Hanan Abdenbi, BHRM

HR Advisor

Hanan Abdenbi, BHRM

HR Advisor

I have been working as HR Advisor at UCR for several years. After successfully finishing my HBO study Human Resource Manager at the Hogeschool Zeeland and getting my Bachelor of Human Resource Management, I could start working at UCR right away. As part of the HR & Finance office, I share my office with my colleague from finance, the Controller. As UCR is not a very big institute, I deal with HR related tasks in a broad manner. All kinds of aspects of the HR role are being treated, such as providing advice to our employees and management, answering all kinds of HR and salary related questions, employment of new faculty and staff, taking care of vacancies, etc. You can contact HR via our personnel email address with questions regarding job opportunities at UCR or any other HR related questions: personnel@ucr.nl

Prof. dr. David Aiken

Full Merit Professor (Emeritus) of Philosophy

Prof. dr. David Aiken

Full Merit Professor (Emeritus) of Philosophy

I completed my undergraduate (BA) and graduate studies (MA) in the United States (Dallas, TX), immersed in the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts tradition (The Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts at the University of Dallas), specializing in Religious Studies, Literature, Theology, and Philosophy, and went on to receive the Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in French and Comparative Literature (1979) and then the Doctorat de Troisième Cycle (cum laude) in Philosophical Thought from the University of Strasbourg (France, 1981). Following three post-doctoral positions in research and teaching, it was from the Centre de Recherches d’Histoire des Idées at the University of Nice (1995) that I received (summa cum laude-très honorable à l’unanimité) the Doctorat d’Etat in Comparative Literature, the History of Ideas, and Philosophy.

Dr. Gerda Andringa

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Head of Science Department

Dr. Gerda Andringa

Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, Head of Science Department

I am Associate Professor in cognitive neuroscience and Head of the Science Department. After obtaining my Ph.D. degree in 2000 on new treatment strategies for Parkinson’s disease, I worked as a visiting scientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, US and as an assistant professor at the Department of Medical Pharmacology of the VU University in Amsterdam. In both positions I studied new pharmacotherapies for neurodegenerative diseases. My current research activities focus on interventions and technological tools for the elderly, especially those with dementia. I am also keen to contribute to innovations in higher (health care and medical) education. This links to my passion for teaching, that I developed early on in my career. I have worked at our college for many years now and I learn something new every day, with and from, the students in my courses and research. It is the close interaction between all members of our community that makes UCR special to me.

Dr. Sanja Antonides

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

Dr. Sanja Antonides

Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science

I am a professor of Cognitive Science at UCR as well as a professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Nursing at the HZ University of Applied Sciences. After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Neuroscience, I continued to do a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience at Utrecht University (Veterinary Science). In my research, I studied the effects of low birth weight and iron deficiency on the physical and mental development in young piglets. This was meant both as a model for humans and to gain more insight in pig behavior and welfare. After finishing my Ph.D., I discovered that transferring my enthusiasm and knowledge about the amazingly interesting field of animal behavior, physiology and specifically neuroscience gave me great energy and satisfaction. UCR is a very inspiring place to do this, with highly motivated, enthusiastic young students that make teaching them very rewarding.

Dr. Beatriz Arlanzón-Colindres

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language

Dr. Beatriz Arlanzón-Colindres

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language

Before teaching at UCR, I was lecturer at the Centre International d`Études Pédagogiques (branch of the French Ministry of Education), at the École Supérieure d’Interprètes et de Traducteurs (ESIT-Paris III, Nouvelle Sorbonne) and at the Institute Supérieure d’Interprétation et de Traduction (ISIT-Catholic University) in Paris. I am accredited by the British Dyslexia Association and the Instituto Cervantes. I hold a Ph.D. summa cum laude on Quality Assessment on Technical Translation. My academic interests include: Spanish as foreign language, Spanish applied to the language industries (especially to technical translation and technical writing), and intercultural communication.

Dr. Moritz Baumgärtel

Assistant Professor of Law

Dr. Moritz Baumgärtel

Assistant Professor of Law

I am an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University and at UCR, where I teach courses in public international law and international human rights law. I hold a Ph.D. in Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles as well as postgraduate degrees in international law (Utrecht University) and international relations (University of Cambridge). My research concerns primarily the human rights of vulnerable migrants such as refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. I am also a senior researcher in the ‘Cities of Refuge’ project, which investigates the international legal obligations and policies of European cities and local governments in the domain of migration. Being a UCR alumnus (Class of 2010) myself, I personally appreciate the interdisciplinary and critical perspective provided by its Liberal Arts and Sciences education. As an instructor, I now greatly enjoy sharing my passion for international law and human rights with a diverse and motivated student body.

Karen van den Berg

Student Counselor

Karen van den Berg

Student Counselor

I am the student counselor at UCR. I am available for students in need of personal advice on all kinds of matters. I believe that people benefit from talking about what is on their mind, better understanding their personal strengths, and knowing what is available in the form of support. I am a social worker by profession and immigrated from Canada to the Netherlands in 2006. I have a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada (1991) and an Undergraduate Degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada (1986). Prior to beginning working at UCR in 2007, I worked as a social worker in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, specializing in addictions.

Dr. Hans Bloemsma

Associate Professor of Art History

Dr. Hans Bloemsma

Associate Professor of Art History

I am an associate professor in Art History. I have been at UCR since 2005, serving as Head of the Arts & Humanities department between 2012 and 2018 (two terms). My teaching is broad with a focus on Western art and the wider world. It includes courses on Italian Renaissance art, Dutch seventeenth-century painting, Modern and Contemporary art and the theories and methods of art history. My research interests focus on Italian art from the late Middle Ages. I have a special interest in questions of historiography, the artistic relations between late medieval Italy and Byzantium, and the reception of Italian painting in modern and contemporary art.

Prof. dr. Bert van den Brink

Dean, Full Professor of Philosophy

Prof. dr. Bert van den Brink

Dean, Full Professor of Philosophy

I am the Dean at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg as well as a professor of Political and Social Philosophy. My teaching and research focus on the political legitimacy of democratic decisions, on moral aspects of social relations and institutions, and on the status of liberal values in intercultural relations. UCR is all about a wholehearted dedication to the development of the future alumnus understood as a well-formed and educated person, rather than a receptacle of specialized skills and knowledge. My reason for coming to University College Roosevelt is its full dedication to undergraduate teaching in the Liberal Arts and Sciences tradition. I considers this the best educational philosophy for most undergraduate students. UCR’s residential approach with its inner city campus in one of the Netherlands’ most beautiful towns is an integral part of this.

Nick Boots

Assistant ICT

Nick Boots

Assistant ICT

I work in the IT department of UCR. I have lived here in Walcheren all my life, mostly in Oost-Souburg but I live in Middelburg now. I did my MBO ICT education at ROC (now Scalda) in Vlissingen. I like solving problems, so students can come to the IT Helpdesk for any IT related problems they may encounter.

