Humanities Institute

Faculty Consultants

2008-2009 Faculty Consultants

Dr. James P. Barufaldi

James P. Barufaldi, Ruben E. Hinojosa Regents Professor in Education and director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education Center at The University of Texas at Austin, earned a bachelor&rsquos degree in the biological sciences, Marietta College (Ohio), a master’s degree in biology and education, Kent State University (Ohio), and a Ph. D. degree in science education, the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. He has directed numerous federally funded projects such as the U. S. Department of Education Project-General Science Content and Inquiry Skills Improvement Program, the Title II funded Coordinated Thematic Science Inservice Program, the Science Content Improvement Program, and the Texas Elementary Science Inservice Program. Barufaldi currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching, the NSF Chautauqua-Type Short Courses for College Science Teachers, and Co-PI for the NSF funded project, Instrument Development for Exploring Professional Growth Continuum. He served as co-director of the UTeach Secondary Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation Program and has supervised more than 50 dissertations and theses in science education.

In 2003 Barufaldi was selected as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at The University of Texas at Austin. He was named a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, 2002, for “dedication to the teaching profession” as well as “outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement”. He also received the 2002 Outstanding Scholar in Education Award presented by the Alumni Association, College of Education, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as chair of Section Q, Education.

Barufaldi was named the 1988 Outstanding Science Educator of the Year, by the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (AETS) for his dedication to teaching and his exemplary work in science curriculum development and research, and for his leadership in the education community. Barufaldi received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Marietta College and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in the College of Education at The University of Texas. He was also a recipient of the YWCA Mentors and Allies Award in recognition of extraordinary support of Women, Austin, Texas, and received the Outstanding Service Award of the Science Teachers Association of Texas (STAT). He received the Honorary Membership Award, the highest honor given by STAT and was awarded the Rebecca Sparks Elementary Science Award by the Texas Council of Elementary Science.

Barufaldi served on the boards of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) and the National Science Teachers Association. He also served as president of NARST, AETS and the Texas Association of Biology Teachers.

Barufaldi has served as a consultant for the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and writer for BSCS programs such as the Elementary School Sciences Program and the Me in the Future Program. He served on the BSCS advisory board for Science for Life and Living: Integrating Science, Technology, and Health. He was also major writer for the NSF funded high school biology program, Biology: A Community Context.

Barufaldi authored or co-authored more than 60 articles, books, chapters, and book reviews and has presented more than 300 workshops, papers, and seminars throughout the U. S., and in countries such as Portugal, Russia, Japan, Israel, Bermuda, Iran, Barbados, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia, Belize, Canada, Iceland, Finland, Korea, Panama, Honduras, Taiwan, Guatemala, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Trinidad. He has served as editors of monographs and yearbooks published by AETS and the School Science and Mathematics Association. He served as senior author of Science, an elementary school textbook series published by D. C. Heath & Co. and published by Longman, Inc. Barufaldi’s special areas of interests include professional development, curriculum design, instructional strategies, implementation, evaluation, and science teacher education. He is currently investigating the process of building successful collaboratives in the science education community and variables, which may contribute to high intensity, sustained collaboration.

Dr. Elizabeth Danze

Elizabeth Danze is a principal with Blood and Danze Architects, an award-winning Austin firm named associate architects for the UT Campus Master Plan. Danze was co-editor with Kevin Alter of Center #9, regarding the proper, and a founding editor of the Yale Journal of Architecture and Feminism. As part of her graduate design studio, Professor Danze coordinated and implemented the design and building of a house in Austin for the Habitat for Humanity program, an effort that formed an ongoing community contribution. Danze’s design work continues to win awards and was included in the Texas Fine Arts Association exhibition, “Memory & Desire - The Window.”

Dr. Louise Harpman

Louise Harpman is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture. She served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs from 2003-2008. Specializing in architectural design, she teaches elective and required studio courses, as well as seminar courses, to both undergraduate and graduate students.

As a nationally-known, award-winning architectural educator, Harpman is a passionate advocate for good and sustainable design. She taught for eight years at the Yale School of Architecture and five years at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture. At both schools, she led many community-based, public design projects including partnerships with the Blanco Library, the Austin Children’s Museum, Housing Works and the Austin Fire Department.

Harpman maintains a commitment to teaching as well as practice. Louise is a partner at Specht Harpman, an architecture and planning firm with offices in New York and Austin, Texas. With 15 years of professional experience, Louise has been involved in the programming, project development, and design of numerous public, institutional and residential projects. Work of the firm may be seen at

Harpman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the Janet Cain Sielaff Prize.

Harpman is the author of the Brooklyn Public Library Design Guidelines (1996). She is the co-editor of Perspecta 30: Settlement Patterns (1999). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Austin Foundation for Architecture and a Senior Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space.

