Faculty and Staff

Visiting Scholars

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) welcomes visiting faculty, researchers, and artists from across the U.S. and around the world. IAS hosts a limited number of visiting scholars at one time. In selecting visiting scholars each year, IAS looks for a good fit between the research interests of the prospective visitor and IAS faculty members.

Current Visiting Scholars

Bo Ae Chun

Department of Geography Education 
Catholic Kwandong University, Korea

Visiting Associate Professor
IAS Faculty Sponsor: Jin-Kyu Jung

Bo Ae ChunProfessor Chun is a geography education researcher. Over the past 20 years, she has taught geography in various levels of schools from middle school to high school to universities. She is mainly interested in the ways that educational technologies and processes influence students' learning of geography, as well as the ways that young people's everyday lives create meaningful spaces and places. Her focus has always been on how people learn/teach. She is especially motivated by issues such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as educational technology, territorial education with geographical perspectives, and GIScience of spatial cognition and spatial literacy. She is also a qualitative researcher who uses ethnography, computer-assisted qualitative data analysis system (CAQDAS) and other methods to learn about the geographic meanings and processes that matter to students' learning. Recently, she is absorbed in learning with the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as mobile devices and Drone and blended learning also known as flipped learning. She holds a B.A. in Geography Education from the Seoul National University (1996), an M.A. (2006), and a Ph.D. (2008) in Geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Past IAS Visiting Scholars

Fiona Annis

IAS Faculty Sponsor: Ted Hiebert

Fiona Annis is an artist and researcher whose practice emphasizes the use of photography and other time-based media. Following her Master's degree at the Glasgow School of Art, Fiona recently completed a practice-led Ph.D. at Concordia University and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Bothell. Her teaching and research interests center on research-creation practices with an emphasis on the theories and histories of photography and contemporary conceptual art. Fiona recently completed a six-month artist residency at The Penumbra Foundation in New York City, and has upcoming residencies at The Museum of Morbid Anatomy in Brooklyn, and at DAÏMÕN in Gatineau, Québec. Concurrent projects also include an ongoing collaboration with The Society of Affective Archives, and several upcoming solo exhibitions.
Website: http://fionaannis.com


Kellie Gonçalves

English Department
University of Bern, Switzerland

Visiting Associate Professor
IAS Faculty Sponsor: Crispin Thurlow

Professor Gonçalves received her BA in German and Politics from New York University and her PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Bern. Her monograph entitled Conversations with Intercultural Couples (Akademie Verlag) will be published in Spring 2013. Her two current research projects focus on adventure tourism guidebooks and language contact and communicative strategies within domestic labor contexts among Portuguese-speaking domestics and their Anglophone clients in New Jersey.  Gonçalves was in residence at UW Bothell in Autumn 2012.


Ted Lefroy

IAS Faculty Sponsor: Martha Groom

Ted Lefroy photoTed is director of the Centre for Environment at the University of Tasmania. An agricultural scientist by training, Ted has worked with ecologists and social scientists in applied environmental research for 20 years and is interested in the differences between concepts of nature accepted within the disciplines of ecology and evolutionary biology and those held within the popular culture. Ted will be at IAS on an Australian-American Fulbright scholarship. He describes his research topic The Myths of Nature and the Rise of Ecology as follows:

On 10 January 1969, Life Magazine featured a cover photograph of the Earth from space, declaring that humanity had entered ‘The Age of Ecology’. This changed the way we see our planet. In a sense we are now all ecologists. We know that everything is connected to everything else, that humans have disrupted the balance of nature, and that ecosystems are in imminent danger of collapse unless we take drastic action. Or do we? This project will explore the origin, function and persistence of myths, misconceptions and metaphors about the natural world. How we think it’s organized, how we relate to it and the implications of these ideas for environmental policy, action and regulation. These myths, misconceptions and metaphors include purpose and direction in evolution the balance of nature, the great chain of being, the survival of the fittest, the ecological community, the connectedness of everything, intrinsic value, the tragedy of the commons and rarity and endemism as measures of value.

The Centre for Environment
The Landscapes and Policy Research Project


Jungyeop Shin

Geography Education Department
Seoul National University, Korea

Visiting Associate Professor
IAS Faculty Sponsor: Jin-Kyu Jung

Professor Shin received his BA and MA in Geography Education from Seoul National University and his PhD from the Department of Geography at SUNY-Buffalo. His teaching interests center on geography and environmental education, with an emphasis on urban geography and quantitative spatial analysis. His research projects focus on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and urban quantitative analysis. He is particularly interested in urban polynucleation and urban-regional analysis using GIS. Shin was in residence at UW Bothell from Winter 2013 to Autumn 2013.


How to Become an IAS Visiting Scholar

Visiting scholars enrich the IAS and UW Bothell community by participating in school events, collaborating on research projects and symposia, and interacting with faculty members, students, and staff. Prospective visitors need to secure an IAS “sponsor”: a faculty member in IAS whose research interests align with theirs and who is willing to speak in favor of their visit. Prospective visitors should also identify at least two additional IAS faculty members whose interests align with their own. Read more about becoming a visiting scholar.