Dr. Leon van den Broeke

Assistant Professor of Life Science & Chemistry

Dr. Leon van den Broeke

Assistant Professor of Life Science & Chemistry

I am Assistant Professor at the Science department of the University College Roosevelt with a demonstrated history of working in higher education in an academic and commercial setting. For instance, at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (USA), Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden) and Luminex Corporation, Austin, TX (USA), I have obtained skills in vaccine development, life sciences and organic chemistry. My current teaching and research at the University College Roosevelt involves Chemistry and Laboratory Science. In our current curriculum, the Science department offers a flexible program with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary courses and projects. Here within, Chemistry plays an important role in for instance the fields of modeling, engineering and sustainability; with the Joint Research Facility offering new challenging opportunities. My main reason for teaching at the University College Roosevelt is my conviction that Liberal Arts & Science education is the most beneficial way for undergraduate students to prepare for a successful future career.

Dr. Andrew Brooks

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Andrew Brooks

Associate Professor of Computer Science

I have BSc (astrophysics) and MPhil (astronomy) degrees from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a Ph.D. degree (computer science) from the University of Strathclyde (UK). Star formation was the subject of my Master thesis. Data mining was the subject of my Ph.D. thesis. I am a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (since 1996), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (since 1996), and the British Computer Society (since 1992). My current research interests are in experimental computer science and astronomical data processing.

Evi Boel, BA

Recruitment Officer

Evi Boel, BA

Recruitment Officer

I am a former student of UCR, where I majored in Psychology and Economics and followed courses in Literature and Rhetoric. Now I am working for the Communications Office, and I mainly focus on recruitment of Dutch students. This means I am travelling across the country to visit fairs and high schools, where I get the opportunity to meet prospective students, introduce them to the concept of Liberal Arts & Sciences and UCR, and make them excited about studying here. I also help organizing events such as Graduation, Convocation, and the Open Days, and I am assisting in rewriting and redesigning our promotional materials, including our website! I believe that with my experience as a student and as an employee, I can give prospective students a truly accurate and honest image of what UCR and Middelburg have to offer.

Lucy Buck, MSc

Communications Officer, Administrative Assistant Student Office

Lucy Buck, MSc

Communications Officer, Administrative Assistant Student Office

I graduated from UCR in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science, having majored in Earth Science, Environmental Science and Computer Science. Afterwards, I continued with a Master’s in Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, and graduated in 2013. Having discovered that consultancy was not my dream, I returned to Middelburg in 2014 to work at UCR. Solving different types of puzzles for the Communications Office and the Education & Student Office is my strength. Next to developing brochures and maintaining the website, I am the Keyuser for OSIRIS – the student administration system – and curriculum support. I can also be found on the Open Days that UCR organizes for prospective students.

Prof. dr. Michael Burke

Full Professor of Rhetoric

Prof. dr. Michael Burke

Full Professor of Rhetoric

I am Professor of Rhetoric and Honors Dean at Utrecht University. My academic background is in English language and literature. I received my Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam. My teaching and research focus on the role of language and persuasion in the world. I currently teach courses on classical rhetoric, argumentation theory, stylistics, comparative rhetoric, public speaking, rhetorical citizenship, language & embodied cognition and persuasion in society. In Utrecht I teach honors courses at the masters level on interdisciplinary research and on leadership. My research on reading, rhetoric, language and stylistics has been published widely in academic books and journals. When working with talented honors students I seek to be authentic, courageous, challenging and supportive. My pedagogical focus is on empowering students to flourish.

Sarah Carter, MSc

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Sarah Carter, MSc

Assistant Professor of Statistics

I am an instructor in Methods and Statistics. I received my Master of Science in Sociology from Valdosta State University in 2004. Before joining UCR I worked as an evaluation researcher for various non-profit organizations in the United States of America. This research served to address community needs and improve the conditions of marginalized groups by providing agencies with quality information to inform their decisions about priorities, services, and resources that impact communities. The focus of this research was on early childhood learning and providing linkages to services and other sources of support for at-risk families.

Prof. dr. Albert Clement

Full Professor of Music, Head of Arts & Humanities

Prof. dr. Albert Clement

Full Professor of Music, Head of Arts & Humanities

Albert Clement is Professor of Musicology (Utrecht University). He studied Musicology (Utrecht University; MA 1987 with highest estimation), Organ (Brabant Conservatoire, Tilburg; Teacher’s and Soloist’s Diplomas Organ, 1986 and 1988), Theology (Leiden University) and received his Doctorate (Ph.D. diss. on J.S. Bach) from Utrecht University (1989, again with highest estimation). Awards: Province of Zeeland’s Prize for Encouragement in Arts and Sciences; “Fellow” and “Akademiehoogleraar” of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was deeply involved in setting up Utrecht University’s International Honours College in Middelburg in the years 2003-2004, initiated by Prof. Dr. Hans Adriaansens, and consequently served as its head of Arts & Humanities for a number of years (and again from 2019 onwards). He published widely on the history of music from the 15th to the 20th centuries, notably on Bach and Mendelssohn Bartholdy, and supervises a large international circle of PhD students. Further information: https://www.uu.nl/staff/AAClement

Dr. David Criekemans

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Dr. David Criekemans

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Christine Crommelin, MA

Assistant Professor of Dutch Language

Christine Crommelin, MA

Assistant Professor of Dutch Language

I am the instructor for the Dutch language, including specific needs such as preparing international students for entrance exams with Dutch Masters programs in Medicine. Dutch language is a vital tool for international students being able to orientate themselves in the local environment. I am also part of the Study Skills Center, responsible for student support in planning their academic life. I provide both group workshops and individual sessions to offer advice and help. From experience, I have seen how careful attention and care for personal organization can enable students reach their full potential at UCR and beyond.

Dr. Esfaindyar Daneshvar Tehranizadeh

Assistant Professor of French Language

Dr. Esfaindyar Daneshvar Tehranizadeh

Assistant Professor of French Language

I work at University College Roosevelt as Assistant Professor French Language, Culture, and Literature, since 2013. I got my ‘first degree’ teaching diploma in 2005 and I finished my Ph.D. research (NWO 2014) in the field of French-Persian Literature at the university of Leiden. In 2018 I published (Brill/2018) my book: La littérature transculturelle franco-persane. Une evolution littéraire depuis les années 80. My personal life and my literary works are related to interculturality in literary creations. I was born in Iran, grew up in France and lived in the Netherlands for many years, which opened up for me the horizon of several languages and cultures and the meaning of transcultural identities. I have taught for many years with great interest and pleasure at the University of Leiden and at UCR where I had great opportunities to give lectures and do research with students based on various fields like: “La femme et l’islamisme”, “ La notion et les figures de l’exil à travers la literature”, or “Sur les traces de Victor Hugo en Zélande”.

