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Goucher Names New Co-Directors for Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability Program

Release date: January 06, 2012

Goucher College has named new co-directors for its innovative Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability (MACS) program. Higher education administrator Tiffany Espinosa and public folklorist Amy Skillman assumed leadership of the program effective January 5.

Tiffany Espinosa is a well-known innovator in new organizational models and social entrepreneurship, as well as the human dimensions of natural resources and social and environmental justice. Espinosa will help Goucher to grow its MACS program using her experience as the administrator, manager of strategic outreach, and manager of professional development with the University of Colorado, Denver Business School's MBA program.

Espinosa earned her bachelor of science in social sciences with an emphasis in social theory and social justice from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She went on to earn an MBA in management, strategy, and international business, as well as a master of arts in information learning technologies, adult learners, and instructional design from the University of Colorado Denver. She is completing her doctorate dissertation at Colorado State University, titled The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Environmental Politics, Decision Making and Environmental Justice.

Her coursework as an adjunct faculty member at Goucher has included Social Entrepreneurship for Advocates and Changemakers; Models of Social Entrepreneurship; and Environment, Community, and Culture.

Skillman has been a leader in the world of public folklore, cultural heritage, traditional arts, and educational initiatives. She has worked previously as the founding vice president and director of heritage programs for the Institute for Cultural Partnerships and as director of folklife programs for the Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission.

Skillman's fields of expertise include refugee and immigrant experiences, the integration of traditional arts into cultural preservations programs, the role of ethnography in developing critical thinking skills, and the application of folklore practice in public policy. 

She has been an adjunct faculty member of Goucher's Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Programs since 2010, teaching courses on cultural partnerships.

Skillman graduated with a bachelor of arts from St. Lawrence University with a self-designed major in cultural minorities and the immigrant experience and earned her master of arts in folklore and mythology from UCLA.

"Amy and Tiffany bring amazing academic and real-world achievements to our program," said Deborah Cebula, assistant dean and director of professional graduate programs of the Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies. "Together they provide a unique and remarkable synergy to an evolving program and emerging field. Their teaching has been exemplary, and their thoughtful contributions to the program conversation have been valued by students and faculty alike."

Goucher's Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability Program—the only one of its kind in the country—brings together tools from anthropology, history, communications, business and management, linguistics, and activism, and it teaches students how to sustain cultural traditions in an era of increasing homogeneity and globalization.