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.
Chair, Micronesian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Sociology/Micronesian Studies Program
Associate Professor, Mass Media
Dr. Raymond Anderson joins the University of Guam as Associate Professor of Mass Media in the Communication department. Raymond was born and grew up on another island, the island of Jamaica, far away in the Caribbean. For the past 17 years he has lived with his family on mainland USA and he is looking forward to revisiting island life, but now on Guam.
Raymond has a diverse background with working experiences in marine sciences, business, communication, film and media arts. His love of the dramatic arts and helping Christian theater ministries led him to switch directions from his day job of managing Jamaica’s largest fish farming operation to completing a PhD in Communication and Media Effects at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He went on to teach at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. At George Fox, Raymond was instrumental in helping the Cinema and Media Communication major grow significantly into the vibrant program that now exists.
For the past four years Raymond has been at Sterling College in Kansas where he developed yet another media program that included various concentrations including Cinema Production, Public Relations and Multi-Media. This was his first time living in the Mid-West and he and his wife are ready to move back closer to the ocean. He is an avid swimmer and snorkeler and would like to get back into SCUBA diving.
Associate Professor, Anthropology/Micronesian Studies
David Atienza received a PhD in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2006. He has taught history, philosophy, anthropology and applied linguistics at different institutions and universities in Spain. Dr. Atienza's research interests are focused on Cultural Identity Processes, Speech Analysis, Linguistic Anthropology, and Ethnohistory. He has published the book, Viaje e Identidad: La Genesis de la Elite Quichwa-Otavalena en Madrid, a multilocal ethnography product of fieldwork conducted in Otavalo, Ecuador and Spain or La Violencia del Amor, an edited volume focused on different perspectives on human violence. Dr. Atienza has recently published the articles “Death Rituals and Identity in Contemporary Guam” and “Embodied silent narratives of masculinities Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros” and he is working in ethnohistorical interpretation of the Mariana history with articles like “A Mariana Islands History Story” or “Priests, Mayors and Indigenous Offices: Indigenous Agency and Adaptive Resistance In the Mariana Islands (1681 -1758)”, among others.
Assistant Professor, English
Pauline Felicia Baird is a native of Guyana. She is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University (Ph.D. Rhetoric and Writing Program).
For her dissertation project— “Towards a Cultural Rhetorics Approach to Caribbean Rhetoric: African Guyanese Women from the Village of Buxton Transforming Oral History”—she engaged in a long-term study of African Guyanese women from her village. Her research interests include Caribbean Rhetoric, African Diaspora women’s story-making practices, cultural rhetorics, oral history, archival research, multi-modal composition, and writing studies.
She is a Scholars for the Dream (2014) awardee. This research award was granted by the Conference on College Communication and Composition.
Her passions include teaching and travelling. Over the course of her life, she has managed to combine the two and has taught and lived in Trinidad and Tobago, the United States of America, Palau, and Japan before coming to the University of Guam.
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Dr. Debra T. Cabrera most recently taught at St. John’s School in Upper Tumon, Guam while she served as adjunct faculty for sociology at the University of Guam. Prior to St. John’s School, Dr. Cabrera was a social science instructor then dean of Academic Programs and Services at the Northern Marianas College in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands. She has been active in local, regional, and national organizations, namely the Northern Mariana Islands Council for the Humanities, President Obama’s White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Humanities Guåhan, and the Scientific and Statistical Committee for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. Dr. Cabrera holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University. Her current research interests focus on neighborhood crime, juvenile delinquency in the Marianas, and environmental deviance.