Volume 18 • Issue 2

Associate Professor of History
Chair of the Feminist Studies Program

Bachelor of science in foreign service, Georgetown University

Master’s degree and doctorate in history of science, Indiana University

If I was not a history professor, I would be … a knit-wear designer.

The most unusual thing I have run across while doing my research is … a picture sent to me of John Dalton’s eyeballs from the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

The part of college that I enjoyed most was … working on the student newspaper, The Georgetown Voice.

Teaching

Elizabeth Green Musselman

Associate Professor of History

Chair of the Feminist Studies Program

Growing up in a military family, Elizabeth Green Musselman moved around every few years and even spent six years in Germany. From these experiences, she always believed she would work in international relations. However, once at Georgetown University, she returned to her first passion: science. “I was always interested in science, and through a series of twists and turns, it led me to doing graduate studies in the history of science,” she recalls. “I got into history by thinking about science as a cultural process and uncovering how it was two or three centuries ago.” She now devotes much of her research and some of her teaching efforts to uncovering non-western scientific traditions, particularly in colonial South Africa.

Green Musselman joined the Southwestern faculty in the fall of 1999. She says, “I was attracted to Southwestern because of the teaching freedom offered by small colleges. Smaller colleges allow a large range of subject matter for each instructor, which can be scary, but also exhilarating, and that is why I got into the field of academia.”

A 2006 recipient of a Sam Taylor Fellowship, Green Musselman is using the award to develop a monthly podcast on the history of science called The Missing Link. To engage students in research and outside studies as much as possible, she recently had students from her Gender and Science class record essays for use as an anchor in the first series of podcasts. “I am really excited to include students in this project and make their work available for someone besides myself,” she explains. “The first podcast will be anchored by senior Megan Healy’s essay about 1950s science-fiction films and the depiction of women scientists in those films versus the reality of their lives.”

Green Musselman also serves as chair of the Feminist Studies Program. “The interdisciplinary nature of the program is invigorating,” she notes. “I find it very rewarding to work with such a diverse community of faculty, students and staff who take time to discuss a common interest.”

Away from Southwestern, she spends her time with her husband and their two-and-a-half-year-old son, and knits. She is writing an account of her first three years of motherhood, tentatively titled Enough About You.

Associate professor of economics and business, holder of the John Shearn Chair in Business

Bachelor of business adminstration, Texas A&M University

Master of science, The University of Northern Colorado

Doctorate, Texas A&M University

No one knows that I … was a page for Ben Barnes when he was Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

My best advice to Southwestern students … take advantage of the opportunities at Southwestern.

My most memorable moment while in college was … meeting my wife during a Wesley Foundation event.

Don Parks

Associate professor of economics and business, holder of the John Shearn Chair in Business

As a high school graduation gift, Don Parks, earned his private pilot’s license. After completing his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, Parks spent one tour in the Air Force as a T-38 instructor pilot, teaching others to fly supersonic jets. “My dad served on a battleship in the Pacific theater during WWII, so I felt a sense of obligation to serve,” recalls Parks.

Parks eventually made a career change so he could spend more time with his family. With a BBA from Texas A&M, he tackled the more down-to-earth challenges of the business world. “I really enjoyed trying to figure out the best way for organizations to operate, which meant understanding many theories,” recalls Parks.

After gaining industry experience in management, Parks earned his doctorate in strategic management at A&M and took up his spot behind the lectern, able to provide both practical business knowledge and strong theoretical understanding to his business students. “I understand the applicability and limitation of theories,” notes Parks. “As a result, I try to help students understand that there is nothing as practical as good theory, and how it can be used.”

“I came to Southwestern University because I wanted to be at a university that truly emphasized undergraduate education,” recalls Parks. The undergraduate emphasis and small class size benefit the close working relationships between faculty and students. “I enjoy helping students find their intellectual excitement,” explains Parks. “My most memorable moments as a professor have been while serving as a catalyst for students to develop their intellectual and career interests.”

As a unit, the business faculty continues researching more ways to bridge business and the liberal arts. In the fall of 2006, he worked with Mary Grace Neville, assistant professor of business, and A.J. Senchack, professor of business, to host a national summit titled “Re-envisioning Business Programs in Liberal Arts Worlds.” The summit brought together scholars, administrators and business practitioners who were leaders on the topic—visit www.southwestern.edu/laab for more information.

Such research efforts result in the development of classroom methods that bring business and the liberal arts even closer. Senchack’s International Business class, for example, employs business methods to solve social problems in developing countries while Parks’ Strategic Management class worked with The Caring Place, a local nonprofit organization, to enhance its program offerings and organizational performance.

When Parks is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with family, working around the house and reading. When there is time, he also enjoys canoeing and fishing.