Derryce Howzell, M.A.

Like many others here in Vegas I am from California. I moved to Las Vegas 2004 with my husband and then 4 year old daughter and in 2007 welcomed my son.  Before moving here I completed my Undergraduate degree at California State University Northridge in Communications. At the time my focus was Public Relations, but after a few events I realized it might not be for me. My first job after moving to Las Vegas was at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, where I had the pleasure of working in Admissions. This experience was great and made me enjoy the college environment to the point of pursing my Master’s in Higher Education (specialization in Online Teaching and Learning) with Kaplan University. I have taught and worked in colleges like Art Institute of Las Vegas, Nevada Career Institute and Anthem Career College in every department except for Financial Aid. In 2015 I completed my Master’s in Communications, (specialization in Organizational Leadership).

It has been an honor and pleasure to be teaching at Nevada State College since 2016 helping to grow and expand the Communications department.  While I am the generalist in the department, my focus is helping to develop new courses for the program.

When I am not teaching at Nevada State College, I am substitute for CCSD. I enjoy spending time with my family, making beef jerky and random dance parties. I enjoy reading resources about African American: culture, history and pop culture. In 2020 I received the Part Time Instructor Excellence Award for my dedication to the campus and students. I am eager to earn many more and continue my career here at NSC for years to come.

Janice Green, M.Ed.

Deaf at birth to hearing parents and one of four siblings in which I have a deaf brother, we graduated from the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri.  After graduating high school, I went on to Gallaudet University, the world’s only Liberal Arts University for the Deaf, located in Washington, DC for a Bachelor of Science. I continued my studies at the University of Missouri – Columbia. In 2006, I earned a master’s degree in education and became the first deaf licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri.

In 2005, I was offered to teach American Sign Language (ASL) which flourish with my love for the language, I had an opportunity to continue teaching ASL at several colleges and universities.  During this period, I received an American Sign Language Teacher Organization (ASLTA) certification. I also was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

I have a hearing son living in Missouri. His first sign language was DOG approximately at the age of 10 months. Currently, I reside here in Las Vegas with my deaf husband, Leonard who is a Harley Davidson enthusiast/mechanic, and 2 large dogs. One of these dogs knows basic signs, such as BALL, WALK, and SLEEP.

Griselda Jarquín Wille, Ph.D.

I am a historian of modern Latin America, with an emphasis on the Cold War, US-Latin American relations and revolution and counterrevolution. My primary research focus examines the development and evolution of competing visions of Nicaraguan liberation that led to the 1979 Nicaraguan Revolution’s triumph and defeat. I am particularly interested in the emergence of transnational activist networks and how the subsequent American solidarity movement with Nicaragua employed people-to-people exchanges, or what I call “grassroots diplomacy,” to help the Revolution succeed and later offset the effects of the Contra War in Nicaragua and in the United States. Similarly, I am interested in the development of the Nicaraguan democratic centrist movement whose criticism of the Nicaraguan Revolution’s trajectory fractured the broad-based coalition that made the revolution’s triumph possible and eventually led to its electoral defeat in 1990.

I received my PhD in history from the University of California at Davis and my MA and BA from San Francisco State University. Prior to arriving to NSC, I was a Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellow at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

​As a child of Nicaraguan immigrants, I know what it means to be a first-generation student trying to balance family responsibilities, financial independence and academic excellence. As such, I strive to make my courses accessible and stimulating for students by employing non-textual sources, such as oral histories, films, podcasts, political cartoons, paintings, and photographs, to encourage students to think critically about the past.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching films and tv shows, baking, and reading. Having just moved to Nevada, my newest hobby is exploring Las Vegas as I search for the best record stores, restaurants and hiking.

I regularly teach: HIST 227 (Introduction to Latin American History and Culture I), HIST 228 (Introduction to Latin American History and Culture II), HIST 320 (Hispanic Culture in the US), HIST 407A (US Foreign Relations I), HIST 407B (US Foreign Relations II), HIST 439 (Religion and Society in Latin America), HIST 439C (Slavery and Race in Latin America), HIST 442 (Women in Latin America), and HIST 470 (History of Mexico).

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