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Marc Bady, Assistant Director for Residence Life, First-Year Experience

Marc' Bady has been an instructor for the TIDE 1090-01 Who Dat, Fan Up & Geaux: Sports and New Orleans class since the Fall of 2015. Marc' also serves as the Assistant Director for Housing and Residence Life, First-Year Experiences. Before Marc's tenure at Tulane, he served in various positions at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco. Marc' attended Austin Peay State University for his undergraduate studies and Bowling Green State University.

Mark Carson, Adjunct Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College

Dr. Mark Carson has been a Visiting Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor in History at Tulane.   He also has been a staff songwriter for two music publishing companies in Nashville and has had over 50 of his songs recorded by artists in Nashville and New Orleans. He has also produced and recorded three albums of his original songs with various bands in the New Orleans area, and has played music professionally for 30 years.

Lyle Colombo, Adjunct Lecturer, Newcomb-Tulane College

Dr. Colombo received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Tulane in 2001, and taught at Loyola University from 2001-2008. She then served as Professor in Residence at Tulane, living in the faculty apartment with her husband and their young daughter at Wall Residential College from 2009-2011 and at Weatherhead Hall from 2011-2014. She has served on the TIDES faculty since 2015. Dr. Colombo's main areas of interest are Philosophies of Nature, Technology, and Archaeology. She did her dissertation research at the Free University in Berlin in 1995-96 and 1999-2000, and has worked on several archaeological excavations in Louisiana. Courses she has taught include Environmental Philosophy, Minds and Machines, Philosophy and Literature, Postmodernism and Feminism, and Heidegger's Being and Time.

Meredith Feike, Adjunct Faculty, School of Professional Advancement  

Dr. Meredith M. Feike is an Applied Anthropologist and Geographer. She is a Clinical Associate Professor and Newcomb Fellow at Tulane University. She serves as the Director of Recruitment & Student Affairs at Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. Her post-Katrina field experience in the Vietnamese community of Eastern Orleans Parish and research conducted for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Community Resilience Index (CRI) Project resulted in several forthcoming publications and invitations to speak at a lengthy list of domestic and international conferences.

Dr. Feike is President of the Tulane University Women's Association. She is the Chairwoman of Tulane's Women in Action program, a new community-service initiative in partnership with Dress for Success. The Mentorship Program is designed to help local underprivileged women build a network of social support and the career development tools necessary to break the cycle of poverty.

Dr. Feike is a member of the Junior League of New Orleans, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, American Anthropological Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, and numerous other professional organizations. She is a board member of the Louise S. McGehee School Alumnae Association and former Vice President of the Newcomb Alumnae Association.

Marilyn Feldmeier, Adjunct Faculty, Architecture

Marilyn Feldmeier is an adjunct professor for Tulane University and has lived in Uptown New Orleans since 2003. Her interest is the relationship of the physical shape of cities and their social and economic systems, with a particular focus on the works of Jane Jacobs and Richard Sennet. In her non-academic life, Marilyn Feldmeier is a principal of Bkind Development and lead designer of TAG Studio. Marilyn, a Registered Architect, leads and oversees the design team including architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape design from concept through construction administration. Marilyn received a Master in Architecture from Tulane University and a Master of Science in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics.

Lindsay Greeson, Class Officer, Advancement

Instructor Lindsey Greeson is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and a Registered Yoga Teacher who has been dedicated to the field of Health Promotion since 2016.  Lindsey is passionate about health and intentionally endeavors to help create a campus culture in which students of all backgrounds and beliefs strive for holistic well-being. Lindsey received her M.S. in Community Health from the University of West Florida and her B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Community Health from the University North Carolina - Wilmington.

Danielle Klein, Associate Director for Residential Education, Housing and Residence Life 

Danielle J. Klein is the Associate Director for Residential Education at Tulane University.  Dr. Klein received her BA in English Literature from the University of Buffalo and holds an MA in Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and an MA in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Klein is completed her doctorate in Higher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Human Sciences and Education at Louisiana State University.  Her dissertation topic explored education, culture, and foodways in Louisiana.  Before coming to Tulane, Dr. Klein was a high school English teacher in New York City and a Student Affairs professional in the South and Northwest, focusing on student success and assessment in the co-curriculum.  Her research interests are in curriculum theory, design, and development within non-traditional educative structures; her current research concentrates on Cajun and Creole foodways as sites of learning in Louisiana.

Heather Knight, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Newcomb-Tulane College 

Heather Knight is an architectural conservator specializing in traditional building materials and technology.  She has worked on Mary Plantation, the Doc Ezidore House, the Freedman's Bureau and many cemeteries in New Orleans and the Gulf South.  She was the recipient of Gambit's "40 Under 40" award and co-recipient of the James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Grant.  She served on the board of Save Our Cemeteries and Louisiana Landmarks Society.

Ngawang Legshe, Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work 

Ngawang Legshe, LCSW, Shastri is a social worker, psychotherapist and educator. He was ordained by H.H. the Dalai Lama and was a Tibetan monk for more than 20 years. He was a Kahn Buddhist fellow at Smith College with experience in teaching and practicing meditation and mindfulness across cultures.

