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People of CIWR

photo of Casey Blanton Casey Blanton: Senior Professor of English and Chair of Learning Communities / QUANTA

Research and Writing Interests: Travel Narratives & Narratives of Representation, Cultural Studies, Photographic Studies, Learning Communities

Selected Publications: "European Travel Literature." The Oxford Companion to World Exploration. Oxford University Press, 2007; Travel Writing: The Self and the World, Routledge, New York, 2002; "Many Voices, Many Souths," The Southern Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 4, Summer 1998; "Myth and Reality: Travel Writers in Florida," Forum, Spring 2001; Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing Race and Place, Book Review. Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, Vol. 19, No. 3, Sept. 2003; "Making Florida Home: The Family Photography Project," exhibition catalog essay, Southeast Museum of Photography, 1997; "Grading the Group: QUANTA 2.0 and the Peer Review." Journal of Learning Communities Research, April, 2009; "Ryszard Kapuscinski's Polyphonic Travels." (Working draft presented to CIWR, FA 2008.); Co-editor, Southern Quarterly: Special Edition on "(Re)presenting the South," Summer 1998; Editor, Picturing Paradise: Colonial Photography of Samoa, exhibition catalog, Southeast Museum of Photography, 1995; Editor, exposure, Society for Photographic Education, 1994-5.

Michael Flota staringMichael Flota: Associate Professor of Sociology
Research and Writing Interests: Economic and Political Sociology, Sociological Theory, Complex Organizations, Comparative-Historical Methods

Selected Publications: Sociology (6th ed.) With John E. Farley, an introductory sociology textbook forthcoming, 2010 from Paradigm Publishers. "Grading the Group: QUANTA 2.0 and the Peer Review." Journal of Learning Communities Research, April, 2009. "Two Roads Converging: Steps on the Paths to Neoliberalism in Sweden and South Korea" for the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting 2008. "The Lost Gospel: Reflections on Nirenberg's ‘The Politics of Love and Its Enemies'" (with Richard Grego, James Newell and Nicholas Ruiz III) in Kritikos, V.5, Jan-Feb 2008.




Jessica Kester Nature Shot 

Jessica Kester: Assistant Professor of English

Research and Writing Interests: Creative Writing Studies, Composition Theory, Rhetoric, Poetry, Short Fiction and the Personal Essay.


Ashley Lear

Ashley Lear: Assistant Professor of the Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Research and Writing Interests: Digital media in the classroom, Feminist Narrative Theory, Southern Literature, and Modern Science Fiction

Selected Publications: "Making Dorothy Parker my MySpace Friend: A Classroom Application for Social Networks" coming out this year in Writing and the Digital Generation, from McFarland. Her article "Ellen Glasgow: The ‘Feminine Façade' and the ‘Masculine Mind'" is featured in the Spring 2009 issue of The Ellen Glasgow Journal of Southern Women Writers.




Michelle Lee scenery shotMichelle Lee: Assistant Professor of English

Research and Writing Interests: Creative Writing - Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Playwriting; Nineteenth Century British Women Writers; Children's Literature; Food Writing; and Film Studies.

Selected Publications: Published fiction and poetry in numerous journals (poetry sample online at; articles forthcoming in Text & Performance Quarterly and with the Poetry Foundation.



 Leonard Lempel lecturing

Leonard Lempel: Professor of History
Research and Writing Interests: Local (Daytona Beach area) History, African American History, U.S. History, U.S. Race Relations

Selected Publications: "Toms and Bombs: The Civil Rights Struggle in Daytona Beach" in Irvin D. S. Winsboro (ed.), Old South, New South, Or Down South? Florida and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2009.





Jim with his son Shael fishing in the Indian River

Jim Newell: Associate Professor of English
Research and Writing Interests: Multigenre texts, Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Fiction, Poetry, Song Writing, Rhetorical Analysis, Writing Center Theory, Composition and Rhetoric, Pedagogy Studies, and breaking convention

Selected Publications: “The Lost Gospel: Reflections on Nirenberg's ‘The Politics of Love and its Enemies’” Co-authored with Richard Grego, Michael Flota, and Nicholas Ruiz, Kritikos V.5, (Jan-Feb 2008); “glimpse,” Perigee: Publication for the Arts 2.4 (April, May, June 2005)

Currently, Jim is feverishly collecting rejection letters.




Vincent Piazza in Italy


Vincenzo Piazza: Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Communication
Research and Writing Interests: Classical and Medieval History and Culture, Western Civilization and the Humanities






Carla Shows and her husbandCarla Shows: Director of Grant Development, St. Johns River Community College

Research and Writing Interests: Gender, Family, Work, qualitative methodology

Selected Publications: Shows, Carla N. and Naomi Gerstel. 2009. "Fathering, Class, and Gender: A Comparison of Physicians and EMTs." Gender & Society, April 2009; Rodríguez, Havidán and Carla N. Russell. 2006. "Understanding Disasters: Vulnerability, Sustainable Development, and Resiliency" in J. Blau and K. Iyall-Smith (eds.) Public Sociology Reader. Rowman & Littlefield; Barsky, Lauren and Carla N. Russell 2005. "The 2005 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Training the New Generation of Disaster Researchers" Unscheduled Events, 23:4, September 2005.

Harun Thomas in his office


Harun Thomas: Assistant Professor of English

Research and Writing Interests: Literary Theory and Critical Race Theory







Not Pictured

Michael Avery: Assistant Chair / School of Management

Rebecca Block: Director / College Writing Center

Shawn Friend: Head Librarian, Florida Coastal School of Law Library and Technology Center

Kevin Miller: Director of the Southeast Museum of Photography

Ram Nayar: Microbiology Faculty

Harold N. Orndorff III: Associate Professor of Political Science

Rachel E. Silverman: Assistant Professor of Communication / Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


All members are from Daytona State College unless otherwise specified.

Last Updated: 6/28/12