Dr. Theresa Dinse

Assistant Professor of Life Science

Dr. Theresa Dinse

Assistant Professor of Life Science

I am an assistant professor at UCR. I received my Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse (USA) in 2004. I then moved from my home country to Germany and completed a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universität Bremen in 2006. In 2014 I obtained my Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Universität Bremen. In my most current research, two Type VI Secretion System (T6SS) gene clusters found within the genome of a grass endophyte were characterized. T6SS gene expression and protein secretion were examined for their role in the colonization of a grass host. Throughout my academic career, I have acquired diverse experience instructing courses and have found that my passion lies in teaching and assisting students to become confident, competent scientists in and out of the laboratory. I enjoy being surrounded by the diverse student body of UCR and admire how the faculty and staff foster the individual needs of each student.

Dr. Jason Dinse

Assistant Professor of Law

Dr. Jason Dinse

Assistant Professor of Law

As assistant professor of law at UCR, I enjoy innovating in the classroom alongside using classic methods of legal education. My primary specialization is in private law fields, but here I also have the opportunity to design and offer courses in European law, criminal law, and law in society. Undergraduate research supervision is another stimulating part of my experience at UCR, which has allowed to me share with our students my enthusiasm for and expertise in comparative legal research, as well as other law-related topics. Overall, the interdisciplinary culture of UCR reflects well the influence of my own liberal arts and sciences education in political science and German studies on my teaching and research activities in law. (BA, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 2004; JD, Northern Illinois University 2008; LLM in European and International Law, University of Bremen 2012; doctor iuris, University of Bremen, dissertation defended 2019).

Prof. dr. Arjan van Dixhoorn

Special Professor of History

Prof. dr. Arjan van Dixhoorn

Special Professor of History

I graduated in Social and Economic History from Utrecht University in 1997. I acquired My Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam in 2004 (cum laude) with a dissertation on the socio-cultural history of the chambers of rhetoric, organizations of literary sociability in the (Dutch-speaking) late medieval and early modern Low Countries. Since then I have been a teacher and postdoctoral researcher at the universities of Maastricht, Antwerp, and Ghent and (with a Fulbright Junior Scholarship) at the University of California at Los Angeles. I specialize in the social history of knowledge and information and the history of public opinion, with a particular interest in the transnational Scheldt Estuary world region. In 2013 I was appointed as special professor of the history of Zeeland in the World on behalf of the Familiefonds Hurgronje at University College Roosevelt where I teach world history, the history of knowledge.

Dr. Ir. Richard van den Doel

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Physics

Dr. Ir. Richard van den Doel

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Physics

Prof. dr. Bert van Duijn

Full Professor of Life Science

Prof. dr. Bert van Duijn

Full Professor of Life Science

I studied biology/biophysics at Leiden University (cum laude). In 1990 I obtained my Ph.D. from Leiden University (Department of Cell Biology and Department of Physiology). After obtaining my Ph.D. I worked as a Post-doc in the Institute of Molecular Plant Science in Leiden. In 1994 I started work at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre (AMC) a cooperation between the Department of Physiology and Anaesthesiology. By the end of 1996 I returned to Leiden to be part of the management of the Center for Phytotechnology (a cooperation between TNO and Leiden University) and the TNO Department of Applied Plant Sciences. Since 2006 the TNO group has been reformed into the Research company Fytagoras BV, at which I am the chief scientific officer and managing director. Since 2006 I have been involved in teaching at University College Roosevelt and in 2008 I also became professor at Leiden University in the field of Plant Electrophysiology.

Dr. İlke Ercan

Associate Professor of Engineering

Dr. İlke Ercan

Associate Professor of Engineering

My academic interest lies in the future of computing technologies and how we can utilize them in building a sustainable future. Prior to joining UCR, I performed theoretical and simulation-based research on design and performance analyses of emerging computing paradigms to assess and compare efficiency limitations of non-conventional technology proposals. Currently, at UCR, I am expanding the focus of my research to sustainable ICT in an attempt to bridge the gap between the micro- and macro-scale efficiency considerations. UCR provides a unique environment for interdisciplinary education by applying the principles of Liberal Arts to the skills of engineering which is where true innovation unfolds. As an educator with a diverse background in Physics, Electronics Engineering as well as Science and Technology Studies, I aim to guide students at UCR in designing solutions to many challenges facing society in the 21st century as well as using technology to make effective strides forward towards a sustainable future.

René Everts, BA

Communications Officer SIREE Project

René Everts, BA

Communications Officer SIREE Project

Since September 2019 I am the Communications Officer for SIREE (Social Integration of Refugees through Education and Self-Employment). This Interreg Project was founded by the EU in March 2018 and is a collaboration between UCR and i.a. the University of Greenwich (uk), ADICE (fr), Vives (be), Medway Plus (uk) and ARhus (be). I graduated from HZ with a BA of Arts in Communication (and a Minor in Philosophy). Consecutively I worked at Aunt Maggie’s in Melbourne before moving back to Middelburg to take on the new challenge of Communications Officer for SIREE at UCR.

Dr. Inez Flameling

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Dr. Inez Flameling

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

I am a marine biologist by training & obtained my Ph.D. at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (now Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) in 1998 on the adaptation of marine microalgae to fluctuating irradiances, caused by vertical mixing of the water column. Part of the work for this thesis was carried out at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. After obtaining my Ph.D. I worked as a science communication officer for the Netherlands Institute of Ecology, and as Policy Advisor for the strategy department of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water management in the Hague. During this period I published the book Hoogwater, concerning the Dutch water management in the past and in the future. In addition, I wrote the “Isis” future scenarios, which were used to generate a corporate discussion about the long-term strategy of the ministry. On the side, I am also a PADI dive instructor.

Dr. John Friedman

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. John Friedman

Associate Professor of Anthropology

I am an Associate Professor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Development at UCR. I completed my MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and my Bachelor degree in Liberal Arts at the University of Michigan / Ann Arbor. I’ve worked in the international development sector and I am actively engaged in the field of international eye health. For example, I lead an interdisciplinary team in the design, development and distribution of innovative systems and technologies to enable the delivery of corrected vision to people in low- and middle-income countries. My main areas of research include anthropology and ethnography of the state, political imagination, and customary law and traditional leadership in Africa. Much of my work attempts to better understand democratization and post-apartheid state processes, as well as the practices and politics of international development.

Jeanette Gels

Secretary of the Board, Head of Student & Education Office

Jeanette Gels

Secretary of the Board, Head of Student & Education Office

I started my career at Utrecht University in 1989 at the Faculty of Social Science. In 1996 I joined Prof. dr. Hans Adriaansens, founding Dean of UCU & UCR, to build University College Utrecht, who welcomed its very first students in September 1998. I worked as admissions officer at UCU for more than 10 year. I moved to Middelburg in the summer of 2008 to join University College Roosevelt, which was founded in 2004. I am the Head of the Education & Student Office and as of January 2013 I act as the Board Secretary to the Board of Examiners. Since August 2016 I am appointed as the Secretary to the UCR Board as well. I also participate in the RISC team (Roosevelt Individual Student Cases) and the Student well-being Support Group.