Ngawang has extensive experience in treating children and adults with ADHD, chronic mental illness, mood disorders, PTSD, addiction, chronic pain and trauma. He has a strong interest in the clinical application of mindfulness, compassion and mind-training practices.  He has conducted wellness workshops and retreats using Buddhist psychology and psychoanalysis. Ngawang was faculty member at Tulane University School of Social Work for 12 yrs and teaches a course on mindfulness and emotions at Loyola University.

Teresa Parker Farris, Adjunct Professor, Folklife

Teresa Parker chairs the governor-appointed Louisiana Folklife Commission and has more than twenty years of experience studying the traditional cultures of the South. A doctoral student in Tulane’s History Department, she holds an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi and a BA in English literature from Haverford College. She is former Deputy Director of Tulane’s Newcomb Art Museum and a longtime consultant to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Ms. Parker was an editor for A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana and has contributed essays to Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology; the University of Mississippi's Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and KnowLA: The Digital Encyclopedia of Louisiana History and Culture. She has taught in the TIDES program for eleven years.

Dusty Porter, Vice President of Student Affairs 

J. Davidson “Dusty” Porter serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans, a position he has held since July 2014. In this capacity, Dr. Porter is responsible for a division of 150 professional employees in the areas of Housing, Student Health, Student Resource and Support Services, Campus Life, Diversity & Intercultural Development, and Judicial Affairs. Dr. Porter holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Emory University, a master of education in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont and a doctorate in college student personnel management from the University of Maryland, College Park.  His doctoral dissertation on Leadership Self Efficacy and Identity Formation received a research award (1997) from the American College Personnel Association. He currently serves on the James Scott Academy Board for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Before assuming his role Tulane, Dr. Porter served for eight years as vice president of student affairs at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Baltimore, Maryland. MICA is the nation’s oldest independent private college of art and design.
Earlier, Porter held professional positions at Emory University, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, the American Psychological Association and Accenture’s Change Management Division. He is active with the national LeaderShape organization.

Nicole Caridad Ralston, Program Manager, Center for Public Service

Nicole Caridad Ralston serves as the Program Manager for Community Service Programs at Tulane University’s Center for Public Service (CPS). In this role, she works with community service-based student organizations, social justice development programs, and community engagement-based scholarships. Prior to this role, she worked at CPS as the AmeriCorps VISTA program coordinator, and before that Nicole Caridad worked at The University of New Orleans with first-year experience and retention services. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History & American Studies at Florida State University and earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at North Carolina State University. Nicole Caridad is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Leadership at The University of New Orleans, and her research focus is on women of color in upper leadership roles in higher education.

Smita S. Ruzicka, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life, Division of Student

Dr. Smita Ruzicka is an Assistant Vice President for Campus Life at Tulane University. In this role, she oversees three units that focus on new student orientation, student organization management, Greek Life, student government advising, campus-wide programming and leadership programming. Additionally, Dr. Ruzicka oversees all operations of the Lavin-Bernick Center, which serves as both a conference and student center. Dr. Ruzicka joined Tulane University in July 2015. Before this time, she served in various leadership positions at the University of Texas at Austin from 2003-2015. Smita has taught various academic courses at both institutions including first year seminar classes and courses on leadership as well as diversity and social justice education. 
Dr. Ruzicka holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She also has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Texas State University. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. Smita worked as a Licensed professional mental health therapist and Licensed supervisor for counseling interns in the State of Texas for many years, including having her own counseling private practice where she provided therapeutic services to both individuals and couples. Smita is also an organizational diversity and leadership consultant who has over 12 years of experience training and consulting with a wide variety of groups on topics including leadership development, diversity and social justice education as well as organizational teambuilding and strategic planning.

Smita has been very active in various professional, community and civic engagement activities including serving as the chair for the professional development committee of the Board for NASPA’s Center for Women.  Her other activities in the community include being a member of the Essentials Class for Leadership Austin, serving as a Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, a national organization designed to promote leadership and educate college students throughout the country on campus based leadership. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Indian American Coalition of Texas from 2012-2015 and the YWCA of Greater Austin from 2003 to 2008.

Red Tremmel, Administrative Assistant Professor and Director, Office of Gender and Sexuality Studies 

Dr. Red Vaughan Tremmel is the founding director of the Office for Gender and Sexual Diversity at Tulane University, where he teaches history and gender and sexuality studies.  Tremmel earned his doctorate in American History from the University of Chicago and his research examines spaces of play and pleasure as historically significant sites of social struggle.  He is particularly interested in the ways marginalized cultural formations function as sites of alternative and oppositional knowledge production.  As a documentary filmmaker and installation artist, Tremmel directed and co-produced the documentary film Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival (2012) and co-created Subjects of Desire: Objects of Resistance, a multimedia installation commissioned for dOCUMENTA(13). He was most recently published in the award-winning anthology, Understanding and Teaching U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History, eds. Leila Rupp and Susan Freeman (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016).

Jerome White, Teacher, Lusher High School 

Jerome White worked as a mechanical design engineer in Silicon Valley for nine years before plunging into an education career in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina contributed to a rough few years of transition into the new profession, but he remained committed to teaching high school Math up through present day. While teaching full-time, Mr. White earned his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at University of New Orleans in 2008. Mr. White still teaches PreCalculus Honors and AP Calculus AB/BC at Lusher High School, just down the street from Tulane.