Faculty

Humanities

Claire Peterson

Claire Peterson

Associate Professor of Humanities

Credentials:

Claire Peterson was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and moved to the U.S. in 2007. She obtained a BA (hons) in Modern Studies in the Humanities, with an emphasis on Literature, Culture and Society from the University of Ulster at Jordanstown. Claire also has an M.A. in Irish Cultural Studies from Queen's University Belfast and 5 years of PhD research at the University of Ulster. She most recently completed an MSC in International Affairs and Global Enterprise at the University of Utah.

As an assistant professor of humanities at Salt Lake Community College, Claire develops curriculum for and teaches the Intro to Humanities 1100 class and the Essentials of the Humanities 1010 (Online). She also teaches INTL 2040 The Immigrant Experience Through Literature & Film class.

Claire has been involved with refugee advocacy in Salt Lake City for approx. 10 years working with agencies such as the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Community Services. She recently received the Lieutenant Governor's Volunteer award for her efforts in refugee advocacy and the American Society for Public Administration Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Administration for research & advocacy in the same area. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Utah Pride Center.

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

237 Q

Phone:

801-957-4929

Email:

Claire.Peterson@slcc.edu

Philosophy

Jane Drexler

Jane Drexler

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Credentials:

Jane Drexler is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Salt Lake Community College. Since arriving at SLCC in 2007, Drexler has served as Faculty Senate President (2012-2014) and in several other faculty leadership roles. She won the SLCC Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, and the National Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course design in 2010.

Drexler is a presenter, contributor and participant in the Philosophy as a Way of Life Project, funded by the National Endowment of Humanities and by the Mellon Foundation. She is currently member-at-large of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers (AAPT) Executive Board, Chair of the AAPT International Conference-Workshop organizing committee, and member of the American Philosophy Association's (APA) Committee on Teaching Philosophy. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Teaching Philosophy, the premier journal for the discipline's pedagogy in the U.S. She has essays published in general-audience and peer-reviewed journals and books; most recently, in the book Philosophers in the Classroom (Hackett, 2018), a collection of essays from 24 of the discipline's most award-winning professors (Drexler's is the only essay from a professor at a community college).

Jane is a recreational cyclist, beginner rock climber, not-bad guitarist, not-great violinist, somewhat-adventurous hiker, and occasional world-traveler; who sometimes prefers to binge-watch Netflix than to read a philosophical tome.

Education

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2004
  • M.A., Philosophy, Binghamton University (SUNY), 2001
  • B.A., Philosophy, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1997
  • B.A., Communications (Media Production), University of Colorado-Colo Springs, 1992

Expertise

  • Ethical Theory
  • Applied Ethics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life (esp. Ancient Philosophy)
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Feminist Theory
  • Justice Theory
  • Participatory and Inclusive Democracy

Coordinator

  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Workshop Series on Faculty Evaluation and Professional Portfolios

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

237 R

Phone:

801-957-4438

Email:

Jane.Drexler@slcc.edu

Alexander Izrailevsky

Alexander Izrailevsky

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Credentials:

Born in Kiev, Ukraine. After getting his degrees in Philosophy, worked as Professor of Philosophy at Siberian Technical University (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) (1974-1987), and Chair of this Department (1987-1999). After immigration to the U.S., from 2000 worked at SLCC as Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and Associate Philosophy Professor (from 2007 to present).

Education

Dr. Alexander Izrailevsky has received both his Bachelor and Master Degree in Philosophy from Ural University (Ekaterinburg, Russia).

In 1981 he has received his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) from the Russian Academy of Philosophy (Siberian Branch, Novosibirsk). His PhD Dissertation, "The Structural Approach to the Social Sciences (Structuralism of Claude Levi-Strauss)" was dedicated to French Structuralism. His individual post-graduate research program was in Paris, France, under the supervision of Dr. Emmanuel Levinas. The field of his academic expertise is modern French Philosophy, French Structuralism, French Phenomenology, Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas.

Dr. Alexander Izrailevsky is focused on two main Philosophy Courses at SLCC: PHIL 1000 Intro to Philosophy, and PHIL 1120 Social Ethics, and upon students' requests, PHIL 1900 Special Studies in Philosophy.

Campus:

South City

Room:

3-186 J

Phone:

801-957-3714

Email:

Alexander.Izrailevsky@slcc.edu

Ananda Satya Spike

Ananda Satya Spike

Instructor, Philosophy

Credentials:

MA in German Literature and Critical Thought, Northwestern University

MA in Philosophy, DePaul University

BA in Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

Campus:

Taylorsville

Room:

AAB 237 Q

Phone:

801-957-4386

Email:

Ananda.Spike@slcc.edu

Religious Studies

Wijitha Bandara

Wijitha Bandara

Professor of Religious Studies

Credentials:

