College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Below is a list of faculty at the college. If you are looking for someone in another school or college try the campus directory.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Dr. Jeffery joins UOG with extensive experience in maritime archaeology. He is quite familiar with UOG and Guam having taught several classes and field-schools on island.
He has worked with the Micronesian Area Research Center, has professional affiliations in throughout Micronesia, Oceania, and Asia, and has worked as a Maritime Heritage Officer for 20 years in Australia.
He received his PhD from James Cook University, Australia (2008).
Dr. Jeffery will join the Division of Humanities as an Assistant professor this fall.
Colleen Jennings recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Iowa and is pleased to join the Fine Arts faculty at the University of Guam. She comes to UOG with diverse national and international experiences. Previously, Colleen taught at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand.
She has sung for King Bhumibol Adulyadej in a command performance featuring his compositions. She appeared with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mahler’s 4th Symphony. Colleen sang in Myanmar on a US Embassy sponsored concert tour and sang for the heads of state of the nations of Asia and Oceania at the ASEAN Summit. She also sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni under the direction of Georges Delnon in Milan, Italy.
She appeared as Mimì in The University of Iowa School of Music’s 100th Anniversary production of La Bohème. Colleen appeared with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as Young Artist in productions of L’elisir d’amore, Madama Butterfly and Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, where she also served as the understudy for the title role. Colleen appeared with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra of Jackson, Michigan singing Italian arias and duets. Colleen has appeared as soprano soloist in Westminster Fine Arts series productions of Poulenc’s Gloria, PDQ Bach’s The Seasonings, Orff’s Carmina burana and the American premiere of John Tavener’s Fall and Resurrection.
Colleen received a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from Drake University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Catherine.
Kirk Johnson was raised for most of his childhood in the mountains of Western India where he attended an International Baha’i School with students from over 34 different countries. He returned to the United States for University at the age of 17 and found himself drawn to the social sciences. After earning two Master’s degrees from Ohio University, one in sociology and one in International Development, and later his Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in the field of Sociology, he moved to the polar opposite side of the world where he now lives in a little cottage with his beautiful wife Sarah and their son Aidan, a stone’s through from the tranquil blue Pacific. And when he is not building tree houses or forts with his son, or tending his garden or bumming on the beach, he works at the University of Guam as a professor of Sociology. He has lived on Guam since 1998 and has served as Director of the Bali Field School since 2004.
Traveling to Bali with students and scholars each year has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his job, allowing him the opportunity to connect with others in ways that a classroom setting makes difficult. And though this project keeps him up late into the night planning and fundraising throughout the year, he knows that one glimpse of a student standing in the middle of a rice field on their first morning in Bali and watching their spirit transformed forever, makes it all worth it. Kirk’s areas of research and academic interest include development and social change, globalization, mass media, culture, religion and education, human ecology and sustainability. Kirk is also very involved in capacity building and community development activities throughout the Pacific working closely grassroots efforts to empower and build capacity among individuals, families and entire villages to transform themselves both materially and spiritually. To learn more about the Bali Field School, the University of Guam, or the many service and development projects on Guam and throughout the Pacific please write to him at email@example.com
Click on the links below to find out more about the Bali Field School, an annual course that is held each year over spring break.
This Documentary has been screen at three International Academic Conferences as well as in Bali, Indonesia.