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Meet UW's New Faculty

November Profiles

The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to introduce the 2018-19 cohort of new faculty to our campus community. Each month we will feature several new faculty. Here are November's profiles. 

Please join us in welcoming them to UW!

Jamie Snyder

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Criminal Justice & Sociology
Education: Ph.D and M.S., Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati; B.S. Psychology, Northern Kentucky University.
Research Interests: Victimization, Criminological Theory, Crime Prevention
Teaching: Intro to Criminal Justice, Survey of Criminal Justice, Criminology

Jamie comes to UW from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. As a child she wanted to be a psychologist when she grew up and found her way to Northern Kentucky University to receive her BS in Psychology. She later moved on to graduate school at the University of Cincinnati to acquire an MS and PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

She is new to Laramie and is impressed with the beautiful weather that has so far been great for outdoor and hiking activities. She is excited to interact with new students, form new research collaborations, and be in the classroom in her new position at UW.

More interesting things to know about Jamie:

  • The best piece of advice she was given: Pace yourself. Find ways to wrap your teaching into your research.
  • If she could live anywhere in the world for a year, it would be New Zealand.
  • If she could instantly become an expert in something, it would be coffee.

She would rather:

  • Live on the Moon than in the Ocean.
  • Lose all her money than all her pictures.
  • Be invisible for a day than be able to fly for a day.
  • Have an unlimited international first-class ticket than never have to pay for food at restaurants.


Kaatie Cooper

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication & Journalism
Education: Ph.D and M.A. in Communication, Ohio State University; B.S. in Biology, Trinity University.
Research Interests: Science and environmental communication; mass media; documentary; narrative persuasion.
Teaches: Digital Video Production; Visual Communication

Kaatie joins the University of Wyoming faculty after receiving her PhD from Ohio State University. As a child, she was fascinated with animals and nature, inspiring her to study Biology as an undergrad at Trinity University. Upon becoming involved with the campus TV station, Kaatie discovered a love for video production and an interest in media effects.  During and after her undergrad, she directed video for Shamu shows at SeaWorld, San Antonio before deciding to combine her interests in science and media by getting her MA and PhD in Communication. When asked what excites her about her field she responded, “Communication is ever-evolving, and I enjoy the opportunity to teach practical skills and enable creativity.”

Kaatie is delighted to join the UW community.  Her first impression of Laramie is that “It’s beautiful and doesn't’t feel overly small town-ish” and she enjoys the supportive atmosphere and work-life balance at UW. The best advice she has ever received is to, “Pursue your passions, because the world needs more passionate people,” and the advice she would give to her students to be successful in her classes is to “Keep up with the material, attend class, participate in class, and reach out for help if you are struggling.”

More interesting things to know about Kaatie:

  • If she had her own talk show, the person she would most want to interview is Bruce Springsteen.
  • The title of her autobiography would be Stumbling into Success.

She would rather:

  • Travel to the future to meet her descendants than travel back in time to meet her ancestors.
  • Be super early than slightly late.
  • Live somewhere where it always snows than somewhere where it never falls below 100 degrees.

McKensie Harris

Title: Assistant Lecturer
Department: Animal Science
Education: M.S. Animal/Meat Science, Texas A&M University; B.S. Animal Science, University of Wyoming.
Research Interests: Meat and Food Science; Pre-harvest livestock management as it relates to meat quality; beef, lamb, and pork quality.
Teaches: FDSC 1410-Food and Our Well-Being; FDSC 3061-Livestock Slaughter Practicum; FDSC 3062-Carcass Fabrication; FDSC 3063-Meat Processing


McKensie returns to UW from Colorado State University. Having earned her BS in Animal Science from the University of Wyoming, she is very humbled and excited to return to the Animal Science Department as a faculty member and to contribute to the department’s efforts to become a world-class program. 

She originally got into her field by participating on the UW Meat Judging Team, an extracurricular activity that allowed her a fascinating, hands-on, in-depth look into the meat industry. This experience changed  her from being an uninformed consumer into a scholar who is on a continual quest to understand meat and food production in order to help others understand where their food comes from.

More interesting things to know about McKensie:

  • The weirdest food she's ever eaten is brains for breakfast.
  • Her first car was a 1991 Toyota Camry named Matilda.
  • If she could live anywhere in the world for a year, she would live in remote Alaska.

She would rather:

  • Travel back in time to meet her ancestors than travel forward to meet her descendants.
  • Give up her smartphone than her computer.
  • Lose all her money than all her pictures.



Kristina Clement

Title: Student Success Librarian
Department: University Libraries
Education: M.S. Information Science, University of Tennessee Knoxville; M.A. Italian Literature, University of Notre Dame; B.A. Italian Language, University of Kansas.
Research Interests: Assessment of student learning and learning spaces, user experience, customer service in libraries, experiential learning.


Kristina arrived at UW from the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she was a graduate research assistant. Her career path leading her to librarianship has been interesting. From dreaming of becoming an astronaut as a child, to bussing tables at a Mexican restaurant when she was 15, she went to college to become an Italian Professor. When she was wrapping up her first master’s degree, she decided it wasn’t for her so she went into the private sector for a few years before returning to academia in 2016.

Librarianship runs in her family. Both of her parents are academic librarians. As a librarian, Kristina says she is able to strike a perfect balance between academic research, activities, and providing access to knowledge and information. She says her co-workers are amazing and she loves the beautiful library, the gorgeous UW campus, and the charming city of Laramie. She is happy that the library is especially dedicated to developing new librarians and encouraging professional development.

More interesting things to know about Kristina:

  • The best piece of advice she was given: If at all possible, leave the work at work. And if you can't leave it at work, don't take it home. Take it somewhere else. Home is for you and your family and not your work.
  • If she could save one item from her house in a fire, it would be her dogs.

She would rather:

  • Live in the ocean than on the moon.
  • Have an unlimited international first-class ticket than never have to pay for food at restaurants.
  • Travel back in time to meet her ancestors than travel forward to meet her descendants.

Sandra Nite

Title: Assistant Lecturer
Department: Mathematics & Statistics
Education: Ph.D, Curriculum and Instruction w/ emphasis in Mathematics Education, Texas A&M University; M.M., Music, Texas State University; M.S. in Mathematics, Texas State University; B.S. in Mathematics, Texas State University.
Research Interests: STEM education; Mathematics education; bridge programs for calculus; teacher professional development; Music education
Teaches: MATH 1105-Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Teachers; MATH 2205-Calculus II



Sandra comes to UW from Texas A&M University. She moved to Laramie in August after previously living in various parts of Texas. Her first impression of Laramie was that it was too cold, and she thought winter had already started back in August. Her impression has improved along with the weather since August, though given our recent October snow showers, her impression has likely shifted back into the “too cold” category.

Sandra’s first job was selling produce on the side of the road as a child. She fell in love with mathematics and music in elementary school. She often found herself teaching mathematics to her high school classmates, which further developed her passion for mathematics and mathematics education. She especially loves working with and providing professional development for secondary teachers.

More interesting things to know about Sandra:

  • Her most used emoji is a :)
  • If she could live anywhere in the world for a year, she would live in Hawaii.
  • She doesn't have a bucket list. "I just take advantage of any fun things that I have the opportunity to do."

She would rather:

  • Live on the moon than live in the ocean.
  • Live somewhere where it never falls below 100 degrees than live somewhere where it only snows.
  • Be completely invisible for a day than able to fly for a day.


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