Wijitha Bandara was born in Sri Lanka and spent 20 years in a Buddhist monastery studying and reading Buddhist texts in their primary languages and was lucky to have had a chance living and travelling in East and South African countries. He is a specialist in early Indian Buddhism, and his research interests extend to historical and contemporary Buddhist monastic culture in Sri Lanka as well as Buddhist thought and practice throughout Asia. Dr. Bandara's interdisciplinary approach to teaching incorporates elements of anthropology, sociology and history. His teaching interests include the Eastern religious philosophies, Buddhist teachings and Western religious traditions.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2010
  • M.A. in Religious Studies, University of Virginia, 2004
  • M.A. in Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, 1995
  • B.A. (Honors) in Languages, University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1995
  • Prachina Pandit, Society of Oriental Languages, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program, 2006-2008
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Tamil, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia, 2002-2005

Courses Teaching

  • Introduction to Buddhist Traditions (IG)
  • Introduction to Asian Religions and Philosophy (IG)
  • Introduction World Religions (IG)
  • Religious Diversity in the U.S.

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

236 AS

Phone:

801-957-3953

Email:

Wijitha.Bandara@slcc.edu

Suzanne Jacobs

Suzanne Jacobs

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Credentials:

Suzanne Jacobs, M.A., MPhil, is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Humanities and Languages. She joined the SLCC community in 2001, first as an adjunct and then in 2004 as a full-time professor. Suzanne grew up in Utah but as a junior in high school began to seek opportunities to challenge her perspective and for exposure to diversity. As a result, Suzanne loves to pay it forward and asks her students to move beyond what they think they know, what they believe and how they engage with others by putting them in real life situations in the community to observe living religions. She is also committed to college events and speakers that will expose students, staff and faculty to diverse thinking and perspectives and help in nurturing a more empathetic culture and a broader and more robust understanding of the Humanities and their impact on, well, being Human.

Her interests include: Arabic literature and poetry, Medieval British Literature, New Religious Movements, American Religious History, Islamic Culture and Religious Thought, scripture, and jurisprudence, Body Adornment and Ritual, Gender and Religion, Comparative Religion, Middle Eastern Culture, Pop Culture and Musical theater.

Education

  • Bachelor's (BA) Degree in Philosophy and Religion, and English Literature, Colgate University
  • Masters (MA) in Comparative Religion, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) in Middle East Studies/Islamic Studies/Arabic, University of Utah

Courses Taught

  • HUMA 1100: Introduction to Humanities
  • RELS 2020: Introduction to Islam
  • RELS 2120: The Religious Experience
  • RELS 2300: World Religions
  • RELS 2400: Religious Diversity in the U.S.

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

237 T

Phone:

801-957-4918

Email:

Suzanne.Jacobs@slcc.edu

World Languages

Jeanine Alesch

Jeanine Alesch

Associate Professor of French

Credentials:

PhD in French Literature, University of Pennsylvania

MA in French Literature, University of Pennsylvania

AB in French Literature, Bryn Mawr College

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

165 P

Phone:

801-957-5104

Email:

Jeanine.Alesch@slcc.edu

Carolina Bloem

Carolina Bloem

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Credentials:

PhD in Spanish Literature, University of Utah

MA in Spanish Literature, University of Utah

BA in Spanish Literature, University of Utah

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

162

Phone:

801-957-4512

Email:

Carolina.Bloem@slcc.edu

Takashi Ebira

Takashi Ebira

Associate Professor of Japanese

Credentials:

Takashi Ebira is currently Associate Professor of Japanese in the Humanities and Languages Division within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). He was a temporary full-time Japanese instructor at SLCC from 2004 to 2005 and joined SLCC again as a tenure-track assistant professor in August 2011. He earned his tenure in January 2016. Takashi was Assistant Professor of Japanese at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, California, from 2006 to 2008. While he was at DLI, he also served as an ILR OPI tester and conducted Japanese speaking tests for U.S. and Canadian military personnel. Takashi also teaches Japanese as a Language Training Center (LTC) Program instructor at the University of Utah's Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC) in the summer. The LTC Program provides language and culture training for Department of Defense (DoD) personnel by leveraging existing university programs to meet the needs of DoD organizations and units.

Education

  • M.A. in Linguistics – Applied Linguistics track University of Utah
  • TESOL Certificate University of Utah
  • B.A. in Linguistics – General/Theoretical Linguistics emphasis University of Utah

Academic Interests

  • Pedagogical Grammar of English and Japanese
  • Present-day Usage of English and Japanese
  • Translation Studies – Translation in Language Teaching
  • Lexicography – Dictionaries and Language Teaching
  • Language Assessment

Courses Taught at SLCC

  • JPN 1010: First Semester Japanese
  • JPN 1020: Second Semester Japanese
  • JPN 1300: Beginning Japanese Conversation
  • JPN 2010: Third Semester Japanese
  • JPN 2020: Fourth Semester Japanese
  • JPN 2300: Japanese Conversation
  • JPN 2900: Special Topics in Japanese – Intensive Japanese Conversation and Culture in Practice (Japan Study Abroad Program)

Campus:

Taylorsville

Building:

Academic and Administration

Room:

237 U

Phone:

801-957-5101

Email:

tebira@bruinmail.slcc.edu