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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.

Saliwe Kawewe

Professor, Social Work

Saliwe Kawewe

Pulliam Hall


Saliwe Kawewe, Ph.D., M.S.W., B.S.W. Dr. Kawewe is a professor and a former Director of the School of Social Work. Prior to this, she has had experience as Graduate Program Director.

She has been a faculty member at SIU since 1996. Dr. Kawewe obtained her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1985; an M.S.W. from Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in Saint Louis in 1979; and a B.S.W. from the University of Zambia in 1974.

Dr. Kawewe’s background experience is diverse and entails working in university administration in Zambia, social work practice as a Social Services Worker and Probation Officer in Zimbabwe; and in Child Welfare/ Protective Family Services in foster Care in the U.S.A. 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. In addition to publishing over 50 publications including refereed articles, chapters and proceedings, Dr. Kawewe has attended numerous professional conferences and has made over 75 local, national and international presentations combined in the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Asia, Europe, and Africa. She has been consulting editor for the Journal of Social Development Issues; and manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education (J.S.W.E.); British Journal of Social Work; Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Services; Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Open Social Science Journal; Journal of Language and Culture; and Gender and Development; and Advances in Social Work. She has also served on the editorial boards of the National Women Studies Association Journal: N.W.S.A., Journal of African Policy Studies; Journal of Women and Language; New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare (now the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare). She is a regular reviewer of various book proposals and manuscripts for numerous textbook book publishers. Since 2007, Dr. Kawewe has been a regular Conference Proposal Reviewer for the Council on Social Work Education (C .S.W.E.) Annual Program Meetings’ tracks such as Cultural Competence; Child Welfare; Violence against Women and Their Children; Social and Economic Justice; International Issues; Refugees and Displaced Persons; African Americans and the African Diaspora; Clinical Practice; Feminist Scholarship; Community Organization and Administration.

Dr. Kawewe has held membership in various professional associations. She has made presentations and chaired sessions at various professional meetings and organizations within her field as well as related disciplines such as the: International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE); National Women Studies Association(N.W.S.A.), International Federation of Social Workers (I.F.S.W.); International Council on Social Welfare (I.C.S.W.); International Association of Schools of Social Work; Consortium on International Social Development (formerly Inter-University Consortium on International Social Development); Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.); and the National Association of Social Workers (N.A.S.W.). She has been an active board member of the Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.), International Commission; Illinois Hunger Coalition; Membership Committee of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development (I.U.C.I.S.D.); Committee to Enhance Minority, Human and Civil Rights; Illinois Education Association-NEA Contract Negotiating Team Member for the SIU Faculty Association; SIU AIDS Task Force; Dr. Kawewe has also been a Faculty Advisor to various social work student organizations while participating in various committees at SIU and elsewhere. These include Faculty Advisor for the SIU African Student Council; Graduate Student Association of the School of Social Work, SIU; and Social Work Student Alliance and the National Association of Black Social Workers Student Organization, SIU. Dr. Kawewe has also been a board member of: Delmo Housing Corporation in the lower Mississippi Delta, MO; Southern Illinois District of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Southern Illinois HIV Care Consortium; the Global Learning Center; board member-at-large and African Regional representative with the I.U.C.I.S.D.

Association of Black Social Workers Student Organization, SIU. Dr. Kawewe has also been a board member of: Delmo Housing Corporation in the lower Mississippi Delta, MO; Southern Illinois District of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Southern Illinois HIV Care Consortium; the Global Learning Center; board member-at-large and African Regional representative with the I.U.C.I.S.D.

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.