Dr. Tobias van Gent

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Tobias van Gent

Assistant Professor of History

Susan Groenleer

Administrative Assistant Student Office

Susan Groenleer

Administrative Assistant Student Office

Dr. Jaap C. Hanekamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Jaap C. Hanekamp

Associate Professor of Chemistry

I am a guy in his fifties, married, 3 children. Learning about film, chemistry, precaution, World War One, politics, risk, toxicology, and loving theology, philosophy, and teaching. After a Californian post-doc, returning to the low countries. Between 1995 and 1996 writing some 200 letters of application and not one job landed. But me and my love had experienced California. Founded a home with 'teenage strangers' in need of a bit of help, and gained friends for life. Discovered that 'scare stories', of the epistemological and especially the ontological kind, have a huge appeal to me. Studying, analyzing, reflecting, critiquing became second nature. So much so that I made the terrifying mistake of writing a second Ph.D. dissertation finished in 2015. Since February 2007 teaching at UCR ánd doing research on my own terms, here and in the US.

Dr. Helle Hochscheid

Assistant Professor of Antiquity

Dr. Helle Hochscheid

Assistant Professor of Antiquity

I teach various courses in the field of antiquity at UCR. I hold a Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Amsterdam, and I am the author of Networks of Stone (Peter Lang, 2015), in which I explore the networks of patrons, craftsmen and traders that were involved in the production of sculpture in Athens in the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Since then my research has developed further into network theory, labour specialisation in ancient sculpture, craft as an ‘owned’ skill, and the embodied power of objects both in historical settings and in modern classrooms. I am co-founder of the Ancient Sculpture Association. In 2019, I organized, in cooperation with a team of Theran Press, the conference Speaking the Past, where international scholars and students from UCR explored the ways in which heritage is presented to wider audiences by academics, but also by institutions and governments.

Eva Hoogstins, Msc

(Recruitment) Assistant of Engineering Department

Eva Hoogstins, Msc

(Recruitment) Assistant of Engineering Department

I am the (Recruitment) Assistant of the Engineering Department and I have been working for UCR since June 2019. After completing my BA at UCR with a major in Psychology, Music Performance, and Musicology, I pursued a MSc in Psychological Research at Lund University. As the assistant for the Engineering Department I play a supporting role in helping the department grow. I work closely with the Communications Department for (Engineering) student recruitment, and work on the expansion of our stakeholder network and our online presence (e.g. the Engineering blog). I also organize field trips for the students as well as guest lectures. My background might seem as far from Engineering as it gets, but I am very excited to be a part of the start-up phase of a department.

Karlijn Hoorens

Registrar

Karlijn Hoorens

Registrar

As UCR’s Registrar I am involved with our students throughout their entire study period. From their first enrollment until graduation. After having worked at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen, I truly appreciate the small scale of University College Roosevelt. The diverse community of students and staff, the personal approach and the beautiful location in Middelburg, make UCR a great place to be and to work!

Huib Hubregtse, MBA

Head of ICT & Facilities

Huib Hubregtse, MBA

Head of ICT & Facilities

I am the Head of the Facilities, ICT & Procurement department, responsible for organizing facilities, housing and services that meet the requirements of students, faculty, and staff. To maintain and strengthen UCR’s top position, it is important that UCR invests in the quality of buildings and facilities on campus. The aim of the Facilities, ICT & Procurement department is to organize excellent service and business continuity in an efficient manner, in which education, research and knowledge transfer is optimally facilitated. I have a Bachelor of Administration from Hotelschool The Hague Business school (1993). After working in Shangri-La and Forte hotels in Beijing and London I pursued my studies at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Business school where I obtained a Master degree in General Management (1994). After working for 5 years as a district manager in the multinational Vebego services, I turned to Facility management as facility manager for the Courts of Law, District Breda and ZorgSaam, Hospital, Elderly and Homecare in Zeeland.

Dr. Alexei Karas

Associate Professor of Economics, Head of Social Science Department

Dr. Alexei Karas

Associate Professor of Economics, Head of Social Science Department

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at University College Roosevelt in Middelburg. I received an economics degree from Urals State University of Economics (Yekaterinburg, Russia) in 2002, a MSc in Banking and Finance from Ghent University in 2003, and a Ph.D. from Ghent University in 2008. My research focuses on various aspects of the Russian banking industry. I published in Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Law and Economics, and I received the Utrecht University’s Outstanding Teacher Award for 2016-2017.

Dr. Gudrun Kocher-Oberlehner

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Gudrun Kocher-Oberlehner

Assistant Professor of Engineering

I was born in Austria and studied Technical Physics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. I did my Ph.D. in optoelectronics on Erbium doped Silicon LEDs. After PostDoc positions at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland, where I worked on photonic chrystals, I came to the UK and worked on 3rd generation solar cells (Heriot-Watt university) and Nano-structures for biomedical applications (Glasgow University). I became Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) in 2012, before moving to UCR’s new engineering team in 2019. My main interests is in Energy in all its forms, but specifically in the form of solar cells, Renewable Electricity Generation, Energy Systems, Demand Management and Energy Storage. I have taught about Energy on undergraduate and post-graduate level and am currently teaching the project course on Energy Transitions. I am very excited about helping to build up the new engineering department at UCR.

Elise Koolhaas, MA

Assistant Professor of Dutch Language

Elise Koolhaas, MA

Assistant Professor of Dutch Language

I am an instructor of Dutch. I studied Dutch and Cultural Anthropology in Amsterdam from 1988 to 1993. Between 1993 and 2007 I worked as a Dutch language instructor to asylum-seekers in Amsterdam, Leiden and Middelburg. In the same period, I worked as a Dutch language instructor with the Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum (ROC), the Hogeschool Zeeland and as a freelancer for several language institutes. In 2007, I joined University College Roosevelt, teaching Dutch to the foreign students and tutoring 40 students of the College, up until now. Besides working for UCR, I have my own language institution, NL Taal etcetera, and teach private lessons at all levels. I am also a certified yoga & meditation teacher - I give yoga and meditation classes to young adults, students and refugees.

Sophie Krier

Artist in Residence

Sophie Krier

Artist in Residence

I teach, with Marc Nagtzaam, the Art & Design Practice track at UCR. As a relational artist and researcher, I move between intense periods of international fieldwork, and reflective activities (book- and filmmaking, exhibition design and moderation). As an educator I invest my own research interests and network into my courses. Through its wide range of disciplines, UCR offers the possibility to bridge the arts&sciences divide, and to work between these disciplines. This is what first attracted me to UCR as an artist-in-residence in 2015, when I developed the main framework for the Art & Design Practice track. In doing so, I elaborated on earlier teaching experience at the Rietveld Academie Amsterdam, where I headed the undergraduate program designLAB between 2004-2009. I am currently a fellow researcher at EnsadLab PSL-Research University Paris. Since 2008, I self-finance and edit a series of books under the title Field Essays, which are published by independent art publisher Onomatopee.

