Dr. Stephanie Holmsten serves as Assistant Professor of Instruction in the International Relations and Global Studies (IRG) program. Her research focuses on the election of women and ethnic minorities around the world and explores whether institutions that promote the election of ethnic minorities increase or dampen the election of women. Her work with Rob Moser on the election of women to ethnic parties is published in Comparative Political Studies.
Her teaching interests include international relations, international political economy and culture. She is also interested in democratization, gender and politics, race and ethnicity, and electoral institutions.
Before graduate school, she worked for six years at Bread for the World in Washington, DC, where she traveled throughout the country working with college students and faculty members to support political advocacy initiatives.
Episode 21: "FUN is not a bad word!": Motivation, Effective Teaching, and Student Wellness with Thea Woodruff
October 15th, 2021 | Season 2 | 36 mins 26 secs
faculty, higher ed, mental health, student wellness
On this episode of The Other Side of Campus, Jen and Stephanie invite Thea Woodruff, Director of Well-being in Learning Environments at the Counseling and Mental Health Center to talk about her initiative to help improve interactions between faculty and students in order to create a more effective teaching and learning environment (in person or online). We hope you enjoy this FUN and uplifting conversation!
Episode 20: Inside the Role: Listening, Consensus Building, and Problem Solving with Texas Provost Sharon Wood
September 28th, 2021 | Season 2 | 37 mins 20 secs
administration, experiential learning, soft skills, teaching
Season 2 kicks off with Dr. Sharon L. Wood! As the new provost of The University of Texas at Austin, she brings a wealth of experience as a structural engineer, teacher, and administrator to the position. We are so excited to get to speak with her, glean from her insights, and empathize with the extreme complexity of her job as provost, especially at this unprecedented time in higher education history. We hope you enjoy this conversation. Thank you for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
April 23rd, 2021 | Season 1 | 30 mins 18 secs
anthropology, culture, experiential learning, food, history
On this episode, Jen and Stephanie speak with UT anthropologist Hi'ilei Hobart who brings her unique research on food sovereignty and indigenous peoples to the proverbial table of this podcast, discussing the ways in which her personal experiences have shaped her writing and her classroom. We enjoyed this conversation, and we hope you do too! Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
April 9th, 2021 | Season 1 | 40 mins 8 secs
From the Blanton Museum of Art, Siobhán McCusker, an artist and innovative educator, joins Jen, Stephanie, and Dixie to talk about the creative ways in which she uses the art gallery experience as a microcosm for teaching growth mindset to classrooms (and faculty) of all disciplines. We really enjoyed this wonderful and uplifting conversation and we hope you do as well. Thank you!
March 26th, 2021 | Season 1 | 47 mins 30 secs
health, inequality, nursing, racism, teaching
Dr. Danica Sumpter from UT's School of Nursing joins Dixie and Stephanie to talk about her incredible personal journey to nursing and teaching nursing as well as her high-impact work in so many areas of society, including the Black Mamas Community Collective. Her inspiring story and mindful practices in an online classroom environment are so helpful for all teachers across disciplines and settings. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy!
January 29th, 2021 | Season 1 | 47 mins 15 secs
2020 reflection, classroom experience, global exchange, teaching
Highly-lauded UT professor of government Sean Theriault joins Stephanie and Katie to talk about the lessons of 2020, teaching the politics of Covid in a global classroom setting, and how the pandemic actually made his class BETTER! Thanks for joining us on the Other Side of Campus!
December 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 48 mins 37 secs
diversity, health, inclusion, inequality, mentorship, student wellness, teaching
On yet another fun and important episode, we have the great pleasure of bringing on the amazing Rich Reddick, the Associate Dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach at UT. A professor of many talents, Rich talks about his own career path, mentorship of students, and student wellness. Take a listen and thanks for joining us on the Other Side of Campus. Happy Holidays to all!
December 4th, 2020 | Season 1 | 48 mins 11 secs
effective learning, higher education, thinking
On this very special episode, Two Guys on Your Head hosts Art Markman and Bob Duke pay a visit to The Other Side of Campus for a fun discussion with Jen and Stephanie about effective learning and teaching. You don't want to miss this interesting and hilarious collaboration. Thanks for joining us!
November 20th, 2020 | Season 1 | 46 mins 11 secs
learning through failure, mentorship, raising awareness, space, teaching
Dr. Moriba Jah of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT joins us to discuss his unconventional life trajectory that took him from guarding nukes in Montana for the Air Force to being a renowned academic with a mission to enlighten the general public about the environmental dangers we pose to our final frontier. Thanks for listening!
November 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 47 mins 37 secs
books, culture, learning, movies, racism, social work, society, teaching
From the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Diane McDaniel Rhodes joins us for a fun, thematic discussion about young adult fiction as well as the problematic nature of beloved popular culture icons and the narratives they propound. Thanks for joining us!
October 23rd, 2020 | Season 1 | 47 mins 41 secs
learning through failure, math, teaching, tennis
On this episode, Dixie and Stephanie are joined by Professor of Mathematics Michael P. Starbird to talk about his book the Five Elements of Effective Thinking and the practical applications of his principles in the classroom to encourage positive change and growth in students. Thanks for joining us for this valuable and fun discussion!
October 16th, 2020 | Season 1 | 54 mins 11 secs
first generation college students, learning, storytelling, teaching
Narratives shape our world in infinite ways, and on this episode, Jen and Stephanie interview Dr. Rachel Gonzalez-Martin to better understand how much established narratives impose restrictions upon the learning environment, sometimes undermining the identity and creativity of students and faculty alike. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
October 9th, 2020 | Season 1 | 35 mins 40 secs
experiential learning, teaching
On this episode, Stephanie talks with long-time professor of practice Dixie Stanforth about learning through failing, experimental learning, and what it really means to have and exhibit a growth mindset in the classroom. Thanks for joining us!
October 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 56 mins 51 secs
elections, government, online teaching, politics
On this episode, Dr. Daron Shaw, professor of government, discusses the tricky subject of handling politics and elections in the classroom during this unprecedented time in US history.
September 25th, 2020 | Season 1 | 38 mins 16 secs
health, inequality, racism, teaching
On this entertaining episode, Jen and Stephanie have a fun conversation with anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri from UT's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Chesi tells us her unique and amazing journey to anthropology and the remarkable turn of events that thrust her into Albania, which in turn shaped her research and teaching. Thank you for joining us!
September 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 41 mins 37 secs
care-giving, online teaching, parenting, work-from-home
On this episode, significantly recorded following the first full week of the 2020 Fall semester, Jen and Stephanie talk to Brad Love about work-life balance in this unprecedented age. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!