New Faculty: Gwen Sharp, Ph.D.

Beginning in fall 2007, Gwen Sharp will serve Nevada State College as Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Sharp received her masters University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Sociology in 2001. She joined the Department of History and Sociology at Southern Utah University as an Assistant Professor and received her Ph.D. in 2005.
Sharp has maintained an active research agenda, her interests include race relations and immigration processes, and she is conducting a study of undocumented Hispanic workers in Iron County, Utah. She will soon begin a research project interviewing water diviner and focus on the way diviners and government hydrologists use scientific/rational language to validate their belief systems while disparaging each other.
Sharp is a generalist in the area of sociology, but her particular areas of interest include race and ethnicity, immigration, gender, food cultures, urban and rural sociology, and qualitative methods.
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New Faculty: Shirli Brautbar, Ph.D

Dr. Shirli Brautbar, currently a Lecturer in History at Nevada State College, will soon be the newest Assistant Professor in that department. She has taught a variety of courses in areas including ethnic and immigration history, United States early American history and modern history, women’s and gender history, women’s studies, general humanities, American studies, religion and ancient civilization as well as the Middle East. Prior to coming to work for Nevada State College, she taught at University of Southern California, Wilson College and Dickinson College.
Brautbar holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and a Ph.D. in history. She has received many fellowships, including the Casden Center for the Study of the Role of Jewish Life in America Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, a nationally competitive fellowship, and the University of Southern California Pre-Doctoral Merit Fellowship.
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New Faculty: Myron J. Burns, Ph.D.

Beginning in fall 2007, Myron J. Burns will serve Nevada State College as Assistant Professor of Psychology.
For the past four years, Burns served as a Project Director and a Research Assistant Professor with the University of Miami, Center for Family Studies. While there he spent a majority of his time coordinating two clinical trial studies pertaining to adherence in HIV+ women recovering from substance abuse and the side effects it has on family members.
Burns has six years of counseling and psychological assessment experience with the adults and child population, as well as six years of experience supervising undergraduate, master, and doctoral students. He has worked with people from different races, cultures, economic backgrounds, and worldviews.
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