Faculty on the Road

Engage with Rollins faculty. Discover today's student experience.

Faculty on the Road

This year's Faculty on the Road series offers the opportunity to engage with faculty in intellectually and socially engaging programming and to discover the Rollins student experience today.

Schedule of Events

“Home Away from Home: The Search for Habitable Planets”
with Associate Professor of Physics Christopher Fuse
November 16, 2017
Dallas, TX
"New Economic Realities as Seen in Cuban Film"
with Associate Dean of Advising and Professor of Spanish Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche
January 25, 2018
Washington, D.C.
"Changemaking Through Social Justice and Innovation"
with Visiting Assistant Professor of Business Josephine Balzac
February 13, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
"Offensiveness, Humor, & Inclusion"
Professor and Department Chair of Communication Ted Gournelos
February 22, 2018
New York, New York
"New Economic Realities as Seen in Cuban Film"
Associate Dean of Advising and Professor of Spanish Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche
February 27, 2018
Miami, FL
"Immigration, Health, and Social Justice in Florida and Georgia"
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nolan Kline ‘08
April 12, 2018
Atlanta, GA
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor & Department Director of Social Entrepreneurship Tonia Warnecke ‘99
April 24, 2018
San Francisco, CA
Department of Theatre and Dance Chair & Producing Director David Charles
Fall 2018
Chicago, IL

Meet the Faculty

Josie Balzac
Visiting Assistant Professor of Business

BA, University of Central Florida
JD, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law
LLM, The George Washington University Law School

Josephine M. Balzac is a visiting assistant professor at Rollins College in the Department of Business teaching Business Law and Ethics. She is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in Florida and the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida. She is the owner and president of the Law Offices of Josephine Balzac, P.A.  She is also an adjunct law professor at Barry University School of Law teaching sustainability in business. She serves her community on the board of directors for IDEAS For Us and on the Legal Advisory Board of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence.  Professor Balzac graduated as valedictorian of her class at Florida A&M University College of Law. While obtaining her LLM at GWU Law she served as a Randolph C. Shaw research fellow for the associate dean of environmental studies and interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the International Transportation Branch. Professor Balzac has published a book chapter with the Environmental Law Institute on corporate social responsibility and climate justice and also legal articles on sustainable development, international trade, human rights, and environmental justice in the Florida A&M University Law Review and the Loyola University of Chicago International Law Review.

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Course Spotlight: Strategies for Changemakers >
Balzac Named Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Faculty Fellow >

Gabriel Ignacio Barreneche, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Advising & Professor of Spanish

BA Boston College
MA University of California, Los Angeles
PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Gabriel Barreneche received his B.A. degree in Spanish and International Studies from Boston College and participated in that institution’s study abroad program at the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Barreneche moved to San Diego, California, and worked in a housing program for migrant farm workers through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He then returned to academia and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Barreneche’s academic interests include contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literature, U.S. Latino literature, as well as instructional technology.

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Rollins Wins 3 Awards from Florida Campus Compact >
Barreneche, Dennis, and Maskivker Receive Cornell Distinguished Faculty Awards >

David Charles
Department of Theatre and Dance Chair & Producing Director

BA, Roosevelt University
MFA, Western Illinois University
PhD, Louisiana State University

A New Zealander by birth, I have called the United States my home since 1991 and joined the Rollins’ faculty in 2003. Much of my scholarly and performance work has focused on the realm of improvisational and non-scripted theatre. I have performed with numerous professional improvisational companies across North America, such as Chicago Comedysportz, Astor’s Beechwood, Downtown Disney’s Comedy Warehouse and SAK Comedy Lab, where I currently serve as the Associate Artistic Director. I am also a graduate of North America’s oldest improvisational training center, Josephine Forsberg’s Players Workshop of Second City, and I am the founding Artistic Director of Rollins Improv Players, an on-campus troupe committed to service and entertainment through performance. Creating and directing new improvisational work is a particular passion—original works include: Your Opera in a Trunk (Pensacola Opera), FourPlay: The Improvised Musical (SAK Comedy Lab, Winter Park Playhouse), Is This Seat Taken? (Jester Theater), and Murder We Wrote, It’s All Greek to Me and The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare on the beautiful Annie Russell stage here at Rollins College. My primary interest is in exploring the boundaries, function and face of theatre in our ever-changing modern world. I am a proud member of Actors’ Equity, and the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the Hugh F. McKean Award, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship and Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award.

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How to Use Improv in Everyday Life >
8 Ways ‘Upton Abbey’ is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen >
Much Ado about Improv >

Christopher Fuse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics & Director of the Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program

BS, St. Bonaventure University
MS, Miami University
PhD, Texas Christian University

Christopher Fuse has been an associate professor of physics at Rollins College since fall 2008. He received his Ph.D. in physics from Texas Christian University in 2008 where he studied the photometric properties and X-ray emission of isolated early-type galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). He completed an MS in physics at Miami University where he studied the formation of planetary systems, emphasizing the formation of moons around gas giant planets. He also completed his BS in physics at St. Bonaventure University.

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Rare Research >
Course Spotlight: The Science of Superheroes > 

Ted Gournelos, Ph.D., M.F.A., MBA
Professor and Department Chair of Communication

MBA, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
MFA., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Ted Gournelos earned his Ph.D. in Communications and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is on culture, media, technology, and politics, and his publications include three books: Popular Culture and the Future of Politics, A Decade of Dark Humor, and Transgression 2.0. He is a frequent expert guest on television, radio, web, and print media, and was featured in 2013 as a speaker at TED Global in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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TED Global Talk 2013: Digital Culture, Language, Revolution >
Teaching Global Citizenship >
Real Clients, Real Rewards >
Making Strides through Better Communication >
Love and Identity in the Digital Age >

Nolan Kline ‘08
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

BA, Rollins College
MA, University of South Florida
MPH, University of South Florida
PhD, University of South Florida

Specializations: Medical and applied anthropology, public health, global health, Latino im/migrant health, health inequality, health policy, race, citizenship, biopolitics, and political economy of health

Tonia Warnecke ’99
George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor and Department Director of Social Entrepreneurship

BA, Rollins College
MPIA, University of Pittsburgh
MA, University of Notre Dame
PhD, University of Notre Dame

Areas of Specialization: International Development, Economics, Gender, and Social Entrepreneurship

 Dr. Tonia Warnecke is George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor, and Department Director (Social Entrepreneurship) at Rollins College. In Fall 2013, she was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in International Development Studies at McGill University.

 Warnecke is an economist specializing in international development processes and policy. She teaches courses in Global Development, Globalization and Gender, and Social Entrepreneurship. As faculty advisor to the Rollins Microfinance Fund, Warnecke enjoys working with students to put social entrepreneurship into practice. She is also part of the strategic planning group for the Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub at Rollins.

 Warnecke's research is interdisciplinary and policy-oriented. Focusing on gender and development issues, including labor, finance, and social policy, she has published widely, collaborated with international policy-making organizations, and been recognized by several research grants and awards. As a development economist, Warnecke also has significant international experience; she studied in Hungary and Spain, worked in Montreal, and has traveled to more than 25 countries on 5 continents.

New book
Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life >
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A New Kind of Entrepreneur >
Warnecke Receives McKean Grant >
Below the Radar >

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