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Sara Beardsworth

Associate Professor, Philosophy

Sara Beardsworth

Faner Hall, Room 338


Research interests include Nineteenth and 20th-century European philosophy, Hegel, critical theory, feminist philosophy, psychoanalysis.

Author of Julia Kristeva: Psychoanalysis and Modernity. Editor of Julia Kristeva’s Ethical and Political Thought: Spindel Conference Proceedings. Articles on Kristeva, Freud, Irigaray, Adorno, and Benjamin.

Cindy Buys

Professor, School of Law

Cindy Buys

Lesar Law Building, Room 238


Professor Buys joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2001. She teaches International Law, International Business Transactions, Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, and a variety of other international law and study abroad courses. In 2008, Professor Buys was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Vilnius, Lithuania, and in 2015, she was a Visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. She has been named both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2013) and the Outstanding Scholar of the Year (2016). She also was awarded the Illinois State Bar Association Elmer Gertz Award in 2016 for her work advancing human rights. 

Professor Buys holds leadership positions in the American Society of International Law, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the United Nations Association–Southern Illinois Chapter. She is a member of the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force and the Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She also serves as a panelist for NAFTA Chapter 19 disputes.

Professor Buys co-leads a Women in Leadership Workshop at SIU's Law School for law students.

Anne Fletcher

Professor, Theater

Anne Fletcher

Communications Building, Room 1035A


Dr. Fletcher is the author of Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre (SIU Press, 2009) and co-author (with Scott R. Irelan and Julie Felise Dubiner) of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Handbook (Focus Publishing, 2010), the forthcoming introduction to the theatre text, Experiencing Theatre, with Scott R. Irelan, and a volume on American playwrights of the 1930s for a Methuen series edited by Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten. She is currently at work (with Dr. Cheryl Black from the University of Missouri) on a book on the Theatre Union, the first professional workers theatre company in the US.

Dr. Fletcher’s work has appeared in journals including Theatre Symposium, The Eugene O’Neill Review, Theatre History Studies, and the New England Theatre Journal. She has chapters in Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives, edited by Jackson Bryer and Lincoln Konkle, the Blackwell Companion to American Drama, edited by David Krasner, Experimenters, Rebels, and Disparate Voices, edited by Arthur Gerwitz and James Kolb; Interrogating America through Theatre and Performance, edited by Iris Smith Fischer and William W. Demastes; Brecht, Broadway, and United States Theatre, edited by Chris Westgate; The Encyclopedia of Modern Drama, edited by Gabrielle Cody and Evert Sprinchorn; Death in American Texts and Performances: Corpses, Ghosts, and the Reanimated Dead, edited by Mark Pizzato and Lisa Perdigao.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Theatre History, American Theatre History, Contemporary Developments, Dramaturgy, and Special Topics. She also supervises the design and delivery of Theatre Insight (THEA101), SIU’s multi-section, introductory level CORE Curriculum course for non-majors, grounded in Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and principles of constructivist education, and in the notion of “teaching to the season,” with students reading and applying concepts studied in class to their viewing of SIU productions.

Tawanda Greer-Medley

Associate Professor, Psychology

Tawanda Greer-Medley

Life Science II


Dr. Greer-Medley’s research program is designed to enhance our understanding of chronic sociocultural stressors that contribute to adverse health consequences for African American adult populations. She emphasizes coping efforts as mediators and moderators of the relation between chronic stressors and health outcomes.  A further aspect of her work is the examination of provider racial biases and their contribution to disparate treatment decisions, and other health-related consequences.  One of Dr. Greer-Medley’s current projects is designed to determine neural structures that underlie heightened stress responses and cardiovascular control for African Americans diagnosed with hypertension.

In addition to being an active scholar, she has taught several courses at the undergraduate level that were designed to enhance student learning of theory and research on the political, health, and economic consequences of social inequities in the United States. Her teaching at the graduate level has consisted of practicum courses in adult psychotherapy, as well as courses in psychological assessment and interventions.