Dr. Ir. Rick de Lange

Head of Engineering Department

Dr. Ir. Rick de Lange

Head of Engineering Department

At this point, I am Head of the Engineering Department. Together with organization, Faculty, and an enthusiastic group of pioneer students, we are building the Engineering curriculum and creating all necessary facilities. In my work at TU/e, I have been Director of Education for the department of Mechanical Engineering (2010-2016) and was responsible lecturer (2015-2018) for the general Engineering course “Engineering Design”. A course in which approx. 1800 second year TU/e students are challenged to design, realize and test an autonomous active sports-aid for a user with a physical or mental disability. My scientific work focuses on Energy Systems ranging from heat transfer processes in gas turbines to the dynamic study of energy systems. Recently, I have started to study soft actuators for a peristaltic pump. I firmly believe in learning by doing; in project-based courses where students and faculty learn and apply knowledge to develop solutions for societal challenges. I really hope to convey this into the developments at UCR’s Engineering Department.

Marieke van de Laar, MSc

Communications Officer

Marieke van de Laar, MSc

Communications Officer

I graduated from UCR in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science, having majored in Psychology. I also did additional tracks in Sociology and Political Science. After UCR, I went on to Nyenrode Business University where I obtained a Master’s degree in Marketing. Additionally, I did a Research Master in Marketing at Tilburg University. After some freelance consulting jobs, and working for the Dutch Red Cross in setting up integration projects for unaccompanied minors, I came back in 2018 to work at UCR. First as Communications Officer for the Interreg SIREE project, now as general Communications Officer. I organize strategies and campaigns for the Dutch educational market. I also enjoy organizing large events like the graduation ceremonies and opening of the academic year.

Dr. Ernestine Lahey

Associate Professor of Linguistics & Rhetoric

Dr. Ernestine Lahey

Associate Professor of Linguistics & Rhetoric

I’m an Associate Professor in the areas of Linguistics and Stylistics. My research interests are broad, and include stylistics, text world theory, literary landscape representation, and Canadian literature and culture. I enjoy teaching at UCR because of the energy of our undergraduates, for whom so much is still new and exciting. The enthusiasm they bring to their learning is contagious and inspiring.

Dr. Herman Lelieveldt

Associate Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair

Dr. Herman Lelieveldt

Associate Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair

UCR has been my academic home almost since its opened its doors in 2004. This college is one of the few academic institutions that allows me to truly invest myself in teaching and constantly seek new ways to involve students in undergraduate research. As a result my didactic approach has now evolved in the direction of problem-focused teaching methods with a specific emphasis on the politics and policies of sustainability when it comes to our food system, climate and energy-provision. In the public policy course for example we explore the politics of sugar from a variety of angles: fair trade, the food vs fuel debate, the obesity crisis, its environmental impacts etc.

Prof. dr. Sofie Loyens

Full Professor of Psychology

Prof. dr. Sofie Loyens

Full Professor of Psychology

I am a full Professor of Excellence in Education, with Educational Psychology as my focus area. In my research, I try to answer questions such as “How can we create a learning environment for students in which they can optimally learn?”, “How can we foster motivation?”, “What are good study strategies?”, and “How can we incorporate physical activity in the classroom?” I came to UCR to set up the Roosevelt Center for Excellence in Education (RCEE), a research community that deals with the question how we can get the best our of all learners. I supervise Ph.D. candidates on this topic as well as related topics. UCR’s interdisciplinarity is what I like most here, classrooms full of students with a different background and a different package of courses makes teaching so much more interesting and challenges me as an instructor.

Dr. Anya Luscombe

Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Journalism

Dr. Anya Luscombe

Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Journalism

I am the Director of Education at UCR and I teach courses in Rhetoric and Journalism. My teaching and research focuses on the importance of media (both historical and contemporary) and the power and beauty of the spoken and written word; I am particularly fascinated by the way Eleanor Roosevelt used radio during the Cold War. The world needs Liberal Arts and Sciences scholars who have learned to see connections between disciplines, have acquired essential academic skills and have been given the tools to engage with their local and global communities.

Kemal Ali Mahmud

Housemaster

Kemal Ali Mahmud

Housemaster

I am Kemal, I moved to the Netherlands in 2013. I have since worked for Orionis at different cleaning jobs and I volunteered at the refugee center. In April of 2017, I got the opportunity to intern at UCR as a housemaster. I enjoyed this and was asked to stay on. Now I do all kinds of things to keep UCR running smoothly, from fixing printers to preparing the large meeting hall for an Open Day.

Margaret Morris

Assistant Professor of English

Margaret Morris

Assistant Professor of English

I have taught and developed curriculum extensively in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Learners (ELL) programs in the United States. I brought these skills and experience to the Netherlands, where I have taught English Oral Language Fluency and I offered Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) to both students and professionals. I have been with UCR since the spring semester of 2012, teaching both entry level and advanced Academic Writing courses.

Prof. dr. Bert Mosselmans

Full Professor of Economics

Prof. dr. Bert Mosselmans

Full Professor of Economics

I am a professor of Economics and Philosophy. I received an MSc in Business Engineering (1992), an MA in Philosophy (1994) and a Ph.D. in Economics (1999) from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. My research focuses on the History of Economic Thought, mainly the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, and with a special interest in the history of Microeconomics and Industrial Organization. I have published extensively on the History of Economic Thought and the History of Philosophy, most notably on William Stanley Jevons, a 19th-century British philosopher and economist. I have received the Best Article Award of the European Society for the History of Economic Thought in 2000 and the Joseph Dorfman Award of the History of Economics Society in 2001. I was the Dean of Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium from 2007 until 2014. I have been a member of several accreditation committees, mainly for Liberal Arts programs in the Netherlands.

Dr. Fatima Mueller-Friedman

Associate Professor of Human Geography

Dr. Fatima Mueller-Friedman

Associate Professor of Human Geography

I am currently an Associate Professor in Human Geography at University College Roosevelt where I have worked since 2004 when the university first opened its doors. I earned my Ph.D. in Human Geography at University of Cambridge in the U.K. Before training as a human geographer, I worked in the field of international development and as a professional architect in Germany, Namibia and the United States. My area of expertise relates to urban and architectural issues in the Global South and spans the following fields: Urban Geography, Development Studies and Environmental Geography. My regional area of expertise is southern Africa, with special emphasis on Namibia and South Africa. I have twenty-five years of experience working and researching in Namibia.

Dr. Nancy Mykoff

Assistant Professor of History & Gender Studies

Dr. Nancy Mykoff

Assistant Professor of History & Gender Studies

I received my Ph.D. in American History from New York University. My dissertation focuses on ethnicity, childhood and women and/at work, by focusing on the culturally Jewish summer camp between the world wars. In addition to teaching at New York University, University of Amsterdam and Radboud University, I am a faculty member at University College Roosevelt, where I teach American History and Gender Studies from a Liberal Arts and Science perspective. My courses explore a range of topics. They include Native American histories, race, gender and ethnicity, Identity, science fiction and popular culture. My current research explores life writing, by focusing on Native American ‘death narratives,’ ethnic identity and histories un/seen.

