Staff and Faculty

Staff

Susie McFeeters, Program Coordinator/Advisor, graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Sociology and went on to complete her Master of Arts in College Counseling at Hunter College. She advised adult and re-entry students at the University of Vermont's Division of Continuing Education before relocating to Sonoma County.

SSU Extended and International Education
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
Phone: 707/664-2601 Fax: 707/664-2613
susan.mcfeeters@sonoma.edu

Office: Rachel Carson Hall Room 63,
Appointments by arrangement

Beth Warner, Senior Academic Programs Coordinator, just celebrated her 20th anniversary of working in the School of Extended and International Education, supporting students and streamlining procedures. She received her Bachelor of Arts through the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies in 1989 with a minor in Linguistics, and later went on to complete her Master of Arts in History at Sonoma State.

Phone: 707/664-3977 Fax: 707/664-2613
beth.warner@sonoma.edu

Faculty

The BADCP faculty is comprised of professors from different disciplines. Each brings a unique viewpoint to the curriculum and discussions. Faculty can be reached through the e-mail links below, or leave a message with the Program Coordinator.

Debora Hammond, Hutchins School Faculty Liaison, completed her Ph.D. in the History of Science at the University of California at Berkeley after teaching at the secondary level in Colorado and on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Her dissertation, "Toward a Science of Synthesis: The Heritage of General Systems Theory," traced the development of systems ideas in the mid-twentieth century. She is particularly interested in topics relating to the environment, health, women, and the social implications of contemporary developments in science and technology.

Jack Wikse, Faculty Coordinator, has taught in the Saturday Degree Completion program since 2003 and been Faculty Coordinator of the program since 2010. He came to the Hutchins School from Shimer College in the Chicago area, where he chaired the social sciences area staff, directed Shimer's abroad program at Oxford University (UK) and its Weekend College program for working adults. At Shimer he taught philosophy of aesthetics and soft stone sculpture, and the year-long senior seminar (Integrative Studies). Jack is a political theorist (PhD., U.C. Berkeley). He is the author of About Possession: the Self as Private Property. He served as Research Director of the Lifwynn Foundation, where he organized research on addiction as a socio-cultural phenomenon. His writings have explored dreams as social intelligence, dialogue as meditative thought, and the ethics of globalization. He regularly teaches our introductory seminar (Identity and Society), Work and the Global Future, and sometimes facilitates the senior project. He is currently completing a series of alabaster carvings and a book of photographs of these sculptures with narratives from the history of myth entitled The Human Dream.

John Isom: I am a human-environment geographer, trained to examine how environmental processes have both constrained and enabled human livelihoods in a particular place or region, and how humans have affected the very environment that we depend on for our well-being. History matters in these topics and questions, and politics, too: who has access to and control over a particular resource - and thus, by extension, who does not, and the history and consequences of this exclusion. Like any good geographer I care deeply about place and region, and mountains regions have long held my intellectual attention and my heart. Of all mountain regions on Earth, none has held a deeper pull for me than the Tibetan Plateau. I earned my M.A. at San Francisco State University in the Department of Geography and Environment, and started but did not complete the Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Christina Nichol attended Hutchins as an undergraduate and completed her MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida. She has taught in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Russia, and the republic of Georgia, where her debut novel, Waiting for the Electricity, is set. Christina’s primary interests include documentary filmmaking, oral histories, impacts of globalization, creative process, sacred traditions, and environmental issues.

Barbara Widhalm: I am excited to join the Saturday Degree Completion Program faculty team! I currently also teach at Peralta Community College District, St. Mary's College of California and John F. Kennedy University. Originally from Vienna, Austria, I have a Bachelors in languages with a minor in environmental economics, a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico and earned my Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies. As a global citizen who has lived, studied, and worked in Russia, Austria, and the U.S. I have a passion for the wellbeing of the planet and all its inhabitants. My dissertation research focused on designing dynamic learning experiences that congruently mimic living systems in learning content, process, and structure. To my teaching I bring 20 years of experience working in social, environmental, and economic sustainability in various nonprofit and educational settings. I am also the owner of a small cottage food bakery making gluten-free low- and no-sugar treats derived from traditional Viennese recipes. And I am the proud mom of a recent high-school graduate who is about to embark on a global gap year.