Dr. Steven A. Moore

Steven A. Moore teaches design and courses related to the philosophy, history, and application of sustainable technology. In 1999 Moore was appointed Director of the Sustainable Design Program, in 2002 was appointed Co-director of the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, and in 2006 he became Bartlett Cocke Professor of Architecture and Planning. Moore received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and is a Loeb Fellow of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has practiced as the design principal of Moore/Weinrich Architects in Maine and has received numerous regional and national awards for design distinction. He has recently published articles in Center, the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), and the Journal of Architecture (JOA). His book, Technology and Place: Sustainable Architecture and the Blueprint Farm, was published by the University of Texas Press in 2001 and received the EDRA/Places award for research in 2002. Sustainable Architectures, co-edited with Simon Guy, was published by Routledge/Spon in 2005 and Alternative Routes to the Sustainable City: Austin, Curitiba, and Frankfurt (Rowman & Littlefield) will appear in 2006. Moore’s research interests are broadly interdisciplinary and focus upon the social construction of sustainable technologies, buildings, and cities.

Dr. Suanne Davis Roueche

Suanne Davis Roueche is a senior lecturer in the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin and is editor of publications for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), an international Consortium of more than 500 colleges committed to excellence in professional development for the ultimate improvement of teaching and learning.

Roueche is a graduate of North Texas State University, where she received both her B.A. and M.A. in English. She received her Ph.D. in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976. Her major program of work was completed in the Community College Leadership Program. Prior to beginning her graduate work, she taught for nine years at El Centro College (Dallas, Texas), developing and implementing a nationally recognized developmental studies writing program.

She has been recognized for her contributions to higher education and to the professional growth and development of community college educators including: American Association of Community Colleges’ National Leadership Award (1997); Distinguished Research Award, presented by the AACC Council of Universities and Colleges, for Strangers in Their Own Land: Part-Time Faculty in American Community Colleges (Roueche, Roueche, and Milliron, 1995); Distinguished Research Award, presented by the AACC Council of Universities and Colleges, for Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The At-Risk Student in the Open-Door College (Roueche and Roueche, 1993); Outstanding Research Publication Award, presented by the AACJC Council of Universities and Colleges, for College responses to Low-Achieving Students: A National Study (Roueche, Baker, and Roueche, 1984); CCLP Distinguished Graduate Award (presented by the College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin, 1990); The Great Seal of Florida (presented by the Governor and Legislature of Florida, and St. Petersburg Junior College, for outstanding contributions to higher education in Florida, 1989); A Celebration of Ten Years of NISOD Service at The University of Texas at Austin (presented by the Dean of the College of Education and UT, 1988); Individual Merit Award for Research and Writing (presented by the National Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Development, 1987-88); recognized for Outstanding Contributions to St. Petersburg Junior College’s Staff Development (1988); Outstanding Research Publication Award (presented by the AACJC Council of Colleges and Universities, 1984); named Yellow Rose of Texas (by Governor Mark White, designated for native Texas women providing meritorious service to the State, 1983); named Kentucky Colonel (by the Governor and Legislature of Kentucky for outstanding contributions to Kentucky higher education, 1979); member, Editorial Board, AACC Journal (1993-present).

Roueche is the author of 14 books and more than 50 articles and chapters focused on teaching and learning in American colleges and universities. Her most recent publications are: The Creative Community College: Leading Through Innovation (with John E. Roueche, Melissa Richardson, and Phil Neal, 2008), Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence (with Mark D. Milliron and John E. Roueche, 2003), In Pursuit of Excellence: The Community College of Denver (with John E. Roueche and Eileen E. Ely, 2001), High Stakes, High Performance: Making Remedial Education Work (with John E. Roueche, 1999), Embracing the Tiger: The Effectiveness Debate and the Community College (with John E. Roueche and Laurence F. Johnson, 1997), Strangers in Their Own Land: Part-Time Faculty in American Community Colleges (with John E. Roueche and Mark Milliron, 1995) and The Company We Keep: Collaboration in the Community College(with John E. Roueche and Lynn Sullivan Taber, 1995). Strangers in Their Own Land is being featured as an hour long special telecast, as part of the Public Broadcast System’s 1996-97 Adult Learning Series, Author! Author! As well, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The At-Risk Student in the Open Door College (with John E. Roueche, 1993) was selected by the Public Broadcasting System as its education book for 1994 and featured in an hour long special telecast that continues to air nationally. She directed a national research project—Literacy in Development at the Community College—at The University of Texas at Austin, for the National Institute of Education, from 1979-1981. From 1977-1979, she directed the Community College Teaching Internship Program at UT.