Denise Nijhuis, MA

Recruitment Officer

Denise Nijhuis, MA

Recruitment Officer

Hello! My name is Denise Nijhuis and I work at University College Roosevelt as Coordinator Student Recruitment and Admissions. I oversee UCRs admissions procedure from start to finish, including our recruitment activities in the Netherlands and beyond, as well as our admissions policies and procedures. I graduated from UCR with a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Anthropology, Law and Religious Studies) in 2011. After living in Budapest for two years while completing an MA in Nationalism Studies, I returned to Middelburg in 2013 and have been working in recruitment and admissions ever since. Outside UCR I am active in the field of College Guidance and Admissions as well. I serve on the Council of International Schools (CIS) Webinar Committee and as Vice-President for Professional Development of the International Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC).

Prof. dr. Barbara Oomen

Full Professor of Law & Rhetoric

Prof. dr. Barbara Oomen

Full Professor of Law & Rhetoric

I am a Law professor at Utrecht University, specialized in the sociology of human rights, and served as UCRs Dean from 2012 – 2016. University Colleges like UCR are generally considered a ground-breaking innovation in education, and we moved to Middelburg to be part of it just after it started. To me, a liberal education opens the mind, forms public intellectuals, and is about responsibilities as well as rights. As a Law professor, I enjoy introducing students to the details and the importance of Constitutional and Administrative law and International Human Rights Law. As a professor of Rhetoric & Argumentation, I love seeing how ancient insights in this field empower contemporary students and help them find their voice. As an internationally active academic, I am committed to involving students in my award-winning project Cities of Refuge, and seeing them grow as young scholars.

Dr. Frans van Overveld

Assistant Professor of Life Science & Biomedical Science

Dr. Frans van Overveld

Assistant Professor of Life Science & Biomedical Science

I have started to work at UCR in 2011 after a career in both academia and industry. I have studied Medical Biology at Utrecht University, with majors in Hematology and Immunology, followed by a Ph.D in Medical Sciences on a study about lung mast cells. I am also registered as Immunologist. Next, I moved to Belgium to work at the Department of Respiratory Medicine of the Antwerp University. Here, I was involved in research, laboratory management, and student education. Main areas of interest were inflammatory processes in acute lung injury, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In industry, I was Study Director with PM Research Laboratories in Leuven for studies in the field of cigarette smoking and lung disease, followed by a short period as Scientific and Medical Writer in Waterloo, Belgium. I have participated in courses on Teaching Excellence and Honors Teaching and have obtained my Teaching Qualification

Dr. Eri Park

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Eri Park

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Francien Petiet

Project Manager Engineering, Senior Policy Officer

Dr. Francien Petiet

Project Manager Engineering, Senior Policy Officer

I am Project Manager Engineering and Senior Policy Officer and started working at UCR in February 2019. In 2011 I defended my Ph.D. thesis (about The influence of the literary criticism on the appreciation of the literary past in the first half of the nineteenth century) at the University of Amsterdam. From 2008 until January 2019 I worked for the Dutch Research Council (NWO) in The Hague. I’m excited about the expansion of UCR with an Engineering Department and am delighted to be a part of the Engineering Team that builds the Department. Engineering within a Liberal Arts and Sciences environment can create lots of original and innovative cross overs between different disciplines. I’m looking forward to work together with partners outside of UCR (knowledge and educational institutes as well as companies and cultural organizations) and to strengthen the cooperation between UCR and relevant organizations, in particular within Zeeland.

Dr. Ritske Rensma

Assistant Professor of Religion

Dr. Ritske Rensma

Assistant Professor of Religion

I have been teaching Religion and Philosophy (which I do within the Religion track) at University College Roosevelt for over ten years. I teach courses on World Religions, Eastern Religions and Philosophy of Religion. I love teaching at UCR: our students are great, and I very much value the cooperation with colleagues from other disciplines. On top of that, I very strongly believe in our teaching philosophy: go as broad as you possibly can as an undergraduate student, making sure you pursue several different interests rather than just one. My research interests are broad: I’m interested in everything from Buddhism to Hinduism to Islam to the Philosophy and Psychology of Religion. I’ve published extensively on the ideas of important thinkers about religion such as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ken Wilber. Apart from teaching courses in the Religion track, I also teach regular workshops on time management and productivity to UCR students. I blog about how students can be more productive and less stressed at blog.listsnotfists.com, and have written a short book about effective time management techniques for students called Make Lists Not Fists.

Dr. Joseph Resovsky

Assistant Professor of Earth Science & Statistics

Dr. Joseph Resovsky

Assistant Professor of Earth Science & Statistics

In all of the courses I teach at UCR I enjoy sharing the perspective I have gained by bringing together multiple disciplines during my own research career. My earth science students learn to use the mathematical physics of a hydrogen atom to describe very low notes at which the earth rings, or to use computational analogues of genetics to make five-dimensional models of the earth's interior. They also hear about the dangers of circular reasoning that trapped modern earth scientists in the paradigm of a mantle that acted too much like a hot pot of pasta sauce and too little like a cool lava lamp. Students in my introductory statistics and mathematics courses are shown the surprising similarities in the processes of finding the distinct components of Earth noises or social satisfaction surveys or artistic styles.

Prof. dr. Ger Rijkers

Full Professor of Life Science & Biomedical Science

Prof. dr. Ger Rijkers

Full Professor of Life Science & Biomedical Science

I am Professor in the Biomedical and Life Sciences at UCR and coordinator of the premedical program. I am a biologist who studied in Wageningen, did my thesis work on the immune system of fish and afterwards started working as a medical immunologist in the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital in Utrecht and a number of other places. I came to UCR to teach gifted international students and prepare them for future careers in bio-medicine or anywhere else. In my research I focus on the interaction between bacteria and the human immune system, but at the same try to incorporate the Liberal Arts and Sciences by also publishing on Bob Dylan and Jheronimus Bosch. My teaching activities are within the Biomedical and Life Sciences, but also include postgraduate courses and Kids Colleges for primary school children. I have written a textbook on Immunology (in Dutch) which, with a lot of help from UCR students, is being transferred into an international edition.

Prof. dr. Remy Rikers

Full Professor of Psychology

Prof. dr. Remy Rikers

Full Professor of Psychology

I am a full Professor of Learning and Instruction in the department of Social Sciences. I received my master’s degree in Cognitive Science from the Radboud University (RU) and my Ph.D. in Medical Education from Maastricht University (UM). Since my Ph.D., I have published over 100 articles, books, or chapters in the area of (medical) education, problem-based learning, instructional design (in particular Cognitive Load Theory) and expertise development. I have also presented over 100 papers or invited addresses at national and international conferences. I have been a member of the VENI/VIDI committee of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), NWO Top Grants, and the Australian Research Council (ARC). I have served as a reviewer for many international journals within medicine, medical education, and Educational Psychology. Currently, I serve as a Senior Editor of Health Professions Education, Associate Editor of Advances in Health Sciences Education, and am an editorial board member of Contemporary Educational Psychology, and Education Sciences.

