CELIA is a major force for continuing the development of a highly engaged, inspired, and enthusiastic community of scholars and creatives on the Wright State campus. Through the CELIA Fellows Program, arts, humanities, and social science faculty from the College of Liberal Arts develop innovative projects in a multidisciplinary think-tank atmosphere. The mission of each semester’s team of Fellows is to collaborate as a whole or in small groups to produce original compositions, performances, presentations, courses, and/or scholarly writings focused on fresh approaches and/or solutions for any of a myriad of topical issues. Outcomes are developed by team members in consultation with the CELIA director and other faculty mentors (many of them faculty emeriti), who will act as moderators of weekly brainstorming and project development sessions.
Fellows are encouraged to share ideas with colleagues, and to engender the idea of community and conversation campus-wide among faculty and students.
Tangible creative outcomes are required at the end of each semester, and are presented in print, performance or exhibit, and/or at the annual CELIA conference.
Stefan Chinov is Associate Professor of Sculpture and Drawing at the Wright State University Department of Art and Art History. He was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and he holds an MA degree from the National Academy of Art in Sofia.
Jerry Noble is Coordinator of Percussion at Wright State University and a Dayton Philharmonic member.
Gina Walther is in her tenth year at Wright State University, where she teaches Choreography, Modern Dance and Jazz Dance.
Professor Matthew Benjamin is in his nineteenth year at Wright State University, where he serves as the resident lighting designer for the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.
Nancy Mack is a full professor of English at Wright State University where she teaches undergraduate courses for pre-service teachers and graduate courses in composition theory, memoir, and multigenre writing.
Sharon Lynette Jones is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literatures at Wright State University.
Dr. Carol Mejia LaPerle is Associate Professor and Honors Advisor for the Department of English Language and Literatures at Wright State University.
Scott D. Peterson is an assistant professor at Wright State University in the Department of Communication.
Andrew Strombeck began teaching courses in American literature, history, and culture in Wright State's Department of English in 2007, after earning his PhD in English at the University of California, Davis.
Barry Milligan began teaching courses in British literature, history, and culture in Wright State's Department of English in 1994 after earning his PhD in English at Duke and serving as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell.
Crystal completed her PhD at the University of Missouri in 2008, specializing in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature. From 2008-2011, Crystal was a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.