorical critic, Horowitz’s areas of scholarly interest also include the role of communication in the construction of culture and the process of remembering. Her courses at Lake Forest have included a range of topics in rhetoric and speech, communication, and popular culture. She has a Ph.D. in communication studies and a Graduate Certificate in women’s studies from Northwestern University.
Elizabeth Carlin Metz
Professor Elizabeth Carlin Metz, the Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts at Knox, will be the Visiting Faculty Director in London for the spring 2015 Arts in Context program. Along with teaching a course, her responsibilities will include the on-site orientation for students when they arrive in London and planning and leading program field trips and excursions.
Director of numerous productions at Knox and at the Vitalist Theatre in Chicago, Metz received an M.F.A. from Temple University. Her teaching interests range widely across theatre performance – including acting, directing, and voice for the actor – and dramatic literature.