Carolina Sánchez, MA

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language

Carolina Sánchez, MA

Assistant Professor of Spanish Language

I am a philosopher and ecofeminist scholar and have dedicated my academic work to environmental ethics and the theory of justice for nature. My expertise resides in ecosystems ethics, Indigenous sacred places: its international legality and the southern epistemologies. I am currently Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latino-American studies at University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University) in the Netherlands. I am also member of the BIOGOV (Institutional Analysis of Collectie Arrangements for sustainability and Open Platform on Ecological and Social Transition), which is a research unit of the department of Philosophy of Law at UCL. I am a PhD candidate in the Philosophy of Law at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium in co-supervision with Utrecht University. I hold a Master of Arts and Philosophy from the University of Helsinki (Finland) and a Master in Pedagogy (Free University of Brussels).

Dr. Soledad Santos

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Soledad Santos

Assistant Professor of Psychology

I graduated with honors from the University of Buenos Aires in 2003 and obtained my Ph.D. in Psychology in 2010 from UNSL, Argentina. My research on perinatal mental health and early childhood led me to receive several awards: 1st Argentinean Congress of Neonatology Award, by the Argentinean Society of Pediatrics, as well as the University of Buenos Aires-Faculty of Psychology Award in 2011 and 2015. In one of my recent researches I developed a psychometric instrument N-EOV-INC, which was published in a book in December 2017. Throughout my career I acquired diverse experience as an instructor, researcher and clinical psychologist in hospitals. It is a privilege to teach at an international and motivated environment like UCR, where the process of teaching and learning is enabled through a constructive, personalized and active interaction between students, instructors and concepts. I enjoy being able to walk together with the students this learning path that leads to creative and analytical thinking in the formation of future generations of professionals.

Dr. Marcin Sklad

Associate Professor of Statistics

Dr. Marcin Sklad

Associate Professor of Statistics

I am an Associate Professor of Psychology and Methods and Statistics at University College Roosevelt, and my current research focuses on programs enhancing the pedagogical function of education and applied cognitive psychology. I also serve as research consultant at The Hague University in the knowledge center Youth Education, where I supervise methodology of research projects on various subjects related to youth and development (e.g. pedagogical knowledge of parents, effectiveness of school-based socio-emotional learning programs and innovative educational methods). I completed my Ph.D. in Social Cognitive Psychology at Warsaw University. My main areas of interest are social cognitive psychology, applied developmental and educational psychology, positive psychology, methodology of social sciences, survey research methodology and applied statistics, as well as the application of social and cognitive psychology to research methodology and education.

Dr. Jorrit Snijder

Managing Director

Dr. Jorrit Snijder

Managing Director

Dr. Frank van der Stappen

Associate Professor of Engineering

Dr. Frank van der Stappen

Associate Professor of Engineering

I am an Associate Professor in the Geometric Computing group in the Algorithms division of the Department of Information and Computing Sciences. I received MSc and P.DEng degrees from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1988 and 1990 and a Ph.D. degree from Utrecht University in 1994. My research interests include robotic manipulation and grasping, robot motion planning, algorithmic automation, simulation, animation, and geometric algorithms. I have been named IEEE Fellow in 2017 for contributions to the algorithmic foundations of robotics and automation. I am at UCR two days a week (since November 2019).

Sylvia Stuer, BA

Secretary to the Dean and Managing Director

Sylvia Stuer, BA

Secretary to the Dean and Managing Director

Dr. Snežana Stupar-Rutenfrans

Assistant Professor of Methods & Statistics

Dr. Snežana Stupar-Rutenfrans

Assistant Professor of Methods & Statistics

I am currently working as Assistant Professor of Methods and Statistics at the Social Sciences Department. I’m holding few external positions such as co-chair of the publication Early Psychologists Committee of the American Psychological Association (div. 52) and editor of International Psychology Bulletin (APA periodical of div. 52). At UCR, I’m teaching primarily Methodology and Statistics 200-level courses, and my main area of research interests include assessment of emotions and their mental health related outcomes in various minority groups, and the importance of emotion regulation in various phenomena such as intergroup anxiety, outgroup aggression and overall mental health. I work at the UCR because it is characterized by a liberal and international educational climate. Students are excited and motivated to participate. Colleagues are dedicated and supportive. Small-scale education is making it possible to get to know your students and colleagues, and to learn from each other. UCR provides a truly synergistic learning environment!

Naema Tahir

Assistant Professor of Law

Naema Tahir

Assistant Professor of Law

I am Assistant Professor of Law at UCR. I earned my Masters of Law degree in 1996 from Leiden University. I practiced law for over ten years at national and international organizations. I have taken positions as policy and legal officer at the Dutch government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Council of Europe, specializing in human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, migrant workers protection and refugee law. I have taught various courses in law, human rights, gender, women’s rights, world religions and on (post)colonial India and Pakistan at various universities. My Ph.D dissertation The Arranged Marriage – changing perspectives on a marital institution focuses on understanding the arranged marriage. In addition, I am an established writer of fiction and non-fiction in the Dutch language. I have authored numerous books and articles on issues relating to multicultural societies, with a strong focus on women’s emancipation, gender equality and the rights of immigrant women.

Dr. Herman Tak

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Herman Tak

Associate Professor of Anthropology

I am Associate Professor of Anthropology at University College Roosevelt. I did extensive fieldwork on localism and primary religion in Italy, and - not unexpectedly - am an honorary citizen of Italian town Calvello (PZ). I also did field research into socio-economic transformation in Wroclaw, Poland. My main interests are historical anthropology, political and socio-cultural transformations in Eurasia, and their outcomes in local and regional contexts. Recently, I have taught summer courses on ‘China and the Dynamics of Globalization’ at the Fudan University in Shanghai.

Dr. Ewa Tak-Ignaczak

Assistant Professor of Literature

Dr. Ewa Tak-Ignaczak

Assistant Professor of Literature

I am a native of Poland, and my research interests embrace a broad variety of life narrative forms in literature and media, literary and cultural theory with a special focus on critical perspectives on literary meaning, and selected aspects of intermediality. All of these aspects are fully reflected in the courses I teach in the Literature track at UCR.

Linda Termaten, AA

Controller

Linda Termaten, AA

Controller

Dr. Rolando Vazquez Melken

Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Rolando Vazquez Melken

Associate Professor of Sociology

Since 2007 UCR has been my academic home. I coordinate the Sociology Track and have been Diversity Fellow. I direct two exceptional programs, the Going Glocal Mexico and the Decolonial Summer School. The Going Glocal Mexico is our flagship program on Global Citizenship education, it fosters deep intercultural encounters between our students and communities in Mexico. In 2019, the Decolonial Summer School that I coordinate with Prof. Walter Mignolo celebrated its 10th anniversary. Under the direction of Prof. Gloria Wekker, I co-authored the ground breaking report 'Let's do Diversity' at the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam. I am regularly invited to be keynote speaker across the globe. In the last couple of years, I delivered more than 40 keynotes and graduate seminars on decoloniality. My forthcoming book with the Mondriaan Funds 'The Vistas of Modernity' focuses on decolonial aesthesis and functions as an archeology of the white gaze.

