José Javier López is Professor of Geography at Minnesota State University in Mankato. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and received a doctorate degree in geography from Indiana State University. Following graduation, he moved to Minnesota and began a career in geographic education. Since becoming a faculty member of MSU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the late 1990s, Lopez has researched different issues pertinent to the social geography of the United States and Latin America. Over the years he has taught many systematic courses, including Spatial Statistics, Spatial Analysis, Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Social Geography, and Rural Development.
Paul Beehler (B.A.,
M.A., Ph.D.), director of the University Writing Program (UWP)
and Director of the English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR)
for the University of California at Riverside, is an Associate
Professor of Teaching in the Department of English. He
supervises and mentors graduate students and undergraduate
students across a host of disciplines, all of whom are learning
how to teach writing. His research interests include popular
culture, Shakespeare, composition theory, and writing program
administration. In these areas, he has published two dozen
articles. Currently, Professor Beehler serves on the Committee
on Preparatory Education at the University of California,
Riverside and chairs the U.C. systemwide committee on English
for Multilingual Students.
He also co-founded the Writing And Foster Youth Alliance (WAFYA), an organization dedicated to serving former foster youth. For the past twenty years, Paul Beehler has served as a pro bono tutor for L1 and L2 Vietnamese secondary students in Orange County, California.