Course Conveners

John Blevins, Associate Research Professor, School of Public Health: My professional career has, in various ways, kept me in the intersection of religion and health.  Upon graduating from seminary, my first job was to work as a chaplain to adults and children with HIV/AIDS in Chicago.  In the early 1990s, an era of antiretroviral monotherapy when only 4 drugs were approved to treat the virus, this work made me keenly aware of the power of religion in ways conducive to health and in ways that exacerbated illness.  In contexts outside of chaplaincy, I have worked in the outpatient HIV clinic at Grady Health System in Atlanta, where I coordinated patient education; as coordinator for clinical education on mental illness and substance abuse as co-morbidities in HIV clinical care in the School of Medicine at Emory; as a psychotherapist at Grady’s HIV program and in private practice; and as a faculty member at Rollins and in the School of Theology at Emory.

Kimberley Hagen, Assistant Director for Programs, Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR): Dr. Hagen is a Senior Faculty Associate in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health. She has worked as a health educator in the field of HIV/AIDS community and medical education since 1986 and has been working with Emory HIV/AIDS researchers, clinicians, administrators, and students since 1988, first at the School of Medicine and then University-wide. She was recruited to the Emory CFAR as its first Administrator in 1998. Dr. Hagen has served on the State of Georgia Ryan White Title 1 Program Outside Review Committee since 1996. As Assistant Director for Programs, Dr. Hagen serves as the primary liaison between the Emory CFAR and HIV/AIDS investigators at Emory and collaborating organizations. She is also responsible for supervising CFAR program activities and approving requests for programmatic expenses.

Steve Everett, Professor of Music & Director, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence: Steve Everett teaches composition, computer music, and directs the Music-Audio Research Center at Emory University. In addition, he has been a visiting professor of composition at Princeton University and has been a guest composer at Eastman School of Music, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve in Switzerland, Rotterdam Conservatory of Music, and Utrecht School of the Arts.

Donna Troka, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of the Liberal Arts & Associate Director, Center for Faculty Development and Excellence: Donna Troka has taught American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Queer Studies at Emory University, The Ohio State University, and Agnes Scott College. She is the co-editor of The Drag King Anthology (Harrington Park Press), and a co-founder of the International Drag KingCommunity Extravaganza (IDKE). Her faculty development work focuses on pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. Her research and activism focuses on power, identity, and inequality.


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