Silke Vogelsang, MA

Assistant Professor of German Language

Silke Vogelsang, MA

Assistant Professor of German Language

I am the professor of German language and culture at UCR, hallo zusammen! With a background in classical music and theatre, graduate degrees in both Foreign Language Acquisition as well as Global Citizenship Education (University College London/IOE), I am a passionate proponent of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, strongly believing in how only a broad spectrum of inquiry and interests can shape us humans to our fullest potential. UCR is therefore to my mind a remarkable place to teach and learn, bringing together students and faculty from all over the world, enabling us to explore together all the remarkable facets that shape our human experience and that tie us together as global citizens. In my classroom, as well as in my Ph.D. research, I aim and hope to foster an appreciation not only of the beautiful German language and its cultural expressions, but also of how language learning intersects with learning about our larger place in the world.

Karolien Walravens, MA

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Senior Tutor

Karolien Walravens, MA

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Senior Tutor

I am a lecturer in Academic Writing and Presenting as well as a tutor and Senior Tutor. My own academic background is in Germanic (English and German) Literature and Linguistics. When looking back at my own college experience, I have the fondest memories of my time as an MA student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (USA). The small-scale interactive classes and the close contact with dedicated faculty there motivated me to push myself to excel and I therefore feel privileged to be able to help foster that same kind of stimulating learning environment at the University College Roosevelt, both as an instructor and as a tutor. As the latter position allows me to monitor students’ progress throughout their UCR careers, it provides me with an exciting opportunity to watch enterprising young people discover their own particular path in life.

Onno van de Weg

Senior Housemaster

Onno van de Weg

Senior Housemaster

I am the Senior Housemaster of UCR, as well as the Coordinator of the Roosevelt Academy Conference Center (RACC) and the Head of the Emergency Response Team/Bedrijfshulpverleners (BHV). I am originally from the province of Zeeland, so the sea is in my blood - in my free time, I love to go surfing or sailing, and learning about Philosophy, History, and Economics. My job is too diverse to describe, but you can say that I am the oil that keeps the gears of UCR turning. UCR is a place where you can find your individual goals and dreams, and discover a path to achieve them. My favorite part of working at UCR is meeting all sorts of different people with different ideas. I enjoy being around the students, who are working on their future in their unique ways, and you can learn a lot from them as much as they can learn from you.

Dr. Chad Weidner

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

Dr. Chad Weidner

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric

I have taught at UCR since 2006. I hold a Ph.D. in literature, and consider myself a generalist in the Liberal Arts tradition. My research interests include the environmental humanities, and the Anthropocene provides opportunities to cross disciplinary boundaries. I am also a scholar on the Beat Generation, a group of postwar literary bohemians. I have published a book with Southern Illinois University Press, The Green Ghost: William Burroughs and the Ecological Mind, an edited special issue with Comparative American Studies, and numerous articles. I believe in the idea of the "Renaissance man," a moral, well-rounded human being with wide interests, humility, and perseverance. I teach young people the importance of asking big questions, to "think like a mountain." This means developing a deep appreciation of the interconnectedness of everything, and it starts the first week of the semester. At UCR, we make good hardworking students great.

Dr. Renata van der Weijden

Associate Professor of Earth Science & Environmental Science

Dr. Renata van der Weijden

Associate Professor of Earth Science & Environmental Science

We live on a magnificent planet. It is continually shaped by numerous processes which sustain life. A deeper understanding of these processes and how they relate to each other allows for looking into the past and making modest predictions about the foreseeable future. It also enables mankind to know how to employ natural processes to use resources sustainably. I love Earth Science and together with students study how to be good stewards of this world in the classroom, laboratory, and field/sea. My expertise was built and shaped at Dutch (UU, TUDelft, WUR, Wetsus) and American (FSU, Hope, Bard) academic institutes and for a large part involves water quality, geochemistry, (bio-)crystallization, element cycles and recovery. I came to University College Roosevelt because here instructors can shape their teaching and research with students in a personal way. Also, working along-side faculty with a different expertise allows for a creative and dynamic academic environment.

Dr. Elizabeth Wiese-Batisto Pinto

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Elizabeth Wiese-Batisto Pinto

Associate Professor of Psychology

University College Roosevelt, in Middelburg, is my second home since 2008. As a Brazilian migrant, I always felt welcomed and could join a great multidisciplinary team of specialized colleagues. Since the beginning I have developed and taught the Clinical Psychology track - Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Medical and Health Psychology and Psychodiagnostics and Psychotherapies. I have also supervised many researches in the field, more specifically in Parents/Infant Attachment, Mental Health, Trauma and Violence in Psychiatry. From 2012 to 2016 I was head of the Social Sciences department, and combined administrative work with teaching and supervising research. Before working at UCR I have experienced teaching at several universities, such as the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Rouen, as well as developed clinical experience in Brazil, Switzerland, France and the Netherlands, but UCR is by far my favorite working place. Our dedicated staff and students allow me to thrive to reach an excellent level of education, which can be easily indicated by the success of our alumni in several fields, including clinical psychology.

Dr. Leo de Wit

Associate Professor of Physics, Mathematics & Engineering

Dr. Leo de Wit

Associate Professor of Physics, Mathematics & Engineering

I teach Physics, Mathematics, and Engineering, and I have a research background in Quantum Mechanics and Elementary Particles Physics. While doing my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, I was lucky enough to be part of a top-rate research community including Nobel Prize winners. The research world still fascinates me, but I have found that I enjoy teaching even more. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing students get excited about black holes, quantum entanglement or subatomic particles, or visiting former UCR students doing their own Ph.D. research, for instance, at CERN in Geneva. I have been at UCR since its inception in 2004. Since then I have fulfilled multiple roles, including Head of the Science department, Director of Education, and member of the Admissions Board. I have worked with colleagues from Utrecht University on teaching innovations, educational leadership and quality control management. I am very happy to work for a university that highly values the quality of teaching, and to work with students who are so curious and dedicated.

Dr. Sam Wong

Assistant Professor of Human Geography

Dr. Sam Wong

Assistant Professor of Human Geography

I was a full-time journalist in Hong Kong before I pursued a doctoral degree in International Development in Bradford, UK. My research areas include water governance, renewable energy, politics of development, gender and climate finance, both in South Asia (India and Bangladesh) and Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria). I lectured at Leeds and Liverpool Universities, UK and Antwerpen University, Belgium, before moving to UCR in 2016. I have more than 40 publications in high-impact academic journals and book projects. I published a sole-authored book, entitled Exploring Unseen Social Capital in Community Participation (2007), and co-edited a book, entitled Identity in Crossroad Civilisations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia (2010), both by Amsterdam University Press. I have won Development Studies Association’s New Ideas Initiative Competition and obtained more than £200K research grants from various research councils.