Semester in the Parks

Semester in the Parks Faculty and Staff

Dr. Bryan Burton Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Dr. Bryan Burton

Bryan Burton has a Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Southern Utah University. His specialization is in white-collar crime. Research interests include healthcare regulation in the United States and Sweden. Teaching interests include criminological theory, white-collar crime and classics in crime cinema. Bryan loves to play basketball, be in nature, travel and watch movies.

Dr. Anne Diekema Assistant Professor of Library Instruction/Outreach

Dr. Anne Diekema

Dr. Anne Diekema is an instruction and curriculum librarian in the Gerald R. Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University and the embedded librarian for the University’s Semester in the Parks initiative. Anne has taught information literacy, a critical modern-day survival skill, since 2008. In her online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes students learn how to find, evaluate, synthesize and use information to learn, create, and share. Anne’s research interests are in personal information management and human information behavior. When not exploring the great outdoors Anne can be found on the couch with a good book or at the public library with therapy dog Mavis who helps improve kids' reading skills as part of the R.E.A.D. program.

Dr. Kelly Goonan Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism

Dr. Kelly Goonan

Dr. Kelly Goonan is Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism at Southern Utah University. A self-described “hybrid recreation ecologist/recreation social scientist,” her expertise is in the management of outdoor recreation in parks and protected areas. She is passionate about providing students with opportunities for hands-on experiential learning and self-discovery in the outdoors.

Dr. Jacqualine Grant Semester in the Parks Academic Director, Associate Professor of Biology, and Museum Curator

Dr. Jacqualine Grant

Scientist, artist, educator, and museum director Dr. Jacqualine Grant will teach BIOL 2500 Environmental Biology for Semester in the Parks 2016. Dr. Grant is the Vice President for Education and Outreach for the Society for Conservation Biology, and a Utah Campus Compact Community Engaged Scholar. Her innovative educational practices with students have been featured in USA Today College and The Spectrum. Dr. Grant is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Southern Utah University.

Dr. Johnny MacLean Associate Professor of Geology and Provost Faculty Fellow

Dr. Johnny MacLean

Dr. Johnny MacLean has been providing field-based educational experiences to undergraduate students since 2010. Such experiences include traditional classes modified for outdoor settings, courses involving extending camping and backpacking, and undergraduate research opportunities resulting in peer-reviewed publications. Dr. MacLean is an Assistant Professor of Geology and the Academic Coordinator of the Semester in the Parks initiative at Southern Utah University.

Dr. Earl Mulderink Professor of History

Dr. Earl Mulderink

Employed at Southern Utah University since 1995, Earl Mulderink is Professor of History and, since 2011, Director of SUU’s Community Engagement Center. He has offered a range of courses in United States, African American, and African History that integrate a variety of learning exercises and materials. He has been recognized for developing service-learning classes in history, for online distance education, and for grant-funded “Teaching American History” programs. Earl has played an integral role in building SUU’s award-winning experiential learning program, The EDGE (Education Designed to Give Experience). A Midwest native, Earl completed M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in U.S. history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, following a B.A. degree at Northwestern University.

Anne Smith Semester in the Parks Program Director and Instructor of Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism

Anne Smith

With years of experience in outdoor recreation in higher education, Anne has always enjoyed working with students, faculty, staff and the public sharing her love of the natural world. She has worked extensively with public land partners, including the National Park Service, BLM, US Forest Service, Utah State Parks and Division of Wildlife. Anne is currently working on outdoor project development at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, including serving as the SUU Semester in the Parks Program Coordinator and SUU’s National Park Service Centennial Coordinator. She also serves as an instructor in the Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT) Degree Program. Anne holds an M.A. degree from Brigham Young University in Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation, as well as licensure as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (TRS).

Daniel Swanson, MA Lecturer of Criminal Justice

Daniel Swanson

Daniel Swanson has a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  He worked as a Police Officer for over 20 years in Las Vegas with the LVMPD. He is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice for the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Daniel worked in both Corrections and Policing and after retiring, worked in the Salt Lake area as a reserve officer for over a year. Daniel was also involved in government service as an appointed wildlife commissioner for the state of Nevada where he worked alongside many federal agencies, as well as state and local departments. Daniel has always enjoyed the outdoors as an avid bass fisherman and fly-fishing enthusiast.

Semester in the Parks Administration

  • Anne Smith, Semester in the Parks Program Director
  • Dr. Jackie Grant, Semester in the Parks Academic Director
  • Jan Neth, Outdoor Engagement Center Administrative Specialist
  • Dr. Briget Eastep, Outdoor Engagement Center Director