Instructor of English
Elizabeth Rutun became an English instructor with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in August 2020 after having taught a writing course the previous semester as adjunct faculty. She holds bachelor’s in English literature and historical and political studies from Chaminade University (Hawaii) and a master’s in English with an emphasis in literature from the University of Guam. Her master's thesis was titles "Churuu Nu Waab: An Analysis of Traditional Yapese Dances as Mediators of Change." She taught freshman composition as a graduate student at UOG, has been a tutor with UOG's Upward Bound program, and also previously taught summer school at Yap Catholic High School.
Associate Dean / Associate Professor of English, CHamoru Studies, and Micronesian Studies
Dean / Professor of Philosophy and Micronesian Studies
James D. Sellmann was born and raised in the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He was awarded bachelor's degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and master's degrees in Asian religions and comparative philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was awarded a doctorate in Chinese philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has published more than 60 articles in various peer-reviewed books and journals, such as "Asian Philosophy" and "Philosophy East and West." His book "Timing and Rulership in Master Lü's Spring and Autumn Annals," was published by State University of New York Press in 2002. He is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of Philosophy and Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam. He enjoys cooking and hiking.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Theater
Michael Slane moved to Guam from the state of Ohio, where he was born and raised. He has had a lifelong love of theater and enjoys both the performance and production/design aspects of the art. He most recently taught at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Slane has a great love of animals and volunteers for Guam Animals in Need. He enjoys music, cooking, and the outdoors and looks forward to the many new opportunities that island life will bring.
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Swamy received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California (Berkeley). His research interests include democracy in developing countries, ethnicity and nationalism, political economy and corruption and state-building, and he has published on all these topics. His dissertation combined these various threads through an examination of populist appeals in Indian politics and he has since extended this argument to Asian politics generally. His special contribution to the study of populism has been the analysis of what he has termed "sandwich coalitions," an alliance of elites with marginalized groups against the middle.
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Micronesian Studies
Director of Isla Center for the Arts / Associate Professor of Art
Instructor of Psychology