2005-2006 Faculty Consultants

Dr. Noël Busch

Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., is full professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), a collaboration of the UT Austin’s School of Social Work, School of Nursing, School of Law, and the Bureau of Business Research, with over a 150 affiliate community organizations. Bush-Armendariz is also associate vice president for research at UT Austin’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

Busch-Armendariz’s areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, victims of human trafficking and asylees, and international social work. Since joining UT Austin, Busch-Armendariz has directed research for the federal National Institute of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Office on Violence Against Women, Texas Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

Prior to moving to Austin, Busch-Armendariz was director of research and special projects and interim director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Busch-Armendariz has years of experience working to end violence against women and their children and has worked as a battered woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist. She has worked directly with incarcerated battered women who killed their batterers and regularly facilitates therapeutic support groups. She also regularly trains professionals on issues of violence against women and their children at local, state, and national meetings and conferences and has published many articles on the topic. She regularly teaches child welfare workers about the links between child maltreatment and domestic violence and adult protective service workers about sexual abuse of vulnerable adults.

Busch-Armendariz has served as an expert witness in dozens of criminal, civil, and immigration cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. She co-directs a national training on how to be an ethical and effective expert witness. She also is called upon regularly to serve as an expert to Texas House and Senate committees.

In addition to her work in the area of interpersonal violence, Busch-Armendariz began working with refugees and immigrants in 1986 as an immigrant assistant and previously served as principal investigator of the Green Leaf Project, which provides intensive health and mental health services to refugees, victims of trafficking, asylees, and other immigrants in Central Texas. She is also principal investigator of several research projects exploring the needs of refugee and asylee families and victims of human trafficking by interviewing victims of these crimes.

Busch-Armendariz has many peer-reviewed publications in her areas of expertise. Over the past twenty years, she has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Albania, South Korea and most recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Busch-Armendariz serves on the program committee of SafePlace, Inc. and served for five years on the board of directors for the Political Asylum Project of Austin (now American Gateways) and the policy committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence. She participates in several other statewide task forces and other initiatives related to interpersonal violence including Project Connect, a program of the national program Futures Without Violence. She is formerly a volunteer with the Victim Services of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Victim Offender Mediated Dialog (VOMD) program. She is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of AFFILIA: The Journal of Women and Social Work and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies: International, National, and Regional Theory, Research, and Practice, and Social Work Review Romania.

Busch-Armendariz is a licensed social work and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She has been recognized for her contributions to social work as the Recent Most Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education by the Council on Social Work Education and she has been recognized by her students and colleagues with several teaching awards.

Eden Harrington

Ms. Harrington is Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, and a Clinical Professor at the Law School. She teaches internship courses linked to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and legislative offices. Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, she taught clinics and served as Director of Public Interest Programs at St. Mary's University School of Law.

Harrington previously was the Executive Director of the Texas Resource Center, a federally-funded community defender organization representing death-sentenced inmates in post-conviction appeals. She also worked with the ACLU Fifth Circuit Death Penalty Project, Texas Rural Legal Aid, and the Medicare Advocacy Project in Los Angeles.

Dr. Bruce Kellison

Dr. Kellison has been responsible for strategic planning and research for the Bureau of Business Research of the The IC² Institute since 1998. IC² is an interdisciplinary research unit of The University of Texas at Austin which works to advance the theory and practice of entrepreneurial wealth creation. Under Dr. Kellison's leadership, the Bureau has won a number of research grants and contracts from a variety of sponsors, including the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the State of Texas. He is former editor of Texas Business Review and comments frequently in the press about Texas economic conditions. He has a doctorate in government from The University of Texas at Austin and wrote on the political economy of the Russian oil industry.

Dr. Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney, Ph.D. (Senior Lecturer, musicology) holds both a bachelor’s degree in music performance (guitar) and a master’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a doctor of philosophy degree in musicology/ethnomusicology from The University of Texas at Austin. His current research focuses on jazz history with particular emphasis on the music and careers of vocalist Louise Tobin and clarinetist Peanuts Hucko. Much of his research and writings consider music and identity issues related to American nationalism and southern regionalism. In addition to articles and reviews published in Journal of the Society for American MusicGrove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, NotesSouthwestern Historical QuarterlyThe Journal of Texas Music History, the Bulletin of the Society for American MusicGreat Plains QuarterlyThe New Mexico Historical Review, and the Handbook of Texas Music, Dr. Mooney authored the Instructor’s Manual for the past four editions of American Music: A Panorama (New York: Thomson-Wadsworth, 2004, 2006, 2010, and 2013). He also currently serves on the editorial boards of the South Central Music Bulletin (College Music Society) and The Journal of Texas Music History (Texas State University). 

Dr. Mooney is a three-time recipient of the “Favorite Professor” award of the Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (2012, 2014, and 2015). In Fall 2015 Dr. Mooney launched his 100-percent-online version of MU 5334 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Music and has since added MU 5330A Music History to the School of Music’s 100-percent online course offerings. Prior to his arrival at Texas State University (2007), Dr. Mooney taught a wide range of courses at College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska, Southwest Texas State University, and at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was Associate Chair of the Center for American Music as well as founder and director of the Texas Music Oral History Project.

