Directory

Director

Mark Vosvick is a behavioral scientist and associate professor of counseling psychology in UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vosvick trained at Yale, Rutgers, Harvard, Stanford and the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to UNT.  Vosvick mentors both undergraduate and graduate students in research on psychosocial issues related to health and wellness in ethnic, racial, gender and sexual minority communities. Vosvick’s mentoring philosophy is holistic in that in addition to discipline content, he believes professional behavior and identity formation are all part of the educational process. As part of this philosophy, he encourages his students to give back through community engagement

 

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Professor

Harry M. Benshoff is an Associate Professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.  His research interests include topics in film genres, film history, film theory, and multiculturalism.  He has published essays on blaxploitation horror films, Hollywood LSD films, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Brokeback Mountain (2005), and Milk (2009).  He is the author ofMonsters in the ClosetHomosexuality and the Horror Film (Manchester University Press, 1997).  With Sean Griffin he co-authored America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality at the Movies (Blackwell Publishers, 2004) and Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).   His most recent project is a monograph on Dark Shadows, forthcoming from Wayne State University Press. 

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Faculty/Staff

Dr. Chwee-Lye Chng, Regents Professor, from the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, has been teaching the UNT core curriculum course, Health 2200: Family Life and Human Sexuality,  since 1981. The course incorporates a multidisciplinary, multicultural, and multiethnic perspective on human sexuality, reflecting the diversity of sexual experiences in our society and world.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) sexuality issues are routinely incorporated into lectures and discussions.  Dr. Chng serves as Co-Director of the Center for Psychosocial Health Research, where in addition to HIV-focused studies, the Center investigates lgbt health issues.  Dr. Chng serves on the Faculty Senate Committee on lgbt academic issues, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Gay and Lesbian Center in Dallas.

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Professor

Marilyn Morris has published articles and essays on sexuality, marriage, adultery, and gender issues regarding public figures such as Lord Hervey, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Charlotte Charke, and the Chavalier d'Eon and the lesser known Anna Larpent and Samuel Kevan. Her most recent book is Sex, Money and Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics (Yale University Press, 2014). She is currently working on her third book provisionally titled The Theatre of Matrimony in Georgian England.

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Professor

Deborah Needleman Armintor's research and teaching in LGBT studies extends from specific issues in eighteenth-century British literature to broader topics in interdisciplinary studies of gender, sexualities, and queer theory.   Dr. Armintor also serves UNT's LGBT community through her work as a UNT Ally and as a member of the Senate Committee on the Status of LGBT Faculty.  She is currently at work on a second book, about the homoeroticization of same-sex Master/Servant and Mistress/Servant relationships in the 1700s.

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Professor

"When I decided to join UNT, one draw was that I noticed LGBT Studies (then called Studies of Sexuality) existed housed in History. The visibility of the program was a good portent regarding students and forward-thinking colleagues. Bringing my specialization and course in History of Sexualities, I immediately affiliated and cross-listed courses. The students have proven to be engaged in social justice and human services. Many want to help individuals through teaching, counseling, or NGO and policy work to better society. Since 2007, the minor has changed name, changed home department, and grown. I am proud to remain part of LGBT Studies, working with students to consider how sexuality provides a analytical lens for better understanding U.S. society."

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Megan Morrissey joined the faculty of UNT in 2013 after completing her Ph.D. In Communication Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Dr. Morrissey’s research interests exist at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship.  Her scholarship and teaching uses a critical and rhetorical lens to theorize, understand, and deconstruct the ways identity categories, social hierarchies, and politics are discursively constructed and materially meaningful in people’s lives.  She has published essays on Orange is the New Black, Blacktavism, the marriage equality movement, and migrants’ struggles to access citizenship rights in the United States.  Some of the classes that Dr. Morrissey has taught at UNT include COMM 4540: Communication Theories of Sexuality, COMM 4840: Latino Rhetorics, COMM 3620: Intercultural Communication, and COMM 4240: Rhetoric and popular Culture.

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Associate Professor

Tracy Everbach teaches writing and reporting; race, gender and media; and graduate classes in media studies and qualitative research. Her research interests include gender and race in media, newsroom management and sports coverage. She has published research in Journalism & Mass Communication QuarterlyNewspaper Research JournalSouthwestern Mass Communication JournalJournal of Research on Women and GenderAmerican Journalism, Media Report to WomenColumbia Journalism Review and has written several book chapters. She has served as the head of the Commission on the Status of Women for AEJMC, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also is former faculty adviser to the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student newspaper.

 

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Lecturer

Kate Colin lives and works in Denton. Her abstract work stems from an interest in unpredictable and systematic processes. Colin’s current work explores the complexity of the conception of hyperbolic structures depicted on two-dimensional planes. She earned her MFA from University of Dallas and obtained her BFA from University of North Texas. Colin began teaching at UNT in 2013, and she has experience teaching painting, drawing, figure drawing, as well as art history. She is a member at 500X Gallery in Dallas, where she continues to exhibit work. She was a 2012 recipient of the Kimbrough Fund awarded by the Dallas Museum of Art.

Professor

Yolanda Flores Niemann is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas (UNT).  She comes to the Psychology Department with extensive administrative experience.  Previously, she served as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affair at UNT, Vice Provost and Dean at Utah State University, and held numerous administrative positions at Washington State University, including Chair of the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. She has been Principal Investigator of over 40 million dollars in federal outreach grants. Her most prominent research areas include the effects and social ecological contexts of stereotypes, especially in academia, and the psychological effects of tokenism. Her most recent book (coedited) is Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, which has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education.  Other books include Black/Brown Relations and Stereotypes, and Chicana Leadership. She has notable chapters in To Improve the Academy; The Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology and Mental Health; The Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology; as well as numerous articles in refereed journals including: Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Sociological Perspectives; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; The Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior; Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. (From the Department of Psychology)