CAC Gains Two New Assistant Professors

Ellen Bayer

When Ellen Bayer read UWT’s job description for an environmental literature professor, she felt that it was written for her – it fit into her research area and offered an opportunity for her to teach a diverse student body.

“I like to have a lot of different voices in the classroom,” she said. 

Bayer packed up and left her teaching position at Depauw University. She joined the IAS faculty in September as an assistant professor and has thus far enjoyed her two classes, TLIT 210 American Literature, and TLIT 305 American Literary Movements, Genres, and Historical Periods.

“I get to introduce people to literary texts, and how literature can help them understand their world,” Bayer said. “That’s what I love about teaching.”

Ellen Bayer
Ed Chamberlain

Emmy Winner Takes Charge in IAS

Wearing his seemingly every-present blue sports vest and frequently seen carrying a Diet Coke with Lime, Communication Professor Bill Kunz is one of the most recognizable figures at UWT.

Currently, Kunz is serving as the IAS Interim Director, but his journey to reach that role started long before UWT was even on the map.

Life Before UWT

Kunz started his professional work in television in 1984 as a producer covering Olympic sports, and he has never really left the industry.

“For my career in television, the first thing I ever did was Olympic swimming,” he said. 

From 30 Rock in New York across the ocean to Australia, from Russia to Connecticut to Vancouver, Canada, he found his niche in the Olympics.  As recently as last year, he has involved students, bringing them along as production assistants.

Gorbman Says Goodbye to UWT

Dr. Claudia Gorbman, one of the original faculty members of the university, has watched the UWT grow from one building and a library with 48 books to a community comprising of 18 buildings. After 25 years of teaching film, Gorbman is retiring from UWT

 In 1969, Gorbman received her bachelor’s in French from the University of Washington Seattle, and continued her education receiving a master’s in Romance Languages in 1971 and a doctorate in Romance Languages and Literature in 1978.

It’s Not Bragging If It’s True

It was 8:55 a.m. and I was super excited to be arriving at a meeting five minutes early. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t five minutes late, let alone early. The jubilation was short lived, though. As I entered the too small meeting room on the second floor of GWP, I saw that everyone else was already there and waiting for me. So much for being early. I squeezed past several folks and wedged myself into a chair at the far end of the table.

Theater Makes Debut at UWT

From November 14 to the 16, UWT featured its first formal theatrical production. A collaboration between various faculty in the Writing Studies program and the Student Theater Actors Guild (STAG) led to the production of the play “Unwritten Women,” a collection of five short plays written by Seattle playwright and CAC instructor Elena Hartwell. This production is intended to be the start of a much larger emphasis on performing arts on campus.

The university has historically had little in the way of performing arts outside of certain classes such as TWRT 431: Writing for Social Change. Michael Kula, assistant professor in in the Writing Studies Major, has been attempting to change this over the last several years in response to a vocal desire among faculty and students for an arts program. Kula said that the introduction of summer playwriting classes drew attention from the local theatre scene, which eventually resulted in the production of “Unwritten Women.”