Dr. Mooney is Secretary-Treasurer of the American Musicological Society—Southwest Chapter, and from 2008-2011 he served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Texas State University. As a classical and jazz guitarist, Dr. Mooney has performed in concert with Dizzy Gillespie and David Amram, and has recorded several jazz tracks on Novak and Haar—Old Friends (Ware House Productions, Inc.: Omaha, Nebraska, 2005). He performs regularly with his church group, “The Original Sinners.”

Dr. Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller is an Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning and has a faculty appointment in the School of Social Work. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mueller is primarily interested in questions of social equity in cities and regions. She teaches courses on affordable housing policy, community development, urban politics, and qualitative research methods. Prior to coming to U.T., Dr. Mueller was Assistant Professor of Urban Policy at the Milano Graduate School at New School University where she was also a Senior Research Associate in the Community Development Research Center.

Her research focuses on social and political inclusion in cities, and how city planning and development policies shape the quality of life and opportunities available to historically vulnerable residents and communities. Her current work focuses on these topics through investigation of tensions between the goals and policies of local planning agencies and local housing agencies, as seen in current thinking about strategies for building sustainable cities. She pursues her research on several, complementary levels: funded academic research; class projects in partnership with community partners; and, research with or for community organizations or local government. For more information on her current research, consult the Texas Housing Lab website.

Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of Planning Literature, Community Development, Economic Development Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, The Journal of Migration and Ethnicity, Berkeley Planning Journal and Planning Forum. Past funders of her work include the Pew Charitable Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Lilly Endowment, the New York Community Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, the Lincoln Land Institute and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

She is also an active participant in state and local affordable housing policy discussions, serving on various state and local task forces concerned with housing issues. She was an appointed member of Austin’s Community Development Commission and currently sits on the board of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service and of local civic organization LiveableCity.

Dr. Russel Pinkston

Russell Pinkston, Professor of Composition, Director, Electronic Music Studios, holds degrees in music composition from Dartmouth College (BA) and Columbia University (MA, DMA). He has written music in a wide variety of different media, ranging from concert works and sacred anthems to computer generated tape pieces and live electronic music for dance. His compositions have been played throughout Europe, South America and the United States, including recent performances by such noted ensembles as the Smith Quartet (London), the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish Royal Ballet Company. Dr. Pinkston has received numerous awards for his compositions, including two prizes from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a senior Fulbright Fellowship in Composition and Computer Music to Brazil. Dr. Pinkston is also active in computer music research. His work in the area of real-time performance interfaces for modern dance has recently attracted international attention, leading to interviews on BBC radio and NPR, as well as a feature article in New Scientist magazine. Dr. Pinkston's music is recorded on Boston Skyline, Centaur, Finnadar, Folkways, and Summit Records and published by Galaxy Music, E. C. Schirmer, and Columbia University Press.

Dr. Sarah Jane Rehnborg

Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Associate Director for Planning and Development with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and Lecturer at the LBJ School, received her undergraduate degree from Denison University and her Master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to establishing a program of volunteerism and community education at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh in the 1970s, Rehnborg established the Institute for Volunteerism at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania and was Associate Administrator of Human Resources at Pittsburgh's John J. Kane Hospital, a 1200 bed extended care facility with 14 bargaining units. She has worked as a consultant for the Points of Light Foundation and the Comptroller's Office of the State of Texas, where she participated in the state performance review system examining the role of citizen participation in state government. She has also worked with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation and as a consultant to the Texas Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, where she was the architect of the first state plan to bring national service funding to Texas.

Prior to joining the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, Rehnborg was Director of Community Engagement for the Charles A. Dana Center at UT Austin. She has written numerous articles and documents in the field and is the author of "Starter Kit for Mobilizing Ministry," published by the Leadership Network, and "Volunteer Youth Training and Leadership," a comprehensive high school curriculum in service and volunteerism that was later adopted by the state of Maryland.

Rehnborg's research interests include public sector volunteerism, assessment of organizations engaging volunteers and national service participants, and the effective management of volunteers in all settings. She is frequently called upon to facilitate groups and to work with organizations in conflict. Rehnborg teaches courses at the LBJ School in the areas of volunteerism, board governance, and civil society issues.

Dr. Orlando Kelm

Orlando R. Kelm (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1989) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics whose professional interests center on the use language and culture for professional purposes, such as Business Spanish and Portuguese. His current research focuses on the creation of instructional materials, including the use of innovative technologies in foreign language instruction. He also frequently teaches courses, both in Spanish and Portuguese, in phonetics and phonology.  He currently serves as the Associate Director of Business Language Education for the Center for International Business Education and Research at UT, Austin.

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