Netta Avineri is a TESOL/TFL assistant professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). She is an applied linguist/linguistic anthropologist teaching education, intercultural competence, linguistics, research methods, and service-learning courses. Her research interests include language and social justice, critical service learning and interculturality, and heritage and endangered language socialization. Netta’s book Research Methods for Language Teaching: Inquiry, Process, and Synthesis was published in 2017 and she is the coeditor of Language and Social Justice in Practice: Case Studies on Communication and the Creation of Just Societies. She is also the MIIS Intercultural Competence Committee Chair and cofounded the MIIS Intercultural Digital Storytelling Project.
EJ Bartlett has been working in the graphic design profession since 1995. Her career has taken her from Washington, D.C., to San Diego to Denver. She has designed logos, ads, retail space, packaging, corporate identities, and websites for clients at Vail Resorts, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Seventh Generation, Qwest, Excel Energy, RockResorts, and many others. EJ also became the in-house photographer at many of the ad agencies she worked for. In 2008 she started EJ Creative, which she owned and operated for five years before joining the MiddCORE team.
Little known fact: EJ competed in the Eco Challenge which is a 400+ mile adventure race.
Christal is an assistant professor of dance at Middlebury College and the current chair of the Dance Department. She is an entrepreneur in her own right, having founded several of her own projects: INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, and the Liquid Strength training module for dance. Christal is also a proud mother to her son, Gabe.
Little known fact: After touring around the world as a performer, Christal believes that one of her greatest achievements is being able to fry chicken like her Aunt Carolyn and replicate her Granddaddy’s cornbread.
Jamie McCallum came from Brooklyn in 2011 to join the faculty at Middlebury. His research and teaching interests emerge from scholarly inquiry and activist commitments. Jamie teaches courses on the sociology of labor, political sociology, social theory, globalization, organizing for social change, and sexuality. His first book, Global Unions, Local Power, won the best book award from the American Sociological Association. It examines the ability of workers to cooperate and exercise power across national borders, drawing on research he conducted with over 100 workers, unionists, and business leaders in nine countries. Jamie is currently writing a new book on the history of the work ethic, Against Work: The Indignity of the Daily Grind, and he has recently directed two short documentary films.
Robert Moeller is an assistant professor of psychology, and a developmental psychologist. His research has focused on the development of health behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Utilizing both longitudinal and cross-sectional research designs with both quantitative and qualitative data, he has studied trajectories of risks and resiliencies associated with substance use, mental health, and sexual behavior. His research explores the intersection of multiple identities of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation associated with health-promoting behaviors. Most recently, his research has explored trajectories of mental health burden among college students, with a focus on how a sense of belonging serves to improve the mental health outcomes for students.
Will Nash is a professor of American studies and English and American literatures at Middlebury; he joined the faculty in 1995. His teaching and research interests include 19th- and 20th-century African- and Anglo-American literature and culture; he and Professor Deborah Evans have an 18-year-old daughter and twin 8-year-old sons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music and spending time with his family.
Elizabeth Robinson ’84, is the Assoc. Dean of the College for Creativity, Engagement & Careers. Elizabeth encourages and supports students in their creative and entrepreneurial endeavors at Middlebury, including MiddCORE students and students involved with the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship. After College Elizabeth worked in politics, banking, education (she received a Master’s Degree from UPenn) and the non-profit world. She came home to Midd in 1994 as Alumni Director. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, and the Better Middlebury Partnership.
Little known fact: she is a closet artist.