Dr. Greer-Medley is currently an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, and serves on two Editorial Boards for peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Black Psychology and Journal of Clinical Psychology) and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals in medicine, and sociology. Her professional affiliations have included the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (American Psychological Association's Division 45), and the Association for Psychological Science.

Sosanya Jones

Assistant Professor, Qualitative Research Methods & Higher Education

Sosanya Jones

Pulliam Hall, Room 128C


Dr. Jones seeks to raise critical questions and deepen understanding about the nexus between international, national, and institutional policy and practice aimed at increasing access, retention, and inclusion for historically underrepresented students of color. As a qualitative researcher, she draws upon the practical knowledge and voices of policymakers, institutional leaders, and diversity practitioners to spark reflection and action that will improve and expand support for diversity and inclusion efforts. In one of her most recent projects, Dr. Jones addresses the dearth of empirical inquiry on programming designed to prepare, recruit, retain, and support girls and black women aspiring to and attending higher education by interviewing women leaders who are have developed, implemented, and/or who manage initiatives and programs aimed at this population.

Salewe Kawewe

Professor, Social Work

Saliwe Kawewe

Pulliam Hall


Saliwe Kawewe, B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D.  Professor and Acting Director of the School of Social Work. Dr. Kawewe is a Professor and former Graduate Program Director in the School of Social Work at SIUC where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She obtained her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1985, an M.S.W. from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in Saint Louis in 1979, and a B.S.W. from the University of Zambia in 1974. She has a diverse background experience entailing administration, child welfare, and social work practice in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the U.S. Dr. Kawewe has a commendable record of scholarship and has been recognized with numerous academic awards and honors for teaching effectiveness, community organization and professional service.

Kandace Kellett-Riddle

Adjunct Faculty

Faner Hall, Room 2427


Jay Needham

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

Jay Needham

Communications Building


Jay Needham is an artist, teacher, radio producer and composer. His sound and visual works address the politics of borders and the aesthetics of acoustic reception. His compositions activate listening as an irreplaceable component of an artistic cognitive process. Needham's current work advances the critical placement of radio and the transmission arts as one of the most persuasive contemporary forms of cultural communication. He teaches courses that encourage students to create compelling original sound works for radio, film and television. Courses such as Sound Art and Practice II (RT463) and Sound and Moving Image (RT496) offer students the opportunity to integrate strong creative concepts through the use of state of the art sound technologies. Professor Needham also teaches studio courses in electronic arts in the Interdiciplinary MFA program.

Virginia Tilley

Professor, Political Science

Virginia Tilley

Faner Hall, Room 3077


Professor Virginia Tilley (MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MA from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown U.) specializes in the comparative and international politics of ethnic and racial conflict. She has research experience in Central America, Israel-Palestine, post-apartheid South Africa and Oceania (Fiji and the small island states of the south Pacific). Her research combines international relations and comparative politics to examine how the social construction of ethnic, racial and national identities has been used by political actors to gain power, build nations and shape conflict. Her research orients toward policy analysis of how addressing such identity ideologies can improve conditions for conflict resolution. In addition to numerous articles and policy papers, she is author of Seeing Indians: A Study of Race, Nation and Power in El Salvador (University of New Mexico Press, 2005, examining the historical construction of “Indian-ness” in Latin American nation-building); author of The One State Solution (U of Wisconsin Press, 2005, a pragmatic analysis of the two-state solution in Israel-Palestine); and editor of Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Pluto Press, 2012, a co-authored legal study of Israel’s policies in the OPT and their interpretation in international law). At SIU she teaches courses on racial ideology and conflict, international relations, nation-building, and global comparative studies, with special attention to Middle East studies focusing on current events.

Melinda Yeomans

Associate Director, Honors Program

Melinda Yeomans

Morris Library, Room 183C