Faculty Notes

Brooke Bryan ’02, assistant professor of cooperative education, recently led a team of scholars and librarians exploring undergraduate research paradigms at a residential experimental digital humanities conference at Hamilton College. Last summer, she served as an instructor at the Ohio Humanities Oral History Institute at Kenyon College. She also implemented an innovative new offering, WORK 425: Oral History Practicum, with six students doing social justice-motivated oral history and digital storytelling work with community partners in the Dayton area. Matched by Lloyd Family Foundation funding, she accompanied four students to present their faculty-mentored research projects exploring social justice themes at the 2015 Oral History Association meeting in Tampa Bay, Fla. In the fall, she led a workshop on digital tools for research at an Oral History Association workshop. She also served as an interviewer for the Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Veterans Oral History project. She reviewed state grant applications for the Ohio History Fund, awarding $100,000 to 14 projects across the state. She was awarded a significant grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The three-year project, Oral History in the Liberal Arts, connects oral history and digital storytelling methods with experiential learning and undergraduate research paradigms—developing a consortial archive and providing pedagogical tutorials and open source technology stacks to faculty and librarians across all 13 GLCA schools. 

Gabrielle Civil, recently tenured associate professor of performance, celebrated a surge of publishing: her essay “Tourist Art: A Tracery of the Visual/Virtual” appeared in the peer-reviewed anthology Writing through the Visual and Virtual; excerpts from her performance memoir Swallow the Fish appeared in Blues Vision; WIG, the Antioch student performance research journal, was launched in the winter and the “Call & Response” special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts of the African Diaspora that she guest edited finally launched in the spring. She also organized and performed in an MLK Art Intensive at Pangea World Theater and performed in Chosen/ Family with Gender Tender at Intermedia Arts. Her proudest achievement was receiving a 2015 SOCHE Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching.


Charles Fairbanks, assistant professor of media arts, spent his fall research term at two different residencies, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire and The Ohio State University’s Wexner Art Center’s Film and Video Studio program. Thanks to these residencies, he has nearly finished his first feature-length documentary, The Modern Jungle, which portrays the life of Don Juan, a Zoque shaman who falls under the spell of a pyramid-scheme-marketed nutritional supplement.




Kelly Gallagher, assistant professor of media arts, has been featured widely in a variety of online publications highlighting her animation and advocacy work. In early February, she gave a lecture about animation, research and films to over 150 students at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design. In March, she was invited to be a visiting artist at Pitzer College. She visited animation students and classes and discussed her work and the power of experimental forms of animation. She was also a guest speaker as part of the CalArts Experimental Animation Series, where she screened her animations. This spring, she plans to visit Ohio University to present a program of her films and animations and do a film workshop with students.This April, she hosted a children’s animation workshop and screening in Cincinnati at The Mini Microcinema. In June, along with director of the Writing Center, Robin Littell, she is organizing a weekend-long Writing & Animation camp for kids ages 9–12. Recent and upcoming screenings of her latest films include: Atlanta Film Festival, Alternative Film/Video Festival Belgrade, Other Cinema San Francisco, Anthology Film Archives NY, Yale University, L’Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Towson University’s Cross-Pollinated gallery exhibit, and Brazil’s Fronteira Festival, where her film Pen Up the Pigs was awarded the Audience Award for best short film. International Cinema journal La Furia Umana recently named her latest film, From Ally to Accomplice, in the top ten experimental short films of 2015. 

Richard Kraince, dean of cooperative, experiential, and international education and associate professor of cooperative education, has been granted tenure by the Antioch College Board of Trustees. Kraince is the third faculty member to be granted tenure since the College re-opened. He joined the faculty in June 2011 and has worked to build and systematize the co-op program. Antioch College students have so far completed more than 750 co-op work experiences (including nearly 100 international co-ops) under the guidance of Kraince and his team of co-op faculty. This spring, Kraince’s team implemented a new co-op blog site and student on-boarding program.



Robin Littell, writing instructor and director of the Writing Institute, recently taught Developmental Writing and Global Seminar in Writing to Antioch students. She partnered with the office of alumni relations to establish a student and alumni writing consultation program as well as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring partnership with Wright State University. Through the Institute, she has worked to support faculty and 

students via workshops and one-on-one consultations. Outside of Antioch, she is working on her second graduate degree. She earned her MA in English in 2010 and was recently accepted in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also served as writer-in-residence at the Dickinson House in East Flanders, Belgium in April. In 2015, Littell was awarded the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) Faculty Excellence Award for Service.

Kevin McGruder, assistant professor of history, has kept busy since the release of his groundbreaking book, Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem, 1890 to 1920 last summer. In early January, McGruder and assistant professor of Latin American history Julia Schiavone Camacho, traveled to Atlanta with nine students for the annual meeting of the American Historical Association. They sat in on a range of workshops, panel discussions, and films representing the breadth of the discipline. They also had an opportunity to support Schiavone Camacho who participated in a round table discussion of “Frontiers of Borderlands History: Gender, Nation, and Empire.”